Disney Skyliner Walt Disney World
The Disney Skyliner, a brand new transportation system, is under construction at Walt Disney World. The Skyliner was officially announced on July 17, 2017 at the D23 Expo. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2019.
This new transportation system is currently under construction and, once completed, will connect the Art of Animation, Pop Century, Disney Riviera and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway area of Epcot. It will provide a bird’s-eye view of portions of Walt Disney World. Below is a two-sided flyer being left in guest rooms to describe the Skyliner construction. Be sure to click on the photos for a larger image.
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 SKYLINER STATIONS
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station (above) 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 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.
The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot (pictured above) 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 bird’s-eye view of World Showcase.
Here are just a few construction photos from Summer 2018: