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Disney Reduces Bus Service to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at ALL Skyliner Resorts

Disney Reduces Bus Service to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at ALL Skyliner Resorts

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This morning, we reported to you that Disney had reduced bus service to once per hour from Pop Century Resort to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. By reducing bus service, guests are now being encouraged to use the Skyliner to get to those two theme parks instead.

It was speculated that this change might also occur for the other resorts on the Disney Skyliner route, including Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Riveria Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Several sources have now reported that Disney has reduced bus service from the three remaining resorts on the Skyliner route. Bus departures from Disney’s Riveria Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resorts to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been reduced to once per hour, effective January 5.

Now that the Skyliner is the primary mode of transportation form the Skyliner Resorts to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, the Skyliner will continue to operate on its current schedule.

Additional buses are expected to be running during times of Disney Skyliner downtime, such as the time outside of its normal operating hours or because of weather-related closures.

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

Skyliner Reopens for Guests (but will have modified hours this week)

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 (most recently last week).

What do you think of Disney’s decision to reduce bus service in favor of Disney Skyliner? Will you be riding the Skyliner on your next visit to Walt Disney World? Leave a comment below or on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook page and let us know! You can also use the blue Facebook button below to share with your friends who may be visiting Disney soon.

Jamie Fonseca

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Lee Collins

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Is there a specific time per hour the bus will run from Art Of Animation? Also what time does the first bus leave out?


Tuesday 7th of January 2020

I will still ride the buses. I have a fear of heights, and actually road the skyliner, but it’s not for me. I’m ok with planning for the once an hour buses, but when we were there in Oct, we traveled with several people that had EVCs, and ran into many difficulties with normal bus schedules, since they only allow 2 riders per bus.with the new schedule, I am concerned about the wait times for those who need to ride with EVCs.


Monday 6th of January 2020

I don't understand what you are worried about...they accomdate both strollers and ECV's and I have heard it works very well

Meg Mayo

Monday 6th of January 2020

Before this change, how many buses per hour were running to Epcot? How many to Hollywood Studios? I’m guessing something close to 3 per house. So, it’s not like they were running every few minutes, and now it’s only every 60 minutes. If you prefer the bus, it’s so nice that you can now see the next bus arrival in the app and plan accordingly. And if that time really doesn’t work for you, then you can decide if it’s worth it to spend $10 or less on a ride share. I have risen the Skyliner quite a bit despite being very nervous about my claustrophobia kicking in. It’s a very quick easy trip, and it’s even very easy to transfer from one line to another. I wouldn’t judge the Skyliner until you’ve tried it.

Dennis Harriger jr

Sunday 5th of January 2020

I would never minimize your fear of heights as I have that fear also. However we have taken the Skyliner multiple times and find it very convenient. There is a separate boarding area for guests with disabilities and guests in ecv’s. Aside from your very fear of heights you would find your other concerns to be eased during your trip. Hope you enjoy it

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