Here’s What Happens When the Skyliner is CLOSED in Disney World

The Disney Skyliner is the newest transportation option for guests when they are visiting Disney World.

The Disney Skyliner takes you to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

It opened back in 2019 and guests staying at Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort can hop on board a gondola to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. And, normally that is the only way to get to the two parks from the resorts — except when it rains.

Florida is no stranger to inclement weather and it’s pretty likely that you’ll experience at least one rainstorm if you’re visiting Disney World in the summer. And, when that does happen, Disney shuts down the Skyliner. So, how do you get between the resorts and Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT when it’s storming like this…?

Well, Disney opens up another form of transportation — buses! Outside of the Skyliner transportation center, Disney will place out signs to let you know which lines are not currently running.


The Skyliner temporarily closes for inclement weather

And, close by, you’ll find signage indicating where you should go to hop on a bus. We were at Disney’s Pop Century Resort when the rain hit today, so the signage was out to direct guests to the bus stop at Classic Hall.

Skyliner closed signage

Much like lines for buses to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney sets up a temporary queue for buses to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Lines open up for transportation to the two parks here instead

And, then they start pulling up the Disney buses! The line may not go as quickly as it would for the continually moving Disney Skyliner, but you’ll still be able to get to both parks — even in the rain!

And buses run to take guests to the park in the rain

So, if you’re staying at a Disney World Resort hotel that is located on the Disney Skyliner route, keep this in mind when rain passes through the area. And, check out more Disney World transportation tips and tricks in our video below!

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3 Replies to “Here’s What Happens When the Skyliner is CLOSED in Disney World”

  1. It’s lightning and high winds that will shut it down, just like most other outdoor rides and the water parks in WDW. Even the MK and Epcot resorts boats stop running in those conditions. Just plain rain won’t shut it down. So to say “when it closes for rain” is a bit misleading.

  2. Trust me, if they close the Skyliner be grateful you are not on. A few weeks ago, the sky was turning grey and the wind was really picking up. We were trying to get to Hollywood Studios from the Caribbean station. I was reluctant to board. However, we got on anyway, trusting that Disney would not risk safety just to keep Skyliner running. The wind really whipped up . Our Skyliner gondola was swaying crazily from side to side. I kept looking down at the ground far below, wondering if we could survive the impact. We could not. Our gondola continued to rock big time from side to side. I just kept saying oh my God oh my God. We finally touched ground. My face was pale, my knees were shaking. And that turned out to be the scariest attraction of our vacation. Would we ride it again? Of course! I would think twice if a storm was brewing.

  3. Transportation that doesn’t work in the rain in Florida. Give that guy a raise. Same guy put screen doors on submarines and car brakes that don’t work if the vehicle is moving.