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 this new Disney gondola system:
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 the Disney Gondolas 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:
Here is a recently-released video from Disney Parks running down a few key stats and facts about the Skyliner:
And here is a video from D23’s Destination D event on November 17th in which an actual Disney Skyliner gondola was unveiled:
Finally, here is the most recent video from Disney showing the Skyliners being tested:
Fun Disney Skyliner Stats:
- Amount of cables used: 6 miles
- Number of loading stations: 5
- Number of resort hotels the system will service: 4
- Number of gondola lines: 3
- Number of theme parks the system will connect: 2
When Will It Open?
We really don’t know at this point what the exact open date will be, but it was announced at Destination D in November 2018 that the system will make its first trip in the fall of 2019. It seems fall 2019 will be a very busy time at Disney World for new things. As I have been reminding people quite regularly since the announcement that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open in Fall 2019, the fall goes right up until mid-December, so it is possible the Skyliner won’t be operational until close to Christmas. Just want to be sure everyone has controlled optimism about this.
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.