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Spend a Day at Disney’s EPCOT Resorts

Although we love being in the Disney Parks during our Walt Disney World vacations, the more we visit, the more we enjoy our time at the Disney World Resorts. These excellent Resorts are so well-themed and provide such fun and entertainment.

Today we will focus on enjoying the EPCOT area Resorts at Walt Disney World. These Resorts are found around the beautiful Crescent Lake and include Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, and the Swan and Dolphin.

If you are looking for a Disney Resort that puts you close to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, these are the Resorts at Disney you will want to choose from. They provide not only Friendship Boats to and from the Parks, but they are also excellent, easy walking paths to both Parks.

We will look at how we would spend our day enjoying these excellent Resorts during our Walt Disney World vacation. Where would we eat? What would we visit? Let’s get started.

Daisy and Minnie Cape May Cafe
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A day outside the Disney Parks should always include a delicious breakfast. There are a lot of options to choose from at these Resorts.

Cape May Cafe: Enjoy a fantastic, fun character meal at Disney’s Beach Club Resort by booking breakfast at Cape May Cafe. Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast includes meeting Minnie and some of her friends in their adorable beach outfits. Breakfast is a buffet that includes traditional menu items such as eggs, waffles, and protein.

Ale and Compass: If you aren’t up for the characters yet in the morning, consider a quieter experience over at Disney’s Yacht Club with Ale and Compass. This quiet dining location provides an excellent variety of breakfast items, including chocolate waffles and apple pie French toast.

BoardWalk Deli- For those not wanting a table service experience for breakfast, check out the newly opened BoardWalk Deli. You can find sweet and savory items to choose from to start your morning.

Disney Surrey Bikes
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After having an excellent breakfast to start your day, it is time for some fun around the Resorts. Let’s start by stating that if you stay at one of these fantastic Resorts, you must schedule a time to enjoy the pools. Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club is one of the top pools at Walt Disney World. A sand bottom play area, lazy river, and great slide provide hours of entertainment.

For those not staying at these Resorts, there is still a lot of fun to enjoy throughout the day. If your family is active, consider checking out the surrey bike rentals. There are options for two or four people, and Guests can take them around Crescent Lake to see all the people and sites of the area. The EPCOT area Resorts also provide a great running and walking path for Guests. Get those training miles in even while you are on vacation.

The Resorts also have tennis courts and fitness centers for Guests to use if they are staying at the Resorts.

For something different, look into booking a fishing experience or renting a boat. These are unique experiences that allow you to experience Disney in a little different way.

The Resorts also have arcades and playground areas for kids who need entertainment during the morning hours.

There is so much to do throughout the EPCOT area that you will have lots to choose from during your time here.

Beaches and Cream Ice Cream
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Now that it is time for lunch, it is time to determine where you want to enjoy a meal.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop: One of our favorite lunch locations around the EPCOT Resorts is Beaches & Cream. This is a perfect spot to get a sandwich and some ice cream. We love the atmosphere here, which is full of energy, and the food is top-notch.

The Fountain: If you can’t snag a reservation for Beaches & Cream, check out The Fountain over at the Dolphin. This is a very similar option with excellent ice cream and sandwiches. It typically has more availability and is still a cute soda shop.

BoardWalk Deli: Once again, if you don’t want to book a table service option for lunch, we highly recommend grabbing a sandwich at the Boardwalk Deli. There are various great options to choose from; they are fresh and delicious.

Pizza Window: Another quick and easy option is the Pizza Window at Disney’s Boardwalk area. This wants it sounds like- a window where you can order pizza. An excellent option for something quick that the kids will enjoy.

Steak From Flying Fish
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I know we just talked about lunch, but your next big decision for the day will be where to eat for supper. There are some fantastic table service locations throughout the EPCOT area Resorts.

Flying Fish: a beautiful signature restaurant, Flying Fish is one of the top dining options at Walt Disney World. Here you will have a selection of seafood and steak options that are some of the best at Disney.

Trattoria al Forno: here, you can find a casual but elegant Italian restaurant. Enjoy classic dishes in an upscale and fun atmosphere.

Yachtsman Steakhouse: Another signature dining location that Guests can enjoy in this area is Yachtsman Steakhouse. Here Guests can enjoy top-notch steaks with fantastic sides in an upscale dining environment.

The EPCOT area Resorts provide a variety of high-end dining locations that are perfect for a nice dinner away from the Parks.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn
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Finally, as your evening wraps up, take time to enjoy the fantastic entertainment on the Boardwalk. Here you can find live entertainment throughout the evening that brings this area to life.

If you have little ones, consider enjoying one of the campfires at the Resorts or watch the movie under the stars, which takes place at night.

Consider relaxing on the Friendship Boat as it goes back and forth between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

There is so much to see and do at the EPCOT area Resorts that you can enjoy a wonderful day exploring all they have to offer. Next time you are at Walt Disney World, we hope you consider enjoying time in this area.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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