New Construction Update on Disney Skyliner

Walt Disney World gave an exclusive peek at the Disney Skyliner transportation system that’s currently under construction to WFTV9, Orlando’s ABC-TV affiliate, on Thursday.

The Skyliner, which stretches across three miles, will transport guests in enclosed cars called gondolas suspended from cables strung between tall towers.  The gears on top of the towers will help move the gondolas along. This is the first up-close look we’ve gotten at the gears and other elements of the transportation system.









Once completed, the Skyliner, which stretches across three miles, will connect the Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the yet-to-open Riviera resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway of Epcot.

The “turn station” of the Disney Skyliner (below) allows the gondolas to change direction so they can head to International Gateway from the Riviera Resort.

Turn Station of Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner Construction

The gondolas will provide a bird’s-eye view of seldom-seen portions of Walt Disney World as they transport visitors high above parking lots and backstage areas.

Disney has not released many details about the gondolas, except to say that some will feature Disney characters on the exterior.  Below is new concept art on how the system will look once in operation.

The Skyliner was officially announced on July 17, 2017, at the D23 Expo.  It is slated to open sometime in 2019, but an official opening date has not been announced.

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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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5 Replies to “New Construction Update on Disney Skyliner”

    1. Hi Sandra,

      We’re hearing the same rumors you hear, but we haven’t heard any official word yet on whether there will be a/c in the gondolas. We’ll report as soon as we know for sure one way or the other.

    1. Esther, we haven’t had confirmation about this yet, but we assume that the Skyliner will be accessible. More details should be released soon, so please check back.