Disney’s newest transportation system and also a throwback to the Disney Skyway system that debuted at Disneyland back on June 23, 1956, it has something of a dramatic history as it originally closed in 1957 when the tallest point at over 60 feet tall was demolished and replaced with Matterhorm Bobsleds. It later reopened in 1959 but closed permanently on November 9, 1994 though the last remnant was not demolished until 2016.
There was also a Skyway in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom that was removed in 1999.
As of May 9, all of the Gondolas have been revealed with some having wraps of our favorite Disney characters and scenes displayed on the windows. All of the wraps are off and the Disney Skyliner system has been revealed in all its glory.
Check out some of these favorites that you just might catch a ride with as you take in breathtaking aerial views of the most magical place on earth and are transported to some of your favorite parks and resorts!
Pua and Hei Hei will be taking in the views. Belle and Beast will be joined by some of their friends to soar to new heights with Disney Skyliner.
Madam Leota and some spooky details from Disney’s Haunted Mansion are included in one wrap and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs dance their way into another.
Star Wars and Marvel characters join the ranks as well! Hop in a Gondola with some of your favorite characters from a galaxy far far away or find yourself sitting with some of your favorite characters straight out of a Marvel movie.
The Disney Skyliner system of 300 gondolas will travel at speeds of 11 miles per hour and trips will last between five and fifteen minutes, depending on your destination. Stops for the Gondola will be at Epcot’s International Gateway, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
The Skyliner is scheduled to be open this fall though an exact date has not been released. We expect the opening to be right around the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to provide yet another mode of transportation to what is about to be Disney’s most popular theme park in Orlando, at least for the time being.
The Skyliner system includes gondolas in eight vibrant colors and twenty two character themes.
Each Gondola will provide bench seating and will hold up to ten passengers. The ride system will soar from heights of 15 to 60 feet in the air, so those with a fear of heights should be aware of that aspect of the system.
For more on this exciting new transportation system coming to Walt Disney World, be sure to check out our All About the Disney Skyliner post.
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