Disney Skyliner Map: How to Get to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, & Skyliner Resorts

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Use this Disney Skyliner map when resort hopping or traveling to two of Walt Disney World’s theme parks.

The Disney Skyliner is just one of Walt Disney World Resort’s numerous transportation options – and in our opinion, it’s also the most fun! These aerial gondolas give guests a bird’s-eye view of Disney World and provide an easy way to resort hop and travel to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you’re hoping to take the Skyliner as your main mode of transportation, you’ll want to know the routes. A map of the Skyliner will help you navigate each leg of the gondola system, from resort to resort and resort to theme parks.

Disney Skyliner Map

Disney Skyliner Map from Walt Disney World

Map courtesy of Disney

As you can see in the map above, the Skyliner has three ends to it:

  1. One at Hourglass Lake between Art of Animation and Pop Century
  2. One at Hollywood Studios
  3. One at EPCOT

In addition to these endpoints, there are also stops along the way at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Disney Skyliner Stations

There are five Skyliner Stations on Walt Disney World property:

Here’s another look at the Skyliner route with a custom-made Disney Skyliner map featuring the five stations. If you ever want to map out your own trips, you can access Disney Park maps via My Disney Experience or directly on the Disney World website.

Disney Skyliner map, all five stations

Map courtesy of Disney

Between Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

When you look at your Disney Skyliner map, you can see that this station – which is the farthest from the parks – sits in between the two resorts. A bridge connects the two resorts (Art of Animation was once meant to be an extension of Pop Century, hence the easy connection), and the Skyliner Station sits smack dab in the middle of the bridge on Hourglass Lake.

Depending on where at each resort you’re staying, plan on a 5- to 10-minute walk to the station. Be ready to speed-walk (and early) if you are rope-dropping.

At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The Disney Skyliner Station at the Caribbean Beach Resort is located just across the lake from the Trinidad section of the resort. (If you’ve ever stayed in a Pirate Room, this is the same section.)

At Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is long and straddles both sides of the lake, so while this is considered the Riviera Skyliner Station, guests staying in the Beach Aruba area of Caribbean Beach have easy access. The station is located between the Aruba rooms of Caribbean Beach and the Riviera Resort.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At the Caribbean Beach Resort station, you’ll need to change over to a separate line of the Skyliner to get to Hollywood Studios. This will drop you at the front gate of the theme park.

At EPCOT

Unlike the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios, which puts you at the front entrance, the Skyliner to EPCOT takes you to the International Gateway entrance. If you’re visiting EPCOT primarily to explore World Showcase, enjoy festival offerings, or to rope-drop Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, this is the ideal starting point.

A Note on the Turn Station

Be prepared for the Skyliner gondola to slow down during your journey between the Riviera and EPCOT. There’s a turn station here; you don’t get off or on, but to redirect to the resort or EPCOT, respectively, the gondola will need to slow down to make the turn.

Disney Skyliner Resorts

There are four official Disney Skyliner resorts:

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort

However, because of the EPCOT station, you can easily take the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios when staying at any one of these EPCOT area hotels:

Note, however, that there is a walking path from these EPCOT hotels to Hollywood Studios. It’s roughly a 10-minute walk. If you want to avoid the Skyliner lines, get in some extra Disney steps, and arrive as early as you’d like for a Hollywood Studios rope drop, it may make more sense to walk.

Disney Skyliner Tips

Planning to use the Skyliner at Walt Disney World as your mode of transportation? Check out our tips before you take flight:

Line Up Early

If you intend to rope drop EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, you’ll want to get in line early. Many other guests at your resort will have had the same idea. How early to line up for the Skyliner depends on the time of year and which resort you’re at.

If you’re at Pop Century or Art of Animation and going to EPCOT, you’ll want to be on one of the first gondolas to have a chance at a true rope drop since guests staying at Caribbean Beach and the Riviera have fewer stops and a shorter distance to go.

Remember, if you are going to Hollywood Studios and traveling from Disney’s Pop Century, Art of Animation, Riviera, or an EPCOT resort, you’ll have to change tracks at the Caribbean Beach Skyliner Station. That means you’ll have to wait in a second line.

Check the Schedule for Rope Drop

Make sure you know when the Skyliner will start operating on the day you hope to rope drop Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. If it is not running early enough, consider alternate transportation, like a bus, walking, or rideshare.

Often, Disney transportation will start earlier than advertised… but never count on this.

Pay Attention to Your Stops

Traveling to Hollywood Studios? Don’t get too lost in the view outside your window because you’ll need to be ready to hop off at Caribbean Beach Resort. Likewise, if you’re traveling after a long day at EPCOT, don’t fall asleep and miss your stop!

Skip If You Have a Fear of Heights

Don’t do so well with heights? The Skyliner uses hanging gondolas 60 feet up. If you have a fear of heights – or if you’re claustrophobic – the Skyliner might not be for you. But if you can handle Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain, you’ll probably be fine.

Don’t Freak Out When the Skyliner Stops

Some guests with varying levels of mobility, or even parents with strollers, might require that the Skyliner is stopped to board. Because the Skyliner is comparable to the Omnimover system, the whole course will stop when this happens. Don’t panic; the system is designed to do this!

Go Resort Hopping

The Disney Skyliner is more than a transportation system. It’s a free ride in and of itself. If you have an afternoon and no park reservations, hop on board for a fun tour of the resort. You can also hop off at various hotels to try out new restaurants.

Tip: Disney’s Riviera has a Quick-Service restaurant called Primo Piatto that has one of the best breakfasts on WDW property.

Using Disney Skyliner for Disney World Transportation

We can’t recommend using the Disney Skyliner enough! It makes getting around a breeze, with typically shorter wait times and continuously moving queues. Once you see how convenient it makes it to travel to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you might even consider leaving your normal resort on the Seven Seas Lagoon and instead looking at a Value resort like Pop Century or Art of Animation that’s right on the Skyliner route!

Posts by Timothy Moore

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Timothy Moore is the editorial director of WDW Magazine, DLR Magazine, and DCL Magazine. He has 15 years of experience in storytelling across roles in content marketing, market research, SEO, and journalism. In addition to running an award-winning Disney magazine, Timothy writes travel and finance content for sites like Business Insider, USA Today, and Forbes.
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Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore is the editorial director of WDW Magazine, DLR Magazine, and DCL Magazine. He has 15 years of experience in storytelling across roles in content marketing, market research, SEO, and journalism. In addition to running an award-winning Disney magazine, Timothy writes travel and finance content for sites like Business Insider, USA Today, and Forbes.
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