3 Ways to Go From the Yacht Club to Epcot (2024)

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How do you get from Disney’s Yacht Club Resort to Epcot?

If you are staying at the Yacht Club or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the different ways to get to Epcot from the resort. Below I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey.

But before you start reading, please know that you CAN NOT take the Disney buses to go to Epcot from the Yacht Club. Many people mistakenly stand at the bus stop waiting for a bus to Epcot that is never going to arrive. 🙂

Option #1. Walk from the Yacht Club to Epcot!

yacht club to epcot

One of the BIGGEST benefits of staying at the Yacht Club is that you can walk to Epcot. I can’t stress this point enough, as the walk is very short and only takes about 5 minutes! Seriously, it’s an amazing feeling not having to wait for a boat or bus to arrive or stand in line for the Skyliner. 🙂

The walkway that leads you to Epcot is incredibly easy to find.

  • First, you will walk out the back of the Yacht Club.

  • Once you get near Crescent Lake, you will see a walkway that goes around the lake. Turn left and start walking on the pathway. At this point, Crescent Lake will be on your right, and you should see the pool and the Beach Club on your left.

  • Keep heading straight until you get to Epcot. It’s only .4 miles (.65 km) away from the Yacht Club, so you don’t have far to travel. You will also see signs that let you know you are heading in the correct direction.

walking to epcot from the yacht club

Please be aware that you are not entering Epcot at the front main entrance by the iconic giant ball. Instead, you are entering the International Gateway, which is located at the BACK of the park. When you enter through the International Gateway, you will be near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France area.

Here is a map of Epcot so you can see where you will enter the park when you stay at the Yacht Club.

yacht club to epcot back entrance map

How long does walking from the Yacht Club to Epcot take?

The distance between the resort and the park is only .4 miles (.65 km). Your walk should take under 10 minutes.

Option #2. Take a boat to Epcot!

If you don’t feel like walking to Epcot, Disney also provides transportation by boat from the Yacht Club. 

yacht club to epcot

To find the boat dock, walk out the back of the Yacht Club and head straight towards Crescent Lake. Once you get outside, you should see a lighthouse directly in front of you. To board the FREE Friendship Boats to head to Epcot, just keep walking straight onto the dock to the lighthouse.

yacht club to epcot boat ride

Once you arrive at the lighthouse, make sure you board the correct boat, as you can also take a boat to go to Hollywood Studios. The boat that goes to Epcot will board on the left, and there are signs pointing exactly where you need to stand.

lighthouse yacht club sign

And don’t worry if you have a stroller, as they are allowed on the boats, but you must fold them. The Friendship Boats are also accessible for wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

In my opinion, you should NOT take the boat to go to Epcot.

Honestly, it is going to be much faster to just make the .4 mile (.65 km) walk to Epcot rather than ride on the boat.

First, once you are on the dock, you have to WAIT for the next boat to arrive, which can take up to 20 minutes. Second, after the boat leaves the Yacht Club, it makes one more stop across Crescent Lake at the Boardwalk to pick up more guests before finally heading to Epcot.

It is highly recommended to just walk to Epcot unless you really want to take a boat ride. 🙂

Below is a picture of the boat dock at the International Gateway entrance to Epcot.

friendship boats epcot

Option #3: Take an Uber, Lyft, or MINNIE Van to Epcot

As I mentioned before, I think the best way to get to Epcot from the Yacht Club is to walk there and enter through the International Gateway.

But one downside to walking to Epcot is even though it only takes 5 minutes to get there, you are at the back of the park. If your plan is to head straight to Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind or you have a dinner reservation at the Space 220 Restaurant, you have a much longer walk to get towards the front. It’s about a mile from the back of the Yacht Club to the front entrance of Epcot, which is roughly a 20-minute walk.

If you want to avoid such a long walk, it’s incredibly easy and inexpensive to use a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, to drive you to the front entrance of Epcot.

The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Yacht Club front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car.

The driving distance from Disney’s Yacht Club Resort to Epcot is only 3.6 miles (5.8 km), and the drive should take about 10 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. There is a designated drop-off area at the front of Epcot for rideshares.

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 taxi to go to the parks, 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! While using the Lyft app inside the resort, choose Epcot 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.

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What is the FASTEST way to go from Disney’s Yacht Club to Epcot?

Without a doubt, the fastest way to get to Epcot from the Yacht Club Resort is to walk. It’s only .4 miles (.65 km) away and takes under 10 minutes. Just remember that you enter through the International Gateway at Epcot. That means you will be at the back of the park near France and the United Kingdom in the World Showcase.


Can I take the Disney buses from the Yacht Club to Epcot?

No, Disney does not provide bus transportation to Epcot from the Yacht Club. You must use one of the other methods described above!

It’s very common to find people at the bus stop, waiting patiently for a bus to Epcot that will never arrive. If you see this happening, please gently inform them of their transportation options now that you have read this post. 🙂

Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Yacht Club to Epcot?

No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at the Yacht Club. 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.


What is your favorite way to travel from the Yacht Club to Epcot?

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Scott K
Scott K

Scott is the owner and creator of Resort Rat. He and his family were bitten by the Disney bug in 2017 on their first DW visit with kids. They have been on a Disney bender ever since, visiting the park numerous times per year. He loves writing about Disney, especially the incredible resorts. You can learn more about him on his author page. Or hear more about the Resort Rat story on this page.

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