Friday, July 26, 2013

Disney's Boardwalk and New Jersey

Disney's Boardwalk is one of my favorite locations to visit while at Walt Disney World.  If I had my way, we would own DVC at the Boardwalk and stay there every time.  In reality, we're not, nor are we planning to be, DVC members and we have yet to actually stay at the Boardwalk.  But, we frequently visit for dinner at Kouzzina by Cat Cora.

The outside boardwalk and in the resort are designed to look like turn of the 20th century oceanside NJ - a little bit of Atlantic City, Margate, Cape May, and several of those ocean-side towns.

Well, lucky for me - we have family up in that area in New Jersey so try to get up there to visit once a year or so (used to be more before kids... I'm seeing a trend).

Take a look at the houses right off the beach - the style is dead on!

Now, has anyone noticed the tiny Elephant statue inside the lobby of the Boardwalk?  It's a replica of Lucy the Elephant, located in Margate, NJ.

Did you ever hear that the Imagineers originally wanted a Ferris Wheel or Roller Coaster, similar to the Steel Pier on the Boardwalk?  It didn't work for a variety of reasons.  BUT, ferris wheels and roller coaster are a stable on these Boardwalks!!  N - my Phineas - LOVED the coaster we rode on together at the Boardwalk in Ocean City.

The Boardwalk is a nice place to stroll - though not necessarily as clean as the Disney version!

And, with a little Disney flair at one of the dozen mini-golf courses on the Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk....

They even had a barker bird!

I love finding Disney inspiration outside of the parks.  Where have you found it?


  1. I love this post! As someone who frequents various areas of the Jersey Shore every summer, I'm constantly reminded of Disney's Boardwalk. Yes, Disney's version is definitely cleaner. :)

  2. That is too cool! I love knowing the little tributes Disney added to their Boardwalk.

  3. They're so good at sneaking that stuff in!

  4. My in-laws who frequent NJ (and had "JerseyShore) license plates until the show became popular LOVED it and wanted to stay there when we showed them.. felt like 'home'