On our most recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort we got to experience the Disney Skyliner for the very first time and I loved it! As we were staying at Pop Century, it was super convenient and became our main method of transport throughout our stay. Today I am going to talk about the Disney Skyliner and share my thoughts from our experience.
The Disney Skyliner is Walt Disney World’s newest method of transportation around the resort. The gondola system opened in September 2019 and runs within five stations connecting Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, Caribbean Beach Resort, Riviera Resort, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Skyliner has three lines, the Epcot line, Hollywood Studios line and Art of Animation and Pop Century line. All three lines depart from the Caribbean Beach station. The Epcot line travels to the Riviera Resort before arriving at Epcot, the Hollywood Studios line travels directly to it’s destination and the third and final line, the Art of Animation and Pop Century line travels to the floating station between the two resorts.
Sounds confusing but the route is actually really simple. For example, if I wanted to take the Skyliner from Pop Century to Hollywood Studios, I would depart from the station between Pop and Art of Animation and would travel to Caribbean Beach. The Skyliner would disembark, I then would head to the Hollywood Studios line and that would take me directly to the park. Our room at Pop Century was in a prime location to get to the Skyliner Station and it took us just a few minutes to walk there. We love to park hop and found ourselves taking the Skyliner to or from the parks conveniently each day in a matter of minutes. We didn’t experience any delays during our trip and didn’t wait any longer than a few minutes to board our gondola, even at busy times.
Each gondola is brightly coloured and some feature much loved attractions, movies and Disney characters. My Little Peter Pan was overjoyed at getting to fly high above Walt Disney World in a Peter Pan themed gondola! When it’s quiet, you can have a gondola to yourself and I recommend asking for one with no design on it at least once, so you can take in the breathtaking views. There is no air conditioning, but it’s very breezy inside. The only thing I could say that I didn’t like about the gondola’s, is that the rain comes through the open vents pretty quickly when it’s raining. Not great for the hair ladies, but it’s no big deal though as you can just reach up and close the vents!
The Skyliner is a whole new experience and feels more like a ride rather than just a method of transportation! It’s definitely up there (pardon the pun!) with the Walt Disney World Monorail as my most favourite and fun way to get around the resort. I can’t wait to use the Skyliner again on our next trip and I’m holding out for a new line to Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom next!
Do you love the Disney Skyliner too? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!