When I started Mousesteps in 2007, Disney resort photo walks were the primary focus of the site. I haven’t posted nearly as many in recent years and I’m hoping that will change over the coming months.
I’ve photographed and posted the Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios walk more than any other through the years. It is my favorite walk – actually connecting two parks – and the shops and restaurants have changed quite a bit through the years (remember Spoodles?). I’ve walked this path hundreds of times. There is some construction on both ends right now with the Disney Skyliner being installed and other additions. I will mention those as I show them. Back in 2007 I was still an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and the Epcot resort area was a favorite with my guests because the resorts are so close to Epcot in particular. For foodies, the wonderful restaurants in World Showcase and in the BoardWalk area make it a very favorable location.
There are about 140 photos in this article on two pages, and I time the walk after I photograph it. Here is the walk!
I photographed the walk in early January, and some Christmas decorations were still up in the parks.
I am showing how to exit out of Epcot’s International Gateway to walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the timed portion of the walk does not start yet. The International Gateway is down a hill between France and England in Epcot World Showcase, and this area will get busier with guests once the Disney Skyliner gondola system opens. It won’t be as busy as the front of the park, but 4 additional resorts will have guests entering through here.
On the way out, France can be seen to the left.
The Disney Skyliner will pass here and the Ratatouille attraction is being built.
The Friendship Boats are still running to the Epcot area resorts and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I have always found walking a little faster and more scenic.
To the right is the Disney Skyliner station that is still being built. The Disney Skyliner gondolas will connect Epcot’s International Gateway with Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the upcoming (this year) Disney’s Riviera Resort.
I am timing the walk from here at the International Gateway, I am starting at 9:13 a.m.
The construction will be finished this year and I plan to add a new photo walk when the Disney Skyliner opens in fall.
There is artwork on walls for the Disney Skyliner.
We are walking up the hill.
And through the poles.
We will be turning up ahead to the left at the bridge.
We are turning here at 9:15 a.m.
If we didn’t turn left, we’d have passed Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts – and we still could have made it to the walkway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Walking across the bridge.
The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is in sight, along with a Friendship Boat.
Heading across the bridge.
We are turning toward Disney’s BoardWalk.
For those who have not taken this way before, it is a very short walk to some wonderful dining and shopping options.
The sign points to the BoardWalk.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is on the opposite side of Crescent Lake.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is also in view.
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are also just minutes from Epcot by foot and offer some nice dining choices.
We are heading toward the BoardWalk.
To the right is Seabreeze Point, which is often used for smaller weddings.
SeaBreeze Point overlooks Crescent Lake and the Epcot resorts.
This is the view of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort from the pavilion.
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts can be seen from here as well.
It’s a nice place for photos when not in use for weddings.
Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort is the best Disney owned resort pool area and its large shipwreck slide can be seen from here.
We are coming up on the BoardWalk.
The ESPN Club can be seen first to the left.
To the right, the Atlantic Dance Hall is in view and we’ll be passing by that soon.
I haven’t eaten at the ESPN Club in years but it is very popular on game days.
The front of the ESPN Club includes a hand with a barbell.
The barbell up close.
Next is Ample Hills Creamery, which is a newer addition to the BoardWalk.
I’ve never written a review of Ample Hills, but the ice cream is excellent. I arrive here at 9:19 a.m. from Epcot, only 6 minutes after I started timing it.
Across the way is an old fashioned photo booth.
Guests can pay to have strips of photos made and they include Disney characters.
To the left is the BoardWalk Bakery. It was expanded in 2013, and it still seems recent to me. I wrote an article back then.
Looking to the right.
Disney’s BoardWalk is noted on the benches here.
We are in front of the BoardWalk Bakery, I do recommend it for breakfast items, a sandwich or dessert. Refillable mugs can be refilled here.
A sign was outside showing what is available for breakfast.
BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas is on the right, and wasn’t yet open due to being in the morning.
To the left is the BoardWalk Pizza Window. I don’t go there too often anymore, but it has been there for a long time through the Spoodles, Kouzzina by Cat Cora and Trattoria al Forno restaurants in this location.
Guests can purchase a large pizza to split fairly reasonably here.
Trattoria al Forno is on the left.
We reviewed the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast last year. That is a character breakfast and included Ariel and Rapunzel with Prince Eric and Flynn Rider. Otherwise, I’ve not eaten at Trattoria al Forno – it is an Italian restaurant for other meals and has been here for four years now.
BoardWalk to Go offers items like hot dogs and corn dogs.
We reviewed the AbracadaBar when it first opened in 2016.
The Flying Fish has been here for a long time and was refurbished with some menu changes in 2016. It is a popular Signature Dining location though I’ve not dined there in a very long time.
We are passing by the entrance to Disney’s BoardWalk Resort on the left, there is a green where the outdoor Christmas tree goes (barely in the photo here).
Surrey bikes are very popular for renting.
Current pricing for surrey bikes.
This is one of the sidewalks leading to the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort (up the stairs).
Up ahead is more shopping, dining and entertainment offerings.
To the right, we are still also passing the expansive Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
The Screen Door General Store is here, and includes snack options and sundries.
There are several stores all connected under one roof.
Next up is Disney’s Character Carnival with “Houseware and Mouseware”.
A Friendship boat passes by on the right.
Promenade Pier offers Friendship Boat sevice to both parks. Because the boats stop at several docks, it can be a little slow going but is a nice ride.
The stops are here, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club.
Disney Vacation Club has its own sign wishing a magical day.