Boardwalk Nights: Jellyrolls & Atlantic Dance Hall

If you follow Park Wise, you may have seen this week’s article on grown-up fun at Walt Disney World that featured Disney’s Boardwalk (aka my almost-favorite resort) and its hot spot, Jellyrolls.  Me being me, I took far more pictures than I could showcase in the weekly column (and even more that I can’t even post here thanks to the rapidly changing lighting schemes I just couldn’t keep up with), aaaand we even made our way to Atlantic Dance Hall to check out the, um, crowd.

Boardwalk Nights: Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall

Let’s check out the dance hall first.  I really want this place to be awesome.  It’s a gorgeous venue both inside and out, and I can almost picture a Gatsby-esque soiree illuminating the room.  But that’s not what we got.  In fact, there was a weird Family Guy music video sequence on the giant video screen when we walked through the entryway.  And some guy dancing alone with his beer.  Yeah.

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Um, what?

That said, I could definitely see this being a fun spot if you had a fairly big group of friends and were looking for a place to cut loose without the embarrassment of other people seeing you shake your groove thang on the beautiful dance floor.  It would also be a fantastic spot for a wedding reception.  In fact, future husband, I’ve got my eye on this, so take note.

I don’t like to dwell on the negative, so I’ll let you see the place.  Like I said, I LOVE the venue, I just wish the business were as good.

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Now, here’s where ADH has its more popular neighbor beat…no cover charge. But, also, no people.

***Update June 2014*** I too a first-timer friend over to the Boardwalk where we intended to grab a quick drink at ADH, but there was a $5 cover charge and some horrendous karaoke happening.  Now, I don’t mind a hilarious night of karaoke, but this was, like, movie bad.  Not the venue’s issue, we just happen to catch a really tone deaf guy when we walked up to the door.  Anyway, the news here is the $5 cover.

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At night, the dance floor and bars take on a more modern feel, but I can still see the vintage chic and would LOVE to take photos here in the daylight with a real camera (that I accidentally left in the room since my roomie and I were going on about two hours of sleep and ten hours of Florida sun at this point).

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There’s the guy and his beer on the left in orange.

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 And some very themey (yes, that’s a word) art!

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So, if you’re staying on the Boardwalk, it’s not gonna cost you anything but time $5 to check out Atlantic Dance Hall.  And, who knows, you may even happen upon people some evening!

Really, though, here’s the reason people are headed to the Boardwalk after hours…

JellyrollsThey give away jars of money!  No, not really.  Sadly.

You’re actually the ones filling up that jar with what little you have left after a day at the parks.  And those napkins are filled with hopeful song requests and dollar bill dreams for the amazingly talented musicians who take the stage every night at this dueling piano bar.

I’ve been to Jellyrolls a few times, but last month, I went with a mission.  Since I was on a business women trip (love you Romy and Michelle!), I was going to do some business!  With notebook in hand (yes, I am awesome enough to pull off a pink OU notebook at a bar), my roomie and I made our way to an evening of musical triumph punctuated with hard-hitting interview questions about what makes this place tick.  This is life in the trenches, people.

So, here’s what you need to know for a night at Jellyrolls…

Get In
Yes, there’s a cover charge.  It’s $12.  Yeah, that might be a little steep, but you’re at Disney World.  You just bought a single chocolate ice cream bar for more than the cost of the entire box because it’s shaped like a mouse.  Multiple times.  To ease the $12 blow, though, they will give you free popcorn.  Of course, that’ll make you thirsty, sooo…

Get Played
We already went over how you get your songs (hopefully) played, but in case you didn’t catch on…grab a napkin and a pen, fish some green out of your tired wallet and lay it on a piano.  It’s pretty tough to stump these guys, so chances are they’ll get to your request.  Will it be before you head out?  Maybe, maybe not.  Slip a bigger bill in if you want to hear it sooner.

Get Happy
The night’s antics totally depend on the crowd, so don’t come in with a sour face or a too-cool attitude.  We’re all at Disney which makes us all at least slightly geeky.  No one will make fun of you for singing and dancing along to Britney Spears or Baby Got Back (at least not to your face), so let loose and have fun.

So, let’s see it in action!

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This is Scotty…

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This is Ray…

and they were our tour guides for the night.  They spent a half hour answering questions, giving us the dirt, and they even serenaded us with a rousing rendition of a Madonna classic.

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They sit on pianos.

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And they stand somewhat awkwardly next to each other (after being asked repeatedly to “stand by me…”). See what they did there?

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But, ultimately, they just have a good time and take you along for the ride!

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Lots of thanks to the crew at Jellyrolls, especially Dustin, Scotty and Ray, for putting up with us business women!!

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4 thoughts on “Boardwalk Nights: Jellyrolls & Atlantic Dance Hall

  1. July 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I’ve never been but Jellyrolls looks AMAZING! I love a good dorky piano bar, but the 2 things that make them stand out (as I’ve learned on my many Carnival cruises at their de rigueur piano bars) is that 2 things make for a successful night: 1. The talent & charm the musicians bring to the table, er piano. 2. The crowd. If the crowd sucks, its not gonna be nearly as much fun. So amen to the geekiness!

    1. July 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Well, I can definitely say the performers are fantastic, so that’s one down. We’ll hit the Boardwalk together next time and bring out the geekiness!!

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