PHOTOS: Friendship Boat II Debuts New Color Scheme at EPCOT

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Friendship II, one of the Friendship boats that provides water transportation service at Walt Disney World Resort, has debuted a new color scheme. Friendship II We spotted the boat at the International Gateway of EPCOT. Friendship boats transport guests between the gateway and nearby resort hotels. Disney first began to remove Friendship boats from service … Read more

Disney Skyliner Temporarily Closing for Maintenance in Early 2024

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Walt Disney World Resort has announced that the Disney Skyliner, one of the methods of travel around the resort, will be undergoing a short refurbishment in early 2024. Disney Skyliner Temporarily Closing According to Disney, the Skyliner will be closed for routine maintenance starting January 16, 2024, and will remain closed through January 21, 2024. … Read more

EPCOT Entry Tapstiles Receive Golden Makeover at International Gateway

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EPCOT is the latest park at the Walt Disney World Resort to have its silver entry tapstiles upgraded to gold. All guests entering through the International Gateway entrance will pass through the new golden devices. The tapstile replacements seem to be for aesthetic reasons only, as we did not notice a difference when tapping in … Read more

Disney World Cutting Select Character Meet & Greets, Focus on Maintaining Character Dining & Entertainment

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With Walt Disney World continuing to experience labor shortages, multiple character meet and greets will be suspended beginning Sunday, October 23. The affected characters include Minnie Mouse at both Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom and International Gateway at EPCOT, as well as Donald and Daisy Duck and Max at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As … Read more

PHOTOS: Friendship Boat Service Returns to International Gateway, EPCOT Resorts, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Permission to come aboard is once again being granted on the waterways connecting EPCOT, its resorts, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Friendship Boats are once again ferrying guests across Crescent Lake. This is the first we have seen the Friendship Boats running outside of EPCOT since the theme parks reopened in mid-July. Boat transportation has … Read more

PHOTOS: First Look at International Gateway Arrival Experience, Security Screening, and Temperature Check at EPCOT

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After a nearly four-month closure, EPCOT is once again open for guests. And since we’ve already shown you the arrival experience at the park’s main entrance, we thought we’d show you what it’s like over at the entrance at International Gateway! While it’s on a slightly smaller scale than the main entrance, all of the … Read more

PHOTOS: International Gateway Bathrooms Partially Unavailable Due to Refurbishment at EPCOT

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International Gateway has seen some changes since the launch of the Disney Skyliner, and is still in a state of improvement today. This is a great pit-stop on your way out of EPCOT before you hit the Skyliner on your way to another Disney destination, however refurbishment work in the area is leading to partial … Read more

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 2/6/20 (Joffrey’s Valentine’s Day Latte, Swarovski Bottle Promotion, Friendship Boat Arrival, Creepy Spider Webs)

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Good morning, world travelers! Lets take a walk around EPCOT to see what the park has brewing on another beautiful Florida day. With the Festival of the Arts in full swing, these paint by the square murals are quite a popular stop. Over inside the EPCOT Experience, a spider seems to have found the perfect … Read more

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 12/30/19 (Rainy Day, New Year’s Eve Celebration Preparations, New Guest Relations Location Opens, and More)

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It’s a misty and rainy day in EPCOT. We can’t wait to peruse the park while everyone else hides in their hotel rooms waiting for the sun. Come along with us, and let’s see what’s going on! Over in front of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, we spotted a stage setup for the … Read more

PHOTOS: New Guest Relations Lobby Now Open at International Gateway in EPCOT

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The new EPCOT Guest Relations lobby at International Gateway recently got some very classic-looking updates. This Guest Relations location is near the Disney Skyliner station between the security screening area and the MagicBand checkpoint, right next to the new ticket windows. We hope you’ll only have to go to Guest Relations for good news. But if … Read more

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 12/11/19 (Pluto Meet & Greet Moved, The Seas Tank Maintenance, Regal Eagle Smokehouse Construction, and More)

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Good day from EPCOT! Today, we stopped by to see what’s new in everyone’s favorite Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Crowds were pretty light this morning, despite the warm December weather. These ropes were covering a large crack in the cement work over by one of the former Leave a Legacy monoliths. This, of course, … Read more

PHOTOS: New International Gateway Ticket and Guest Relations Windows Now Open at EPCOT

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The new Guest Relations ticket counter at EPCOT’s International Gateway has finally made its grand debut and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s conveniently located for guests staying at the Disney’s Boardwalk Inn or Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, or those coming in via Disney Skyliner. The ticket counter has a nice Art Nouveau look to … Read more

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 11/24/19 (Anna and Elsa Debut “Frozen 2” Costumes, Living with the Land Holiday Overlay, New Guest Relations Windows, and More)

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Good morning from EPCOT. The weather has warmed up again from the brief cold front, and it’s a beautiful day. We’re ready to start exploring, so let’s go. It’s always nice to get a warm welcome from the Cast Members. There were tons of Cast Members out waving, blowing bubbles, and saying hello to guests … Read more

PHOTOS: EPCOT’s International Gateway Entrance Changes Again as Construction Continues

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EPCOT’s International Gateway entrance and exit traffic patterns have changed, yet again, due to progress on the construction in the area. A new ticketing booth will open in this area soon, and the ground has received new concrete. In our last update, we noticed that the rolling hedges had moved further out into the walkway … Read more

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 11/17/19 (Skyliner Downtime, Trees Removed from France Pavilion, and More)

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Hello from EPCOT! We kicked off this super chilly day with a quick spin around the park to check out everything new going on today. Come along with us! On this chilly morning, while guests wait to enter the park, the Jammitors are out keeping spirits high and children entertained! You can just barely see … Read more

PHOTOS: Disney Skyliner’s EPCOT Line Experiencing Frequent Downtime

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If you’ve attempted to ride the EPCOT line of the Disney Skyliner at any point this month, you probably walked over to the International Gateway station or Caribbean Beach station only to find that the particular line was down. You might’ve also booked a reservation at Disney’s Art of Animation or Pop Century Resorts with … Read more