This Disney World Transportation System Is Officially Closed for Refurbishment

The Walt Disney World Resort has several complimentary transportation options available to take Guests between their Resorts, theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

Depending on the route they take, Guests are able to travel via monorail, boat, bus, and the Disney Skyliner, (or Minnie Vans powered by Lyft for an added fee), with each experience offering a magical perk only available during a Disney vacation.

Walt Disney World Entrance

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Some modes of transportation are only available to certain destinations, including select Disney Resorts. As such, they can be major perks of staying at these locations. With one of Disney World’s most popular transportation methods now closed for a refurbishment, we have dates you may want to keep in mind for your next trip.

Guests staying at Disney’s Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort, and Art of Animation Resort, will want to note that the Disney Skyliner is now closed through Sunday, January 29, 2023.


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During the Skyliner’s refurbishment, complimentary bus transportation will be available for Guests at these Resorts looking to visit both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We should note that for Guests visiting EPCOT, bus transportation will bring you to the front of this Disney Park, not to International Gateway by World Showcase where the Disney Skyliner station is located.

Disney has not announced any changes to the Skyliner, so work taking place during this week’s closure should just be routine maintenance. All other forms of complimentary transportation at Walt Disney World remain available during this time as well.

Disney Skyliner

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Regardless of where you are staying during your next Walt Disney World vacation, we always recommend confirming refurbishments and availability of the experiences you are most interested in before you go.

Disney’s official description of the Skyliner reads:

Cruise around Walt Disney World Resort in style—riding incredible aerial gondolas!

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 the International Gateway at EPCOT to the following Disney Resort hotels:

• Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
• Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
• Disney’s Pop Century Resort
• Disney’s Riviera Resort

You can find the latest updates from Disney on its official website or on the My Disney Experience app, or check back here on Disney Tips.


About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."