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September 29 marked two fun dates — my anniversary with Anthony (soon to be celebrated in January!) and the opening of Disney’s new Skyliner! Anthony and I decided to make a fun little date day activity out of the new gondolas in the sky, park at Hollywood Studios, and do the full route to check it out and relax.
Overall, this was a really peaceful way to enjoy the parks and see it from a new angle, especially some of the resorts we haven’t explored yet (living so close, we don’t ever really stay on property, and when I was in Fort Myers we often stayed at the resorts closer to Disney Springs since you can get great deals on non-Disney resorts that are just as nice… but I digress!).
Here are a few noteworthy things about my experience:
2. Even though it was opening day, we didn't have to wait very long to board. The cabins only seem to stop moving when you’re boarding a wheelchair accessible one, but those have a separate line. Looks like those cabins have their own separate part of the track they can go on for boarding before merging with the rest of the cabins when they take off.
3. The ride itself was super smooth, and it didn’t feel rocky or sway much except for when we got briefly stuck for two or three minutes. But even then, it was pretty steady, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it if you are prone to motion sickness.
4 The longest trip was from Caribbean Beach to Epcot, but that’s largely because there was a stop to the new Riviera Resort on the way, and their station isn’t open yet. I imagine this won’t feel as long of a ride when you have to reboard at Riviera.
5. That being said, it’s worth noting that you have to reboard at every station. That means that it’s not the quickest way to get to Hollywood Studios from Epcot (or vice versa), but definitely nice if you want to try something different and aren’t in a rush to get anywhere.
6. The entire route took us about 90 minutes (we started at Hollywood Studios and went to Epcot from Caribbean Beach, then back, to Art of Animation/Pop Century, back again and then Studios), including waiting in line after getting off and back on again at every stop. So, if you’re heading from a resort to Epcot or Hollywood Studios, it will only take you a few minutes!
Like I said, this was super peaceful and relaxing, and Anthony and I really enjoyed the ride! Not the fastest method, but definitely a great one, especially if you’re heading from a resort to a park.
Are you planning on trying out the new Skyliner?
Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.