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Old 02-02-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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Thereís a change in the Skyliner schedule this week thatís interesting - 8 am opens and 10:30 pm closings for the full week. Skyliner CM said itís a new schedule for this week only.

Itís interesting for 2 reasons - it now starts a full hour after DHS opens and one hour before Epcot opens. They extended the closing time from 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm, even though Epcot still closes at 9 pm. Iím thinking theyíve been getting complaints from people who are slow leaving Epcot and meet a closed Skyliner. Frozen Dessert Party people would be such people who wouldnít necessarily get to Skyliner before closure. Same for any who shop at MouseGear or booked a late dinner. Itís possible to get 8:30 or later dinner times at Epcot.

Also, CM told me that each park pays for their proportionate use of the Skyliner. Now, it makes sense why the line doesnít run early enough for DHS 7 am openings. Studios doesnít want to pay to run three lines for two extra hours for people who are so focused on RotR that theyíll figure out on their own how to get there if they donít want to trust the buses.

The rule is Skyliner runs one hour before park opening, so with 9 AM Epcot openings, the Skyliner will start at 8 am.

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Old 02-02-2020, 04:47 PM   #2
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Interesting...thanks for the update. I hope they do go back to the 7am start time. As of right now HS is still scheduled to open at 8 when we are there, so a 7am Skyliner time will get us there in plenty of time. Will definitely be keeping an eye out.
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Old 02-02-2020, 05:01 PM   #3
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Thereís a change in the Skyliner schedule this week thatís interesting - 8 am opens and 10:30 pm closings for the full week. Skyliner CM said itís a new schedule for this week only.

Itís interesting for 2 reasons - it now starts a full hour after DHS opens and one hour before Epcot opens. They extended the closing time from 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm, even though Epcot still closes at 9 pm. Iím thinking theyíve been getting complaints from people who are slow leaving Epcot and meet a closed Skyliner. Frozen Dessert Party people would be such people who wouldnít necessarily get to Skyliner before closure. Same for any who shop at MouseGear or booked a late dinner. Itís possible to get 8:30 or later dinner times at Epcot.

Also, CM told me that each park pays for their proportionate use of the Skyliner. Now, it makes sense why the line doesnít run early enough for DHS 7 am openings. Studios doesnít want to pay to run three lines for two extra hours for people who are so focused on RotR that theyíll figure out on their own how to get there if they donít want to trust the buses.

The rule is Skyliner runs one hour before park opening, so with 9 AM Epcot openings, the Skyliner will start at 8 am.

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The Parks pay? Wouldn't that be a deviation from all other transportation where the resorts pay? As far as the parks are concerned people can get there any way they want although on busy days they would of course like it consolidated. I guess parks may contribute towards all transportation, I've never really heard about that, but we have lines in the resort budget for transportation and I'd expect Riviera, AoA, Pop and CBR to all be paying for the Skyliner as that is now their route to DHS and Epcot. In fact I thought the DVC magazine even had some snippet about the Skyliner allocation to Riviera.
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:16 PM   #4
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The Parks pay? Wouldn't that be a deviation from all other transportation where the resorts pay? As far as the parks are concerned people can get there any way they want although on busy days they would of course like it consolidated. I guess parks may contribute towards all transportation, I've never really heard about that, but we have lines in the resort budget for transportation and I'd expect Riviera, AoA, Pop and CBR to all be paying for the Skyliner as that is now their route to DHS and Epcot. In fact I thought the DVC magazine even had some snippet about the Skyliner allocation to Riviera.
CM said the parks pay a proportionate share. Perhaps itís shared between parks and resorts? I asked a guide today about why dues are so high at Riviera, and he pointed to Skyliner as one of the prime reasons, so that backs up the resorts-pay argument.

If Skyliner CM was wrong about parks paying allocation, I can still see why resorts - especially dependent on member dues - might not want to run a full system (Epcot line has to be the most expensive to run) for one park. The buses do run, so people can get from the resort to the park.

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Old 02-02-2020, 08:47 PM   #5
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If I were staying at RR and spending lots of points, I would not be happy to exit EPCOT and find the Skyliner closed. We always take our time exiting EPCOT to avoid the crowds. Iím sure that Disney got a number of complaints.

The lack of early morning service to a popular attraction at HS seems short sighted. After all, a prime reason for possibly buying RR would be to enjoy SWGE.
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:36 AM   #6
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We stayed at RR over Christmas and planned to use the Skyliner to get to Hollywood Studios in the morning prior to rope drop for RoTR. When out the next morning and the hours posted for the Skyliner was an hour later than they had been the previous day. Had to walk back to the bus stop. We still made rope drop.

I was irked that the SKyliner hours only were available that day and you have to walk to the Skyliner to see the sign for the hours by the entrance to the Skyliner. I was more upset that it wasn't running. Disney touts the Skyliner as a big advantage of RR and the point costs (as individual points and points to rent a room) are not cheap. In that case, run the Skyliner!!
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