As we close 2018, let's fire up the Hype Train to take us into the new year. With 12 days to go in the year, let's take 10 of them to preview 10 of the most anticipated new attractions coming to the world's top theme park resorts. We start today with number 10 on that list — Walt Disney World's Disney Skyliner gondola system.
The Doppelmayr gondola system will connect two theme parks and four hotels across the central area of the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek announced at last month's IAAPA Attraction Expo in Orlando that the system would open to the public sometime in the fall. However, we have learned that Disney might start testing the gondolas as early as the completion of the holiday season in early January.
"We believe that getting around the Disney resort should be a uniquely magical experience," Chapek said. "Riding the Disney Skyliner system will provide guests a whole new way to experience Walt Disney World, with unique vistas only available from the sky."
Gondola stations are under construction at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, and the upcoming Disney's Riviera Resort.
The 10-passenger gondolas will be closed, but ventilated, keeping them comfortable for passengers even in Orlando's hot and humid summers. A similar gondola system is used at Universal Studios Singapore's Sentosa Island, where the weather gets even hotter and sticker than in Orlando. However, it remains to be seen what the uptime for the system will be in Central Florida's frequent thunderstorms.
Each gondola will be decorated with Disney characters, and the stations will be themed to their location. It's a fresh way to get around the resort and one a lot more interesting to a lot of people than riding in yet another bus, so we expect the system to be popular with guests in 2019 and beyond.
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