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 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.
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.
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.
***Update June 2014***
I took 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.
***Update February 2015*** No more cover, but ADH seems to be operating on a limited schedule, as it was closed occasionally. Didn’t seem to be a private event, as it was deserted. I mean, more than usual.
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).
It also hosts some swank events like the College Football Awards…
where Stitchy thought the Sooners were woefully underrepresented.
So, if you’re staying on the Boardwalk, it’s not gonna cost you anything but time to check out Atlantic Dance Hall. And, who knows, you may even happen upon people some evening! If it’s open. 😉
Really, though, here’s the reason people are headed to the Boardwalk after hours…
They 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!), 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, and I do it all for you! So, here’s what you need to know for a night at Jellyrolls…
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…
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.
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!
This is Scotty…
…and this is Ray,
and they were our tour guides for the night. They spent half the night (ok, maybe not half) answering our ridiculously thoughtful and insightful questions, giving us the dirt, and they even serenaded us with a rousing rendition of a Madonna classic since Romy promised to bring the tiara and corset next time.
Then, of course, we hung out to see what these guys are all about…
They get super pumped!
They sit on pianos!
They stand somewhat awkwardly next to each other!
But, ultimately, they have a good time and take you along for the ride!
Huge thanks to the crew at Jellyrolls, especially Dustin, Scotty and Ray for putting up with us hard-hitting, uber professional business women. Appreciate you all!
If you’re on that slightly controversial adults only trip to Walt Disney World, plan to take advantage of the kids’ clubs or in-room babysitting or are brought along some sweet souls who agree to watch your kidlets, I definitely suggest enjoying an evening on the Boardwalk. With a fun atmosphere, yum dining options and these two (well, 1.5) night spots on your side, you’re bound to have a blast!