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

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

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


14 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. We’ve had our vacation for Sept 2020 booked at Pop since July 2019 and it never occurred to me that we’d have to ride the Skyliner. I’m not a fan of heights and my mom is disabled and will have an ECV. We will also have a stroller as we are taking my niece for her first trip. Disney should have at least given ppl a heads up that this would happen. We were able to secure free dining at Pop for our stay and I hate to change the reservation as it’s an inconvenience to do so at this point. Very disheartening that this is happening.

  6. I think they should reduce it to every half hour for the morning hours for a few weeks and see if they still have full buses to run. Many people are afraid of the heights and/or going over the water. This would allow them to see if it encourages more people to use the skyliner, but not making it practically impossible to use bus service. One bus per hour will fill ridiculously fast.

  7. I love Disney World. I was priced out of the moderate resorts for Pop Century a few years ago but continue to visit and love every minute. I’ve defended Disney through all the gripes and complaints and parking fees and price increases, but decreased bus service to Epcot and Galaxy’s Edge may be the end for me. I’m not riding in a bucket and I don’t want to move to the All Stars. I’m going to think very hard about annual pass renewal. Maybe it’s time to spend some time with Harry over at Universal. I never thought I’d say that.

  8. Skyliner was not open last time I was there so not sure how I or my kids will feel about it. I do think though that the busses were one of the reasons we used to stay at Pop and it’s kind of a bummer that that will no longer be the case. Now we stay at CBR and while people are saying Skyliner is great for the amount of money we pay for our trip it would be nice to have the option or as someone else said at least some warning as many people book at certain hotels based on transportation. We will see.

  9. Majorly bad move by Disney. Have this go into effect when the Skyline has proven effective for several consecutive months, not several days. Would have booked someplace else on property had we known the Skyliner was going to our mode to two parks. Thank heavens for Lyft.

  10. I think disney should have announced this would be going into effect in 6 months. People specifically chose to stay at pop. When they booked this hotel bus service was available and included . I think this is terrible if people have height fears or simply do not want to use skyliner. I’m sending a message to guest services. I don’t even stay at any of these resorts but I think this is a terrible move.

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