The Friendship Boats stop at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Swan and Dolphin, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot (along with Promenade Pier).
The boat dock can get busy at times. It wasn’t at this moment.
There is a Funnel Cake booth to the right.
This side of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort contains a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Screen Door General Store is first. It is attached to Character Carnival and Thimbles and Threads – you can just walk through all of them.
If you are looking for snacks, or items for your refrigerator…cupcakes, etc. – this is the place to go. We also recommend Garden Grocer if you are staying at a Disney resort for groceries (that is an affilate link).
Up next is Character Carnival.
Houseware and Mouseware.
And then Thimbles & Threads is up to the left.
There are benches with great views.
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is noted on the benches.
Now we are passing Thimbles & Threads, which is where a lot of the apparel is within this long store. There is a lot of merchandise here and then also one shop inside Disney’s BoardWalk Resort (off the lobby).
Big River Grille & Brewing Works is next, to the left. The restaurant makes its own beer, and sometimes offers tapping events.
Now we are heading toward Atlantic Dance Hall.
The Atlantic Dance Hall is an entertainment venue, I have never been inside except for daytime special events.
Looking back, a Friendship Boat heads toward the boat dock.
And Spaceship Earth can be seen in the direction we came from.
Jellyrolls is next, we arrive at 8:24 a.m. – 9 minutes after leaving Epcot.
Jellyrolls offers Dueling Pianos as entertainment. I have been only once, in the 90s.
We are passing Jellyrolls, which is the last venue before walking along the water toward Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you walked to the right, you could then either go to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin or to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort.
We are heading to the left. When I photograph the walks, they are snapshots in time – on this day, Disney was getting ready for the Walt Disney World Marathon. So there is a tent and portable restrooms on the left, those are not normally there.
We are walking now through these two poles.
There are signs occasionally to help keep you on track, but otherwise we are walking on the sidewalk with the water to our right.
Signs point the way to Disney’s BoardWalk, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and to the tennis courts (which are relatively rare at Walt Disney World resorts, 7 resorts have tennis courts).
The walk is really nice, and there are usually other walkers and runners.
Looking back, the Walt Disney World Dolphin can be seen. The hotel isn’t owned by Disney so there is no Magical Express or other Disney resort amenities.However, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin were recently renovated, are in a prime location and include some of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World (including Shula’s Steak House). Plus they offer Extra Magic Hours just as Walt Disney World resorts do.
This walkway is between Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and the water – Friendship Boats pass by occasionally here too.
To the left is the recreation and pool area for Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. We pass here at 8:27 a.m. Actually, this is about halfway – 12 minutes into the walk and 12 minutes until we arrive to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Epcot is my favorite park and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios requires an early morning arrival to try and secure a spot – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is a perfect location for both.
We are continuing to walk past the resort.
This is the last area of building left before passing the tennis court.
Looking back, the Walt Disney World Swan is in view and you can see guests are along the path. Not a lot at this time.
Heading back toward Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There is a sign for the tennis courts and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Nobody was playing at this time but it is used by guests.
There is a bridge up ahead.
We will be arriving to the bridge at 8:33 a.m for the last leg of the walk. It is a lovely, quiet walk most of the time. It is probably busy in the early mornings for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then after fireworks it is busier too.
At 8:39 a.m., we are 14 minutes into the walk and have covered a lot of ground.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios now comes into view.
A lot has changed on this portion of the walk since last year.
A bird enjoys the sun.
The Tower of Terror is to the right hand side. I used to come here (years ago) with my tripod to take photos outside the park. I should do that again, I’m not out at night so often.
The newer bus station is to the left up ahead.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is across the water.
The bus station is nice and welcome after all the construction out here over the past year. A lot is going on around property but it’s nice to see the transformation of so many locations (especially Epcot right now).
Another look at the Tower of Terror.
We are just a few minutes away from the front entrance now.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now in view better.
There is a newer restroom here next to the Disney Skyliner.
The Disney Skyliner was added in August. It connects guests to Epcot, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. There is a transfer point at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort so it is not direct between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One of the last times we took the Disney Skyliner, there was a backup at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort of about 10 minutes, so walking would have been much faster. But the views from the Disney Skyliner are fantastic, especially if you have a clear gondola (not wrapped with characters).
Looking back, the restrooms are on the left and the bus stop to the right. There are also Coca-Cola machines.
We are walking past the Disney Skyliner wires and then taking a right.
The end of the Disney Skyliner station will be where I stop.
Each of the parks has widened the security area and it serves to some extent as the front entrance to the park now. So I’ll be stopping here and taking the Disney Skyliner back to Epcot.
We arrive here at 8:39 a.m. The walk between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios took me 24 minutes without stops.
And I will have one more photo of Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the Disney Skyliner!
This is the view while heading away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios – I rode around noon after walking back and forth and including a stop at Epcot. It is really great to have so many forms of transporation now between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – by foot is usually my choice, but the Disney Skyliner is now a terrific option as well.
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