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FULL Review: The NEW BoardWalk Bakery in Walt Disney World!

OK,  I promised you on Saturday that I’d have a full, extensive review of the new BoardWalk Bakery for you soon…and here it is!!

Last Friday, I was up bright and early to be first in line for the grand re-opening of the brand new BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn! And while I wasn’t FIRST in line, I came pretty close. :-)

Long a fan favorite, this tiny bakery needed a major overhaul in the space department, and we couldn’t wait to see what Imagineers had dreamed up.

We’ll start with atmosphere pics and lead into the goodies. If you want to dive right into the super sugary part, scroll to the bottom section called “What Did I Pick?”

Atmosphere

When looking for the BoardWalk Bakery, head down the steps from the hotel’s main lobby to the BoardWalk, and you can’t miss it.

Sign Leading Down to the BoardWalk

I wasn’t disappointed to see that the bakery had tripled in size. This place really needed to be larger!

The NEW Boardwalk Bakery -- three times the size of the old one!

You can see that there are now two entrances to the bakery — one for those queuing up for food, and one for BoardWalk Inn and Villas guests who just need to refill their resort mugs. A great system!

Mug Filling Station Has a Separate Entrance from Bakery Queue

And, of course, Hue G. Krazont is still the proprietor. :-)

Bakery's Windows and Proprietor's Name

Time to head inside!! Guests who were there first thing received these snazzy celebration buttons. (Okay, they’re the regular celebration buttons with handwriting. But still.)

Celebration Buttons to Mark the Grand Re-Opening!

We are ecstatic to see a lot more room inside the bakery, even though most of it is reserved for the actual queue line.

The classy red walls and checkerboard floor along with wrought iron, brass, and dark wood accents give this spot a been-there-forever kind of classic feel. The schoolhouse lighting is another fun addition!

Note, however, that the display cases have multiplied by about four! They’re not kidding around with the focal point here!

Bakery Display Cases and New Queue Setup

If you do find yourself in that long queue line, at least the large windows make people watching on the BoardWalk an easy sport.

Looking Out from the Inside Onto the BoardWalk

Soon you’ll get up to the bakery and dessert cases to make your selections. We’ve got LOTS more pics of these in our “Eats” Section of this review…so scroll down for the goodies!

Assorted Pastries in the Bakery Case

After you’ve made your selections and check out, it’s time to collect beverages, condiments, plasticware, etc.

As for the beverage set up, you’ll find the standard players: fountain drinks, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee.

Mug Filling Station

Coffee and Tea

In the old space there was a much larger, built-in refrigerator for bottled drinks and grab and go snacks. Here, you’ll find this small selection.

Grab and Go Drinks and Food

You can pick up extra napkins, plates, and plastic ware at this station. (You may want to grab a stash of each, since your to-go order will be placed in boxes.)

I love the incredible new mosaic!

Napkins and Plastic Ware Station

Flanking the beverage station is this handy location for condiments, located right next to the “bakery fountain” refill door.

Condiments Area

Once you get your goodies, head over to the giant picture windows next to the main entrance to watch cast members as they create all of those incredible bakery and pastry items.

View from the Outside of the Bakery's Picture Windows

This is seriously, incredibly cool. More than just a show kitchen, you actually have a front row seat to watching the creation of all the pastry components. If there weren’t four theme parks close by, I would probably spend a fair amount of time just staring through this window.

Bakery Workspace

And right there by the window, I even spied a pastry in mid creation!

What's Being Made at the Bakery Today

And now, it’s time to see what made the cut, and what’s new.

Eats

Ah…the FOOD!!!!

While you’re in the queue line you’ll have plenty of time to spy the new menus. Gone are the tiny menu boards, replaced by these larger versions. You’ll find sandwiches on the left, soup, salad, and beverage options on the right, and the hot selections in the middle.

The choices have changed dramatically since our last review of the spot. All of the sandwich options are different. Sides options of cucumber salad or chips remain the same, however.

Sandwich Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Breakfast choices have changed, too. Savory breakfast croissant sandwiches have been replaced by a biscuit sandwich. New additions include a breakfast Bread Bowl and a Quiche of the Day.

Breakfast Menu -- Click to Enlarge

They’ve also added a new selection of salads.

Soup, Salads, and Beverage Menu -- Click to Enlarge

As for the Disney Dining Plan, many BoardWalk Bakery items qualify. Pastries and desserts are pretty much all worth a snack credit, and there continue to be a few items which meet the criteria for a counter service credit.

Disney Dining Plan Information

But in addition to menu items, there’s a pretty impressive selection of both bakery and pastry items. Let’s get started with a peek into the bakery side o’ things, shall we?

Bakery Items

There are the standard offerings that you’d expect to see, like bagels, muffins, and danish. But there are also some real standouts, too.

