Disney Skyliner Gondola Details Surface
Orlando Weekly noticed some interesting details about the soon-to-be-deployed Disney Skyliner gondola system.
On Wednesday, July 31, Ken Story reported (via “The Gist”):
The Disney Skyliner, Walt Disney World’s ambitious new aerial gondola system, opens in less than two months, and we’re starting to learn more details.
With construction of the new transit system now wrapping up, Disney is shifting its focus to operations. Initial testing has been ongoing for just over six months. Recently, the Reedy Creek Fire Department tested evacuation drills, including those over the water.
Then last week, Disney posted a job listing that revealed many new details. The now-deleted job posting mentioned that Cast Members assigned to the system could expect to work as early as 5 a.m. and “as late as 3am, 4am, or 5am.”
- The Skyliner will likely have a similar operations schedule to the Monorail.
- “The 5 a.m. times point to the ‘Extra, Extra Magic Hours’ scheduled for Disney’s Hollywood Studios this fall. Beginning Sept. 1 and running through at least early November, the park will be opening at 6 a.m. for on-site guests due to the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land. Both Epcot and DHS remain open past midnight on select nights throughout the year, most notably on New Year’s Eve and for special events like Disney After Hours.”
- “Also similar to the Monorail, the Skyliner will necessitate a transfer when guests are moving from one park to another. Taking the place of the TTC, the Skyliner will require all guests to transfer at the Caribbean Beach station, which also includes the back-of-house operations and maintenance center for the gondola system.”
Excited To Try Skyliner
I have an October trip in the works, and it looks as if I’ll be able to make the Skyliner part of my transportation plan. AND, as someone who has a love/hate relationship with the bus system, I’m thrilled to have another option (although I would sincerely prefer to walk to Hollywood Studios from my usual home base of Pop Century.
But what about you? Are you ready to jump into a Skyliner gondola? Let us know in the comments.