Resort Hopping – Sailing from Hollywood Studios to Epcot

Resort Hopping - Sailing from Hollywood Studios to Epcot

My writers and I love offering you Disney World Planning Tips and Tricks. Using our collective knowledge we like to prepare you for what to expect before, during, and after your Disney World vacation. In case you missed my last article I discussed Resort Hopping over at the Magic Kingdom.

Today I want to talk to you about something outside the Disney World Theme Parks and that is the Disney World Resorts, specifically the ones between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

This is one of my favorite Resort Hopping experiences as you get to use the Friendship Boats. There is no way you can fit this resort hop into one day unless you took the whole day to do it. We like to split them up into 2 days. Also I find that this resort hop is better around dinner time or in the evening as the sunset on the BoardWalk area is breath-taking.

There are 5 Resorts that make up the Epcot & Hollywood Area Resorts.


Since our Resort Hop today has more of a nautical theme to it, just imagine your Friendship Boat is a Pirate ship and your sailing the high seas in search of treasure. Trust me you will find it at these Disney Deluxe Resorts!

This resort hop works best if you are starting in either Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Driving by car is very tedious and I would not recommend it. But if you must, park your car at Disney Board Walk and just go from there as parking will be free.

Quick Tip – Just tell the Gate Guard you would like to walk around and look at the Resort. If you have a parking pass and Keys to the World Card I usually just flash those and they wave me on through.

Day 1

However you chose to get there, I am going to start this plan at Disney’s BoardWalk. Here you can walk the BoardWalk, take in the sights and sounds, stop off for a bite to eat, or even check out the street performers. A visit to the BoardWalk is a must for us on every visit.

While here you can also check out the Boardwalk Inn and the Boardwalk Villas. Both resorts capture the charm, whimsy and elegance of 1940s Atlantic City. Sitting along a boardwalk packed with amusements, the Resorts offers dynamic views of the BoardWalk and of the glittering waters of Crescent Lake.

Be sure to walk around and explore. There are literally hundreds of points of interest to check out. Make sure to bring your camera for pictures, and a stroller for little ones. The walk around the BoardWalk is perfect for couples and for families too, as it is nowhere near as packed as Downtown Disney or some of the other resorts. Try having a treat at the BoardWalk Bakery or rent a surrey bike and ride around in style! My writer Melissa lists all the fun things you can do at the Boardwalk in this great article. Is Disney’s Boardwalk Villas Resort For You?

At this point you can continue to-day 2 or you can wait and come back here to this area later.

Day 2

After a nice stroll down at the Boardwalk our next stop is across Crescent Lake to the Yacht Club Resort & Villas & Beach Club Resort & Villas. All of these resorts have a New England feel to them. I would say probably for me some of the best looking on Disney property. I love the crisp colors with white contrast on all the buildings.

I suggest when you are walking through Disney Beach Club Resort stop off at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. My favorite place to get Ice Cream at Walt Disney World. We have no set way to walk around these Resorts we usually just start at the Yacht Club and work our way down to the Beach Club taking in the beautiful surroundings. Both resorts are connected together and share many amenities. The pool area is one of the best on Disney property! The Beach Club is literally a stones throw from Epcot so Illuminations: Reflections of Earth can get quite loud at night.

After you have taken in the sights and sounds of New England its time to jump on the Ferry again for a stop off at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resorts. While not owned by Disney I consider them as much Disney’s as any place else on site. Be sure to take plenty of pictures! I have never eaten at any of the restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin but I hear they are very good.

If you want to check out a map of the Resorts and Ferry Route check it out here.

So that’s it for our Epcot/Hollywood Studios Resort Hop. If you are lucky enough to stay at one of these Disney Deluxe Accommodations then your already home 🙂 I hope you enjoy Resort Hopping as much as my family and I do. Stay tuned next time as I discuss the Animal Kingdom Area Hop.

If you have anything little tips or suggestions on things to do and see at these resorts be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Resort Hopping - Sailing from Hollywood Studios to Epcot
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