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Bus Service at Pop Century Reduced to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests Encouraged to Use Disney Skyliner

Bus Service at Pop Century Reduced to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios, Guests Encouraged to Use Disney Skyliner
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UPDATE: Bus service at all Skyliner resorts have been reduced to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Check out full details HERE.

The Disney Skyliner has been open now for several months, and guests have long speculated that Disney would start to reduce bus service to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in favor of using the Skyliner.

It appears that change is now in effect for at least one resort.

According to a Ktp Crew member, the sign pictured below was posted at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Beginning today, January 5, buses to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Pop Century will only be available for departure once per hour.

The Disney Skyliner will continue to run on its current schedule. This change will now make Disney Skyliner the preferred mode of transportation between Pop Century and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

Bus service to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be unaffected by this change.

Disney Guests Experience Down Time and Evacuations on Skyliner

The Disney Skyliner opened in September 2019, and has been plagued with problems since opening. Just six days after opening, a Skyliner accident shut down the entire system.

Guests were stuck on the Skyliner for hours and ended up being evacuated by Reedy Creek Fire Department. Since that initial incident, the Skyliner has seen modified hours and occasional downtime.

At the time of this writing, it is unclear whether or not Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, which are all on the Skyliner route, will be seeing a similar change or not.

Kenny the Pirate will keep you updated on any similar changes announced!

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  1. Well, I have yet to ride the skyline. That is not to say I wouldn’t. I will ride in good weather, Not stormy. Now for the biggie, if for any reason I am stuck for more then 15 to 30 minutes, you better be ready to get me out, it will not be pleasant. I have a fear of heights, but I can get passed it but not being stuck

  2. We are going back to Disney Mardi Gras of 2020. 2 people in my party have a fear of heights. One person is claustrophobic. I ride an electric scooter. We had intended on staying at Pop Century. Its within my budget. I guess we will have do another resort within my budget.

  3. We were looking forward to our stay at Pop Century in 2 weeks, but not so sure now. We have no intention of riding the skyliner and it looks like we will be inconvenienced by riding the bus system. We were staying at the Boardwalk in October when the skyliner broke down and left riders trapped for hours. We decided at that point that we wouldn’t ride the skyliner for at least a year, hoping by that time all the bugs would be worked out. I think Disney should do the same and not force guests to ride the skyliner since it has been plagued with many safety issues.

  4. Just one more way for Disney to cut services for their guests. We enjoyed our last 2 stays at Pop, but I think the next stay will be outside of the “bubble”

  5. i”m not comfortable with heights (that’s putting it lightly) and I’ve ridden the Skyliner more than half a dozen times. I actually enjoyed the experience, The Skyliner is here to stay. Wait for the bus or use a Minnie Van.

  6. We left on Friday, stayed at Pop and absolutely loved the Skyliner. It was very efficient, barely any wait. We wished they had started earlier to HS in oder to get there before park opening for RoR boarding pass. I noticed there were barely any people in the bus lines for HS and Epcot so I guess the cut makes sense.

  7. I think this change stinks. The skyliner has many many issues, and it should be running without issue for a considerable length of time b4 other transport is diminished.

  8. Really, the next mess up for the Skyliner resulting in hours of being trapped will be the end of it and possibly the start of far more lawsuits than Disney wants to lose. Leave the bus schedules the way they have always been in order to accommodate all guests. This is just another example of Disney trying to cut employees for less than satisfactory mechanical transportation. I suppose the shareholders just aren’t getting enough in their dividend checks. Come on, Disney, make WDW what it once was again instead of making us the lemmings you would like for us to be.

  9. Really dislike this change. Then again, I also dislike that Fort Wilderness doesn’t offer a bus to the Magic Kingdom and I have to travel to the other side of the resort to catch the boat. I have mild claustrophobia AND a fear of heights – not planning on taking the Skyliner any time soon, so perhaps POP isn’t the place for me to stay.

  10. I’m just curious. A lot of people have fear of heights. To me, it kind of seems unfair to make those folks wait an hour for the bus if they have issues where they can’t use the skyliner. I dunno, just a thought that came to mind.

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