Epcot/MGM Studios Walks
Here is my Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios photo walk for 2018 via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk in about 135 photos on 2 pages. I plan to update a lot of my photo walks for 2018. I keep waiting until there aren't so many changes happening but that isn't anytime soon - for example, I've been waiting until Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) was "done" to update that - but now I have a vintage photo walk from 2007 with nothing newer. So even with DisneyQuest torn down and other changes, I will have a new walk there soon.
The walk between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios is my favorite on property, I have taken it hundreds of times. Epcot is my favorite park at Walt Disney World, and the walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios is easy, scenic and functional. There are wonderful restaurants and some shops along the way. I will be starting at the International Gateway within Epcot just to show how to leave if in the park, but the timed portion of the walk will start outside the gates.
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I have been surprised how many followers of mine on social media don't know you can walk between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, so here is a look at how to leave Epcot if you are inside the park. Between the United Kingdom and France in World Showcase is this path that leads outside the park.
World Traveler is ahead to the right, it is a smaller shop where you can find mostly the same merchandise you can buy elsewhere in the park.
The best part of the shop for me are the character window displays, there are several. They are also harder to photograph during the day so I didn't.
Guests can take a Friendship Boat or walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios or the resorts around Crescent Lake.
I almost never take the boats, I like the walk and it is almost always faster for me to do so.
To the left is the Friendship Boat dock. To the right is where the Disney Skyliner gondola system is being built. It will be another connection to Disney's Hollywood Studios. It will also connect to Disney's Art of Animation and Disney's Pop Century Resorts, and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and upcoming Disney's Riviera Resort.
We are also starting the timed walk here. I photograph the route, walk back and then time it without stops. I started here at 10:27 a.m. I walk at around a 3 mph pace and it does take me about 25 minutes.
A boat was waiting for guests.
There is artwork on the wall for the Disney Skyliner. I have not seen a projected completion date for this project.
Disney Skyliner artwork.
We are walking up the small hill here
A direction sign for the Epcot area resorts.
We are walking up through the stantions.
It is only a couple of minutes total to get to the bridge.
We are turning left here at the bridge, arriving at 10:29 a.m. If you wanted to walk straight, you'll find Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, and eventually you can still end up at Disney's Hollywood Studios - it is just a longer walk. Disney's Beach Club Resort is the closest of the resorts to Epcot, but these are all excellent. I spent 6 years as a Disney Authorized Travel Planner years ago and booked guests into these resorts all the time, especially for Festivals and events in Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Turning left as we will be walking over Crescent Lake.
The Walt Disney World Dolphin is in view. More obstructed here are the Walt Disney World Swan (left) and Disney's Yacht Club (right). Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are my favorite here, with a terrific pool area in Stormalong Bay (with a lazy river).
Walking over the bridge.
A boat heads under the bridge.
We are walking toward the Walt Disney World BoardWalk Resort area. I still remember in the 90s when I first walked out of the International Gateway, over 20 years ago. It was a huge "wow" moment and I never tire of walking here, I've taken this walk hundreds of times.
We are walking down now toward the BoardWalk.
A Friendship Boat travels by.
We are nearing Seabreeze Point, which is a smaller venue for weddings and such.
Seabreeze Point is actually pretty popular for weddings, so walking through it isn't always an option.
The view here is really nice of the various resorts, including Disney's Yacht and Beach Club.
Everything viewable here wil be along the walk to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
This is the front of Seabreeze Point.
Now we are heading to the first section of the Walt Disney World BoardWalk, with the ESPN Club first up.
The view for the walk is gorgeous. In the summer months it can be very hot, so take advantage of the easy access to air conditioning, food and beverages here before the portion of the walk that offers few stops.
The ESPN Club is a popular place to watch sports, with 100 or so screens. There is a full menu of food and drinks here.
A hand with barbel above the ESPN Club.
Looking across Crescent Lake.
