The Walt Disney World Skyliner is open! Serving 4 resorts and 2 parks. We’re hoping to see a decrease in bus wait and ride times, as well as crowds as a result of this new transportation fix. Here are all the details about the new Disney Skyliner gondola system. Where it’s going to run, to which Disney Parks and Resorts and a bunch of details you’ll need to know.
One of the most fun tings about the Disney Skyliner Gondola is that many of them feature different characters from our favorite movies! From Beauty and the Beast to Coco and even the Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts make an appearance.
Disney Skyliner Gondola System Must-Know
The skyliner gondolas are supposed to be seen as an enjoyable sky-view experience as an alternative to traditional transportation methods. But here’s a couple things to know up front.
- The Disney skyliner gondolas DO NOT have air conditioning
- There will be more than 300 in the fleet of gondolas
- While some will be solid colors, many will have character designs
- Bench Seating on both sides
- Handicap Accessible
- Holds up 10 People
- Reflective Windows to combat Florida Sun
- Cross Ventilation to help air flow
- The ride will be between 5-15 minutes depending on your departure and arrival destinations
- Expect 20-30 minutes to cover the entire route from Art of Animation to Hollywood Studios.
- They will go about 11 mph, and hit 60 ft above ground level at the highest point of the journey
- There is Disney Skyliner Opening Merchandise available at shopDisney.com
Which Resorts Will Have the Disney Skyliner System?
The Skyliner is only accessible from certain resorts within the Walt Disney World property.
- Art of Animation & Pop Century
- Caribbean Beach
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
It’s still unclear if the prices on these resorts will go up as a result of this added convenience or not. Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and Pop Century always had longer bus ride times, so it will be great to see this fixed. While we’re not really sure how this whole Skyliner thing is going to go, we are happy that the Disney Skyliner Gondola system will add an extra mode of transportation to these resorts.
Art of Animation and Pop Century Skyliner Gondola Station
Art of Animation & Pop Century share a station situated right in the center of Hourglass Lake. The Skyliner will transport guests from both resorts. This is a much smaller station than at Caribbean Beach and only has a single line going out and coming back.
Caribbean Beach Skyliner Gondola Station
Caribbean Beach: The hub of the Skyliner system, Caribbean Beach will house the main building that receives the lines from all the connected properties. Much like the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC ) this location will probably be the busiest. Travelers who may not have visited these resorts before may get off at this stop to stroll around, shop, watch fireworks from the beach and eat at the newly renovated Shutters restaurant. So we’re expecting a lot of hustle and bustle here near Aruba and the Riviera Resort.
Disney’s Riviera Resort Skyliner Gondola Station
The Riviera Resort: Disney’s newest DVC resort is gigantic with over 300 units and hailing te coastal European vibe of old architecture with European grandeur. This stop is the Skyliner station that allows you to disembark and change lines if you want. It is also the station where the gondola makes a turn. This resort shares the same lake as Caribbean Beach and will sit right next to Caribbean Beach’s main Skyliner station. If stopping here be sure to visit Topolino’s Terrace for breakfast.
Where will the Disney Skyliner Gondola Go?
If you’re wondering where the Disney Skyliner will stop, you may be surprised what it doesn’t include. The gondolas will not visit the more remote Animal Kingdom Park, Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs. Guests will still have to depend on boat, bus and monorail transportation to access those locations.
So, where does the Disney Skyliner gondola system visit?
- Hollywood Studios
- Epcot International Gateway
Epcot International Gateway
Tucked right between France and the United Kingdom in the Epcot World Showcase, the Skyliner is just outside the International Gateway near the Disney Boardwalk. We’re sort of nervous at how this station will accommodate the assumed crowds trying to avoid the crowded monorail on the other side of Epcot. Luckily, this station will be primarily used for guests returning to Caribbean Beach, Riviera, Pop or Art of Animation only. With the new security check point close to this station, expect lines as soon as you disembark.
Hollywood Studios Main Gate
Another very small station, this one will accommodate the Skyliner resort guests as well as Hollywood Studio guests that want a quick shortcut to Epcot, instead of walking. This stop is also the end of the line. If you want to continue riding, just stay on and you’ll loop back from where you came.
The Disney Skyiner Map
Here’s a quick look at the Disney Skyliner map layout. Pretty simple. We’ll be sure to update this page as we get more details and there’s already news of expanding the route if this goes well.
What will the inside of the Disney Skyliner Gondola Look Like?
With your basic, easy-to-clean interior you’ll be happy to hear that the inside looks rather nice. Just like one would hope a gondola in the sky would look. Check out our review of the Walt Disney World skyliner for more pictures and details.