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REVEALED: Guests Seek Answers for Strange Noises Coming From Disney Attraction

A scenic view of a bright, shiny yellow cable car gliding above a large tranquil lake, surrounded by lush greenery, colorful buildings with turquoise roofs, and a towering hotel in the background. The sky is clear with a few scattered clouds during daylight, resembling the serene disney world skyliner experience.
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Magical as any Disney Park may be, there are occasionally strange things that happen while enjoying the Disney experience, and recently guests sought answers for one such occurrence.

Going to the Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort is universally accepted to be one of the best ways to enjoy the Disney experience. From incredible rides and attractions on offer, to the wonderful lands guests can immerse themselves in, there’s a lot to love about Disney World.

However, there have been myriad unexplained occurrences at the Disney Park that have been the center of many urban legends about Disney. Recently, one such occurrence made its presence felt, but it turned out to be a simple explanation after all.

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Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World / Credit: Brian McGowan, Unsplash

Recently, a guest took to Reddit to ask what the “three quacks” on the Disney World Skyliner signified. The guest asked, “We are just jumping on the skyliner and every now and then we can hear three loud ‘quacks.’ It’s severe weather warnings right now so I assume it’s something to do with that, but either way, very curious to learn what it actually signifies.”

As it turned out, the explanation for these noises had more to do with warning noises for departure and safety of guests on the attraction.

One explained, “You’re probably talking about the warning that signals they’re slowing the main cable down to add or remove a car (one of the specific cars intended for accessibility that you can see waiting at the very front of each station).They’re not quacks though. But it is an audible alarm that sounds out 3 times.”

Disney Skyliner

Walt Disney World Skyliner / Credit: Disney

Another fan further contextualized that information, adding, “I ride the accessible cars (wheelchair user) and I would never have gotten this from “quacks!” Small correction though, I don’t think the three bings means the cars slow down, but it indicates the car is about to leave soon (usually 10-15 seconds) and the CM can’t load someone new, everyone has to be seated, locked in, and ready for departure.”

However, a cast member stepped in to explain what the true answer was and it turned out to be a combination of both of the answers (i.e., there are both “quacks” and warning signals).

As the CM explained, “There actually IS a sound, quite rare, that sounds exactly like ducks (not making this up!). That is coming from inside the gondolas and that is when they are just testing the audio (although why in the world they use ducks I have no idea).” 

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park / Credit: Disney Parks

The cast member also added,

The much more common “BONG BONG BONG” or I say “DONK DONK DONK” is a signal that a new WAV (wheelchair accessible) cabin is about to arrive, which also is a sign to the cast member at the console that they are ready for the one at their WAV console to leave and join the moving loop, and likewise have done what they need to on the control parcel to signal they are accepting another one to come in.

Did you know this about the Disney World Skyliner? Have you ever heard the rare quacks on the transportation? Let Disney Dining know in the comments! 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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