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Initial Testing Underway for Disney Skyliner Gondolas – More Details Revealed!

Jeremy Schoolfield

by , Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations

Sharp-eyed visitors to Walt Disney World Resort this week may have spotted something new up in the sky while Disney Skyliner began its initial testing.

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 and the proposed Disney’s Riviera Resort, which is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning December 2019. The official Resort opening date will be announced at a later time.

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! Check out this video to hear more about the project from Jordan Matthews at Walt Disney Imagineering:

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 look like 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:

Disney Skyliner Gondolas rendering

The other themed gondolas that will be part of the system include:

  • “Coco”
  • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
  • “Finding Dory”
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “Ratatouille”

These gorgeous gondolas will be gliding across Walt Disney World before we know it. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog as we reveal more exciting details about Disney Skyliner throughout the year!

Comments

  • I was just wondering will they shut down during lightning storms?

  • Will wheelchair users be able to enjoy the Skyliner?

  • Can you put the Muppets on the 🚡?

  • @Jeffrey Only numbers I’ve seen posted in an Orlando Weekly article last year was 4000-5000 per hour each direction. That seems a little optimistic to me, even for a theoretical high. It appears each gondola will have 10 seats. So that would be 400-500 gondolas heading out of the station each hour. I did read something a while back that maybe the seat bench can be raised to allow for more capacity standing, but I haven’t seen anything definite on that. Still looking forward to trying it. I think it will be a good addition as long as Disney doesn’t plan to replace any existing transportation with it.

  • They look great. However, if the imagineers are smart as I think they are, then instead of Mickey holding a camera he will be using his smart phone.

  • Can I just ask, will there be a Lion king gondola as I am a big fan of the lion king and I would love to see one at the parks.

    Also I believe that there should be more variety in the styles as it sounds like there is not too many designs.
    Thank you.

  • Will there be a Oswald the Lucky Rabbit one …… Oswald needs more attention at Walt Disney World…. Meet and greet needed ….

  • Still amazed that this was constructed, and cannot wait to ride this on our next visit!

  • The mural at the EPCOT Skyliner station looks really beautiful!

    We always loved riding the skyliners at Disneyland–our “home” park. Wish they could return.

  • Any word on what the hourly capacity will be.