Disney Skyliner Rumor Tracker

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    TIMEFRAME

    Cast Member Previews: September 11, 2019
    Soft Opening: September 23, 2019
    Official Opening: September 29, 2019

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    A new Gondola transportation system called the Disney Skyliner is set to debut at the Walt Disney World Resort on September 29, 2019. Cast Member previews began September 11, 2019. The system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot (via the International Gateway) to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Riviera Resort (Under Construction) and the lakeside area between Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

    The system will have five stations with three separate lines and each vehicle will hold 10 guests.

    The five stations are as follows:

    • Epcot (International Gateway)
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Disney’s Riviera Resort
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney’s Pop Century Resort / Disney’s Art of Animation

    The three lines are as follows:

    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney’s Pop Century Resort / Disney’s Art of Animation to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort to Epcot (International Gateway)

    The exterior of select gondolas will be themed to include representations of a variety of Disney characters including:

    • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto or Chip & Dale
    • Beauty & the Beast
    • Frozen
    • Lilo & Stitch
    • Moana
    • Peter Pan
    • The Princess and the Frog
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    • Zootopia
    • Coco
    • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
    • Finding Dory
    • The Haunted Mansion
    • Monsters, Inc
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Ratatouille
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Star Wars
    • Toy Story

    Guests visiting the Disney Skyliner station at Epcot’s International Gateway will share a similar design to the nearby France and United Kingdom Pavilions. It will be covered by metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel with a nod to early 18th century Art Nouveau. The Skyliner will offer unique views of World Showcase as guests approach the park.

    The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will act as a hub for the Disney Skyliner allowing guests to transfer to different gondola lines. The station design is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean.

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the station design is in line with the park entrance/Pan Pacific auditorium aesthetic. The approach to and from this park will offer unique views of attractions like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

    Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station with a design that blends the two resorts. The path will extend over Hourglass Lake as guests leave these two resorts.

    The gondolas will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station on Buena Vista Drive offering guests a look at the mechanical components that make up the Disney Skyliner system.

    Plans to expand the system have also been rumored. The plans would be contingent on a 5 year successful rollout before potential expansion to the Animal Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Coronado Resort and Disney Springs.

    The gondolas are not expected to have air conditioning, but are expected to have an air circulating system and it could reach speeds of up to 17 miles per hour. Most trips along the line should be under 5 minutes.

    A promotional video was released by Disney on October 19, 2018:

    An additional promotional video was released on September 16, 2019:

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    September 29, 2019: The Disney Skyliner Officially debuted.

    September 27, 2019: Disney officially dedicated the new Disney Skyliner transportation system today (September 27th). Cast Members have been testing the system over the last week and it officially debuts to guests on September 29th.

    September 23, 2019: The Disney Skyliner soft opened all three lines today. Using Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as the hub, lines extending to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Disney’s Pop Century/Art of Animation Resort were open to guests.

    The cabins have on board audio for pre-recorded announcements as well as emergency announcements. Anecdotal feedback on the air circulation in the cabins has been positive with the exception of time passing through load/unload stations.

    September 16, 2019: Disney released several new photos and official B-roll of the Disney Skyliner system.

    September 11, 2019: Cast Member previews began.

    July 15, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that the Disney Skyliner transportation system will officially debut on September 29, 2019.

    June 22, 2019: @bioreconstruct on Twitter posted photos showing that the construction walls are down at the turn station on the Epcot – Riviera Resort line.

    June 11, 2019: @BlogMickey on Twitter posted a photo of the evacuation boat that will be used on Hourglass Lake for the Disney Skyliner.

    May 9, 2019: Disney unwrapped 55 gondolas for the Disney Skyliner and shared photos of several of the designs. Characters from Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars are represented as testing continues.

    May 5, 2019: BlogMickey.com has posted the first photos of a Disney Skyliner Gondola that has a character wrap on it. The gondola features Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecallar, Pete and Goofy stylized like the Mickey Mouse shorts.

    April 17, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog shared a video on the Disney Skyliner that showcased the exterior character design, the cabin interior and the cross ventilation system.

    February 11, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Disney recently conducted successful tests of the Disney Skyliner between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

    The test-run took the gondolas across Victory Way between the two stations.

    January 28, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog is reporting that testing has begun for the Disney Skyliner.

    The exterior of the gondolas will be themed to include representations of a variety of Disney characters including:

    • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto or Chip & Dale
    • Beauty & the Beast
    • Frozen
    • Lilo & Stitch
    • Moana
    • Peter Pan
    • The Princess and the Frog
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    • Zootopia
    • Coco
    • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
    • Finding Dory
    • The Haunted Mansion
    • Monsters, Inc
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Ratatouille
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Star Wars
    • Toy Story

    November 28, 2018: BlogMickey.com has posted photos that show Skyliner cable has been installed on the Hollywood Studios and Pop Century/Art of Animation lines.

    November 17, 2018: At the D23 Destination D Event, Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Events, Consumer Products) gave guests the first look at the gondolas that will be used in the Disney Skyliner system.

    November 15, 2018: Doppelmayr, the manufacturer of the Disney Skyliner gondolas was on hand at IAAPA in Orlando this week. Doppelmayr showcased the gondolas that will be used on the Disney Skyliner system and BlogMickey.com shared photos of their booth.

    November 14, 2018: Bob Chapek and the Disney Parks Blog announced that the Disney Skyliner transportation service will debut in Fall 2019.

