New look for Walt Disney World's EPCOT area Friendship Boats

Aug 31, 2022 in "Friendship Cruisers"

Friendship III new color scheme - August 2022
Posted: Wednesday August 31, 2022 9:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Friendship boats that serve the EPCOT area resorts are in the process of being updated with new color schemes.



Earlier this month, Friendship III emerged from a refurbishment as the first boat with an updated look.


The original striped roof has been replaced with solid color, and the main cabin exterior is now red.


The photo below shows the previous Friendship III paint scheme.

Watch the video below for a look at the updated Friendship III. (4K YouTube)

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bpiperOct 26, 2022

We were there in early September. I saw that they were belching thick black clouds of exhaust. The transom was all sooted up. I don't know how anyone could sit in the open back area what with the sooty fumes. Looked like an old car that had a blown piston ring and was belching smoke.

DisoneOct 26, 2022

I was wondering the same thing. And you should see some of the other friendships that haven't been refurbished yet. Holy dirty! I'm not just talking like a little bit of dirt. Black!! It's BAD!

ToTBellHopOct 25, 2022

Upon learning of its upcoming euthanasia, Harmonious is now attacking everything it can.

MisterPenguinOct 25, 2022

Mermaid skulls.

bpiperOct 25, 2022

What are the bows hitting? The bow is all dented in. It looks like a bad Bondo job done by the high school body shop class. The paint on the bow already has scuff marks all over it. Considering they come in from the side to the docks, what are they hitting with the front? Are they playing bumper boats after park close?

Jambo DadOct 25, 2022

So great to see a positive comment. WDWMAGIC could post just about anything and the same 5 trogs will post a negative comment. It gets tiring.

ppete1975Oct 25, 2022

seems very donald duck to me

ImagineDzinerOct 25, 2022

I think it's interesting that they appear to be going back to the original, original paint schemes from 1982-ish. I believe before they had the built-up surrounds on the roof to hide the AC units the boats were painted in a very similar way. I think it looks nice and they received some love.

wdwmagicSep 01, 2022

haha yeah. I was slow getting the images, and then slow putting them up. Better late than never ;)

Magic FeatherSep 01, 2022

This is the story that’s been the funniest to me to see trickle out between different news outlets. The ship went in service in Mid-July and it wasn’t until early August I saw anyone talking about it.

GladToBeHearSep 01, 2022

Winner of the complain about the winner of the complain about anything award.

aladdin2007Aug 31, 2022

I wish, I def prefer the stripes so much nicer, but wouldn't count on it. If they emerged and in use its completed. They have been doing this with red for a lot of things not sure what they are getting at.

MisterPenguinAug 31, 2022

Mah chil'hoo'!!!