A week ago, I got to experience the Disney Skyliner on opening day!
I was in Orlando a few days and realized I was going to be there for the day it opened. Sunday, September 29th, my parents, brother and his kids and I headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (my favorite park, which is also the park I used to work at) and got in line for our first ride on the Skyliner.
As we quickly learned, the Disney Skyliner is made up of three different gondola lines that take you to:
I was pretty excited to check out this new transportation system, as I had been watching it be built and was interested to see how it felt to ride in one. It’s been a long time since my whole family got to experience a first ride together on something new at Disney. Really, as I think about it, I’m not sure I can think of anything all of us have experience for the first time all together and we’ve been going to Disney for a very a long time!
As we waited in the line to get on the Skyliner, we all marveled at the speed of the cars and the precision of how each of them stacked perfectly together. As we got closer to our gondola, my niblings noticed it was wrapped in Star Wars theming! It had a BB-8, Chewie, and the kids favorite “Porgs” on the side.
The longest and most complex line is the Caribbean to Epcot. It actually stopped running for about 10 minutes before we got on and stopped for about 5 min when we were in the gondola. It was not a big deal, but I would not want to be stopped for an extended amount of time as there is no air conditioning in the cabin. Although it’s pretty comfortable and cool when moving because wind flows in through the windows. Also, when everything is running smoothly you’re not on the gondola for a lengthy amount of time.
As I went to write this post, I read the news reports about the Skyliner Epcot line going down for three hours! I saw a picture on Twitter of some cabins crashed into each other, and this is one of my pics of around the same spot (this is what they should look like).
Someone I used to work with at Apple actually was on the line when it went down, and was stuck for three hours. Once he and his family were safely on ground, Disney gave them $400 and 8 park hoppers. The Skyliner is down until further notice, but I’m hoping it will be back up and in working order very soon!