Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cruisin' Crescent Lake with the Disney Friendship Boats

Welcome to those of you joining me from Focused on the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 6th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

It's FRIENDSHIP! Friendship! You're about halfway through this special edition transportation Magical Blogorail loop. Since the Magical Blogorail is the happiest group of Disney bloggers in the world, we should talk about Friendship!

Because friendship is sort of an elusive theme, let's discuss Friendship boats!


The friendship boats are a series of ferries which provide transportation from the Epcot Area resorts to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. They also serve as internal transportation within Epcot. The Epcot Area resorts include:
  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort 
  • Walt Disney World Swan 
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
Within Epcot, the routes are very simple. The friendship boats depart from the entrance (Canada to Morocco / Mexico to Germany) to World Showcase and head to Morocco and Germany.

The resort friendship boats take you from the parks to the various resorts. While I love the friendship boats, there's one rather apparent downside to them: they are incredibly slow. You can often out walk the friendship boats, especially if you have to make stops at several resorts before reaching your destination.

However, when your feet hurt at the end of the day, there's nothing better than a leisurely ride on the friendship boats. They are one of the many reasons why I prefer staying at the Epcot Area resorts. They are peaceful and relaxing. They are easily accessible for all guests.

I will leave you with this Vine that I took on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World. My husband and I stayed at the Boardwalk, and while running down to the Bakery I took this peaceful video:


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Dave ~ YourFirstVisit.net 
2nd Stop ~ Kuleen ~ The Disney Kids
3rd Stop ~ Heidi ~ Heidi's Head 
4th Stop ~ Didi Marie ~ DISTherapy 
5th Stop ~ Deb ~ Focused on the Magic
6th Stop ~ Rosanne ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
7th Stop ~ Diane ~ Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane 
8th Stop ~ Tricia ~ Return to Disney
9th Stop ~ Jodi ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
10th Stop ~ Beth ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts
Final Stop ~ Amy ~ Disney Living


25 comments:

Heidi Strawser said...

I've never ridden these boats within World Showcase, but we have ridden one from Hollywood Studios over to the Epcot resorts once. We love taking a day to do nothing but "resort hopping" and these boats came in handy for that. :)

Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse said...

I finally rode a Friendship across World Showcase Lagoon this last trip, and I realized it's a great way to get across the Park! I've really been missing out! We do enjoy taking the Friendship to the Boardwalk and on to DHS too.

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I agree. The friendship boats are a sore feet's best friend! And if you can get to sit on the back in the open it is a wonderful way to end a visit to the park.

Melissa - Disney on Wheels said...

I am a huge Friendship Boat fan! :) They are slow but sometimes it's really nice when you are tired. We took one from the International Gateway to Hollywood Studios on our last trip to rest and avoid the rain.

David Shute said...

These boats, while slow, are a godsend for sore feet!

MouseFanDiane said...

I couldn't agree more about the hurtin' feet, lol. Great post Roe and cool Vine :-)

Briccio said...

Ok question: Is there a Friendship Boat that takes people from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios? Or does it go from EPCOT to a resort and from there to Hollywood Studios?

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

Great post! I love riding the Friendship boats at the end of the day heading back to the BWV. So nice to rest a little and savor the days activities.

DIStherapy said...

Another sentimental favorite for us; I love that the Friendship Boats FORCE us to slow down!!

Beth Green said...

I love the Friendship Boats from Epcot to MGM! What a leisurely ride! I also LOVE this vine video! :)

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Yes it's great for that. It's a very stress-free form of transportation. Thanks for stopping by!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Yes, it truly is. I found this is especially true when park hopping to Epcot for dinner. It can be a long trek around the World Showcase at the end of the night and it's truly a comfortable ride. Thanks for stopping by.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Absolutely! Both in the park and leaving Epcot/HS, it is a foot saver! :)

Rosanne_Mottola said...

That's a great point! Walking isn't always comfortable, especially in rough weather. It's a nice ride, and it usually is picturesque. I love taking photos off the back.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

True Dave! I love it. Thanks for stopping by!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Thanks Diane! I loved playing with Vine this last trip.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

BJ, the boats in Epcot do not leave Epcot. You can take it from the International Gateway exit of Epcot (between France & UK) to HS, but you'll stop at the resorts first. You will not have to transfer. Hope this helps :)

Rosanne_Mottola said...

This was our first trip staying at BWV, and I absolutely loved it. The friendship boats were a BIG part of that!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

It really does. And I love taking photos off the friendship boats!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Thanks Beth! I had such a blast playing with Vine on our last trip. When I almost lost my phone on the Tower of Terror, I slowed down a bit! :)

TheDisneyKids.com said...

I love the Friendship Boats. I think being a boat captain would be a great retirement job.

Erin said...

We are going next week. Thinking of watching Fantasmic and then taking a Friendship boat over to Epcot to finish the day and watch Illuminations. Is this a bad idea? Not sure how crowded it would be after Fantasmic and how long it would take to get to Epcot. Thoughts? Thanks so much!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Hi Erin! Thanks for stopping by. I don't think it's a bad idea exactly, I am just unsure what time Fantasmic is the night you're thinking about going. As I mentioned, they are at a bit of a "leisurely pace" so it will probably take close to a half hour. After Fantasmic there will be a bit of a crowd waiting for the boats. I would leave yourself at least an hour for the trip. You have two other options. If you don't think you'll be completely exhausted after your day at DHS, you can walk the pathway. It will take you probably about 20-25 minutes at a good pace. OR you can take the park hopper bus. Just remember it will leave you at the front of Epcot and you'll have to walk to World Showcase for Illuminations. I hope this helps! If you let me know what time Fantasmic is, I'll probably be able to give you a better idea.

Erin said...

Fantasmic is at 630 that night, so should be over around 7pm. Are there buses at each park that will take you straight to another park? I am a little confused about that. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

You should be perfectly fine then, Erin, to get to Epcot via Friendship boats. It all depends on what you want to do. Want to rest your feet - the Friendship boats are probably the best because it will bring you right to the World Showcase for the fireworks. Want to possibly get a few rides in? Then you definitely can grab a bus from Hollywood Studios to Epcot. (All the buses to the other parks - as long as they are open - can be found by the resort buses, just check the sign or ask a cast member what stop it is)


That will bring you to the front of Epcot for an evening of fun. Whatever way you go, this is a great idea! No better way to end a day than Illuminations!

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