Assorted Pastries in the Bakery Case

This is breakfast pastry heaven, with an incredible array. The Almond Croissants come in a regular or multi-grain version, and looked mouth-wateringly good.

Almond Croissants in Case

We also spied this new item, an Apple Tart.

New Item -- Apple Tart

The small loaves of Pull-Apart Brioche are a classic inclusion. More on these later!

Pull-Apart Brioche in Case

And check out the Sticky Buns! I couldn’t wait to try these!

Sticky Buns in Case

Pull yourself away from the bakery items, and you’re onto the dessert case next. Everything is really beautifully arranged here. I mean, completely gorgeous.

Dessert Items

Almost all of the treats have been given a makeover. While the old look was “old-fashioned bakery,” now the pastries have a sleek, more contemporary vibe.

Full Shot of One Dessert Case

This is something you don’t see often — a display of Celebration Cakes. Choose from Vanilla or Chocolate.

Vanilla Celebration Cake

Chocolate Celebration Cake

The next shelf is devoted to the BoardWalk’s famous assortment of Cupcakes. All of the options available were return players! It was nice to see some familiar faces. First up was the Coffee Mocha Cupcake.

Coffee Mocha Cupcake

The much-loved Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake was here, too.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Lovers of Oreos will be happy to see the Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake as well.

Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake

Tempting desserts hold the bottom shelf in the case. We’ll see a few of these up close in just a minute, but I wanted to give you the view through the case first. The Eclair and Lemon Meringue Tart were first up.

Eclair and Lemon Meringue Tart in the Case

The Key Lime Tart replaces the Key Lime Pie, and I’m not really sad about that (although there still needs to be more crust!). And you can probably guess that I’m taking that Salted Caramel Ganache home.

Key Lime Tart and Salted Caramel Ganache in the Case

The Fruit Tart and Cheesecake Brownie return, although they have both received sophisticated makeovers.

Fruit Tart and Cheesecake Brownie in the Case

You’ll also find Cannoli and the Mickey Ganache Tart — although here, the tart is called a Mickey Oreo…for some unknown reason. It also comes in a “Minnie” version!

Cannoli and Mickey Oreo in the Case

Continuing with updates, the Peanut Butter Bar Cake has lost the garnish and rosette of peanut butter frosting. Sigh. But right beside it is a treat that I can’t wait to try — the Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie!

Peanut Butter Bar Cake and Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie in the Case

The Blackberry Macaroon was completely gorgeous, and the Cream Puff beside it was actually garnished with a mini macaroon!

Blackberry Macaroon and Cream Puff in the Case

Now that you’ve gotten your tour of the sweets (eat dessert first!), let’s take a look at some of the new regular food items as well.

Savory Items

BoardWalk Bakery is more than just a sweets stop; they’ve got some serious eats here, too. And now, there’s even more to savor.

When you’d like something a little more substantial than pastry for breakfast, check out the warm breakfast options. The bakery will feature a Quiche of the Day selection. On opening day, it was chorizo sausage with tomatoes and pepper jack.

Quiche of the Day Special -- Chorizo Sausage with Tomatoes and Pepper Jack

There’s also a Buttermilk Biscuit Egg Sandwich that comes with fruit and your choice of ham or bacon. We’re hearing great reviews of this one!

Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich with Egg

Another new item is the very hearty Bread Bowl with scrambled eggs and potatoes. A choice of ham or bacon and a side of fruit accompany this option as well.

Breakfast in a Bread Bowl

Meatless sounds pretty enticing when you’re talking about this Focaccia Sandwich featuring fresh mozzarella, oven roasted tomatoes, arugula, and an herb aioli.

Focaccia Sandwich with Fresh Mozzarella, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Arugula, and Herb Aioli

If you’re looking to splurge on a special treat, try the Maine Lobster, served on a split top roll with buttered chive mayo. (Thanks to my good friend Patricia Brown for sharing this great pic!)

Maine Lobster Roll

Salad lovers will find some interesting options as well. This Iceberg Wedge with Nueske’s bacon, tomatoes, and a buttermilk blue cheese dressing sounds pretty fantastic as salads go!

Iceberg Wedge Salad

The Baby Spinach Salad features pickled shallots, prosciutto, tomatoes, and a soft-boiled egg. Check out the little pipette of dressing/oil included!

Baby Spinach Salad

Finally, the Mixed Greens Salad is topped with apples, dried cranberries, and goat cheese, and is accompanied by a pomegranate vinaigrette.

Goat Cheese Salad with Mixed Greens

So What Did I Pick?

With a dizzying array of options, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few choices! But in the end, I chose nine too-good-to-pass up goodies to show you up close. Here’s my stash as I got ready to buckle down and review! :-)

My Stack of Bakery Boxes!

