One of my favorite modes of transportation at Walt Disney World is the FriendShip Boat service from EPCOT, to the Epcot area resorts, and onward to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Who cares if you can walk there faster, sometimes a leisurely ride down a canal is just what the spirit needs.

If you’re planning on visiting Walt Disney World soon and love take the boats like we do, here’s an important update to the service. Walt Disney World has issued an advisory that the popular FriendShip Boat service that operates on Crescent Lake will not be stopping at Epcot’s International Gateway entrance for a few weeks.

Starting November 28, FriendShip Boat service to and from Epcot will be unavailable through early December. No exact reopening of the stop was given.

This temporary closing is due to the Disney Skyliner construction. Temporary structures will be placed near future routes, which may affect certain areas around International Gateway at Epcot.

Friendship Boat service will remain available to the resort hotels around Crescent Lake, as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The pedestrian walkway to and from Epcot will remain open.

Bus service to and from Epcot will be available at from Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.

It really is faster to walk though. Or perhaps Disney should invest in some scooters or a fleet of golf carts? Any other ideas?

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Michelle Snow is a huge fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in films and TV, as well as the Disney parks. She's also an award-winning writer who has written several guidebooks on Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @zengrrl. Her blog, CitySurfing Orlando covers Orlando and the theme parks. Her favorite rides at the Disney parks are Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain, and Indiana Jones Adventure, and she is anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land to become real. She collects anything to do with Snow White, Grumpy, Tinkerbell, and Stitch. She also has an unhealthy obsession with Jedi and Iron Man.