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Parking Lot Courtesy Trams Return To Walt Disney World Parks.

This September will see Disney’s Parking Trams return to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Trams will once again be available at all Walt Disney World theme parks.

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Disney resumed the tram service at the Magic Kingdom in December 2021 and Animal Kingdom in May 2022 after pausing the service during the pandemic shutdown in 2020. Now Disney has announced that the final two parks will resume their Tram service starting this September. 

New Procedures For Disney’s Skyliner

The Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system will begin operating again on 15th July after a period of closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner

With the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on 15th July, Disney will begin operating their Skyliner to transport guests to the theme parks. Due to health and safety guidelines and social distancing measures, the Skyliner will operate with reduced capacity and guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times.

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Update: Transportation Options for Walt Disney World

As Walt Disney World prepares for the theme parks to reopen they have confirmed the dates when the Disney transportation system will be up and running again.

EPCOT Monorail

  • Disney Buses started: 22 June
  • Monorail Begin: 7 July
  • Ferry Boats Begin: 7 July
  • Skyliner Begin: 15 July

These transportation options are subject to change and availability. Disney will continue to share more information regarding the transportation available for Walt Disney World Resort Guests.

Disney Skyliner

Magically gliding above the treetops of Walt Disney World Resort is the new Disney Skyliner which opened on Sept. 29, 2019. As much a magic carpet as a complimentary transportation system, Disney Skyliner will soar above waterways and wooded areas alike on its way to theme parks and Disney resort hotels, while wide-eyed guests will be treated to views never before seen.

This “most magical flight on Earth” connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to 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. With approximately 300 vacation homes, including various accommodation types, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be available for traditional hotel reservations as well as membership sales.

Nearly half of the approximately 300 Disney Skyliner cabins will be wrapped in whimsical Disney scenes – with beloved characters, fan-favorite movies, attractions and more – giving the appearance that Disney pals are riding along with guests. The cabins will be easy to spot overhead, because each gondola will shimmer in one of eight vibrant colors and feature sleek curved lines.

Disney Skyliner guests will discover bird’s-eye views of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Approaches to Epcot are equally eye-catching, as the countries around World Showcase Lagoon come into view with iconic Spaceship Earth in the distance.

In addition to convenient theme park access, guests staying at Disney resort hotels accessible by Disney Skyliner will have quick-and-easy transportation to a world of other dining and entertainment options. These include all the fun of Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, access to Epcot through the International Gateway station, and restaurants and recreation found at the resort hotels serviced by Disney Skyliner.

Disney Skyliner Stations Are Artful connection Points

The artful stations along the Disney Skyliner route will feature uniquely Disney designs that reflect their surroundings:

  • The Epcot International Gateway station is inspired by the nearby European pavilions in the park. Covered metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals themed to flight and ornate metal detailing are all in the Art Nouveau style.
  • The Disney’s Riviera Resort station incorporates influences from the Mediterranean coast to produce an elegant portal for guests.
  • The station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort connects all three routes and extends the architectural details and bright island colors associated with the Caribbean.
  • The Disney’s Hollywood Studios station reflects the Art Decostyle of the park’s main entrance area. Guests arriving on Disney Skyliner will be awestruck as a panoramic view of the park unfolds.
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort share a Disney Skyliner station at Hourglass Lake. Colorful structural forms create a space that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Departing the station, guests will glide above Hourglass Lake and ascend to thrilling views of both resort hotels.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.®, the official specialty coffee of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club, will welcome guests with a quick-service location adjacent to the station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The menu of coffees, pastries and specialty items will include the new “Toffee Flight Latte” found initially only at the station. The latte blends sea salt caramel toffee and dark chocolate, topped with toffee and chocolate crumbles and a cloud of whipped cream.

Cast Costuming Takes Flight

Disney Skyliner cast members will sport stylish costumes that reflect the sleek, contemporary lines of the transportation system. Costume designers created a mid-century design that recalls 1960s airline travel marking a new era of flight. Clean, streamlined designs of the gondolas are incorporated into the costumes as style elements.

The Newest Way for Guests to Travel Around Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Skyliner joins the network of complimentary Walt Disney World transportation benefits for resort hotel guests allowing them to travel effortlessly around Walt Disney World with a touch of Disney magic. The gondolas join other favorite options such as the world-famous Walt Disney World monorail system along with ferry boats and water taxis, and one-of-a-kind motor coaches

Fun Facts: Disney Skyliner

    • Project Announced:July 2017
    • Launch Date: September 29, 2019
    • Miles of Cable:6
    • Number of Lines:3
    • Loading Stations:5
    • Number of Gondolas: Nearly 300
    • Maximum Seating Capacity per Gondola: 10
    • Resort Hotels Connected:4
    • Theme Parks Connected:2

Disney Bus

Complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks—is available to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Complimentary transportation is available one hour prior to Disney Theme Park opening time up to one hour after Disney Theme Park closing time. Additionally, buses operate until 2:00 a.m. from the Downtown Disney Area. Certain areas of Walt Disney World Resort are also connected by well-lit, paved, low-grade walking paths.

Disney Busses run approximately every 20 minutes from all the Disney onsite resorts, at the entrance to the resorts you’ll see well signed stops that will denote the destination and stops of the bus.

Using the Disney Transportation System is one of the main benefits of staying at a Disney resort: you never have to park your car in an enormous parking lot. There isn’t a lot to choose between the Buses and using your car for time to the parks. Taking the Bus to the Magic Kingdom is nearly always quicker as the Bus takes you directly to the entrance bypassing the Monorail or Ferry that you will have to use if you elect to take your car.

Even theme park-visitors who aren’t staying at Disney resorts are free to use the Disney buses to travel from park to park, or to the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon waterparks, and Downtown Disney.

The only inconvenience in the Disney transport system arises if you’re going from one resort to another one, if, for example, you’re staying at Caribbean Beach and want to have dinner at the Animal Kingdom Lodge you would need to catch a bus to one of the theme parks or Downtown Disney then catch another bus to your destination.

From Disney resorts to Disney Theme Parks

Service starts 1 hour prior to the park opening time listed for that day.
Bus service for Character Breakfasts begins ½ hour before the earliest seating.
Busses run after park closing until the parks are clear of guests.

Between Disney Theme Parks

Disney Buses run between parks 1 hour prior to Park opening, and buses run until parks are clear of guests.

    • Between TTC and Animal Kingdom
    • Between TTC and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot
    • Between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom
    • Between Animal Kingdom and Epcot

For traveling between Transportation and Ticket Center, Contemporary, Polynesian, or the Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom and Epcot, you should use the monorail.

Between Resorts and Water Parks

Buses begin service from resorts 30 mins prior to water park opening
Buses run until the water parks are clear of guests

Between Resorts and Downtown Disney

Service begins 30 mins prior to opening
Last bus returning to resorts leaves at midnight

To Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf

The mini golf area is within easy walking distance from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts. Catch a Disney bus from any Disney theme park or Downtown Disney to one of those resorts.

To Winter Summerland Golf

This is located adjacent to the car park at Blizzard Beach. During Blizzard Beach operating hours, take a bus to Blizzard Beach and walk to the mini golf.
After Blizzard Beach closes, take a bus to Coronado Springs. At Coronado Springs, board an Epcot bus and notify the driver. For the return leg, notify a cast memebr at Winter Summerland who will arrange an Epcot Bus to do the return.

To Disney’s Wide World of Sports

Take a bus to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and board the bus there. Service begins 30 mins prior to the Studios opening until 8:30pm.