Ample Hills Creamery is next up on the left hand side.
We are passing by Ample Hills at 10:33 a.m., just 6 minutes after we started the walk. Ample Hills offers delicious hand crafted ice cream. The inside of the shop is really fun too.
On this day, this sign was outside the shop. The next day, there was a board featuring their limited edition Star Wars ice cream flavors.
Disney's Yacht Club Resort across Crescent Lake.
Continuing along the BoardWalk.
The BoardWalk Bakery is very popular in the mornings especially. There are sandwiches, drinks, pastries and more. It is definitely worth a stop.
"Hue G. Krazont" is the proprietor.
Here is a quick look inside.
There is a photo booth along the way on the right hand side. I never took much notice of it until a niece of mine used it.
I used to order a lot from the Pizza Window here but haven't much in years.
Options have changed here, it doesn't show just slices without a combo but I assume you could still order one. There are whole pizzas that make a good option for families at a reasonable price and a salad is offered on the menu.
I was walking in the morning, and this is a listing of what is available for breakfast in the BoardWalk area. The Belle Vue Lounge is really nice for a relaxed setting.
There are seats across from the restaurants here for guests wanting to enjoy the water.
Trattoria al Forno is where Cat Cora's Kouzzina was and before that, Spoodles. I have not been to Trattoria al Forno yet but will very soon for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. It is a character breakfast with royal couples.
We are going to be walking past the entrance to Disney's BoardWalk Resort from the BoardWalk side - it is on the left, but we won't be going in.
Before that, the AbracadaBar and Flying Fish are side by side. I have been to the AbracadaBar once and not since the 90s for the Flying Fish (over 20 years ago). There are so many restaurants on Walt Disney World property and I often prefer just go to back to my favorites. The Flying Fish was recently renovated.
There are surrey bikes to rent here.
This is the current cost of the surrey bikes. There are some modest hills around Crescent Lake and the bikes take some effort on them.
Promenade Pier is where guests can take a Friendship Boat to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot area resorts from the BoardWalk.
There are a variety of stands with food and such along the BoardWalk. I am not showing all of them and many are more likely to be open later in the day. The BoardWalk also has nighttime entertainment. Daytime is often quiet here, the night is more lively.
A Friendship Boat picks up guests.
To the left and just behind the tree is the BoardWalk entrance to the resort. Disney's BoardWalk Resort has an Inn side and a DVC Villas side. There is also a restroom near here, the Wyland Galleries and the Luna Park pool area for the resort within just a minutes walk or so.
The photo walk is continued on page 2.
Up ahead to the left are several shops connected. I think of it more as one store, but there are different names.
The Screen Door General Store is the first shop.
I only photographed this area because it includes snacks and drinks. The rest of the stores here are mostly clothing and other merchandise.
Guests staying in the DVC Villas can find some food items to buy like frozen pizzas. The same fruit stand as was here when I first photographed the walk in 2007 is still here, along with plenty of beverage choices.
It wasn't too long ago that these cases were added, with cookies and more.
Disney's Character Carnival offers "Houseware and Mouseware".
Next up is Thimbles & Threads. Just like the Magic Kingdom Emporium, you can walk one end of the store(s) to the other.
Thimbles & Threads.
We are still walking ahead on the BoardWalk.
On the right hand side are games of chance/skill, these are also open more later in the day than when I was photographing.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works is on the left hand side. I first went to the Chattanooga location in 1999, and this version has decent food. They also have a beer tapping every couple of months or so with inexpensive beer during the event.
We will be making a turn pretty soon toward Disney's Hollywood Studios. Two entertainment locations are up ahead, but we otherwise won't be passing any other restaurants or shops.
The lighthouse at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort is across the way.
Crescent Lake is still to our right.
Rooms of the BoardWalk to our left.
Ahead, longtime entertainment locations Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall.
Looking behind us, you can see Spaceship Earth and SeaBreeze Point.
