The Disney Skyliner is a gondola themed transportation system for Walt Disney World guests. In this guide we share the Disney Skyliner route, hotels, and what to expect.
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Disney Skyliner Route and Map
The Disney Skyliner route can take you from four Disney World resorts as well as Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It runs daily to and from the parks and resorts. It also has stations at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
The hub of the Disney Skyliner is Caribbean Beach Resort. This offers transportation to Hollywood Studios and Epcot as well as connects the Disney Skyliner resorts.
Guests traveling from Pop Century or Art of Animation to the parks will take the skyliner to Caribbean Beach and transfer to the Skyliner for the park they are traveling to.
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Disney Skyliner Hours
Disney Skyliner Hours vary depending on park opening and closing times. They will typically start between 7:30am-8:30am and stop between 10:00pm and 11:00pm. There are signs at the entrance with the hours for the day.
Update: Disney’s Skyliner will be closed for refurbishment January 22, 2023-January 29, 2023. Buses will be available for on-site guests.
Is the Disney Skyliner Free?
The Disney Skyliner is free. You do not need to be a Disney resort guest to ride the Skyliner.
Can stollers go on the Disney Skyliner?
Yes strollers and wheelchairs can fit on the Disney Skyliner.
Is a Disney Skyliner Resort worth it?
If you choose one of the resorts on the Skyliner route it will cost more than a comparable resort in the same category. For example guests staying at Pop Century or Art of Animation will pay more than a stay at another Disney value resort like an All Star Movies.
I suggest choosing a different resort if you are visiting during the refurbishment dates I mentioned above. There are pros and cons to the skyliner. The biggest pro being it is a quick and easy way to get to the parks.
The cons are some people do not like the heights and feeling of the gondolas. The skyliner will also close during stormy weather, which happens often in the afternoon and summer months at Disney World.
How many people fit on the Disney Skyliner?
The Disney Skyliner fits 10 guests. At times they were seating multiple parties on the gondolas but on our last visit we never rode with another group. They do state that you could sit with other groups, so be aware of this when you ride.
Disney Skyliner Hotels
We have stayed at all four of the resorts and each offers something unique and fun. They are also value, moderate, and deluxe options to choose from making the Skyliner accessible for any Disney budget.
There are three Skyliner stations along the Disney resorts. They are located at Disney’ Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century/Art of Animation Resort.
Guests staying at Pop Century and Art of Animation share a Skyliner Station.
Guests staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have the biggest advantage when using the Skyliner to get to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Caribbean Beach is the Skyliner Hub.
The Hollywood Studios station is at Caribbean Beach. Guests coming from Riviera, Pop Century, or Art of Animation need to take the Skyliner from their resort to the Caribbean Beach station. From there they can transfer to the Hollywood Studios line.
Route for the Disney Skyliner from Resorts
Guests Staying at Pop Century/Art of Animation:
- Going to Hollywood Studios: Take Skyliner to Caribbean Beach. From Caribbean Beach take Skyliner to Hollywood Studios.
- Going to Epcot: Take Skyliner to Caribbean Beach. From Caribbean Beach take Skyliner to Epcot.
Guests Staying at Riviera Resort:
- Going to Hollywood Studios: Take Skyliner or Walk to Caribbean Beach Station. From Caribbean Beach take Skyliner to Hollywood Studios.
- Going to Epcot: Take Skyliner from Riviera Station to Epcot.
Guests Staying at Caribbean Beach Resort:
- Going to Hollywood Studios: Take Skyliner from Caribbean Beach Station to Hollywood Studios.
- Going to Epcot: Take Skyliner from Caribbean Beach Station to Epcot or Walk to Riviera Station to board to Epcot. Guests do not have to get off the Skyliner at the Riviera Station to continue on to Epcot.
Is the Disney Skyliner Faster than the Bus?
The Skyliner is much faster than the bus. Most rides take between 10-15 minutes. Always allot for time to board, wait in line, or any unexpected stops. When heading to the park we usually give ourselves 40-60 minutes before park opening.
Can you get to the Boardwalk or Beach Club/Yacht Club from the Disney Skyliner?
If you are staying at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, or Yacht Club you can make the short 10-15 minute walk to the Epcot Skyliner station to visit other resorts or transport to Hollywood Studios.
Is the Disney Skyliner Scary?
I haven’t found a lot of places that discuss how some people may find the Disney Skyliner gondolas scary. I am not a big fan of heights and it took some getting used to before I felt comfortable on it.
One thing that helped me was riding backwards. I don’t know why this helped with the heights for me but it made a big difference. The second thing is to prepare yourself for the gondolas to occasionally stop.
The gondolas will stop if they need to take extra time assisting a wheelchair or a guest that needs help off the gondola. This will slow the gondolas and at times they will come to a stop.
Most stops are not longer than 2-4 minutes. Try to relax and enjoy the views.
As you can tell the Disney Skyliner routes can make transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios much faster. It is a great perk to staying at one of the skyliner resorts.
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