Walt Disney World® Resort is adding a new form of transportation that will give resort guests an unforgettable picturesque view as they take to the sky and travel from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney Skyliner is an upcoming gondola lift system that will connect three resorts and two parks; Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the new Disney Riviera Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
There will be stations at Disney’s Pop Century (sharing with Art of Animation), Disney’s Caribbean Beach, the new Disney Riviera Resort, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot at the International Gateway.
Currently as I write this the towers are popping up and the station at Hollywood Studios is well underway. Some of the gondola vehicles have arrived on property and look to be 8 to 10 passenger cars. We hear the gondolas will be themed and include artwork of favorite characters and attractions.
The stations themselves will be themed as well in relation to their location. Disney’s Caribbean Beach station will be open air and have similar architectural components to the resort building themselves. Disney’s Hollywood Studios station will be similar to the main gate entrance. When traveling from Disney’s Caribbean Beach to Hollywood Studios, one expects to see some of the park’s iconic attractions like Tower of Terror from a very different angle. Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Art of Animation station will blend theming from both resorts and have a lovely panoramic view of both resorts. The design of the station at the International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby World Showcase Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that go back to the early 19th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will have a birds-eye view of Epcot’s World Showcase.
The route will go from Epcot to Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation passing through Disney’s Riviera and Caribbean Beach. To get to Hollywood Studios, a guest will need to get off at Disney’s Caribbean Beach and transfer. This will be similar to what needs to be done at the Ticket and Transportation Center to get to Epcot via the monorail.
There is no news on when the new Disney Skyliner will open. I assume it will ready to go before Star Wars Galaxy Edge is completed. Stay tuned for more news!