The new Walt Disney World Skyliner Transportation System was one of my favorite new projects announced at the D23 conference last summer. As a frequent visitor to WDW, I very much welcome any way Disney can make travel between resorts and parks more pleasurable than the resort bus system. Here is everything we currently know about it:
What is the Disney Skyliner Transportation System?
Simply put, it is a gondola system that will usher passengers in the air between select resorts and Disney parks.
Where Will the Disney Skyliner System Run?
The new gondola system will run from Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and Disney’s soon-to-be built Riviera Resort to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Caribbean Beach will have its own station, which appears to be what they will be using the old main desk building for from the pictures and Pop Century and Art of Animation will share a Skyliner station. It is unclear as to how the Skyliner will be integrated into the Riviera property.
The presumed location of the Epcot skyliner station will be near the International entrance next to France in World Showcase and Hollywood Studios’ station will likely be near the Tower of Terror.
What Will It Look Like?
The skyliner cabins will be colorful and tough to miss. Some cabins will have Disney character and park artwork on them. Here is a quick sketch Disney shared with us that depicts how these cabins should look:
When Will It Open?
We really don’t know at this point. There have been no target completion dates announced yet. It may be in 2018, but I am thinking not. Here are the reasons why:
- The Caribbean Beach Resort plays a pivotal role in the Skyliner plans as it is the system hub will be located. As you probably know, Caribbean Beach has been undergoing a massive refurbishment project over the past year, which isn’t expected to be completed in 2018. It would be tough to open the Skyliner hub among all the construction.
- The new Riviera Resort is slated to be part of the Skyliner route, but isn’t expected to open until 2019.
That all said, Disney regularly challenges conventional wisdom and surprises us, so anything is possible.
Disney Skyliner Concept Art:
That is everything we know so far. I will be updating this post often as new details about the Skyliner are released. Be sure to check back often for the latest news.