How do you get from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios?
If you are staying at the Contemporary or planning a future visit, you probably want to know how to get to Hollywood Studios.
Below I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey.
Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios:
Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Hollywood Studios!
Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios?
And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the main entrance of the Contemporary. When you exit out the front lobby, turn right and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.
As you can see on the map above, if your room is in the Bay Lake Tower, you will find getting to the bus stop easier by staying outside and coming from the north. You would backtrack quite a bit to get to the bus stop if you went through the Contemporary Resort lobby from Bay Lake Tower.
Once you arrive at the bus stop, you will find plenty of benches to sit on while waiting for the next bus to Hollywood Studios.
Bus service to Hollywood Studios typically begins 45 minutes before the park opens and ends 1 hour after it closes. Once they start, the buses run continuously throughout the day. I have found that you can typically expect a bus to arrive around every 20 minutes.
A screen at the bus stop shows when the next bus to Hollywood Studios is expected to arrive.
Once your bus leaves the Contemporary, it should take between 15-20 minutes to arrive.
As you can imagine, since the buses do not cost anything extra, it’s the most popular way to travel to Hollywood Studios from the Contemporary. At certain times of the day, such as the park opening, you might experience a bit of a line to board the bus. So give yourself plenty of time to arrive for a reservation or show.
Option #2: Take a rideshare/taxi from the Contemporary to Hollywood Studios
To get to Hollywood Studios fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Disney’s Contemporary Resort is easy. This option can save a lot of time, especially if you just missed the bus.
I know many people don’t like the idea of using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving. If this describes you, then it’s also easy to call a traditional taxi company for a ride. I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.
Regardless of your decision, the best place to meet your driver is outside the front of the Contemporary. There is lots of space for you to find a good pickup spot.
There is also a HUGE parking lot at the Contemporary where you can meet your driver. No matter where you decide on your pickup location, make sure to mark the correct spot on the map in the Uber/Lyft app.
The driving distance from the Contemporary to Hollywood Studios is 7.8 miles (12.6 km), and the drive should take about 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of taking an Uber or Lyft (or taxi) is that they can typically drive to Hollywood Studios faster than the slower Disney buses.
I have found the one-way fare from the Contemporary averages under $15.
If you have limited time to travel to Hollywood Studios, I think it is money well spent!
TWO rideshare companies operate in Disney World – Uber and Lyft. Between them both, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a rideshare at Disney, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up.
One neat thing about using Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!
One big benefit of using a Minnie Van is they are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are employees of Disney, which provides additional peace of mind.
To use a Minnie Van, choose Hollywood Studios as your destination while using the Lyft app inside the resort. Then order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up.
While this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle.
Option #3: Drive yourself to Hollywood Studios!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone to pick you up. 🙂
The distance between these two locations is 7.8 miles (12.6 km). The drive takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Hollywood Studios…
As long as you are staying at the Contemporary, the parking at Hollywood Studios is FREE! Unfortunately, many guests don’t realize (or forget) that if you stay at a Disney World Resort, parking at any of the parks does not cost anything.
Getting FREE parking at the theme parks is an incredible benefit of staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.
Can the Disney Skyliner take me to Hollywood Studios from the Contemporary Resort?
The short answer to this question is NO. While the Skyliner does have a boarding station at Hollywood Studios, there is no boarding station for the Skyliner at the Contemporary.
If you want a Skyliner boarding station at your hotel, stay at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.
Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios?
One great benefit of staying at the Contemporary Resort is that you can board the monorail from the resort! But, unfortunately, the monorail does NOT go to Hollywood Studios. You must take a Disney bus, drive yourself, or take a rideshare to Hollywood Studios from the Contemporary.
You can use the monorail from the Contemporary to get to TWO theme parks, Magic Kingdom or Epcot.
Can I walk from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Hollywood Studios?
The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and Hollywood Studios is very long, at around 7.8 miles (12.6 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!
But you can walk to Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary. It only takes 10 minutes!
What is your favorite way to travel from the Contemporary to Hollywood Studios?
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