Walt Disney World is known for its wonderful, free transportation options, which already include buses, ferryboats, monorails and more that get you to and from the parks, hotels and entertainment areas. For many tadpoles, ours included, hopping on the monorail to Magic Kingdom is one of the most memorable parts of the trip. It sets the stage for this fantastical, other world you're about to experience. So we were pretty hopping excited when we heard this new gondola-style Disney Skyliner transportation system was coming to the resort.
When Disney first announced this new gondola transportation, I imagined a rowboat coasting through Italy — the type Mommy Frog would find quite romantic. Don't be fooled like me! This is a gondola lift: an enclosed cabin transported through the sky via cables. Much like you see on the slopes of Vail (which we now sell, by the way)!
No details have been revealed yet on when the Disney Skyliner System will be up-and-running, but we spotted construction beginning in late 2017. We'll keep you posted on when you can expect to hop on! In the meantime, we wanted to share everything we know about the Disney Skyliner transportation system.
Overview of the Disney Skyliner Transportation System
Where the Disney Skyliner Transportation System Will Be Offered
One of the biggest perks of Disney World's hotel favorites is the variety of convenient transportation available. Jumping on the monorail from Disney's Polynesian Resort to Magic Kingdom is a huge time saver! The Disney Skyliner Transportation System will add this park accessibility to three new resorts, connecting to two different parks. Lucky for you, we have discounted tickets and rooms at all of these!
- Disney's Pop Century Resort
- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney's Art of Animation Resort
- Disney's Hollywood Studios
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a fifth proposed station is at Disney Vacation Club property Riviera Resort, when it opens. With Pop Century and Art of Animation being two of our preferred Value Resort Hotels, having an extra transportation option will be a major bonus. We'll have to experience the Disney Skyliner Transportation System for ourselves to decide your most efficient routes. If nothing else, having a new way to get to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is sure to shorten the bus line if you want to save time. If this isn't a concern for you, we imagine the Skyliner will delight tadpoles with its unique views.
More Details About the Disney Skyliner Transportation System
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be the center of the new transportation, with a hub designed to reflect the imagery of Caribbean open-air village marketplaces. This will be a major plus for the resort that has already been undergoing recent renovations. The station will incorporate detailed architectural elements of the resort, especially its vibrant color scheme. Here, guests will transfer gondola routes to reach their end destination, similar to the monorail’s Ticket and Transportation Center.
Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts will also be included in the Disney Skyliner Transportation System travel loop. These two value resort favorites will share a station matching the colorful, whimsical atmosphere they both exemplify. The gondola will travel over the resorts’ shared Hourglass Lake for a panoramic view of their colorful character displays.
Inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions will be the International Gateway station at Epcot. This post will fit perfectly into the surrounding World Showcase with ornamental steel structures, glass and metal canopies and hand-painted murals reminiscent of 18th century Art Nouveau style. Traveling to and from this station will offer a never-before-seen aerial view of World Showcase and Disney’s Boardwalk.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be the only other park stop for the Disney Skyliner Transportation System. The design is expected to correspond with the park’s entrance in turquoise and red tones. An awesome view of the park, particularly Tower of Terror, is promised when traveling to and from Hollywood Studios!
Along Buena Vista Drive, gondola cabins will slow down at the turn-station so guests can see the aerial and mechanical aspects of the Disney Skyliner Transportation System.
Select Skyliner cabins will be feature classic Disney pals such as the “Fab Five.” The design art even previewed a cabin with The Haunted Mansion’s hitchhiking ghosts! We can’t wait to hop on.
With this new transportation addition, there will be more ways than ever before to hop to Disney World parks and resorts!
With all of the exciting new experiences coming to Disney World — from new lands to new ways to travel — there’s no better time to book your next trip. We've got great discounts on your Orlando hotel and theme park tickets!