Answers to Some of the Frequently Asked Questions About the Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World

The Disney Skyliner opened to the public this past Sunday at Walt Disney World. With this new mode of transportation now being available to everyone, I thought it would be a great opportunity to answer some of the frequently asked questions or comments regarding the Skyliner.


1) Are strollers allowed on the Skyliner? Do strollers need to be folded?

This is a great question, and one that is easily answered. Basically, if it fits, it ships. The gondola doorway opening is wide enough to allow the widest permitted strollers in Disney parks to roll right in. On the evening of grand opening day, I watched a mom push a double stroller (double-wide width wise) into a cabin. She had to move the doors just a bit, but it rolled in just fine. You do not need to take your child out of the stroller before loading the stroller into the cabin. Simply roll the stroller right in, and the cast member will place other guests around you. If you feel more comfortable folding your stroller before boarding the Skyliner, you are more than welcome to. The gondolas move slowly during the loading process, but they do not come to a stop. I understand if some parents might feel better just folding their stroller and carrying their child into the cabin.

2) Are ECVs and wheelchairs allowed on the Skyliner?

Yes. The Skyliner cast members will direct you to a queue that will allow you to load into a stationary wheelchair accessible vehicle. These gondolas are off to the side, and you will be able to drive your scooter or wheelchair right into one. The cast member helping you will put chocks behind the wheels of your scooter or wheelchair, and, once everything and everyone is secure inside your cabin, your gondola will move forward and be added to the line via a switch track. From what I understand, at the Riviera Resort station, mobility devices are loaded as needed into the main line.

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Watch the short video below to see longtime friend of The DIS, Skip Potter, load into a Skyliner cabin:

3) Is it hot inside the Skyliner cabins?

I know that this question is causing guests a little bit of heartburn. I get it. It’s Florida; it’s hot. While the Skyliner cabins are not air-conditioned, they do have a total of six vents that open in order to generate a great amount of cross breeze. In my experience so far on the Skyliner, the only times that it got warmer in the cabins were the occasions in which we were temporarily stopped. When the cabins are moving, a breeze is flowing.

4) How long does it take to get from point A to point B on the Skyliner?

This is a tough question to answer. Without stoppage, the route from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is just a few minutes. The same goes for the route from the station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to the station at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort/Disney’s Pop Century Resort. The line that takes you from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Epcot International Gateway via Disney’s Riviera Resort should take approximately 9 minutes if it has no stoppages. Please keep in mind that your journey on the Skyliner could be interrupted by a temporary stoppage at any time. While I was en route from the Epcot International Gateway station to Caribbean Beach Resort on Sunday evening, we had a total stoppage time of 14 minutes. One of the temporary stops lasted 9 minutes, and had me beginning to regret not having a water bottle and a snack with me. Thankfully, we began moving again, and things were fine. Keep this in mind if you are trying to get to an advanced dining reservation or trying to make it in time for fireworks. The Skyliner could stop at any time. Just pack your patience. And maybe go to the bathroom before you get onboard.


5) Each Skyliner station has restrooms either in them or nearby.

Never you fear…if the urge to run to the bathroom hits you while you’re hopping in line for the Skyliner, each station, except for two, has its own restroom. The Hollywood Studios station has bathrooms just around the corner at the park’s new bus stops, and the Art of Animation/Pop Century Resort station’s restrooms are located in an adjacent building.


6) Do I need to be staying at a Walt Disney World resort in order to ride on the Skyliner?

I am happy to say that the answer to this question is no. Disney is asking park day guests to begin their journey on the Skyliner from the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Basically, if you are able to access a station, you can ride on the Skyliner.


7) How long are the wait times to get on the Skyliner?

