Disney magic takes flight this weekend, with the opening of the Disney Skyliner. Comprising of almost 300 colorful cable car gondolas this new transportation option whisks theme park visitors between parks and attractions.
The Disney Skyliner features over six miles of cable and five stations linking Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot Center to several Walt Disney World resorts.
“You get a new appreciation for Walt Disney World whey you see it from up there,” Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president of Walt Disney Resorts, said Friday during the media preview.
The gondola cars, painted in cheerful shades of red, blue, green, yellow and purple, glide above the resorts. A gentle breeze keeps passengers cool, while they take in birds-eye views of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth and the Swan and Dolphin Resort.
Character themes wrap about half of the nearly 300 10-passenger cars, giving the illusion of Mickey, Chewbacca, Snow White and other Disney favorites floating above.
“It’s going to be super convenient for our guests who are visiting from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and, in December when we open Disney’s Riviera Resort,” said Disney ambassador Stephen Lim. “Those will connect with our Skyliner Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.”
While the Skyliner provides transportation between the resorts and parks, any Disney guest is welcome to hop aboard for a ride.
“The Skyliner is an example of how Disney World is constantly changing and expanding, especially as the resort’s 50th anniversary approaches in 2021” Mazloum said.
“We’re always looking at how do we make the guest experience that much better,” Lim said. “And for us at the Walt Disney World resort, we are the size of San Francisco and twice the size of Manhattan, so we are always looking for more efficient ways to transport our guests from our resorts to our theme parks. … Our guests can be from here at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in five minutes.”
The Skyliner joins other iconic Disney modes of transportation that include the monorail, ferry boats, water taxis and motor coaches.