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Fast Disney Facts: Friendship Boats.

One of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to travel from Hollywood Studios to Epcot (or vice versa) is to take a Friendship boat. You can board one of these boats at the front of Hollywood Studios (the launch is on the left as you leave the park) or at the International Gateway in Epcot. The ride takes about 25 minutes.  From Hollywood Studios the boats stop first at the Swan/Dolphin, then at the Yacht & Beach Club, followed by the Boardwalk, and finally, it reaches its final stop at Epcot.  You can get off at any of these stops and explore the resorts, then board another boat or simply walk to your destination.

The boats are wheelchair accessible and have ample room for strollers, which means kids can stay put, a real plus for parents who want to avoid the hassle of taking kids out of the stroller and dragging it on the bus.   The Friendship boats also save steps if your destination is the World Showcase, allowing you to bypass Future World altogether.

The Friendship boats run daily from 8:30 a.m. until about an hour after closing.


  1. People love boats, but they’ll probably love them more if they were all like this! Ferries can be so much fun, and I’m sure one run by Disney is even more so!

  2. Disney College Program Participant

    March 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I actually worked for Disney and was a captain for the Friendship Boats. It was a lot of fun and everything in this article is true! There is plenty of room for strollers and each boat is allowed to have 2 weelchairs/ECV’s aboard at any given time. Almost always run on time as well. Holiday’s are definitely busier and you should allow more time. the walk is quite nice as well.

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