    October 19, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog shared a promotional video of the Disney Skyliner System

    October 17, 2018: The first job openings for the Disney Skyliner have been posted and BlogMickey.com has shown the full details. No start date is listed on the job opening but the system is expected to open next year.

    October 7, 2018: On Episode 182 of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill corrected a previous erroneous report he had made on the Skyliner. The gondolas will have an air circulation system and not air conditioning.

    September 20, 2018: WFTV in Orlando shared additional photos of the Disney Skyliner system.

    September 15, 2018: Disney Skyliner Gondolas have been spotted at some of the stations. @Bioreconstruct on Twitter posted one of the photos.

    September 14, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting that the Disney Skyliner will have vents instead of air conditioning. They are also reporting that it will have an on board audio system for announcements.

    August 13, 2018: On Episode 174 of the Dish Dish Podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa report that internally Disney does not want to announce a time frame for the Disney Skyliner. The expectation is Summer/Fall 2019 with the goal of having the system running smoothly in advance of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening in late Fall 2019.

    June 3, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Skyliner is expected to open in late Spring 2019.

    April 13, 2018: WDWmagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Skyliner is expected to open in 12-15 months.

    February 18, 2018: WDWMagic.com user WDWtraveler posted photos and a piece of concept art of the Disney Skyliner construction.

    January 24, 2018: The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney’s budget for the electrical components of the Skyliner system is $3.8 million.

    December 8, 2017: As part of the 12 days of Disney Parks Christmas promotion, the Disney Parks Blog shared details and concept art on the Disney Skyliner project. The Disney Skyliner is a gondola transportation system that will connect the following parks and resorts:

    • Epcot (via the International Gateway)
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

    Guests visiting the Disney Skyliner station at Epcot’s International Gateway will share a similar design to the nearby France and United Kingdom Pavilions. It will be covered by metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel with a nod to early 18th century Art Nouveau. The Skyliner will offer unique views of World Showcase as guests approach the park.

    The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will act as a hub for the Disney Skyliner allowing guests to transfer to different gondola lines. The station design is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean.

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the station design is in line with the park entrance/Pan Pacific auditorium aesthetic. The approach to and from this park will offer unique views of attractions like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

    Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station with a design that blends the two resorts. The path will extend over Hourglass Lake as guests leave these two resorts.

    The gondolas will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station on Buena Vista Drive offering guests a look at the mechanical components that make up the Disney Skyliner system.

    August 28, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Skyliner could be open as early as April 2019 with the goal being June/July and the deadline is October 2019.

    July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially confirmed that a new system of gondolas called the Disney Skyliner will connect Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Riviera Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

    The Disney Skyliner will have gondolas featuring select Disney characters from Mickey and Minnie to the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

    July 11, 2017: On the latest episode of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed the gondola system that is currently under construction at Walt Disney World. Jim mentioned that Coronado Springs would be included as part of the initial build and plans to expand the system have already been discussed. The plans would be contingent on a 5 year successful rollout before expanding to the Animal Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney Springs.

    June 28, 2017: BlogMickey.com posted a photo update at Epcot’s International Gateway that shows construction walls are in place for the Gondola station.

    June 26, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MisterPenguin posted a photo of the projected paths for the Gondolas.

    June 25, 2017: WDWMagic.com user natatomic is reporting that construction walls are expected to be in place beginning June 26th at the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. The walls will not prohibit entrance to the park, but will make the area narrower. This is likely related to security improvements and/or gondola construction.

    May 12, 2017: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Thomas Mazloum has been named the Senior Vice President of Resorts and Transportation Operations at Walt Disney World. The title has previously been held by Tom Wolber, who left the position in April of 2016.

    April 18, 2017: Sandra Pedicini of the Orlando Sentinel posted an e-mail exchange with Reedy Creek on Twitter confirming the Gondola project. A follow up article on the Orlando Sentinel website mentions the following details:

    • 6 stations with three lines that link Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the lakeside area between Disney’s Pop Century and Disney’s Art of Animation Resorts
    • Each gondola will hold 10 guests

    April 2, 2017: TheDisneyBlog.com is reporting that Disney is likely working with the Doppelmayr group out of Austria for the gondola system. The speculation is that Disney will use Doppelmayr’s 3S model. A video of Doppelmayr’s gondolas can be found here.

    March 10, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that the Gondola system is very likely to be an open air system without air conditioning.

    March 6, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 reported that Disney has filed a permit for a new structure on hourglass lake at the Art of Animation resort. The angle of the building makes it appear like this is a station that will connect to the southern most station at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

    February 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Gondola system should come on line a few months before Star Wars Land

    February 15, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that while the speculated details aren’t exactly correct, there is a gondola system in the works.

    February 15, 2017: The Orlando Sentinel has picked up the story about the Gondola system as a possibility for Walt Disney World. Writer Sandra Pedicini reached out to Disney who would not confirm the report.

    February 15, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that a Gondola system is being planned.

    February 13, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 has posted photos from modified permits that Disney filed with the South Florida Water Management district. The photos show changes to construction staging areas as well as modifications to bodies of water and constructions of new buildings. One particular building location is along the water next to the entrance to Hollywood Studios.

    It is unknown what this building will be, whether or not it will be a fully enclosed structure or be something that will change the guest experience in any way. Speculation is that it could be related to the construction at the Caribbean Beach Resort and would potentially be a transportation station.

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