Epcot FriendShip Boat Service to Be Temporarily Interrupted

As Walt Disney World prepares for the debut of the Disney Skyliner, some transportation changes will go into effect around the International Gateway entrance at Disney’s Epcot Park.

UPDATE (11/30/2018):

  • The Walt Disney World website is currently informing guests that the FriendShip boat service to Epcot will be suspended nightly starting at 9:30 pm.
  • These evening suspensions will continue through late December 2018.
  • This service connects Epcot with the following Disney Resort hotels:
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
    • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
    • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
    • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Bus transportation to Epcot and the pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain available during this downtime.

What’s happening:

  • Starting on November 28, 2018 and running through late December, Walt Disney World’s FriendShip Boats service to and from Epcot will not be available.
  • As Disney Skyliner construction continues, temporary structures will be placed near future routes, which may affect certain areas around International Gateway at Epcot.
  • FriendShip Boat service will remain available to the resort hotels around Crescent Lake as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Bus service to and from Epcot will be available from:
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas
    • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
  • The pedestrian walkway to and from Epcot will also remain open


  • The Disney Skyliner is well underway and will open for guests in Fall 2019. Guests using the new form of transportation will enjoy beautiful never-before seen views around the Walt Disney World property.
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