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  • On Jul 2, 2021
    Hannah from VA Asked

    Hi! We are staying at the GF the third week of July. With the Epcot monorail closed, what is the quickest/easiest way to get from GF Resort to Epcot by Disney transportation? Is there any route that would get us to enter at the International Gateway?

    Hello and Welcome to planDisney, Hannah! Thanks for stopping by with your question. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an absolutely amazing place to stay while you are on vacation at Walt Disney World. You are going to have a grand time! 

    To get to Epcot and specifically the International Gateway, there are a few different transportation options you can consider. Because the monorail is still not in service over to Epcot, complimentary bus transportation is provided. However, the bus will drop you off at the front of the park and not in the back. If you want to stick with complimentary transportation, you could always take a bus over to Disney's Hollywood Studios first. Then, from there you have a few options to get over to the International Gateway. The most thrilling option is going to be to then hop on the Disney Skyliner for a ride in the sky over to Epcot. This is going to take you a little bit of extra time but is well worth it. I love seeing a birds-eye view of the Walt Disney World Resort. The skyline does make a stopover at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and you'll have to change lines to get over to the Internation Gateway once there. Another option is to take a bus from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa over to Disney's Hollywood Studios and then take the boat transportation over to the Epcot resort area. The boat will make a few stops but then will make its way over to the International Gateway. If you don't want to take the boat, there is also a walking path that connects Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Internation Gateway over at Epcot. The walk is a bit long, taking me about 15-20 minutes each time I've done it. I will say that even though it doesn't seem like it, the boat, once you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is the quickest option. I've tried to outrun it before and I just can't do it. 

    If taking multiple forms of transportation to get back there seems like too much for you, there is a much simpler option. If it were me, I'd use a ride-share service. I find ride-shares to be convenient and pretty affordable for getting around the Walt Disney World Resort. The best spot for the ride-share service to drop you off would be at Disney's Beach Club Resort. From there, you'll go out the back entrance of the resort and will have a short walk over to the International Gateway. Your ride-share service will be able to pick you up right at the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and be able to drop you off at the front doors of Disney's Beach Club Resort. It's very convenient. 

    I hope this helps get you over to Epcot with ease, Hannah. If you have any other questions, please feel free to come back and ask me. I'm happy to help. Have fun! 
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I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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