• On Oct 17, 2022
    Amanda from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    To get to the International Gateway early (staying at AoA) - can we get dropped off at the Boardwalk or Swan ? What are your suggestions if the kids want to rope drop through International Gateway and the Skyliner is not open yet - using rideshare serv?

    Hi Amanda! Thanks for stopping by planDisney!

    Just reading your question makes me wish I was heading down to The Most Magical Place on Earth right now! While I love every bit of the four Theme Parks and two Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort, the EPCOT Resort area around Crescent Lake is absolute heaven to me! I love hearing the children's happy shouts as they play at Stormalong Bay, riding the Friendship boats to and from Disney's Hollywood Studios, and strolling through Disney's BoardWalk to Sea Breeze Point, where my husband and I were married! I hope you and your family have a chance to explore this amazing area of the Resort during your visit. 

    Hearing that you're staying at Disney's Art of Animation Resort proves to me that you and your family are in for a magical vacation. With the incredible, immersive theming, the delicious dining options at Landscape of Flavors and, of course, the fabulous Big Blue Pool, you're going to be right in the middle of the magic every moment of your stay.  

    Getting to and from both EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios is super easy AND super exciting when you get to ride the Disney Skyliner! Because of your close proximity to a Disney Skyliner station, this would definitely be my "go-to" for getting to EPCOT for Early Theme Park Entry.  Lately, the Skyliner has been opening at 7:00 a.m., giving you more than enough time to take a scenic ride through the sky and still arrive before "rope drop".  While Skyliner hours can change depending on Park hours, you can certainly speak with a Cast Member at the front desk of your Resort to find out specific operating hours for the days you plan to use it. 

    If you're really early risers and want to make your way through Disney's BoardWalk even earlier your best bet would be to have a confirmed breakfast reservation or mobile order at the Resort.  Without this, your rideshare service may not be able to drop you off at the Resort, and I'm sure you don't want to add extra time on to your journey! 

    See ya real soon, Amanda!
    Ashley M

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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