I like this view of Spaceship Earth, especially with the pop of color in the trees right now.
I have never gone to the Atlantic Dance Hall in the evening, just inside the building for a few events over the years during the day. It is 21+.
Jellyrolls is also 21+. I have only been one time to this dueling piano bar, almost 20 years ago. We almost went a few years ago but there was a child in the group and we walked to Fantasia Gardens for mini-golf instead.
We are passing Jellyrolls at 10:37 a.m., just 10 minutes after we left. My timed portion of the walk does not include the stops I am making for photos.
We turned left at Jellyrolls and will be soon making another left.
This is also the way to go if you want to head to the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin. The rooms and Dolphin lobby have recently been refurbished, and there are a number of terrific restaurants including Shula's.
We are heading left, but if you kept going toward the right, you'd end up either at the Swan & Dolphin or Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort.
We are still hugging the Jellyrolls building to the left.
There is a driveway here that you see the cart on, and then a walking path after that. Sometimes there is work being done on the path so I end up on the driveway for a bit, but the path is better because there are no vehicles.
Signage shows which way to go to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
There are several signs along the way, but it's very easy from here.
Disney's BoardWalk Resort will be on the left side for maybe half the way, and Disney's Swan Resort is across the water on the right.
We are heading straight.
On the right, a Friendship Boat is passing the Walt Disney World Swan with the Dolphin in the background.
We won't be looking at Luna Park at Disney's BoardWalk Resort but it's toward the left from where we are here and has a clown slide.
Another sign leads the way.
The driveway to the left continues as well.
Guests with these rooms have a nice view of the water.
Another sign points the way to go.
The BoardWalk Community Hall for DVC members is on the left hand side.
We pass Community Hall at 10:41 a.m.
This path is particularly busy in the early mornings as guests go to the park, and is also popular for runners and walkers exercising.
On the left hand side coming up are tennis courts for Disney's BoardWalk Resort guests.
We are walking toward the bridge.
A bird was standing on a rock nearby.
At this point, the sign only points to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
We pass under the bridge at 10:45 a.m.
The walkway here looks different than it did last year as the Disney Skyliner is being built. There is construction fence not long after the bridge.
In the distance, there is also a crane or two visible as Star Wars Land (2019) and Toy Story Land (2018) are being built.
The entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios can be seen, along with rockwork from Star Wars Land that is obstructed quite a bit by palm trees.
We are continuing along the path.
The Tower of Terror is now in view on the right hand side.
As we walk further, the Tower of Terror is also closer.
The Friendship Boat dock is to the left hand side of the attraction in these photos.
A Friendship Boat passes the Tower of Terror. I like seeing the Friendship Boats passing during the walk.
We are nearing the end of the walk as we get closer to the bus stop and the front of the park.
Construction is taking place for the Disney Skyliner here.
Construction fence leads to the bus stop.
Light at the end of the tunnel.
We are turning right.
The construction fence goes on for quite a bit, I am looking forward to riding the gondola system when completed occasionally.
Both charter and WDW buses are here.
The Disney Skyliner sign at Disney's Hollywood Studios shows the station concept art that is being built here.
We are walking with the fence on the right hand side.
The Tower of Terror is back in view.
Buses are the other direction.
The front entrance is ahead.
And I am stopping the walk here at the Sorcerer Mickey topiary at 10:53 a.m. On this day, it took me 26 minutes to walk. Sometimes it is less, not usually more. And it is always possible that this topiary can change, in recent memory there was a Frozen topiary display and a Cars display.
Ahead is the front entrance with security into Disney's Hollywood Studios!
I rarely start at Disney's Hollywood Studios first, Epcot is my favorite park and so this is the direction I normally go first. But you can reverse it and even take the way around toward Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort for a different view on the way back.
And here is our Mousesteps Weekly #254, we show some of the walk along with Epcot Festival of the Arts coverage! I queued it up to the walk, but you can watch from the beginning too.
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