With the Disney Skyliner now officially open, it’s not a stretch to say that transportation at Walt Disney World will never be the same. The gondola system – which connects Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and several Walt Disney World Resorts – will alter how we get around the Vacation Kingdom in a litany of ways, and these are five of the biggest.
Increases the “Value” of Two Value Resorts
While both Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts have long been popular among travelers for their family-friendly decor and low cost (compared to the rest of Disney’s on-property hotels). However, one of the major knocks on these two Value Resorts was their lack of transportation options. Tucked on the southern end of Walt Disney World property, at their inception the only way to travel to Disney World’s Parks from Pop Century or Art of Animation was either with one’s own car or by using the Resort’s bus system.
Now that the two Resorts have a dedicated Skyliner stop, guests can get to either Epcot (and there a monorail to the Magic Kingdom) or Hollywood Studios in a matter of minutes, all without traversing Disney’s often gridlocked roads.
Brings Many More Guests Through the International Gateway
For years, Epcot’s International Gateway entrance – located at the back of the Park between France and the United Kingdom pavilions in World Showcase – flew under the radar, with many guests not even aware of its existence. However, the entrance is about to get a whole lot busier, as Epcot’s Skyliner station is located just outside its gates. Given the fact that Epcot’s main entrance will be a sea of construction for the next several years, the International Gateway definitely seems like a more aesthetically pleasing entry point into the Park for the foreseeable future.
Takes Some Pressure off the Bus System
Anyone who has visited Walt Disney World in the last decade knows that the Resort’s bus system often seems taxed to its limit, especially in the early mornings and late nights. The Skyliner should alleviate some of that pressure as it transports guests from the aforementioned Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, as well as the Caribbean Beach Resort and the upcoming Riviera Resort to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, presumably removing thousands of guests a day from the buses.
Immediately Makes Riviera Resort a Must-Stay Resort
Speaking of the Riviera Resort, the opening of Walt Disney World’s newest DVC Resort was sure to be an event no matter what. However its location on the Skyliner route gives it the combination of luxury and transportation cache previously only held by the hotels on the Magic Kingdom Monorail line. Riviera’s appeal just got even greater! (Click here to see why this Resort already gets a thumbs-up from us!)
Captures the Original Spirit of Epcot
While this change is more philosophical than literal, the existence of Skyliner does channel a bit of the classic spirit of Epcot. As Disney aficionados know, the original plans for the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow — and the whole of Walt Disney World — included many transportation options, including a much larger monorail system and a fleet of People Movers, designed to cut down on traffic and fuel emissions. Skyliner harkens back to that thought process, at least philosophically, which is more than welcome at a time when classic Epcot seems to many to be disappearing.
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