We like to head over to the Boardwalk from Hollywood Studios in the afternoon for a break from the parks and uncrowded lunch at Big River Grille (doesn’t take reservations).
I’ve yet to rent a surrey bike, but everytime I’m on the Boardwalk and see them, I say, “One day, I want to rent a surrey bike.” :laugh:
If you like sports, ESPN Club is a fun experience. They also don’t take reservations which I like because it makes it a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing. With ESPN Club, they don’t have buzzers (or didn’t still as of October), but you can have one person from your party stay there (plenty of TVs are outside for entertainment) and others can explore the Boardwalk until your name is called, then you can just phone them (I think that’s what I like about the Boardwalk and the no-reservation-taking restaurants. It isn’t that huge strict shuffle - “Must have all members of your party before being seated, don’t leave the premises” deal). It’s a huge restaurant, so if it’s an odd time or there isn’t a game on, you’ll be seated quickly.
Beaches & Cream is at the Beach Club Resort which is across from the Boardwalk. The food there is really good, but it’s a small restaurant that’s very popular. We had good luck beating the lunch rush by arriving there at 11 AM. Your best bet for being seated quickly is to arrive at an odd time, otherwise you could be waiting over an hour (but they do have buzzers so you can wander the resort).