The Disney Skyliner is the newest mode of transportation at Walt Disney World. This sky sailing gondola system connects several resorts (Riviera, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Art of Animation) to two parks (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).
Since Skyliner’s opening in the fall of 2019, it has become a prevalent transportation system. I now stay almost exclusively at Skyliner Resorts on my frequent visits to Disney World. Here’s why!
Convenience is the biggest draw for me. The Skyliner is in almost constant motion. Except for an occasional pause to load a guest in a wheelchair or scooter (or a rare technical glitch), the Skyliner never stops during running hours. This means guests are constantly loaded and unloaded, cutting down on long waits. Even if you get in line right as the Skyliner opens or a park closes, causing longer lines, the lines move quickly. You will often get loaded and to your destination faster than if you were waiting for a bus.
At the end of a long Disney day, the last thing you want to do is jam into a packed bus full of sweaty strangers. For at least Epcot and Hollywood Studios, you can avoid this if you’re headed back to a Skyliner resort. The Skyliner gondolas advertise being able to hold up to 10 people. Still, we have only had 6-8 in our gondola. So you may end up with a few new friends in your gondola, but certainly not the dozens you would encounter on the bus. Plus, if you are taking a stroller, you don’t have to fold it (unless it is a double-wide stroller). Cast members will often not include extra people on your gondola if you have a stroller taking up some of the space.
No ticket is required to enjoy some Disney fun on the Skyliner! Hop on the Skyliner to visit one of the other resorts. Have dinner at Toppolino’s Terrace or walk the gorgeous tropical-themed property of Caribbean Beach. You can even ride the Skyliner over to the Epcot station and walk over to the Yacht Club, Beach Club, the Boardwalk, or the Swan and Dolphin resorts. Spend your evening enjoying the vibes of the Boardwalk and its shops and restaurants, or visit Jellyrolls for some great music!
One of the fantastic things about the Skyliner resorts is that they are for all budgets. Disney offers two Value Resorts (Pop Century and Art of Animation), a Moderate Resort (Caribbean Beach), and a Deluxe Resort (The Riviera) – all on the Skyliner! All these resorts are excellent, so whichever is the best fit for you and your family will be a grand resort.
Of all the transportation methods at Walt Disney World, the Skyliner is my favorite. Our four-year-old considers it an attraction in and of itself, and honestly, I have to agree! The Skyliner is a relaxing way to get from one park or resort to another. You can see parks, resorts, attractions, and so much more from the sky. Have a restful afternoon riding the Skyliner around Disney property without paying for a parking ticket!
Disney’s Skyliner Thoughts
The Disney Skyliner is a unique transportation system that will add extra adventure to your trips between the parks. Though it’s not accessible at every resort or theme park, it will still make your journeys to Epcot and Hollywood Studios far more convenient and fun. Next time you plan your trip to Walt Disney World, check out a Skyliner resort. You will not regret it!
Author: Ashley Hunt
Ashley co-founded The Midwest Mouse, a Disney Instagram account and blog she started with her husband, Braden. Ashley lives in Indiana with her husband and their two daughters. They are Walt Disney World annual pass holders and visit Disney parks as often as possible. They look forward to crossing more things off their Disney bucket list while continuing to share their adventures on their Instagram (@the_midwest_mouse) and website.
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