Friendship Boats represent one of several transportation options. Yacht Club visible across Crescent Lake.

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

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
Bill
2 years ago

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

Heather
Heather
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

This is what what I am wondering too

danlb_2000
danlb_2000
2 years ago

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

Mark Bell
Mark Bell
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Way to get people in a panic and then backtrack – great reporting Tom! Just to summarize, you took second or thirdhand information, which is always 100% reliable, especially via word of mouth, and rather than confirm with Disney, you try and incite panic from guests staying at EPCOT area resorts without any fact based information. Yes, I know you prefaced it with the caveat of “RUMOR”, but again, if you just did a little homework and a little real journalism, you could have reported accurate information the first time.

Kathy M
Kathy M
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Tom, thanks for the clarification. As it is not always possible to get correct info from the hotels it’s good we have someone like you to take the time to track down the full details. Thank you. As a P.S. It seems these days no matter what there will be “haters” out there running amok with the BS comments.

Tracey
Tracey
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark Bell

Wow, that’s harsh. He clearly said it was a rumor. Nice that we got an inkling and could check it out ourselves.

danlb_2000
danlb_2000
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

It is on their web site:

https://www.swandolphin.com/aboutus/transportation.html

“As Disney Skyliner construction continues near International Gateway at Epcot in the coming months, International Gateway will remain open to Guests traveling along the connected pedestrian walkway.

During construction, Friendship Boat service will remain available to the resort hotels around Crescent Lake as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While Friendship Boat service to Epcot is expected to be unavailable from late November until mid-December, Guests will be able to use bus service or the walkway to access Epcot. “

Clueless guest
Clueless guest
2 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

It is about time they put the monorail or a gondola through the empty black squares of the Swan and Dolphin. I knew that monorail driver was right

BuffaloTom
BuffaloTom
2 years ago

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
Tracey
2 years ago

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