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12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas: New Images of the Disney Skyliner Transportation System

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this year, we shared the news the Disney Skyliner transportation system will give our resort guests an unforgettable journey and a picturesque view of Walt Disney World Resort as they take to the sky to travel from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, we have a new details on what you can expect from the Disney Skyliner system.

Select Disney Skyliner cabins will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more.

Disney Skyliner Transportation System

The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 19th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.

Disney Skyliner Transportation System

The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.

Disney Skyliner Transportation System

The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.

Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for future updates, including an opening date on this incredible new guest option.

Comments

  • Will the new Skyliner enter inside of the parks, where as you do not have to go through baggage check at that park? I love it. You can’t have too many options for getting to and from the parks!

  • Are there any plans in the works to complete the monorails journey to all four parks? The longest part of the journey is completed from Magic Kingdom to Epcot. There wouldn’t be too much more track needed to finish the journey to Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom would there?

  • Typically in systems like this, the accessible cabins are stationed off and to the side of the main line. This allows for passengers to load, strap down and unload at their own pace, then the cabin is placed ‘online’ with no stopping of the line at all.

  • They should have just expanded the monorail system. I know it would have been more money and difficult but it is classic Disney’s. This doesn’t feel like it fits into to the resort’s environment. Let’s see how they pull it off, I’m sure it will be done well.

  • What’s the plan for mobility scooters in these cars? Taking time to board these devices and anchoring them down will bring this system to a slow(er) crawl.

  • I too am concerned about the congestion this will cause at the IG, and the skyline around BWV and BC. This will bring in a lot of traffic.

  • Good catch, Connie, on Art Nouveau. The National Gallery’s sculpture garden on the Mall in Washington has a perfectly preserved Paris Métro stop in the style and the restaurant next to it is an elegant modern interpretation.

  • As fun as this sounds I am concerned of the crowds it will bring to my favorite entrance to Epcot and what it will do to the skyline around BWV and BC.

  • I wish I could hit a like button on your comment, Connie. But what about Disney’s Riviera Resort? What will their Skyliner station look like?

  • I echo Paul and Jennifer. What impact is this going to have on the International Gateway, how is it going to be re-engineered to accommodate the increased traffic??

  • The Art Nouveau style was popular between 1890 and 1910. Thus making it late 19th century, not early 18th century.

  • I share Paul’s concerns, especially since those staying at the Epcot-area resorts are paying a premium for the easy access to Epcot via the International Gateway.

  • Will this be complimentary for Resort guests with passes?

  • Jennifer, with more guests arriving at and using the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, can you tell us if there are any planned updates or expansions to this entrance? Previously it only had to accommodate those guests arriving from the nearby Epcot-area resorts.