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  • On Jul 9, 2009
    Michele from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Would it be possible to watch Fantasmic at 8pm and then take the friendship launch over to Epcot to catch Illuminations at 9pm? Not sure how long Fantasmic lasts. From where do you board the Friendship boats at HS? Thanks.

    Hi Michele,

    Fantasmic and Illuminations are two fantastic nighttime extravaganzas!

    Fantasmic, at Hollywood Studios, lasts just under thirty minutes and features lights, lasers, music and more. With a 8pm start time, you can expect the show to finish around 8:30pm. The show is extremely popular therefore the crowds are typically quite large. Based on the number of people trying to exit all at the same time, plan on at least fifteen minutes to exit the theater and park.

    Illuminations, at Epcot's World Showcase, is a moving tribute to the various cultures of the world with lasers, fireworks and music. Typically the show begins at 9pm. Once you exit Hollywood Studios, you can take a boat from the dock (located to the left once you exit Hollywood Studios) to Epcot. The boat will stop at the Dolphin/Swan. Beach/Yacht Club, and Boardwalk before arriving at Epcot. Depending the amount of time it takes at each stop, the boat ride can take between twenty to thirty minutes from Hollywood Studios to Epcot. There is a pathway that leads along Hollywood Studios, towards and past the Boardwalk Resort and eventually to Epcot. If you are up to the walk, it may be faster to walk rather than take the boat. Walking at a pretty steady pace, the walk typically takes fifteen to twenty minutes from one park to another.

    It is possible to squeeze in both, however you will need to exit Fantasmic immediately, head directly to Hollywood Studios exit and walk at a fairly steady pace to Epcot in order to make it through the Epcot turnstiles in time to make the start of Illuminations. It will be close, and you may feel rushed. The other thought is you will be arriving at Epcot just about the start of Illuminations so you may have difficulty finding your perfect viewing spot. If you have another evening free, I would take your time at Fantasmic and enjoy the show, then plan Illuminations for another evening when you can arrive at Epcot at your leisure and pick your perfect spot.
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