Back in September 2019, Disney World opened a new transportation system called the “Disney Skyliner.” Yes, I am a little bit late on writing this article, but I still feel like it’s something I should do. Why? Well, because I would have loved if I had read an article about the Skyliner before I had read it, so I would’ve known what was going to happen. So, I am going to give you the full guide to the Skyliner, so you will be fully prepared to ride. Here it is!
What Is The Disney Skyliner?
The Disney Skyliner is an aerial gondola system that runs through some parts of Disney World. Kind of similar to the Skyway, which used to run in Magic Kingdom, connecting Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. The Skyway was a Disney World opening day attraction but closed in late 1999 because Disney wanted to keep things new and fresh, although some people say it was because the cost of operation was high. The Skyliner is a lot more complex than the Skyway, and if you ask me, it looks a lot safer. Unlike the Skyway, the Skyliner has windows, and of course, higher technology.
Where Is The Disney Skyliner?
The Skyliner has five stations. There is one at each location and the locations are at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Pop Century and Art of Animation share a station. You can only travel on the Skyliner between those places, but you can ride on the Skyliner even if you aren’t staying at one of those resorts, or even a Disney World resort.
Should I Ride The Skyliner?
If you have a fear of heights or even small spaces, the Disney Skyliner might not be the best thing for you to ride. I mean, each gondola can hold up to ten guests, so it’s not like it’s a tight space, (although with ten people it probably would be) though if you are extremely claustrophobic I would stay away from the Skyliner. But, in the end, I think the Skyliner would mostly just effect someone who is afraid of heights.
Is This Normal?
Okay, I have to admit something. I have anxiety. Or, at least, I worry a lot. About everything. So you can only imagine what my thoughts were when I was riding on the Skyliner for the first time. If you are like me, riding the Skyliner for the first time might be a little bit… well, frightening. So, I just want to warn you about what might happen, that might be a slight bit concerning.
The first thing I want to mention is that you feel like you are FLYING when your gondola first starts moving. Seriously, at first, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster that was starting! I mean, that was probably just partly all in my head, because after a couple of seconds, you begin to feel like you are moving at a normal speed, not riding Expedition Everest. Another thing you should know is that your gondola might slow down once in a while, making you feel like you are coming to a complete stop. That terrified me at first because I thought we were getting stuck. Luckily, we went back to normal speed right away, so if something like that happens to you, don’t worry too much. The last thing I want you to have in mind when riding the Skyliner is that at the end, when your gondola is coming to a stop, it looks like you are going to crash into the one in front of you. Don’t worry! You won’t! Just close your eyes at the end if you think that might scare you.
In Case Of Emergency?
On the occasion that there is an emergency while you are on the Disney Skyliner, Disney has you covered for the most part. In every gondola, there is an emergency number to call if you feel that it’s appropriate. Also, under the seats, there is a black emergency kit that includes drinking water, a glow stick, a small notebook, and waste disposal bags. Hopefully, you will not need to use any of that on your Skyliner ride, but now you can be prepared just in case you do need to.
The Disney World Skyliner is obviously a very interesting experience. Even if you go on it and don’t like it, I feel like it’s something every Disney fan should ride at least once. And now, I’ve prepared you for some things that may occur during your journey! Safe travels!
Bye for now! See you real soon!
“Why worry? If you’ve done the best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney