Greetings from high up above on the Disney Skyliner!
We climbed aboard Disney World’s newest transportation system for the first time since mid-March and we’re sharing all the details when it comes to a post-closure ride in the sky!
Arriving and Waiting in Line
When we arrived this morning, the gondolas were down temporarily. Cast Member encouraged guests to take the available buses. Those of us who wanted to wait for the Skyliners to start up again waited in a line outside of the main queue.
Once we were on the Skyliner, we noted that relatively long queues are not uncommon, but these queues move quickly!
The line wasn’t down for long and we were able to move up to the station! Definitely keep an eye on hours when you’re using the Skyliner to get around.
Waiting in line for the Skyliner is much like waiting in line for the Disney buses. Physical distancing floor markers were present in the queue area.
The stations have health and safety signage as well as hand sanitizer stations. A Cast Member we spoke to told us that the gondolas are being cleaned once a day.
We were riding from Disney’s Pop Century Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so we had to transfer at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station.
The distanced lines are a little confusing here, but Cast Members are happy to point you in the right direction.
Boarding and Riding in the Gondola
At this time, each gondola will carry only one travel group at a time. The Cast Member asks how many are in your party and you are guided to your gondola, much like our experience on the Skyliner prior to the closures.
A Cast Member told us that you should keep your mask on for your ride.
The experience was similar to riding many of the attractions at Disney World. All groups are spaced by seating every other row or given an entire ride vehicle to themselves. This policy is also reflected in the gondola by seating one group per cabin to limit prolonged contact from other guests.
The line looked long due to physical distancing but moved quickly once the gondolas were running again. As far as cleaning procedures, we were told by a Cast Member that the gondola cabins get cleaned once a day. Overall, riding the gondola is not much different before it closed in March. But there is more room inside the gondola and the potential for longer wait times.
What is your preferred mode of transportation at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!