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Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Big Welcome for the Disney Skyliner

by Ray Keating
September 26, 2019

Even the biggest fans have something that bugs them about Walt Disney World. For me, it’s the buses that move people between the parks and Disney resorts. That’s why I’m looking forward to the official launch of the Disney Skyliner on September 29th.

In general, I’m not a bus person. In fact, it’s hard for me to think of a form of transportation that I dislike more than buses. Take that anti-bus predisposition and factor in being on vacation, perhaps after a long, hot day in a theme park, standing on a long line waiting for a bus to take me back to my hotel room, and my outlook on buses fails to improve.

Of course, I understand that the daunting task of moving around thousands of people in Walt Disney World – that is, in effect, running a city transportation system – isn’t easy, and at times, it will not be ideal. While I’d like every move between a park and hotel to be as enjoyable as the Disney FriendShip boats taking people, for example, from Epcot to Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, the Boardwalk area, the Dolphin Hotel and Hollywood Studios, I get the need for buses.

My hope is that I’ll be able to take to the skies more often aboard the Disney Skyliner, and thereby avoid the dreaded buses. The Skyliner holds great promise. Consider the following that Disney is telling us about this new addition to their transportation system:

• The Skyliner will connect “Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort that will open Dec. 16, 2019.”

• “Many of the nearly 300 cabins will feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters – giving the sensation that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy, Chip ’n Dale, the Pirates of the Caribbean and many others have joined the fun.”

• “Each Disney Skyliner cabin can accommodate up to 10 guests, including those traveling with wheelchairs or assistive devices. With the system in constant motion, guests will arrive at their destination in minutes; and they’ll arrive relaxed – in the comfort of cabins mindfully tailored for the Florida climate.”

Following are a few photos taken of the Skyliner from earlier this month...

I love the idea of traveling around Walt Disney World by sea or, now, air. Anything to avoid those buses.

Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at  raykeating@keatingreports.com.

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