Disney already has fantastic transportation options to help get you and your family around the entire Walt Disney World Resort area.
But soon, in addition to the buses and boats and monorails and Minnie Vans guests will have a brand new transportation option to use: gondolas!
Yep. That's right - gondolas are coming to Disney World, but just where will they go and when will they be available?
I'm not ashamed to admit that I am over-the-top excited about this new transportation option. I'm also not embarrassed to admit that when I first heard the term "gondola" in my mind I was thinking of the small 2-3 person versions you'd see at most domestic ski resorts.
It wasn't until Disney released the artwork that I fully understood the size and scope of this project - its major. And it is really cool.
The new gondola system will be named the Disney Skyliner. This new transportation system will link 3 resorts and 2 parks by carrying them high above the treetops for spectacular views of the entire Disney World Resort area.
The Disney Skyliner will have stations at:
- Art of Animation (station shared with Pop Century)
- Pop Century (station shared with Art of Animation)
- Caribbean Beach
- Hollywood Studios
- Epcot (at the International Gateway)
In true Disney fashion, these stations will be well themed and reflect the aesthetics of their location. The gondola cars themselves will also be themed and include artwork of favorite characters and attractions.
Also, latest news reports are saying that the gondolas won't be air conditioned but will just have some ventilation holes, instead.
Now, that isn't confirmed yet but some people are upset at the news.
We're taking a more "wait and see" approach. I mean, I love the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover but it doesn't have air conditioning, either. AND, I'd much rather sit in a moving "vehicle" where there are vents for air flow versus walking over the hot pavement of one of the parking lots (or standing still on one of the paths in Animal kingdom; that park always feels 10 degrees hotter than the others to me!).
At the time of this writing, the gondola construction is well underway with towers popping up all over. But just when will the Disney Skyliner be open and ready to take passengers?
The truth is - all we can do is guess. We definitely think it will be open in time for the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening but whether it will open before that isn't known yet.
Since Disney has never installed a system like this before it is hard to gauge how far along they are and just what all still needs to be done. But, you can rest assured that as soon as we do have a firmer completion date, we will let you know!
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