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.
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.
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.
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:
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