Disney’s been building a new line of transportation to add to its busses, monorails, fairies, and Minnie Vans, this time suspending guests in the air to get them across property.
It’s not a new idea for the company, who built the Skyway, an almost identical system, spanning across Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Magic Kingdom® Park received one just like once it was opened, and Tokyo Disney did, too. Each version closed down at various points in the 1990s, but a much more expansive version is now set to make a return to Florida.
The new version will suspend guests in vehicles on cables, and connects much of the Hollywood Studios and Epcot area resorts to one another. There will be stations located at Epcot®, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. All of the stations should be themed to their locations, and for the most part, the gondolas shouldn’t break run into the skyline of major themed areas like World Showcase. Guests concerned about theme won’t have to worry that the new mode of transportation will ruin it for them, while guests who partake in will get to see all-new views of some of the most iconic attractions and locations in the area.
The carts are brightly colored and decorated with a variety of Disney characters, much in the same way that the themed monorails are, making it more fun for all guests and less intimidating for younger ones or those not comfortable with heights.
There’s no definitive date for the Skyliner’s opening, although it should be ready to go by summer 2019.