There are lots of ways to travel between the parks at Walt Disney World but one of my favorites is the Friendship Boats. They aren’t the fastest way to get where you are going but they are wheelchair accessible and the ride is always a great way to take a break and relax.
Disney’s Friendship boats run between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with stops at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels. Boats generally run about every 20 minutes. There are also Friendship boats in Epcot.
I taken the Friendship Boats from Epcot, Hollywood Studios, the BoardWalk and the Yacht & Beach Club. Each dock is wheelchair accessible and it was really easy to board. One of the Cast Members will put out a ramp at the back of the boat for you. This way you don’t have to worry about the space between the dock and the boat.
There is a designated wheelchair seating area located in the back of the boat. You can either park your wheelchair and transfer to one of the benches or to stay in your wheelchair. I always stay in my wheelchair since it’s a smooth journey. Just make sure to put on your brakes just in case. Once you reach your destination they will place the ramp out again for you to exit.
There are a few different routes. The Friendship boats are on Crescent Lake and go between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with stops at the Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, and the Swan & Dolphin hotels.
You can also find them inside Epcot on the World Showcase Lagoon. Two Friendships run in two separate routes. One boat runs between landings near Canada and Morocco, while the other one runs between Mexico and Germany. I’ve never been on one inside Epcot. Walking (or rolling) is faster but it could be a nice way to relax if you’re not in a hurry.
Which leads me to mentioning that the Friendship boats are slow. It is much faster to walk from the Epcot resorts to Epcot. You can also walk to Hollywood Studios down a path behind the BoardWalk that is also a lot faster. But the boats are relaxing and are a great option if it’s raining. Also, keep in mind that there may be times when it is not safe or easy for wheelchairs to enter the boats. For example, if there are high winds or changes in water levels. If this is the case there will be a sign posted at the dock or a Cast Member will let you know.