How do you get from Disney’s Old Key West Resort to Hollywood Studios?
If you are staying at Old Key West or planning a future visit, you probably want to know how to get to Hollywood Studios from the resort.
Below, I will detail FIVE specific ways you can make this journey.
Old Key West Resort to Hollywood Studios:
Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Hollywood Studios!
Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios? Being able to jump on and off these buses is one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort.
To use the buses to get to Hollywood Studios, you must first find the bus stops at Old Key West. Because Old Key West is such a big resort, there are five different locations where you can board the buses. The good news is that no matter where you stay within the resort, you shouldn’t have a very far walk to a bus stop.
Here are the FIVE different bus stops, listed in the order they PICK UP guests at Old Key West:
- #1. Peninsular Road
- #2. Old Turtle Pond Road
- #3. South Point
- #4. Miller’s Road
- #5. Hospitality House / North Cove
Here is a map of where you can find each bus stop at Old Key West.
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.
You will find a screen at all the bus stops showing when the next bus to Hollywood Studios is expected to arrive.
Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Hollywood Studios from Old Key West. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times, such as in the morning around the park opening. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at Hollywood Studios for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves our room about an hour before we want to arrive, just to be safe.
Once your bus leaves Old Key West, Hollywood Studios is 4 miles away (6.4 km). The drive should take about 15 minutes.
But please be aware that you will probably be on the bus longer than 15 minutes, depending on which stop you board the bus.
That’s because you must wait as the bus drops off and picks up guests at the other stops before finally leaving for the theme park. For example, if you get on the bus at Peninsular Road (Stop #1), it’s estimated that it will take around 15 minutes just to get through the rest of the bus stops within Old Key West before finally leaving for Hollywood Studios.
One strategy that some guests use is walking directly to one of the last bus stops, which would be Miller’s Road (#4) or Hospitality House (#5). They do this to avoid spending additional time on the bus.
The Hospitality House bus stop is outside the main lobby entrance. You can expect the biggest lines for the bus here.
But I want to warn you this plan could backfire.
During busy times, such as in the morning, the bus may already be full of guests by the time it reaches these last stops. If that happens, the bus will drive by, and you must hope the next one has room for you.
If using the free bus transportation to get to Hollywood Studios sounds frustrating, keep reading to learn about other options. 🙂
Option #2: Take an Uber/Lyft from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios
If you don’t want to ride on or wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Old Key West Resort is easy. Just open the app and select Hollywood Studios as your destination, and you should be matched with a driver within seconds.
Because Old Key West is such a big resort, it’s important that you mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. No matter which building you are staying in, a parking lot will be nearby, offering plenty of room for your driver to pick you up.
The driving distance from Disney’s Old Key West Resort to Hollywood Studios is 4 miles away (6.4 km), and the drive should take a little under 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of taking an Uber or Lyft is they typically drive to Hollywood Studios faster than the slower Disney buses.
I have found the one-way fare from Old Key West averages under $15.
If you have limited time to travel to Hollywood Studios, I think it is money well spent! The best part about using a rideshare service while staying at Old Key West is that you don’t have to deal with your bus stopping at multiple places within the resort before finally leaving for the park. You also don’t risk the bus being full when it arrives at your bus stop.
Between Uber and Lyft, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a rideshare to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up. 🙂
Option #3: Ride in a MINNIE VAN to Hollywood Studios
One fun thing about using the rideshare service Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!
A 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.
While using the Lyft app inside the resort, choose Hollywood Studios as your destination. 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. But in addition to a Disney Cast Member driving, here are a few additional benefits of a Minnie Van.
- They can fit up to SIX people.
- Includes two car seats, which your driver will install for you.
- These vans can fit scooters and wheelchairs, but please pre-arrange your ride if you need this service.
Option #4: Take a TAXI to Hollywood Studios
I know some people don’t like using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving or don’t feel comfortable using the app. If this describes you, calling a traditional taxi company for a ride is easy.
Taking a taxi has many of the same benefits as rideshares, such as not waiting for a bus. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the Disney buses are free.
Option #5: Drive yourself to Hollywood Studios!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Old Key West 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 4 miles (6.4 km). The drive usually takes under 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Hollywood Studios…
As long as you are staying at Old Key West, 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 Old Key West Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.
Can the Disney Skyliner take me from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios?
The short answer to this question is NO. There is no boarding station for the Disney Skyliner at Old Key West.
Can I take the Disney Monorail from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios?
No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at Old Key West, nor does the monorail travel to Hollywood Studios. If you want access to this transportation option from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort. And so you know, the monorail only travels to two theme parks – Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Can I walk from Disney’s Old Key West to Hollywood Studios?
The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and the theme park is long, around 4 miles (6.4 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must take the bus, a taxi/rideshare, or drive yourself to get there!
Can I take the Disney boats from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios?
No. While boat transportation is at Old Key West, the boat does not travel to Hollywood Studios. You can only take the boats from Old Key West to Disney Springs.
What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Old Key West Resort to Hollywood Studios?
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