Let’s begin with the true winners — here’s one of my new very favorite desserts, the Salted Caramel Ganache.

Salted Caramel Ganache Tart

What’s that? You just heard angels singing? Yeah, me too.

The soft, rich ganache covers a surprise layer of salted caramel beneath!! Who knew?!?

Salted Caramel Ganache Tart -- Up Close

Thick, rich, salty, sweet goodness. You had better either have a) a giant glass of milk; or b) someone to share this with.

The soft caramel inside against the texture of the cookie crust is astounding. And the salt is the perfect foil for the flavors. Just look at that pic! Hubba hubba!!!

Salted Caramel Ganache -- Super Close Up

It’s clear that the BoardWalk Bakery got the memo that the sweet salty flavor combo is super hot right now.

Next up, the BoardWalk Bakery’s new signature item — a Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie — blew me away.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

This one has a flavor profile very much like Pop Century’s King Cupcake — but without all that cake getting in the way!

It’s like a pie made purely of toppings! And the garnish of candied bacon here is right on.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie -- Cross Section

Now, the peanut butter cream cheese filling that makes up the middle is out. of. this world. I clearly need to make a big bowl of it and just sit on the couch with it while I watch Price is Right.

Seriously; it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted (unless you’re super, super lucky and you get peanut butter cream cheese stuff a LOT in your life…in which case I’d like to meet you and follow you around).

Peanut Butter Filling -- Up Close

You might wonder where the banana comes in? Well, the little scoop of bright yellow on top is actually a rich banana cream.

Banana Cream on Top of Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

Next up: the Brioche Pull-Apart. First off, this gets points for serious cuteness. That plate is actually a Disney-sized dinner plate, so the loaf is a very large portion. You could definitely share it between a couple of people and get a good portion.

Brioche Pull-Apart

The classic garnish of pearl sugar is really the only sweetness that you’ll encounter in these loaves; but they are quite rich, and the egg and butter really come through. I’d imagine this would be a great breakfast for a coffee lover with just a little jam.

Pull Apart Brioche -- Up Close

The newly re-vamped Jersey Crumb Cake had this beautiful but simple crosshatch design on top, made from a drizzle of icing over the streusel.

Jersey Crumb Cake

This is crumb cake perfection, with almost half of the content of the cake being made up of the best part — the topping! The cinnamon-y flavor and moist, shortbready cake makes this one stand out.

Jersey Crumb Cake -- Cross Section

The Eclair featured a different look than we’re used to. The pastry and cream felt more Italian to me for some reason. It was very cakey, versus pastry-like.

Eclair

The cream inside was incredible, and definitely seemed to be house made. This is going to be an excellent option for eclair lovers…and I’m thinking we need an Eclair Throwdown between the BoardWalk Bakery and Les Halles very soon!

Eclair -- Inside

As we mentioned above, one of our DFB favorites, the Cheesecake Brownie, has received a sophisticated facelift.

Cheesecake Brownie

But although it’s a tad fancier than it used to be, I’m happy to report that the delicious factor has remained the same.

Cheesecake Brownie -- Cross Section

In fact, it might even be a little better. The brownie seems to be a little more fudgy and moist than the old version. And the thick, rich cheesecake has just as much flavor as it did before.

The equal distribution between the two means you get both flavors as a “pow” in your mouth when you take a bite! Super sweet brownie accompanied by the tart creaminess of the cheesecake…dessert overload!

Cheesecake Brownie-- Up Close

The Blackberry Macaroon was one of the most gorgeous desserts in the shop, so of course, we had to try it.

I love everything about it, from the lavender hue, to garnish of gold leaf. This dessert signals to me that the staff of the BoardWalk Bakery is serious about showing off just how talented they are (especially in the bad-for-macaroons climate of Orlando).

Blackberry Macaroon

Don’t expect an excess of sweetness here, though — that blackberry filling is actually much more tart than you’d expect!

Blackberry Macaroon -- Cross Section

OK, I admit that I saved a few other favorites to share with you later on the blog; but rest assured that everything I tried was excellent.

After that marathon of eating I headed back over to the bakery to check out who else had been lucky enough to find this gem of a breakfast spot. By 8 am, there were already lines out the door — and you remember that looong queue line inside, too, right? So these folks were gonna be waiting a while. Apparently, the word was out. :-)

The Line at 8 am on Opening Day!

This issue with this? If you ONLY want coffee and have to wait in such a long line…well…that would be a major bummer.

Overall

The new menu at the BoardWalk Bakery is, in a word, brilliant. It’s been clear for quite a long time that the bakery here can put together some serious showstoppers. But now, they’re taking a more sophisticated approach to the offerings in the retail space, and I am very impressed with what I see.

