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What We Know So Far: Disney Skyliner Gondolas

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Getting around Disney World can be an adventure itself from boats, monorails, Minnie Vans, and buses you have so many options to get around. This year Disney adds beautiful and fun gondolas to the mix. Here is a rundown of everything you want to know about Disney Skyliner Gondolas. 

Disney Skyliner Gondolas

What is a gondola?

A gondola lift system consists of cabins that are suspended on a steel cable. Disney World has 300 cabins with over 6 miles of cables. The system is driven by electric motors spread throughout the system. like the monorails have a central hub at the TTC the gondola system will have a central hub at Disneys Caribbean Beach Resort where you will have to change lines to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

How Fast will the Disney Gondolas Go?

The gondolas will travel about 11 mph giving guests a birdeye’s view of Disney’s lakes, roads, woods and into Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The typical ride will last between five to 15 minutes as gondolas fly from 15 feet up to about 60 feet in the air. 

At the stations, gondolas will pull in, constantly moving, for guests to climb on. Disney will have the capacity to pause the gondolas for people using wheelchairs, EVCs, and those who need extra time to board.

What the Skyliner Gondola Cabin like?

Each cabin can accommodate up to 10 guests, including those traveling with wheelchairs or assistive devices. 

Some cabins will be decorated in plain colors, like a vibrant teal or purple, while the other gondolas feature characters from Disney movies and attractions. For example, some of them look like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto or Chip & Dale are riding along with you. Several Disney animated films will be represented, including “Beauty & the Beast,” “Frozen,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Moana,” “Peter Pan,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Zootopia.”

Where are the Gondola Stations? 

Caribbean Beach Skyliner Gondola Station Contruction, taken on 5/7/2019

Like most Disney transportation, the Disney Skyliner Gondolas will be free to use. 

  • Epcot, near the International Gateway
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Art of Animation/Pop Century
  • Riviera Resort – a DVC resort opening soon 

Are Disney’s Gondolas going to Be Air-Conditioned? 

While the Disney Skyliner Gondolas have been confirmed to not be air-conditioned they have reassured us that the gondolas will be cool and comfortable. The heavily reflective windows that block out the sunlight and the mesh screens on both sides to bring in a breeze are supposed to make the ride very nice. 

When Will Disney’s Gondolas Open?

Disney just announced (7/15/2019) that the Skyliner Gondolas will be available for guests starting September 29th, 2019. I was hoping for an opening prior to Galaxy’s Edge but it didn’t work out that way.

What do you think about the Disney Skyliner Gondolas? Will you be trying them out once they open? 

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