7 things to know about the Disney Skyliner
The Disney Skyliner is Disney’s newest and (currently) most exciting method of transportation. If you’re planning a Disney vacation, here are 7 things to know about the Disney Skyliner mode of transportation.
1. The Disney Skyliner is free to ride
A lot of people have asked, “is the Disney Skyliner free?” and, yes, it is! Just like the other forms of Disney transportation, the Skyliner is free. With “you-know-what” restrictions ending, you can even ride Disney transportation again without being a hotel guest.
In fact, Disney wants you to visit their hotels and other properties because they know you’ll want to stay there! Disney even states that you can use their transportation system in their FAQ.
There are plenty of other free things at Disney World too, you just have to know where to find them.
2. The temperature is comfortable, even when stopped
Before the opening of the Disney Skyliner, there was some speculation that it would be hot. There is no air conditioning, but there is some excellent cross-ventilation when the Skyliner is moving. Even when it is not in motion, it never feels that bad even during the hottest months.
The Skyliner offers and cool and comfortable ride.
3. The Disney Skyliner is pretty high in the air
The Skyliner doesn’t look high from the ground, but it’s about 60 feet in the air. If you have a terrible fear of heights, it might not be the best method of Disney transportation for you.The entrance to the Skyliner from the south is located right between the Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts.
That said, if your fear of heights is mild to moderate, the Skyliner isn’t that bad. The speed is also faster than expected, making it a quick and easy way to access two parks and several resorts in minutes.
4. The Disney Skyliner only goes to a few resorts/parks for now
- Hollywood Studios
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Art of Animation/Pop Century
- Riviera Resort
While not directly on the route, there’s also easy access to Disney’s Boardwalk and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. You can check out the closest Disney Resorts to the Parks to learn more about how to get around at Disney and how to stay close to the theme parks!
The Swan and Dolphin Resorts along with Disney’s Boardwalk are just a short walk from Epcot and easily accessible via the Skyliner.
The Skyliner system is fantastic for getting to/from any of these destinations because it moves continuously. I was visiting during one of the race weekends (meaning it was busy!), and we never had to wait more than a few minutes.
5. The Disney Skyliner has transfer lines
The Disney Skyliner is not on one big loop. The central hub is at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From there, you can head south to the Art of Animation/Pop Century resorts. You can also head west to Hollywood Studios or North to Epcot and the new Rivera Resort.
6. The Disney Skyliner is a lot of fun!
Above all else, Disney Skyliner is a lot of fun to ride! We visited shortly after it originally opened and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it and preferred it over other Disney transportation methods, even the boats.
There are plenty of fun themed gondolas such as Mickey Mouse, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Monsters Inc., and all of your favorite Disney characters.
7. Will it expand?
Disney intentionally chose a small area of its massive campus to launch this new transportation system. Although Disney is not officially telling us what they are doing (as usual), we do know that there have always been plans for expansion. Of course, these plans were put on hold during the time when we had lots of travel restrictions.
However, now that Disney is mostly back to normal, I do expect that expansion of the Disney Skyliner could happen at any time.
Some have speculated that Disney will want to expand the notoriously congested All-Star Resorts area. Although that is likely, reports have indicated that Disney’s next expansions will be to the East, including the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney Springs.
7 things to know about the Disney Skyliner
Have you been on the Disney Skyliner? Do you plan to check out the Skyliner on your next Disney vacation? You should! What is your favorite form of Disney transportation? Do you like the boats? Monorail? Let me know in the comments. The Skyliner is definitely our favorite!
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Booking your Disney Vacation
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