At this time, Disney is not posting wait times for the Skyliner. Keep in mind that even though the line at a station may appear long, it could actually take only 5 to 7 minutes to get through. This happened to me on opening day. A line that looks long and snakes away from the station could, in actuality, be a short wait. However, keep in mind that the opposite could be true and wait times could be longer. That same evening, I waited in line for 30 minutes to leave Caribbean Beach Resort and head toward Epcot. I know that the lengthier wait times were probably exacerbated by the second to last performance of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, but it’s good to know going into it that you may need to add a little extra time.

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8) The station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort acts like the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).

I saw someone mention this analogy online, and it’s exactly right. Pretend that the Skyliner station at CBR is the Transportation and Ticket Center; meaning that all lines radiate outward from it. From the Caribbean Beach Resort Skyliner station, you can take the line to Epcot via Disney’s Riviera Resort, you can take the line to Art of Animation/Pop Century Resort, or you can take the line to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All lines originate at Caribbean Beach Resort’s station.

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If you have further Skyliner questions for which you’d like answers, let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll try to hunt down an answer for you. And, if you get a chance to take the most Magical Flight on Earth, please let me know what you thought of the experience.

If you’d like to read my thoughts after my first Skyliner flight, click here.

If you would like to see what Craig Williams, Ryno Clavin, and I thought of our first flight on the Disney Skyliner, check out our vlog below:

Disney Cruise Line Discounts and Special Offers for the Week of September 30, 2019

Disney Cruise Line is constantly updating their special offers and discounts. In order to help you keep up, here are all of the current discounts available. Some change weekly, others monthly, and some just change at random, so check back each week to see what’s new!

You can also check our discounts page for up-to-date information or for even more help finding the cruise that’s perfect for your family and your budget, contact our friends at Dreams Unlimited Travel!



Florida Resident Discounts (change weekly)

Must be booked by 10/06/19

10/21/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $980 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/04/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $880 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/11/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $880 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/18/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 07A | Starting at $880 per person (plus taxes & fees)
12/02/19: 5-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/16/19: 5-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability

11/02/19: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/07/19: 5-Night Western Caribbean (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/21/19: 5-Night Western Caribbean (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/21/19: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05D | Starting at $2,814 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/04/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,561 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/11/20: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,547 per person (plus taxes & fees)
01/18/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05C | Starting at $1,435 per person (plus taxes & fees)

Military Discounts (change weekly)

Must be booked by 10/06/19

10/21/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $948 per person (plus taxes & fees)
10/25/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $708 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/01/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $633 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/04/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/11/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/18/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 05A | Starting at $840 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/20/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
11/29/19: 3-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
11/29/19: 7-Night Bahamian (Wonder) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/02/19: 5-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability

11/09/19: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Starting at $1,400 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/23/19: 6-Night Western Caribbean (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability
12/07/19: 5-Night Eastern Caribbean (Magic) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability

11/03/19: 5-Night Baja (Wonder) | Category 09C | Starting at $775 per person (plus taxes & fees)

11/08/19: 14-Night Eastbound Panama Canal from San Diego (Wonder) | Check with your Travel Agent for pricing and availability



Special Rates (change monthly)

Must be booked by 09/30/19 (though many will likely be extended)

03/02/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,132 per person (plus taxes & fees)
04/27/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,128 per person (plus taxes & fees)
05/04/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,120 per person (plus taxes & fees)
08/22/20: 3-Night Bahamian (Fantasy) | Category 11A | Starting at $885 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/10/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Category 11A | Starting at $876 per person (plus taxes & fees)

02/14/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,785 per person (plus taxes & fees)
02/29/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 11A | Starting at $1,925 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/20/20: 5-Night Western Caribbean (Fantasy) | Category 05D| Starting at $1,285 per person (plus taxes & fees)

Must be booked by 10/31/19

04/16/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $968 per person (plus taxes & fees)
11/16/20: 5-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,000 per person (plus taxes & fees)

05/11/20: 12-Night Transatlantic from Miami (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,860 per person (plus taxes & fees)

