Disney World has several different modes of transportation to get around to the parks including buses, boats, and even a monorail. It was announced several years ago that the goal was to add gondolas to Walt Disney World travel fleet. Since then, there’s been a lot of construction and now we are starting to see it coming together. You may have seen the pillars and cables being built and assembled. The stations have been finished and the Skyliners (gondolas) have been brought in. This signals that the project is coming to an end and will be opening soon. We now have an idea of what to expect with the Skyliner interior will look like!
What will the Skyliner interior look like?
We’ve been able to see several test runs of the Skyliner that seem to move at a pretty good pace. It has been reported that the gondolas will move at 10-11 mph and will be able to seat 10 people per gondola. Moreover, this new mode of transportation should be able to get guests to their destination in a fairly timely manner. It has been reported that guests could be transported to their destination in 5-15 minutes. Guests will get a scenic view with an amble viewing area from within.
Within the past week, there have been behind the scenes pictures of what the inside of the Skyliners will look like. At first glance, it appears as though they will be able to hold 10 people fairly comfortably with wooden benches on both sides of the gondolas. There are no air conditioning units within the gondolas. Instead, the gondolas will use the movement speed to produce a cooling effect. We will see how well this works, especially in the Florida summer.
The opening date for the Skyliner system has yet to be announced. However, rumors are that it will open in August, likely before the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Moreover, this would make sense to open a new way of getting guests around Disney World to ease up burden on buses. There is expected to be a sharp increase in guests around that time. The gondolas will span from Hollywood Studios and Epcot as well as several resorts including Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the soon to be opening Riviera. Overall, this seems to be a great addition to travel options within Disney World. Now we wait to see if the Skyliners interior is as nice as they have shown.