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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