Ultimate Guide to the Disney Skyliner – Map, Routes, Tips for Parents

A relatively recent addition to Walt Disney World, the Disney Skyliner is a series of aerial gondolas that take you between certain resorts and theme parks. That’s right, you can now take to the sky to get around parts of Walt Disney World.

So what is the Disney Skyliner? The Disney Skyliner is a gondola lift system that provides transportation between EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and four Disney resorts. It is free–you do not need to pay for an additional ticket or make a reservation to ride the Disney Skyliner.

Where can I find it? The Disney Skyliner primarily travels between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios parks. But where exactly, you ask? The EPCOT stop is at the International Gateway–a park entrance located at the southwest corner of the park (close to the France Pavilion). Because the International Gateway stop is technically just outside of EPCOT, you can use the Disney Skyliner to access resorts (and their dining options) within walking distance–including the Yacht Club Resort, Beach Club Resort, and the Boardwalk Inn. The Disney Skyliner station for Hollywood Studios is just outside the park entrance (close to the bus stop) and a short walk into the park.

Skyliner Resorts. There are four Disney Resorts that are home to Skyliner stations. They range in price and theming, but they all are in the general EPCOT-Hollywood Studios area of Walt Disney World. The Disney Skyler resorts are as follows:

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

Important Things to Know: Depending on your destination, you may need to make a transfer at certain stations, so pay attention to the map. A few helpful notes:

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  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort acts as the epicenter for the Disney Skyliner. Guests heading from the other resorts along the Disney Skyliner route will need to stop at the Caribbean Beach station to transfer for their trip to Hollywood Studios.
  • For example, if you are coming from Pop Century/Art of Animation or Riviera Resort heading to Hollywood Studios, you will need to stop and get out at the Caribbean Beach Resort station, and transfer to the gondolas heading towards Hollywood Studios. When leaving Hollywood Studios, you do the reverse: simply stop and get out at the Caribbean Beach Resort station, and then take the gondolas heading to your resort.
  • Guests traveling via the Disney Skyliner from Hollywood Studios, Pop Century, Art of Animation, or Caribbean Beach Resort will need to stop and get out at the Riviera Resort station and transfer to the gondolas heading from that resort to EPCOT.
  • Pop Century and Art of Animation share a station that sits at the center of Hourglass Lake–a lake that is in between the resorts.
  • Guests riding the Disney Skyliner to EPCOT from the Riviera Resort do not need to transfer because the Riviera Resort station heads straight from that resort to EPCOT.

When do they operate? This is a bit tricky because there are no hours of operation posted on the Walt Disney World website. But, the hours can be found at respective Disney Skyliner stations. It’s likely that they start around thirty minutes to an hour before park openings (which can vary by the season) and stop running an hour after park closing.

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