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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.
Before learning about the Disney Skyliner, let’s discuss Disney Travel tips!
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Things to know about the Disney Skyliner
Now, let’s get to 7 things to know about the Disney Skyliner!
1. Yes, it’s free to ride the Disney Skyliner
Many people have asked, “is the Disney Skyliner free?” and, yes, it is! Just like the other forms of Disney transportation, the Skyliner is free.
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 a cool and comfortable ride.
3. It 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 Skyliner only goes to a few resorts/parks for now
- Hollywood Studios
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Art of Animation Resort/Pop Century Resort
- Riviera Resort
While not directly on the route, there’s also easy access to Disney’s Boardwalk and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
The Swan and Dolphin Resorts and 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. You may have to 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. Things to know about the Disney skyliner: It’s fun!
Above all else, Disney Skyliner is a lot of fun to ride! My 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 Stith, 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 know there have always been expansion plans.
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.
The Disney Skyliner can be a nice way to relax and look around after a long day at Epcot or Hollywood Studios!
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!
Want more Disney vacation ideas?
- Disney World Tips and Tricks
- Five reasons why you need a Disney Travel Agent
- Yes, there are free things at Disney World!
- Disney secrets that may surprise you.
Booking your Disney Vacation
Now that you know more about the Disney Skyliner, it’s time to start planning your vacation. Planning a Disney vacation is a lot harder than it sounds! In my opinion, it’s one of the hardest vacations to plan. Between dining reservations, Fast Passes, figuring out where to stay, and whether or not you need a car, it’s a lot!
One of the best Disney World Tips that I can give you is to book with a Disney Certified Travel Agent – like me! Booking with a Disney Travel Agent will save a lot of time and money. Here are the types of things that I do as a Disney Travel Agent:
- Itinerary Planning
- Helping figure out which dining plan is best for you (if any!)
- Helping with Advanced Dining Reservations
- Fast Pass Recommendations
- Tips on how to make the best use of the My Disney Experience App
- Making sure that you get the most current promotions to save you money!
If booking with a Disney Travel Agent sounds like the right thing for your family, make sure to contact me! Let’s start planning your epic Disney World vacation.
DIY your Disney Planning
If you plan to DIY your vacation, I understand that too! I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist if you choose not to use a Travel Agent. There are a lot of really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner (like Undercover Tourist,) or an approved Travel Agent!
If you plan to stay off-property, I recommend checking out Expedia to see what is available in the Orlando area outside of Disney Resorts.
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