So, walk when the boats are down. I knew there aren't any busses back there today. But, I couldn't remember if there was anything else they might drag out. Honestly, just walking is fine.When weather issues shut down the Friendship Boats, the bus is at the main gate. No buses at the IG for people wanting to get to the Swan.
So... if the gondola's down... front gate for everyone.
Which isn't really a choice. I'm surprised they ever run a bus from the front to a Crescent Lake Resort even in lightning when the boats are down. Even my poor Google map skills say the walk from "Friendship Launch - Epcot International Gateway, International Gateway" to "Boat Launch Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel" is .6 miles vs from "Friendship Launch - Epcot International Gateway, International Gateway" to "Epcot Bus Station" is .8 and the other resorts are all closer. After seeing the boat is closed, walking to the front to catch a bus back to any Crescent Lake Resort would be a poor decision. You would have to walk through more rain/lightning/high-winds to get to the bus than just walking directly to the resort.That exists now... for those who don't want to walk in the rain/lightning/high-winds to any of the Crescent Lake Resorts when the boats are down.
The math is different trying to get to a skyliner resort. Having the backup weather bus leave from the Boardwalk or Beach club only when the Skyliner is shutdown would only be .4 miles from the Friendship launch. Which feels like a pain, but isn't too bad. And, you're outside the park the entire time.
We always get the park hoppers, but do all park tickets include reentry to the same park on the same day? What about at park close, once you leave IG would they let you back in to traverse to the front of the park? (The rare lightning storm at park close.)
I'm picturing not learning that the Skyliner is closed until after you're already outside the park. A temporary closure, that occurs during the day. If it's closed for the entire day, that's different, you would go both ways by bus. The operations team is going to need to deal with this. I'm sure they'll have a placard up at the closed entrance announcing the closure and telling you where to go instead. Which, if it's back into the park, then park operations and guest services is going to need to deal with the disgruntled guest that needs to walk almost a mile to the bus (especially irate, since 50% of them probably came from future world walking the wrong way).