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Fun Facts About The Walt Disney World Skyliner

Away we go! Hop in for a million-dollar view of some of Walt Disney World’s famous icons, gorgeous resorts, picturesque waterways, and lush scenery. Walt Disney World guests can fly on Dumbo, glide while straddling a Banshee, sail above London on Peter Pan’s Flight, fly as a passenger on the Millennium Falcon, and glide while traveling the globe on a Soarin’ flight. Check out the newest way to soar as a passenger on the Walt Disney World Skyliner, an exciting gondola transportation system. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the newest way to travel around the “most magical place on Earth”!

1. Impressive Details

Accepting its first passengers in September 2019 at a cost of $33 million, there’s room for everyone on the Skyliner. There are 300 gondola cars traveling around five stations, and each gondola can hold up to 10 guests, or six guests and a wheelchair or ECV. There are six total miles of cable connecting the entire Skyliner system.

2. Convenience

It’s so easy to hop on and off the Skyliner! Five terminals are available for passengers to get on and off of the gondolas: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Pop Century Resort (shared terminal), Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Epcot International Gateway. The hub of the Skyliner system is considered to be Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Guests getting on the Skyliner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have to disembark and transfer at the Caribbean Beach Report terminal, and then board another gondola to their intended destination.

3. Soar to New Heights

The highest point of the Skyliner system is 60 feet. The shortest trip guests can take on the Skyliner is three minutes between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort. The longest ride is from Disney’s Riviera Resort to Epcot, which takes a total of nine to 10 minutes.

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4. Familiar Faces

The gondola cars are brightly wrapped in eight different colors, and most display a favorite Disney film or character. Will you get to ride in the Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Coco, Hitchhiking Ghosts, Moana, or Frozen gondola? The possibilities are endless, and it’s fun to look out for your favorite characters as the cars sail overhead.

5. No ticket necessary

Any Walt Disney World guest can ride the Skyliner, and there’s no separate ticket required. You can use the gondolas as a method of transportation to get to a park or resort, or you can just hop on for a relaxing ride around the Walt Disney World property.

6. Keep it Cool

Traveling at top speeds of 11 mph, the Skyliner relies on an air ventilation cooling system and constantly flowing breezes to keep passengers cool, rather than air conditioning. Gondolas slow down to one mph when approaching a terminal.

7. Weather or Not

Keep a backup form of transportation in mind in case of inclement weather! The Skyliner closes down if there’s any sign of lightning.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.