05/30/20: 7-Night Mediterranean (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,855 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/13/20: 5-Night Mediterranean (Magic) | Category 11C | Starting at $1,375 per person (plus taxes & fees)

04/24/20: 5-Night Pacific Coast (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,230 per person (plus taxes & fees)
09/18/20: 5-Night Baja (Wonder) | Category 11B | Starting at $1,045 per person (plus taxes & fees)

Save 25% on Select Cruises (while supplies last)

Staterooms assigned later/guarantee categories

02/14/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean (Wonder) | Inside Guarantee | Starting at $1,309 per person (plus taxes & fees)

Canadian Resident Discounts (while supplies last)

Save 25% on select sailings

09/30/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Categories 04A-11B
10/27/19: 7-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Categories 05B-11C
11/04/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Categories 04E-11C
11/11/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Dream) | Categories 04A-11B
12/12/19: 4-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Categories 05B-11C
04/02/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Categories 05B-11C
04/16/20: 4-Night Bahamian (Magic) | Categories 05B-11C

02/14/20: 7-Night Western Caribbean from New Orleans (Wonder) | Categories 05A-11C

10/12/19: 5-Night Bermuda from New York (Magic) | Categories 05B-11C

10/20/19: 7-Night Mexican Riviera (Wonder) | Categories 05A-11B
10/27/19: 7-Night Mexican Riviera (Wonder) | Categories 05A-11B

09/02/19: 7-Night Alaskan (Wonder) | Categories 04A-11B


All offers are subject to change without notice and restrictions may apply. The number of staterooms allocated for some offers is limited. These offers cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.


Walt Disney Animation Studios Shares a Special Look at ‘Frozen 2’ & New Movie Poster

Disney has just shared another peek at their upcoming Frozen 2 along with a new movie poster and you can hear part of the brand-new song, Into the Unknown.

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Disney has also announced that Kacey Musgraves, Panic! At The Disco, and Weezer are all performing brand-new songs from the film.


Take a look at the newest sneak peek that reveals some of what’s ahead in the new film.

Frozen 2 opens in theatres across the country on November 22, 2019.

Disney Visa Cardmembers Can Save 40% on a Stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney Visa Cardmembers have the opportunity to save up to 40% on rates at Disney’s Riviera Resort for stays most nights December 16th, 2019 through March 31st, 2020.

As previously announced, Disney’s Riviera Resort will open on December 16th. The Riviera Resort is influenced by both the French and Italian Riviera regions, and will feature a rooftop restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera. Disney’s Riviera Resort also has its own station on the brand-new Disney Skyliner system.

The number of rooms available for this offer is limited, and the offer is subject to change without notice and is nontransferable. The cardmember must stay in the room, and other restrictions apply.

If you’re interested in booking a stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort using this discount, you can request a no obligation quote today with Dreams Unlimited Travel.


Disney Rumor Round Up September 2019

Welcome to the September edition of Disney Rumor Round Up for 2019! You can check out the August 2019 installment here. D23 Expo 2019 has come and gone, so let’s take a look back at what was confirmed and what is still rumored. Disclaimer: Any rumors mentioned in this article are not confirmed by Disney and may not ever happen.

Magic Kingdom


The D23 Expo didn’t bring us any new information for the Magic Kingdom other than a new piece of concept art for Tron Lightcycle Power Run, opening in 2021. Disney also sort of teased the 50th anniversary and the special offerings it could bring.

Speaking of the 50th anniversary, according to sources at WDWMagic, Disney is paying close attention to the end of the 2019 fiscal year as attendance has not been as high as thought and both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge locations seem to be underperforming in terms of crowds. If the quarter four and year-end reports don’t meet expectations, that could hinder future spending on the 50th anniversary. They would still have some aspects of a celebration, but some of the larger or more exciting projects would get scaled back or cut altogether.


Epcot was the king of the show at the D23 Expo. Disney unveiled a lot more concept art for the future of this park, and announced some new elements that are part of that.


