Initial Testing Underway for Disney Skyliner Gondola System
Sharp-eyed visitors to Walt Disney World Resort this week may have spotted something new up in the sky! Disney has begun testing their new Skyliner transport system!
Scheduled to open this fall, Disney Skyliner will be a new, state-of-the-art gondola system that will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels — Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort , Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as Disney’s new 15th Disney Vacation Club property, “Disney’s Riviera Resort” — which is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning December 2019.
The Skyliner’s towers have been under construction for about a year, so to have a gondola up on its cables is an exciting milestone! Twitter user bioreconstruct caught a glimpse of the ride doing some testing:
Last Friday, they also posted a fun aerial image showing off the Caribbean Beach Station for the ride system.
The project has came a long way from our construction update back in mid December.
Walt Disney Imagineering’s, Jordan Matthews, explains more about the Skyliner in the following video:
Several gondolas will be adorned with graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. So for example, you may jump into a gondola where from the ground it will appear Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto or Chip & Dale are riding along with you. Several Disney animated films will be represented, including “Beauty & the Beast,” “Frozen,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Moana,” “Peter Pan,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Zootopia.”
Here’s a sneak peek at what a few of these special gondolas will look like:
The other themed gondolas that will be part of the system include:
- Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
- “Finding Dory”
- The Haunted Mansion
- “Monsters, Inc.”
- Pirates of the Caribbean
The Disney Skyliner will offer a new way for guests to experience the parks, offering never-before-seen views! Here’s a art render of the view guests can expect from the inside.
These gorgeous gondolas are slated to be gliding across Walt Disney World starting fall 2019! For tickets and more information, visit the official Disney World website here.
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