Recently, though, we’ve realized that you might be surprised before you even make it onto transportation! That’s because Disney is lying about the times that transportation runs — not that the information is easy to find to begin with!
Did you know Disney World is lying to you about transportation!?
If you’ve ever tried to find a clear answer to transportation hours on the Disney World website, you’ve probably come out a little disappointed. The most you’ll find are general statements, but Disney does not post the exact transportation hours every day.
This can be frustrating and a bummer for planning purposes. Will your preferred mode of transportation even be available when you need it? How early and how late?
You’ll need to check signage at the transportation hubs or speak to a Cast Member to get the accurate times. But even then, you might not get the accurate times. In fact, you might get more lies!
Recently, I stayed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for a full tour, and I wanted to hop on the Skyliner to Disney’s Hollywood Studios ASAP in the morning. I’d need to if I wanted to be there in time for rope drop!
I checked with a Cast Member at the front desk to ask when the earliest gondolas depart. They told me it would open 45 minutes prior to the park opening. In my case, Hollywood Studios opened at 9AM, meaning I could expect the Skyliner to open at 8:15AM.
Imagine my surprise when I checked the signage at the Skyliner station, only to find out that the posted opening was actually 8AM. Wow! I could’ve been 15 minutes late, right? Wrong. The Skyliner actually opened even earlier!
A line started to form at the Skyliner around 7:30AM, and the gondolas began accepting guests between then and 7:45 — almost a full hour and a half before park opening and way earlier than the Cast Members or the signage told me.
At this time it isn’t super easy to trust the times you’re seeing for transportation. When in doubt, arrive earlier than you expect you need to, and budget in more than enough time for travel from one place to another — especially if you’re trying to reach a park before it opens.
Have you seen wonky transportation times in Disney World? Tell us in the comments!