Skyliner
  • On Jan 6, 2020
    Megan from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What time do the buses and skyliners start running in the morning? All I can find is that they start 45 mins prior to park opening but that time varies by park per day. Is there a written schedule? Thanks

    Hi Megan!

    Thank you for bringing this question to us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I had this exact same question on my last visit since it was my family's first time trying to navigate Disney Skyliner transportation!

    On our most recent visit in December, we did not see a printed timetable, but there were signs at the Disney Skyliner stations that indicated daily operating times. On one day, I took note and the posted hours were 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to Disney's Hollywood Studios, the International Gateway at Epcot, Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort. We used Disney Skyliner transportation to get from the International Gateway at Epcot to Disney's Riviera Resort so that we could dine at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. To get the best estimate of Walt Disney World Bus® Service times, we have used the display monitors located at the bus stop at our resorts. Although bus transportation is convenient, traffic can be unpredictable, so we have witnessed estimated bus arrival times change while waiting for the bus to arrive. When using the Resort Monorail, we have been able to board the monorail by 7:20 a.m. to get to Magic Kingdom for early morning dining reservations.

    If you have an early morning dining reservation or tour, I suggest considering Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft. We have used this service and other ride share services like Lyft or Uber if we needed to be at a dining reservation by 8:00 a.m. During our last visit in December, we also wanted to get to Disney's Hollywood Studios prior to park opening to be sure to get a boarding group once the park opened for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Since we were staying at Disney's BoardWalk Villas, we walked to the park. 

    Megan, I know that a chart of transportation times would be helpful, but, given the extensiveness of Walt Disney World transportation and the unpredictability of area traffic, we understand how difficult such a timetable would be to maintain with accuracy. We have always been able to manage once we see the posted times while there. I will suggest that you give yourself a little additional time when traveling to Disney Springs and remember to check the estimated transit times to and from specific locations using the My Disney Experience Mobile App. Knowing those transit times reminds us of how much time we actually need to allow to get from place to place.

    Sending you pixie dust as you plan!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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