Disney Skyliner Experiences Unexpected Downtime

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Disney’s Skyliner is a popular mode of transportation at Walt Disney World Resort it can bring Guests to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in minutes from select resorts, and since it is constantly moving, lines tend to move quickly as well.

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That being said, like any attraction or mode of transportation around Disney World, the Disney Skyliner can at times, have a few complications as it is operating each and every day. Although it does not often happen, there is always the possibility that the Skyliner can get stuck while you are riding. Storms can also cause the Disney Skyliner to pause transportation.

At times, the delay could just be because Cast Members need to stop the system to load Guests who may be using an ECV or wheelchair, or they are unable to quickly hop aboard, and those delays only last a few moments. But, there have also been situations in which the Disney Skyliner has been stuck for an hour or more in the air while Guests were riding due to unforeseen circumstances (like inclement weather or other difficulties) that have led to disruptions during transportation.

Related: How Long Is Too Long to Wait For Disney’s Skyliner?

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Today, it seems that the Skyliner is experiencing some complications, though the reason for the pause in operations has not been announced.

Theme park fan and reporter Drew (@DrewDisneyDude) took to Twitter to share his experience and warn Guests about the Disney Skyliner undergoing a few issues.

EPCOT/Caribbean Beach Skyliner line is having tons of issues at the moment. If you’re in the area take a different method of transportation. No estimate on when it will be back up. #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

He then added to the Tweet with an update:

Disney Skyliner line for EPCOT/Riviera/Caribbean Beach is going to be down for a while. Cast Members aren’t allowing guests to board and current goal is to get everyone off safely. #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

Disney Cast Members will let Guests know if they are unable to board the Disney Skyliner due to circumstances like these. If you are looking to head to EPCOT via the Disney Skyliner and the Skyliner is down at any time, a Disney Cast Member at the Skyliner station will let you know so that you can use another mode of complimentary Disney transportation.

Drew noted that Cast Members were working to get everyone off the Skyliner safely, and in a reply to another Twitter user, he shared that he was thankfully not one of the Guests stuck in the air.

I’m so lucky I’m not stuck in the air.

Though the Skyliner did experience an unexpected pause in operations earlier today, it appears that it is now up and running again. Note that Disney will always work to ensure all Guests get to safety when the Disney Skyliner operations are paused from time to time. We will update this article as more information regarding this situation with the Disney Skyliner comes to light.

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Walt Disney World describes this mode of transportation as:

Take to the skies—travel by aerial gondola for a bird’s-eye view of various locations around Walt Disney World Resort! 

Discover Disney Skyliner, an incredible way to travel around Walt Disney World Resort!

Glide across the sky and add an extra dash of pixie dust to your day. This grand, state-of-the-art gondola system conveniently connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and International Gateway at Epcot to the following Resort hotels: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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Guests will be able to enjoy easy access to Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district and a fun way to travel between International Gateway at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, the Disney Skyliner provides a relaxing trip to dining locations across Disney Resort hotels—including Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Some of the gondolas are adorned with iconic Disney Characters, figures from Disney attractions and film favorites, which makes getting around even more magical as Guests enjoy breathtaking vistas over and between each of these enchanting locations!

Please Note: Guests travelling on the Disney Skyliner will not be able to access the Epcot parking lot after Epcot has closed for the day. If you are attempting to return to your parked car, please use alternate transportation such as a Disney bus.

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The following Disney Resort hotels are on the Disney Skyliner transportation line:

Please note that if you are staying at these resorts, the Skyliner is not the only method of transportation. If you are afraid of heights or do not want to ride for any reason, busses are always available, though be sure to plan accordingly as the bus schedule can vary depending on the theme park you are attempting to get to.

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to update you on this ongoing situation.

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