Starting in what is currently Future World, Disney announced the area will become three new neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery.

World Discovery will be home to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which will have a backwards facing launch. The new Play pavilion, Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and the all-new Space 220 dining experience, will be also part of this area.


World Celebration is the central “spine” of the park. This includes the brand new entrance which is already underway, Spaceship Earth which was confirmed to be getting a large refurbishment, and a new festival center building which will be three stories tall and include rooftop views. A surprise to everyone was the new Dreamers Point. This area will include a brand new statue of Walt Disney. The Spaceship Earth refurbishment will bring a new story light that will take you on a journey of storytelling. Old scenes will be refreshed, and new ones will be added. The exit area will also be completely redone. Disney did not confirm dates on this portion. World Celebration also includes Journey into Imagination, but Disney did not speak about the future of this pavilion.

Journey of Water, Inspired by "Moana" at Epcot

World Nature includes The Land pavilion, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and an all new attraction called Journey of Water, which will be inspired by Moana. This attraction will be a walkthrough with special water effects throughout. No dates were given, but this will be located where Innoventions West currently sits. In The Land pavilion, Awesome Planet will open in January 2020.

Transformation of Epcot

World Showcase was expected, and is still expected, to get another pavilion according to rumors. Many felt this would be announced at D23, but it was not. Reportedly, it’s still far enough out that it can be announced later. Outside of that, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure got an opening season of Summer 2020. The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along got an opening date of February 2020 and the new Canada film got a date of January 2020. Finally, in World Showcase, the big announcement was that a Mary Poppins themed attraction will be added to the United Kingdom pavilion. This new attraction is still rumored to be a flat or spinner type ride, not a major dark ride. It will take up expansion space for the pavilion, not existing space.

This isn’t the end of what is to come for Epcot as Disney called it their most ambitious park redo ever.

Hollywood Studios

RISE OF THE RESISTANCE -- Disney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren – when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Dec. 5, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020 at Disneyland Resort in California. At 14 acres each, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened with somewhat of a bang on August 29th. Since then, as in Disneyland, crowds have been relatively manageable. All eyes are now on the completion of Rise of the Resistance. Disney has not changed course, and the opening of Rise of the Resistance is still set for December 5th, but rumors say that there could be delays. The ride system(s) are still reportedly problematic and not running consistently like they should be. Also, according to DISboards posts, Disney is planning for some sort of event on December 4th as guests have been contacted by Disney to move evening reservations to the morning or to other dates.

Animal Kingdom

For the most part, there’s nothing new on the Animal Kingdom front. Disney has now said that Primeval Whirl will be operating seasonally, which, in Disney speak, means the attraction’s days are numbered.

Walt Disney World Resort

The D23 Expo brought us some new details on both Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge and the new 2-night Star Wars hotel adventure, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort

Reflections will be home to an all-new Princess and the Frog themed dining experience as well as new lodging accommodations. There will be tree house rooms as well as water front cabins similar to those at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.


Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be home to a one of a kind Star Wars adventure where guests stay onboard the Halcyon and take part in missions, and even go through lightsaber training. No opening dates were given as of yet, but it is expected that the experience could open sometime next year. There will be direct shuttle access from the experience to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The month of September always brings fiscal year end budget cuts. This round impacts a lot of entertainment at Walt Disney World, from bigger acts like Burudika at Animal Kingdom and The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History in Magic Kingdom, to the DJ’s dance party near Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy in Hollywood Studios.


Disney confirmed that a brand new daytime parade, Magic Happens, will make its debut at Disneyland in Spring 2020. Those hoping for a Tomorrowland announcement were left disappointed.

Over at Disney California Adventure, Disney confirmed new details on the highly anticipated Marvel area called Avengers Campus. This will be home to a Spider-Man web shooting attraction as well as an Avengers “E-Ticket” attraction that will open as part of phase two. This new attraction is said to use a brand new ride system that puts guests inside an epic battle with the Avengers.

