Disney Skyliner now closed for annual refurbishment

15 days ago in "Disney Skyliner"

Posted: Sunday January 22, 2023 8:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World is now closed for a brief annual refurbishment.

The gondola transportation system is planned to be closed January 22 through January 29 2023. Bus service is available at the resorts served by Disney Skyliner.

Disney Skyliner closed for a similar amount of time in early 2022, and reopened a few days ahead of schedule.

Disney Skyliner officially opened on September 29 2019, connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels - Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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ToTBellHop6 days ago

Happy to hear the under seat broilers work once again. Thanks to the non-winter this year, 4 guests have already been slow-roasted.

Coaster Lover6 days ago

By that definition, isn't every time a ride at Disney goes down for refurbishment also a repair (or at least that is what we are hoping? ... to fix broken effects, upgrade control systems, fix animatronics)?

John park hopper6 days ago

If you go by definition: Repair means to restore by replacing or putting together what is torn or broken, to restore to a sound or healthy state. Refurbish is to brighten or freshen up. Overhaul is to repair, to renovate, remake, revise. It sounds more like an overall/repair

MisterPenguin6 days ago

I heard they were toast!

Coaster Lover6 days ago

Those haul ropes take a lot of stress. I believe Doppelmayr suggests replacing the haul rope every 20,000 operating hours and if the Skyliner is in operation ~14 hours a day, ~365 days a year, 20,000 hours would occur right around the 4 year mark.

Crunchie96 days ago

Least we forget those souls stranded above the earth below for 8 hours straight 4 years ago

Nunu7 days ago

Maintenance completed. The Skyliner is back in business as of this morning.

JoeCamel11 days ago

I don't know the configuration of the service car but I would think they are doing tower maintenance

Disone11 days ago

It's been neat to watch. The last couple of days they've removed all the gondolas from the Caribbean /Riviera /Epcot line. Definitely look like they were replacing portions of the main haul rope, possibly the entire rope has it now looks black versus the gray that it used to be. They put the gondola's back on the Caribbean Riviera Epcot line today, including at least one very drab utility gondola with two construction workers sitting it very hard hats.

JohnD14 days ago

Annual. Gosh, for that type of transportation system, I certainly hope so.

Nunu15 days ago

I was hoping for a delay. Oh, well. Thanks for the update. :)

DCBaker15 days ago

The refurbishment has been added to the Important Information header on the Skyliner page.

mmssbrg222 days ago

A delay would be fantastic. We’re checking in to Riviera the day the refurb was scheduled to start and checking out the day it was scheduled to end.

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!25 days ago

😬😬 I really hope it’s pushed back more than a week or two. We booked AoA for early February specifically for ease of getting a stroller on the Skyliner.