Walt Disney World unwraps its new gondolas

May 9, 2019, 4:52 PM · The covers are coming off the new gondolas now running across the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney has unwrapped the passenger gondolas on its Disney Skyliner aerial transportation system, which will connect Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios with several nearby Disney resort hotels when it opens later this year.

Disney has yet to announce an official opening date for the Disney Skyliner, which now is testing on its DHS to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort line. The new gondolas will provide another transportation option for the two Walt Disney World theme parks that are getting the most new development in the next few years, with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios and several new attractions under construction at Epcot.

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May 9, 2019 at 5:04 PM

Saw them this afternoon passing over Buena Vista Drive. Very cool!

May 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM

I mean, its cute, but it just looks like typical wraps that I'd see on a bus, or taxi, so I'm a little underwelmed if this is the result of "years of research" as the video suggests.

I can only presume the result of the research was "This is really the only option".

May 9, 2019 at 6:38 PM

The “years of research” comment is about the system as a whole, not the wraps

May 9, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Pleasantly surprised by The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean wraps, to feature MK attractions specifically. I hope WDW expands the Skyliner routes to include DAK and Disney Springs. And I would not be surprised to see the towers on the lines eventually get painted with something special.

May 10, 2019 at 2:51 AM

Year in development? Sure you have to plan the route, decide the exterior of the stations and the wraps and order the cheapest variation of the transportation system from Doppelmayr/CWA who build everything, but years?

May 10, 2019 at 7:38 AM

O T ..... the system has been up and running for months, and the covers have been coming off the gondolas for almost as long. It's a typical Disney big publicity reveal, that's all this is.

I really don't think Disney wants this open before Galaxy's Edge. It's going to be complete mayhem anyway, why overload a system that definitely isn't going to be able to cope with the mass of humanity descending on DHS in Sept/Oct. I'd guess at a mid/late Oct opening. Disney also wants to keep well clear of a Florida summer. Let it run 8-9 months to iron out the kinks, before the heat and humidity returns.

The station at DHS is a long way from completion, so this is likely another reason why it isn't opening any time soon. I can only assume the other stations are still a ways from being open ??

And yes ..... we are all hoping they paint the towers sometime soon !!

May 10, 2019 at 8:19 AM

The video is shameless promotion in the worst way, hyping something far beyond its actual value. What would be interesting would be to see how he cabins look inside:what's the comfort level like for the riders?

May 10, 2019 at 8:27 AM

@Craig - Maybe there's a reason why they're not showing the inside ;)

@Mako - I can't see Disney not having this system trialed and ready to go BEFORE August 29th. The Sweatliner will have to face the heat at some point, and Disney cannot afford to skimp on transportation options to and from DHS when Galaxy's Edge opens. Holding the debut of this system until the fall would be a monumental mistake.

May 10, 2019 at 8:40 AM

@Russell .... both the commentators in the video mention a "fall opening" so based on that, I don't see it opening for GE on 8/29.

@Craig .... they are wooden bench style seats

May 10, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Considering the size of the new bus terminal (it's HUGE) that Disney has opened in front of DHS and the re-routing of guest entry traffic off of Buena Vista Drive -- supported by the new entry road and new DHS toll plaza -- it's clear that Disney has invested heavily in transportation management. This is consistent with the civil work (including the pedestrian bridges) down at DSTP. These improvements will accommodate the Fall 2019 opening of the Skyliner system. Then again, the opening of Galaxy's Edge will be the biggest event in themed entertainment history. Considering the inevitability of Disney's success with the Star Wars IP there could be busses, boats, gondolas, helicopters, or flying dragons and the traffic system will still be stressed.

May 11, 2019 at 12:08 AM

@Makorider: I was expecting the gondola to open by SWGE, but what you said made me think twice. Maybe there's no gondola to think of. However, I was really hoping that they would open by summer, at least the DHS part of it. That way people can find out how hot it is and if the heat is acceptable.

May 14, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Looking at these my only thought is, "So does this mean DLR can get their Skyway gondolas back?"

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