Walt Disney World Resort officially has a new mode of transportation available to resort guests, as the Disney Skyliner gondola system officially makes its debut to the public today, Sunday, September 29th, 2019.
Test flights and media previews have been taking place in recent weeks ahead of this highly anticipated opening date.
Since the announcement for a new gondola lift system was announced at the D23 Expo on July 15th, 2017, there has been a great deal of speculation and interest in the details surrounding the Disney Skyliner amongst Disney fans.
We haven’t had a chance to take our first ride yet, but we have received some great information from friends who have taken cast member preview rides. The general consensus we are hearing is, it’s awesome!!
Each gondola contains two benches, each with enough room to seat five people. Guests are asked to remain seated at all times while riding, so the capacity of each gondola is 10 people. The gondolas are wheelchair and ECV accessible, as well. With a wheelchair or ECV on board, the capacity in each gondola is six people. This is something to keep in mind if you are traveling with a large group.
Wheelchairs are locked into place to avoid rolling or sliding around in the gondola throughout the ride.
There are five stations: Epcot International Gateway, Disney’s Riviera Resort (which is currently still under construction and will open at a later date), Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
One detail that we were a little surprised about is that guests who want to ride all the way around the route of the Skyliner are not able to stay in the same gondola throughout the entire route. There are stops along the route where guests must depart temporarily and then board another gondola, before continuing on their journey.
While travel times will vary, here is a list of the average expected travel times between each station:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is 5-6 minutes.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is under 6 minutes.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort is 5 minutes.
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Epcot International Gateway is 15 minutes.
- Disney’s Riviera Resort to Epcot International Gateway is 9 minutes.
The gondolas are not air conditioned, which has led to a great deal of speculation as to how guests will stay cool during those brutally hot Florida summer days. We are also curious to see how guests will stay warm during those cold winter days. There are six air vents in each gondola, which allow guests plenty air movement to keep them from getting too hot.
The Disney Skyliner provides a unique oportunity to enjoy a view of WDW that was previously unavailable to guests.
Throughout the ride, narration provides riders with some great information about WDW, as well as some WDW resort history.
We are excited to take our first ride on the Disney Skyliner and experience it for ourselves in the near future. Friends who have taken a ride already have told us how much they enjoyed their ride, so we are excited to experience it for ourselves.
Once we do get to take a ride, we will share our thoughts on it.
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What are your thoughts on the Disney Skyliner? Have you ridden it yet? If not, are you excited to ride it? Let us know in the comments.
XOXO, Halie and Danny