There’s no denying that the addition of the Disney Skyliner will help revolutionize Disney Transport in a very big way once it opens at the end of the month on September 29th. However, many guests have been wary of the addition, wondering if it will lead to cutbacks in other transportation services offered by Disney across the Walt Disney Resort.
We recently flipped through a resort guide for more information on the Skyliner. If you are staying at a Walt Disney Resort hotel, a set of printed guides and pamphlets are usually left for guests by the table or nightstand for all their resort information needs. You’re always welcome to take these and use them throughout your stay, but with the advent of My Disney Experience, it’s rare that someone would carry one of these around, although in any case, it surely might be more dependable than the app.
Each park or point of interest gets its own set of handy directions, with minimalist icons for each mode of transportation, be it a boat, monorail, bus, or the Skyliner. Thankfully, guests staying at resorts with Skyliner stations will have the option of taking a bus or gondola to the two parks the system connects: Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
It also appears that Park to Park bus transportation will remain after the opening of Disney Skyliner, so guests who aren’t keen on dangling in a non-air conditioned box at various heights will still have options, as well.
It’s interesting to note that this guide, which was printed for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as indicated by the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run promotional photo on the cover, mentions the Disney Skyliner as if it were already in operation. There’s no asterisk or fine print anywhere that says, “Hey, you won’t actually be able to take a Skyliner gondola yet, because it won’t open until late September!” This could be misleading for the everyday guest who doesn’t keep up with parks news. (It could also hint at the fact that the Skyliner was in fact due for a late August opening alongside Galaxy’s Edge, but I digress.)
In any case, we’re glad that the Skyliner simply means more options for resort guests instead of fewer. While the gondolas will be ADA accessible and can seat up to 10, with room for strollers, between the “passive ventilation” and relatively small quarters, we know it won’t be for everyone, and retaining the option of taking a chilly, character-themed bus with USB charging ports seems ideal for many people.
So, what will be your transportation pick once the Skyliner finally opens? Gondola, or bus? (If you’re a Minnie Van person, well, I mean… treat yo’self.)