Becoming a Disney Vacation Club member was one of the smartest moves my wife, Cheryl, ever made for me. The truth is though that it took me two times through the presentation to buy in. While I’m every bit a fan of Disney’s Old Key West Resort, at the time it didn’t wow me because I wanted to feel closer to the parks not secluded. Then the following year, DVC started offering Disney’s Boardwalk Villas and I was hooked. Well… okay Cheryl was already making a down payment while I was busy deciding that I was hooked.
What sold me on Boardwalk was… well… everything it had to offer. Its close proximity to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The option to walk, bus, or boat to the parks. Walking distance to other awesome resorts with even more ammenities: Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. It has this fantastic theming that has always made me feel completely at home, and, now that I’m a runner, a few times around Crescent Lake is a great way to start the morning. And let’s not forget the Boardwalk itself, designed to look like those found in both Atlantic City and Ocean City.
Boardwalks typically house various shops, eateries, and candy stores. Candy shops are famous for being found on boardwalks, with their most famous treat being Salt Water Taffy – originating from Atlantic City. Despite legends, this taffy, while containing both salt and water does not contain ocean salt water. They’re also home to many outdoor carnival games and various street performers.
And that’s why at Disney’s Boardwalk you can find several places to eat and shop as well as games and street performers, but only one candy store: Seashore Sweets. This shop is designed to have the authentic look and feel of a candy shop on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And, as with any good boardwalk candy store, you can find Goofy’s Salt Water Taffy and other “Confections Served with Affection”.
From the outside in, you can see the strong theming Disney has given to this candy shop. The story goes that the shop is owned by the Sweet Sisters, hence the name Seashore Sweets (get it? there are two of them). Now since this shop is supposed to be in Atlantic City, these two sisters are former beauty pageant winners. Why? Well Atlantic City is the birthplace of the Miss America Pageant. As such you can find all sorts of memorabilia from the Pageant inside the shop – including a pageant crown, sceptre, robe, and trophy, as well as several statues of past contestants.
In addition to candy (available by the pound!!!) there are also several other items to be had in and around the shop including 8 flavors of Edy’s ice cream as well as soft serve. You’ll also find some a really great selection of fudge flavors as well. There’s also cupcakes, brownies, rice crispy treats, cookies, soda, and other items from Disney’s various park snack collections. Whether you’re looking for a hunk of fudge, some cool ice cream, or a sweet treat, this definitely a place to visit.
* Waffle Cone *
Single Scoop – $3.69 (DDP)
Double Scoop – $4.29
Sundae with 3 Toppings – $4.59
Shakes and Floats – $5.49
Additional Scoop – $1.00
Fountain Soda – $2.19 (DDP)
Frozen Slush – $3.69 (DDP)
Coffee Regular or Decaf – $2.09 (DDP)
Hot Tea – $2.09
Resort Mug – $13.99 (refillable)
1 / 4 pound – $3.25
1 / 2 pound – $6.50
3 / 4 pound – $9.75
1 pound – $12.95
And more!!! (prices and items vary)
* DDP = Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit
What about you? What’s your favorite DVC resort? Disney resort? Do you like the Boardwalk? Have you stopped into Seashore Sweets? Do you want to now? How about that fudge? A little nosh? 4 out of 5 dentists disapprove.