Contrary to prior reports, water launch service to Epcot's rear entrance has not been halted entirely, rather it is operating under an hours restriction to facilitate nearby construction work.
International Gateway construction walls with boat dock visible on right and Skyliner station left
Disney’s original plans to temporarily interrupt Friendship boat service to Epcot’s International Gateway park entrance have once again been modified. The boat dock at the International Gateway will now remain in operation until at 9:30 PM each night while work is being done on the nearby Disney's Skyliner station and suspension cables. Thus, Friendship boat service to and from the International Gateway dock will operate as normal until 9:30 PM, offering guests a convenient transportation option to travel between Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the resorts on Crescent Lake, including Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin Resort.
New detail visible on Skyliner station
Foot traffic at the International Gateway entrance is not affected.
Previously, it had been announced that the Friendship boats would not be able to service the International Gateway while the Skyliner cables were being installed in that area.
Guests planning on using the Friendship boat service are advised to check with Disney cast members or resort staff to confirm the hours of daily operation. It is not known at this time how long the 9:30 PM curfew will remain in effect for Friendship boat service from the International Gateway dock.
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