Disney Skyliner Sets Temporary Closure in 2022

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When Guests visit Walt Disney World Resort, there are a ton of transportation options available to them, but one will soon be shut down for a period of time.

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Of course, Guests can choose to self-drive to their locations, but this also means that they would have to pay the daily parking fee at their Resort each night, and if they are not Annual Passholders, they would need to pay to park at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney provides Disney bus transportation to the Parks and Disney Springs from every Resort, which is the primary mode of transportation for many. Buses run very often to ensure that even large lines of Guests can be transported quickly.

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The monorail is the next form of transit that many Disney fans utilize. In order to get to Magic Kingdom, many Guests have to use the monorail from the Ticket and Transportation Center. Also, Guests staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can take the monorail directly to Magic Kingdom.

The newest form of transit is the Disney Skyliner. The Skyliner travels to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the following Resorts:

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (this is the central Skyliner hub)
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
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Starting on Sunday, January 23 to January 28, the EPCOT International Gateway, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be closed. Guests can use Disney buses and the Friendship boats during this time. When the Skyliner runs as it is meant to, Disney does not run their busses to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios very often, but as it will be down for multiple days, Guests will see the buss frequency increase greatly for both Parks.

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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.

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.

Are you a fan of the Disney Skyliner? Let us know in the comments below! 

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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