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  • On Nov 20, 2023
    Srishti Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do buses run between parks before park opening? I'm planning to start my day at EPCOT and end my day at Hollywood Studios, so thinking of parking at Hollywood Studios and in the morning taking a bus to EPCOT. Do buses run between parks before 9am?

    Hey there Srishti, I'd like to wish you a warm Canadian welcome back to planDisney!

    Now as a seasoned explorer, I'm all about planning out a great transportation strategy from the start to the end of each day and I especially love sharing these with every intrepid adventurer from the north as fellow Canadians make the journey down to Florida to navigate between theme parks. Now the simplest answer to your question is that sadly Walt Disney World Resort bus transportation currently does not run between the theme parks in the morning, and the posted signage indicates that they are only available from 1:30 p.m. onwards at the present time. (This makes sense as Park Hopper Availability is only from 2:00 p.m. at each theme park right now until January 9, 2024, and I'm curious whether there will be an announcement made about extending bus service between the theme parks earlier after this date.)

    If you're heading down to Walt Disney World Resort soon, there are however a few different ways that you might be able to accomplish your plan of parking your vehicle at Disney's Hollywood Studios and returning to it at the end of the day:

    • One option is using the Disney Skyliner to make your way between Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, which will very conveniently drop you off where it ends at the International Gateway which is the EPCOT entrance that lies just between the United Kingdom and France pavilions. As you pull into the parking lot, the Disney Skyliner tends to be very easy to spot hanging overhead in order to confirm whether it's currently running, but in my experience it's typically early enough for guests with Early Theme Park Entry coming from the Disney Resort Hotels.
    • Another option could be to take advantage of using water transportation and boarding a FriendShip boat that sails between these two points to avoid having to make transfers along your journey like you'd need to on the Disney Skyliner. I would caution that this is further away from the parking lot and you might find it a bit longer to wait for another boat, along with the boarding and unloading process at each stop en route to EPCOT.
    • A final alternative could be just making the journey yourself via the accessible path that leads along the waterway from Disney's Hollywood Studios to EPCOT and winds along Disney's BoardWalk. If you're up for it - it could be a nice bit of cardio ahead of a big day at the parks!
    I hope this helps Srishti, I'm always happy to lend a helpful Canadian hand here at planDisney! Come back and keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog for any official announcements or changes coming to transportation at Walt Disney World Resort ahead of your next Disney adventure.

    Here's to making the journey as eventful as your destination!
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