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  • On May 8, 2013
    Dena Asked

    Thinking of driving to Hollywood Studios for EMH then going to AK for lunch & a few attractions, returning to HS for dinner and Fantasmic. Better to take bus? Would like to keep close parking. How long a drive between the two?

    Hi Dena!

    While I'm a huge fan of the complimentary transportation at Walt Disney World, I think in this case you'll be better off using your car (since you'll already have it with you).

    Because you're planning to arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios at an early hour, you'll probably be able to snag a pretty sweet parking spot.  When you make the drive from there to Disney's Animal Kingdom, it should probably take about 10 minutes or so (depending on traffic and how far you like to stretch your right foot out when you drive).  

    The good news is that even if you don't get a close parking spot at either Disney's Animal Kingdom, or at Disney's Hollywood Studios when you return that afternoon, the trams that service the parking lots at both theme parks will give you a speedy ride over the front of the parks where you can do the security check and access the front gates.

    Here's a little tip from your buddy Derek:

    At Disney's Hollywood Studios, there's a secret entrance off the parking lot that not may people know about. If you opt for walking, instead of taking the tram, use the walkway on the left side of the tram lane (as you walk toward the front gates of the theme park). That walkway will lead you on a much shorter walk and will drop you off at a smaller security checkpoint than the main one outside of the front gates. After you cruise through that checkpoint and get your bags inspected, you'll be a short walk away from the park's entrance.

    I hope that helps. If I can answer any other questions you may have, please feel free to let me know and I'll be happy to help in any way that I can!

    Best regards,
    Derek

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Meet the Panelist: Derek, Virginia

Whether you're traveling with infants or preschoolers, planning a family reunion, taking a romantic trip for two, or even traveling solo - I've been in your shoes.  I'd love to help you make the most out of your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Derek

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