Changes to Disney World’s Resorts and Transportation: Transportation
Normally there would be little to say about changing transportation in Disney World. But, in 2019 Disney opened the Skyliner. After an initial glitch the Skyliner has been operating wonderfully and like the monorail, is quickly becoming an iconic transportation option. Branches of the Skyliner run from
Art of Animation/Pop Century to/from Caribbean Beach Resort
Caribbean Beach Resort to/from Hollywood Studios
Caribbean Beach Resort to/from Riviera Resort
Riviera Resort to/from Epcot International Gateway
The Skyliner isn’t the only transportation change. In 2019 new character themed buses were rolled out. These buses include laminated floors, new benches and USB ports between seats.
Another new transportation option in the Minnie Vans. Minnie vans operate like Uber or Lyft. Unlike Lyft/Uber, Minnie Vans are operated by Disney Cast Members and come with two car seats.
For the first eight months of 2017 Disney World offered the Walt Disney World Express Transportation service between parks. For a small fee these buses would pick you up from a back stage area and bring you to the next park. You got to bypass security and lines. We availed ourselves of this service three years ago and we will sorely miss it.
Changes to Disney World’s Resorts and Transportation: New Resorts/Buildings
Technically the first new resort opened in 2019 was not a resort at all. The Gran Destino Tower is a new part of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. As such Gran Destino Tower shares many of the same amenities with Coronado Springs. But, the Gran Destino Tower has a separate theme as well as it’s own pools and restaurants. The theme is based on “Destino” a short film that Walt Disney and Salvatore Dali collaborated on. Gran Destino Tower is truly a unique stay experience and belongs on Disney World’s New Restaurants, Resorts and Transportation list.
Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney’s only true new resort for 2019. Located at a Skyliner hub and populated with top restaurants the Riviera is destined to be a favorite. The theme of this resort is the best of the French and Italian riviera. Both the food and the stately décor reflect this. Deluxe Villa property, the Riviera offers Studios and 1-3 bedroom villas.
Changes to Disney World’s Resorts and Transportation: Resort Renovations
Disney World resorts are under a constant state of maintenance. At some point significant changes need to be made. Rooms may upgrade their ‘Soft goods’ (carpeting, bedspreads, curtains, fabric covers) or ‘hard goods’ (Furniture, electronics or even bathroom fixtures). Additionally, common areas may also go through major changes above and beyond common maintenance. With thousands of rooms something will be under renovation or have just completed renovations at any time.
We have experienced Disney World and Universal Studios in all three phases of life; before kids, with kids and as empty nesters. We look forward to continue to vacation in Disney as we get older with friends and family.