• On Oct 24, 2023
    Michael from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Two part question- Do the friendship boats( the ones that travel across the world showcase lagoon) operate during extended hours? Do they resume after Epcot Forever ends? I guess that’s the same question worded differently lol :)

    Hiya Michael,

    Welcome to planDisney! There is nothing quite like visiting EPCOT in the evening; I love walking around World Showcase and seeing all the pavilions lit up. It really is a stunning sight to behold.

    That said, Michael, I don’t have to tell you, but after a long day of walking, that lovely stroll definitely feels a lot longer at the end of the day sometimes. The Friendship Boats can help offset some of the steps throughout the day by taking you across World Showcase Lagoon in a snap. I reached out to a Cast Member, and unfortunately, once the launches close an hour before EPCOT Forever, they do not re-open for the evening. The props from the nighttime spectacular will remain in the water during the Extended Evening Hours, so the Friendship Boats cannot operate during that time.

    I hope this was helpful, Michael. While the boats will be docked throughout the extended evening hours, I hope you will take advantage of the smaller crowds to stroll around World Showcase more leisurely. Take in the incredible details lit up by the Pavillion lights and the moonlight; grab snacks you don’t usually try, and soak in the magic. My favorite late-night snacks always come from Karamell-Kuche, so I highly recommend stopping by the Germany Pavillion to try one of those yummy snacks. Then reserve some time to join the Guardians in saving the galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

    Please come back and see us if you need anything else.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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