UPDATE: Friendship Boat Service to Epcot Suspended in November-December, International Gateway Will Remain Open

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A representative from Disney was nice enough to reach out to us today to give us the official word on what’s happening at Epcot’s International Gateway next month. This update comes just a few hours after our “rumor” post earlier today.

Despite what information is being distributed by the Swan and Dolphin Hotels, International Gateway will remain open November 28th through December 18th, 2018, but Friendship Boat service to the park will be unavailable. Disney will offer resort guests bus service to the front entrance of Epcot, or they can still walk to International Gateway and enter there.

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Bill
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Bill

Will the boats still be running the HS or will they be shut down completely?

Heather
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Heather

This is what what I am wondering too

danlb_2000
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danlb_2000

Swan and Dolphin is only saying that Friendship Boats won’t be in service, they never mentioned the IG closing entirely.

BuffaloTom
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BuffaloTom

This is better news than the original post, but is there any more clarity in that the Friendship boats will not be available to just the International Gateway or are the Friendship boats not available entirely (meaning to and from the Boardwalk and HS as well)? Thanks for the updates.

Tracey
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Tracey

Thank you SO much for clarifying. We are staying at BI specifically to be able to walk, during the period of time!