Our big beef with the old BoardWalk Bakery, however, remains — there was still zero seating inside. You still have to take your purchases outside to the boardwalk to dine. This isn’t the end of world…unless it’s raining…or super extra hot…or freezing cold. So be prepared.

The BoardWalk Bakery has garnered a large following of fans over the years, and I’m confident that fellow fans will appreciate the new items. And with a heartier offering of meal options, the spot also fills a counter service breakfast and lunch niche that has been sorely lacking for a while.

Now, if they would just put some tables somewhere…

Are you excited to try all the new BoardWalk Bakery offerings? Leave us a comment and let us know what’s on your must-have list!

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66 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Jodi, I was there this past Tuesday and there was no line. I was the only one there for the 45 minutes I spent ordering, eating, and photographing my food just outside the doors. This was at about 8:30 am. I don’t know if it was the day, time, or weather (drizzling), but it was real quiet in there.

  2. David Mills says:

    I was there twice this past week and there wasn’t much of a line and the service was nice and speedy. My only complaint would be that the cinnamon buns I bought were hollow inside which I was a bit taken aback by this, considering the price.

  3. Pardonmyfrench says:

    We just got back from staying at boardwalk and the bakery is awesome. We had the brioche the chocolate cake, the blueberry muffins, the mocha chocolate cupcake, the strawberry cupcake and the breakfast sandwich and the quiches. Everything was delicious . We missed out on the lobster roll – had it in magic kingdom.

    The place rocks!

  4. OHmomof2 says:

    I saw the photo for the quick service breakfast meal options…do you know what the current quick service lunch/dinner options are?

  5. Joni says:

    The Salted Caramel was a little different! I love the salted Caramel frinzey gpoing on . Love it but the one I got on 5/25 had a rather apple juce favor to it. Did you notice that or was it something they are trying ? Sad to say it was not a pairing I liked. May try it one more time but just to see if for some reason I got a clunker. The Mickey shaped “Oreo” dessert was good!! Going back in Dec. Will have to try more.

  6. Derek says:

    Sounds good but do we we know whats happening to the Main Street Bakery (one of my favourite places). Surely they would not remove the seating. Would they? Anybody know? Breakfast in Main Street or cofffee after fireworks watching Main Street fill up/empty are part of the vacation. Please Disney don’t ruin it!

  7. Rita torf says:

    There is nothing gluten free.

  8. Pat J says:

    We miss the Crumb Cake Loaf! It was so moist (even a couple of days later for breakfast). This new iteration doesn’t compete. Pretty dry and we didn’t even finish it (and we rarely throw away food). Hope they bring back the loaf, but aren’t holding our breath.

    The Lobster Roll and turkey sandwich were both quite good so we’ll be back.

  9. Margie says:

    No gluten free options (other than the salads of course). Bummer. There was a great gluten free bakery at Downtown Disney last year. I would not have known the food was gluten free by taste or texture. Too bad there can’t be at least one or two freshly baked options at other Disney locations.

  10. Jane says:

    We were there last week. We really enjoyed this bakery. My oldest daughter loved the peanut, banana and candied bacon pie while I enjoyed a cream puff. Our family of four shared a sticky bun for breakfast the next morning.

  11. Dana says:

    I have never been to the Boardwalk but thanks to this post, I think I’ll be making a stop after we’re done at Epcot one evening. And I’ll be spending around $20 just on desserts, ha!

  12. Paula says:

    We were there at the end of May and my daughter needs to eat gluten and dairy free. She asked the servers and they would make her a fresh sandwich with gluten free bread and no cheese. The greatest part about being in Disney is they really accommodate any allergies. Sometimes you have to ask but they usually are helpful.

  13. Mary v says:

    Did I miss the tiramisu or is it gone? I would be heartbroken because it’s my family’s all-time favorite Disney dessert! We stay at the Boardwalk partially for their desserts.

  14. Derek says:

    Well, have now spent 2 weeks at WDW and my verdict on the Bakery changes is very mixed. The fact that you can get ANY coffee for a Dining Plan snack is a great leap forward. But wait times in the new Bakery can be worse than than they were and THERE IS NOWHERE TO SIT!!. Shame Disney could not have found somewhere to squeeze in some seats. Trouble is it would mean removing retail space and the Disney accountants would have a fit! Food and cakes although not fresh as they used to be are surprisingly nice.

  15. Gordon says:

    Probably, without a doubt, the best bakery I have ever stepped foot in. The cupcakes were out of this world with whipped cream topping. We all moaned when we took our first bite. The orange cranberry muffin, microwaved for 10 seconds, was astounding. The sticky bun was orgasmic. I’m glad I don’t work there or live in that area, or I’d be gaining some serious pounds. Great job Disney team!

  16. Chris says:

    I am just learning how the dining plan works. Will they tell me what counts as counter service? Are they just the items on the chalkboard in the picture?

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