Other Rumors


Finally, Disney also confirmed details regarding the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship and their new highly anticipated Bahamian island destination. The Disney Wish will be the next cruise ship in the fleet. Disney also said it would begin sailing with guests in January 2022. No other major details were released as of yet, but we will learn more soon enough.

As for Lighthouse Point, fan favorite Imagineer Joe Rohde is leading the project. Joe will be responsible for keeping the property distinctly Bahamian and keeping a low impact on the environment. This project could be completed in late 2022 or 2023, depending on certain approvals.

I am sure that more rumors will spring up as other major projects get underway. For further discussion on all of this and more, visit the Rumors and News board on

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Locations Are Offering $1 Coffee for National Coffee Day

At Walt Disney World, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea locations are celebrating National Coffee Day today – September 29th – with $1.00 coffees. Guests can stop by Joffrey’s locations throughout Walt Disney World and pick up a hot (16 oz.) or an iced (24 oz.) coffee and receive the limited time discount.

There are multiple Joffrey’s locations at Walt Disney World including the brand new window at the Disney Skyliner station near Disney’s Carribean Beach Resort.

Credit/Image: Disney Parks Blog

Southern Caribbean Island Now Requires a Passport from Cruise Line Passengers

Travelers planning on visiting Martinique on a cruise, including Disney Cruise Line, will now be required to bring a valid passport to disembark the ship. Many Caribbean islands do not require a passport as long as the cruise starts and ends at a U.S. port, but Martinique will now be an exception.

This news was first reported by Cruise Fever, as they received a letter sent to Carnival Cruise Line passengers that stated, “Officials in Martinique have informed us that all cruise visitors to the island must have a valid passport in order to go ashore. This requirement will be strictly enforced by local authorities. If you do not already have a passport, we encourage you to obtain one before your voyage.”

Martinique is a southern Caribbean island and a territory of France.

Credit: Cruise Fever

Disney and Playstation Vue Agree to an Expanded Distribution Deal

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Walt Disney Company and Playstation Vue agreed to an expanded distribution deal on Friday, September 27. The new deal will bring FX and National Geographic to Sony’s television platform. Both FX and National Geographic were acquired by Disney when they bought 21st Century Fox.

The senior vice president of affiliate sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks Sean Breen said Disney, “looks forward to continuing serving subscribers the full value of our content.”

In addition to the new channels, Playstation Vue will continue to offer “ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN College Extra, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, FXX, FXM, Fox Life, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, BabyTV and ABC News Live.”

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

Deborah Chow Tapped to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+

The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor that was announced at the D23 Expo now has a director and writer, with Deborah Chow set to direct and Hossein Amini working on the script.

The Disney+ series takes place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Chow recently directed Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian for Disney+. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said of the choice:

“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”


Chow, McGregor, writer Amini (The Alienist, Drive), and Kennedy will be Executive Producers along with Tracy Seaward (The Queen) and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).



Disney Surprises Central Florida Arts Program With $100K Donation

Continuing with their FeelGoodFriday program, Cast Members from Walt Disney World surprised another community organization with a sizable donation. This week the Central Florida Community Arts program was selected.

Cast Members crashed the group’s weekly choir rehearsal to deliver the news that they would be receiving a $100,000 grant, which will help expand the program to more local students who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts. The expansion will include arts-focused camps and programs that will be introduced to select local schools.

“Central Florida Community Arts serves to build and strengthen communities through the arts and creative expression. Their mission is to provide accessibility to the arts at a young age, enabling enriching experiences that lead to lifelong engagement and appreciation for the arts. Through the organization’s unique programming, local students are learning how to express themselves in healthy, creative ways, while working with others in team-building environments.”


The surprise announcement included a visit from a Walt Disney World a capella group, which serenaded the more than 175 members of the Central Florida Community Arts choir.

Source: Disney Parks Blog