• On Jun 14, 2023
    Matthew from West Midlands Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are staying at Caribbean Beach Resort in late July and would like to rope drop at Hollywood Studios for my son's birthday as he is a huge Star Wars fan. What time does the Skyliner start boarding if Disney resort early extra hours start at 8:00am?

    Hiya Matthew,

    Welcome to planDisney! If you had asked me a few years ago, I would’ve told you that my favorite way to get to the Theme Parks was the monorail. It is iconic and so easy! That was until I traveled via the Disney Skyliner, of course. Now, if I’m taking one of Walt Disney World Resort’s complimentary transportation options, it is the Disney Skyliner.

    Now let’s ensure your young Padawan is at the front of the line to get to Batuu! Complimentary resort transportation to the Theme Parks begins 45 minutes before the Disney theme park openings. So that would be around 7:15 am EST if Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 8:00 am. If it were me, I would head to the Disney Skyliner station earlier and get there between 6:30- 7:00 am. In my experience, sometimes the transportation starts running earlier, so getting there a little earlier doesn’t hurt. You would still likely be one of the first in line for the Disney Skyliner that way.

    Now, if you want to ensure you are first in line, I recommend taking the Minnie Van Service. I like the ease of getting to the Theme Park when I want to and not having to weave in and out of the groups getting off the Disney Skyliner at the entrance to the Theme Park. Best of all, I get to chat with a Cast Member on my way to the Theme Park and hear their favorite tips and must-dos. It kind of feels like I am getting the inside scoop that way.

    I hope this was helpful, Matthew. May the Force be with you and your Padawan. Happy early Birthday to him, and please come back and see me if you need anything else!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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