Disney Skyliner – New Gondola System

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Update (12/8/17)

A brand new transportation system is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort. A new gondola system is being installed called Disney Skyliner. The Disney Skyliner will add even more magic to your future vacation experiences. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts just announced at the D23 expo that the Disney Skyliner will soon give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort.



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The transportation system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot with Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, the new DVC Disney Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations. The gondolas carts will feature favorite Disney characters.

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“Since we’re all about exceeding guest expectations and making every aspect of your vacation uniquely Disney, we’re creating a new point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do,” Bob said.

The Magic Kingdom use to have a gondola system called Skyway. The Skyway use to transport guests from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland. The Skyway first opened in October of 1971 and closed in November of 1999.



The Tomorrowland gondola station was removed in 2009 and the Fantasyland station was used to park strollers and later on removed to make way for the Tangled themed bathrooms. Now, 18 years later, Disney is bring back the gondola system. This system will be different because it will transport guest to Epcot and Hollywood Studios as well as other Walt Disney World resorts.




The new locations of the gondola was introduced by Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek. He showed off Skyliner’s five stages and six stations at the D23 convention. This is where the new gondola system, Disney Skyline, will be.

Guests staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resorts are receiving this flyer in their rooms.

Update (12/8/17)

Disney Skyliner Concept Art

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.

The Disney Parks Blog posted new concept art for the Disney’s Skyliner.

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The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. It will be cool to see the aerial perspective of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station. The Disney Skyliner will pass over the shared Hourglass.

Photo: Disney Park Blog




The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions. The Disney Skyliner will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures in an Art Nouveau style. Guests will have a birds-eye view of World Showcase as they enter Epcot via the Disney Skyliner.

Photo: Disney Park Blog

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.




 

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