Disney World has a number of neighborhoods each with its own character. At the heart of Walt Disney World is the Seven Seas Lagoon with its focus being The Magic Kingdom park. There is also Crescent Lake with its Boardwalk Resort. Crescent Lake connects into World Showcase Lagoon inside Epcot. A short drive to the east is Lake Buena Vista, the home of Disney Springs. Beyond these three neighborhoods are a large number of parks and resorts dotted around “The World” and out on the west end of the property is The Animal Kingdom park and resort neighborhood.
Understanding where to stay and what you’ll find in the area can make a big difference in your WDW experience. Most people find it works best to take advantage of “The Worlds” transportation options during your stay and being near what you’re planning to do can be a big time saver.
Crescent Lake, Our Top Choice
Of all the choices our favorite neighborhood is Crescent Lake and it’s our top pick for a number of reasons. First, two park entrances, Epcot and The Disney Studio are just a short walk from your hotel. You can also catch a monorail over from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom making three parks within easy reach (you do have to go into Epcot to reach the monorail station to the Magic Kingdom). Both Epcot and The Disney Studio are also connected to the hotels by a convenient boat service if you don’t feel like walking.
Around Crescent Lake are five resorts, that include The Boardwalk Resort, The Yacht Club, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, along with The Swan and The Dolphin Resorts. The Boardwalk Resort overlooks the featured boardwalk with its four good restaurants, boardwalk games and food concessions, The Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls a dueling piano nightclub. Also in the evening entertainers stroll the boardwalk putting on shows. If you consider the lakes five resorts there are fifteen good restaurants to try plus three ice cream parlors, food concession stands (funnel cake, popcorn, hotdogs), a micro brewery, a number of bars and lounges, along with swimming pools, game rooms, shops and an art gallery.
The Restaurants At Crescent Lake
- On The Boardwalk
- The Flying Fish, a highly rated seafood restaurant
- Big River Grill featuring a craft beer brewery and a solid American menu
- Trattoria al Forno, an upscale Italian eatery
- The ESPN Club, an ultimate sports bar & grill
- At The Dolphin
- Todd English’s Blue Zoo, an upscale seafood establishment and our favorite
- Don Shula’s House, a famous steakhouse with a well deserved reputation
- Picabu Taqueria, a fast food cafeteria and our favorite taco bar at Disney World (A Review HERE)
- At The Swan
- Il Mulino New York Trattoria, another good Italian restaurants
- Kimonos, an upscale sushi bar
- At The Yacht Club Resort
- Yachtsman Steakhouse, one of the best Disney steakhouses
- At The Beach Club
- Cape May Cafe, an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet and a favorite with the kids