As someone with a bona fide fear of heights, I had my reservations about using Disney's Skyliner. After experiencing it firsthand, here are 5 quick tips for anyone planning a trip on Disney's aerial gondola transportation system.
1) It Connects A LOT of Walt Disney World
The Skyliner conveniently connects Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort, and Disney's Riviera Resort. Plus, anyone staying or visiting Disney's BoardWalk, Yacht Club, or Beach Club Resorts can easily walk over and hop on at EPCOT's International Gateway.
2) It Moves Quickly
With so much of Walt Disney World being connected, you might expect that this mode of transportation is slow. It's actually quite the opposite! The gondolas slow down at stations for loading (or pause temporarily to allow guests on scooters and wheelchairs to board) so it's continually loading, much like many of your favorite Disney rides. This allows for any lines to move very quickly, even if they look long.
3) Fear of Heights? Fly at Night!
At night, you're not always quite aware of how high up you are. My very first Skyliner trip was from my hotel at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort over to Disney's Riviera Resort, which is literally next door. (Walking distance, depending on your room location!) But for a scaredy cat like me, this was the perfect intro to the Skyliner. I absolutely loved it, and was ready for more the next day!
4) Motion Sickness Hack
While I always recommend traveling with Sea-bands, ginger pills, or Dramamine, there is one more tip I have for folks with motion sickness: face forward! You'll be able to see which direction your Gondola is traveling while you load, so make sure you're on the bench facing frontward. Of course, bring all of your motion sickness items with you...especially if you're heading for the parks! However, for many folks, facing frontwards makes a big difference. I personally use Sea-bands and Dramamine Non-Drowsy Natural pills.
5) Be Prepared to Transfer
The Skyliner's main hub is located at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. This means that guests at Caribbean Beach won't ever have to transfer from their gondola, while guests from other resorts will have to. (Another perk for staying at Caribbean Beach! Check out my review of that resort here!) Much like the Monorail Station at TTC (except faster and more convenient), there will be signage throughout clearly directing you when and where to transfer to get to other resorts or parks.
Have you had the chance to ride the Skyliner yet? What other tips do you have?