Walt Disney World Closing Hollywood Studios Friendship Boat Service for Refurbishment

Credit: Disney Tips

The usual transportation options for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at this time are bus and water transportation via the Friendship boat service (that will change once the new Disney Skyliner is built at Walt Disney World and there is gondola transportation added to the park).  We have learned that the Friendship boat service running back and forth from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Epcot area resorts will be closing for a refurbishment.  The work is due to refurbishments that will take place on the Swan and Dolphin Bridge and is expected to begin on May 7th, 2018.   The walkway across the bridge will remain open while the work is being completed.


The resorts that are impacted by this change are Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels.  The work will impact the route going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is expected to run around 6 weeks.  Guests staying at these resorts will have to use the bus transportation in order to get to the park.

Who else out there prefers to use the boat transportation to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

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I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!