Dolphin Resort Pool
  • On Oct 31, 2022
    Diana from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How long is it to walk from the Dolphin Hotel to EPCOT and to Hollywood Studios? If we want to take water transportation, what time do the boats start running before Early Entry Hours?

    Hey there, Diana, and welcome to planDisney! Thanks for stopping by the panel with your question! Your trip is just around the corner — you’ll be snacking on Mickey Bars and all the popcorn your heart desires before you know it!

    The Swan and Dolphin hotels are fantastic resort options for any Walt Disney World Vacation. And I think the great transportation options available to resort guests just sweeten the deal! We love that we can travel by water via the Friendship Boats to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. But to be honest, I particularly love that you can grab your Theme Park bag and walk to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios in less time than it takes to eat a quick meal! If you walk at a leisurely pace, you can make it to Hollywood Studios in under 20 min. EPCOT is slightly closer and takes less than 15 minutes, from my experience. The walking paths are flat and pretty scenic as they border the waterway. I have walked the path a few times with my wife (who was pregnant at the time), small kids, and a double stroller in tow. We found it to be a fun, simple way to travel to those two Theme Parks. And if you are a brisk walker and/or traveling with no children, you could likely shave a few minutes off the trip time!

    The Friendship Boats typically begin running 45 minutes to an hour before the park opens to Resort Guests. We are early birds who like to rope drop every park, so you can typically find us in line waiting for park transportation at least an hour before our chosen Theme Park is scheduled to open for the day. Diana, don’t forget that complimentary bus transportation is also provided to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. But if you’re anything like me, that easy walk for snacks at EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival will win the draw most of the time!

    I hope this helps, Diana! If you have more questions while planning your Disney Vacation, stop back by and let me know

    You’ve got a friend in me, 

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Meet the Panelist: Phillip, Alabama

Hi there! I’m Phillip from Alabama and you can consider me your skipper. I love helping families navigate the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney planning is like a trip through a jungle - there may be twists and turns but with a little patience and pixie dust I’m here to help you have the most magical time! Learn More About Phillip

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