Details on the New Disney Skyliner Transportation System


Earlier this year, Disney released news on a new Disney Skyliner transportation system that will give resort guests an unforgettable journey and a picturesque view of Walt Disney World Resort as they take to the sky to travel from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, the Disney Parks Blog revealed new details on what you can expect from the Disney Skyliner system.

Select Disney Skyliner cabins will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more.


The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot (pictured at the top of this page) will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.


The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.


The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.

Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for future updates, including an opening date on this incredible new guest option.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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2 Replies to “Details on the New Disney Skyliner Transportation System”

  1. Has there been any information released yet regarding how many passengers each Skyliner cabin can accommodate?

    I haven’t been able to find an answer anywhere yet…

    I understand why Disney would want to move away from their reliance on buses (from a fuel expense side, to a road congestion side, to even a human resource side), the renderings do not seem to show the cabins holding many more than 4-6 guests.

    I’m sure Disney has done their homework, but to me, this doesn’t seem to be a true transportation “fix”. I hope I’m wrong though.

    AllEars: We don’t know anything more than what we have reported. We are interested in the details too!

  2. nice article- thanks for the info. do you know if service will be limited to only those staying at one of those resorts that have a gondola station?

    AllEars: We only know what the current press releases have stated. When we get more information, we will share it.

  3. I hope they plan to expand the security and park entry stations at International Gateway to accommodate the extra guests. They can barely handle three hotels worth, let alone people from two budget hotels and a moderate in addition to the three deluxes.