With cable installation beginning soon, rumor has it that the International Gateway entrance to Epcot will need to be closed for a few weeks to accommodate this work.
If the rumor is true, guests would not be able to enter Epcot via the International Gateway entrance towards the back of the park (between France and the United Kingdom) from November 28th through December 18th, 2018. Obviously, Friendship boat service to and from the park offered at nearby Epcot resorts would be suspended during this time as well.
Disney has yet to confirm the closure, but the Swan and Dolphin hotels are already telling guests that they will have no boat service to Epcot during this period. Obviously, many guests book rooms at the Epcot resorts for proximity to the park and a nearby entrance at International Gateway, so this will be a major problem when it does occur, especially if it is with such little notice to guests.
Until announced, this is all just a rumor, but we’ll keep an ear to the ground on this one.