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Getting there is half the fun: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Enjoy the ride to Disney's Hollywood Studios aboard on the many Friendship boats
Heather Leigh

When getting ready to embark on a journey to Disney‘s Hollywood Studios, I want to you remember the rides may be fun, but the experience getting there is just the beginning of all the fun and excitement you are going to have.

Of course you can drive there and park your car, then ride the tram to the front of the park, but the hidden treasure here is riding along Crescent Lake. If you are staying at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort or the Swan and Dolphin Resort your only way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is by enjoying a leisurely ride aboard one of the Friendship boats. Each resort has a dock and a new boat arrives about every fifteen to twenty minutes to drop off and pick up guests. Friendship boats generally run up to an hour after the park closes.

Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios sometimes closes early, you can easily split your day in half, also enjoying Epcot’s World Showcase by using your Magic Your way Park Hopper. My suggestion is to park your car at Epcot, walk all the way to the back of the park just past the United Kingdom Pavilion. There you will exit Epcot through the International Gateway and a Friendship boat will be there soon (if not already) to take you to Disney‘s Hollywood Studios. Then when you are done you can hop right back on a Friendship boat and you will be dropped back off at Epcot. At the end of the day you will be near your car and not have to return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

You can also take a ride from any Walt Disney World Resort on one of the many busses. Busses are also available from the Magic Kingdom and Disney‘s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Buss transportation generally runs up to two hours after the park closes. Check with a transportation Cast Member for more details about the buss run schedule.

Remember, your Walt Disney World Theme Parks vacation begins the moment you wake up and will last well into the night, even when you are dreaming. Get the most out of your upcoming vacation and experience everything you can, including the various methods of transportation.

Happy vacationing!

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