The Crescent Lake area of the Walt Disney World resort just may be the best location on property for your vacation. The proximity to other hotels and theme parks multiplies your choices and increases the amenities available to you. Unique entertain options with streetmosphere performers on the weekend evenings make for a fun return after a long day of theme park touring. Some of the best dining will be available to you as well as several options for a great night cap before retiring to your resort for the evening.
The central location makes ‘getting there’ easy when your day begins. Anyone who has experienced the WDW Bus transit system can tell you the more you can eliminate using it, the better off you will be. The Epcot resort area eliminates the need for bus for two of the four theme parks. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom are the only buses you will need. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a walk or short boat ride away. All five hotels are within walking distance, and you can use the boats for transportation between the resorts as well. There are also a couple of places you can walk safely outside of what is considered the resort area. A Hess station is located out behind the Boardwalk where you can get more realistic prices on snacks and beverages and you will find the Fantasia Gardens mini golf course just outside the Swan hotel.
The dining options are what put this area over the top for best in breed. All five hotels have dining options and the proximity to the World Showcase area of Epcot deliver the best of the theme park dining options as well. A wide variety from the pub food at the ESPN Club, burgers and desserts at Beaches and Cream to the fine dining of Il Mulino and Todd English’s Blue Zoo. Have a hankering for bangers and mash, just stroll over to the UK pavilion at Epcot and wash it down with a cider and black. Over twenty-five sit down dining options within walking distance or a relaxing boat ride. Returning to your resort for dinner will be a blessing.
One thing most of the areas within the Walt Disney World resort lack is a place for adults to enjoy a good night cap and entertainment. Crescent Lake covers that as well. A sports bar, a dueling piano bar, trendy bars, comfortable old school lounges and even a dance hall, and even a karaoke bar. A brew pub? Yes they have that covered as well, The Big River Grille serves a great meal as well as their own brews. The Belle Vue loung will serve you the best ‘old school’ concoctions while you sit in a comfortable oversized chair and forget you put 10 miles on your feet earlier that day. Another guilty pleasure is the truffle fries at the Crew Cup Lounge at the Yacht Club resort while putting down a cold one. Jelly Rolls, the dueling piano bar is often overlooked. It does require a cover charge and is 21 only. These pianists are incredibly talented and the show is very humorous. Over a dozen places to belly up to the bar for a little relaxation and recovery without the need to worry about who has the keys.
There is no value resort option in the area, which may put this out of reach to some. Before you have ruled it out for your vacation definitely check out the Swan and Dolphin to see if there are any specials. They are sometimes very significant. Unless you have very small children, in which case you will be spending the majority of your time at the Magic Kingdom, this is the resort area to stay if you want to be in the mix and have lots of options. There is also a third scenario, sometimes you want to put some distance between you and the mix. In the future it will be fun to cover these other two scenarios as well.