The Disney Skyliner is quickly taking over the Disney landscape. Towers are springing up at resorts, in parking lots, on roadways and even through the woods. Skyliner stations are under heavy construction, preparing to board future riders.
Disney is rapidly building their new mass transportation system in order to accommodate the growing number of hotel guests and also reduce the strain on the current bus system. The Skyliner is a moving gondola system suspended in the air by cables and pulleys. It will travel between various locations, including Disney’s Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts, Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Riviera Resort (under construction), Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.
The Skyliner route map illustrates the path between the theme parks and resorts.
Now, let’s take an in depth look at all the Disney Skyliner construction currently underway:
Disney’s Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts
The Skyliner will share a station on Hourglass Lake, between The Art of Animation and Pop Century. This station is located completely on water, so a tremendous amount of foundation work is being done. We will be looking forward to some vertical progress when the station takes shape in the near future.
The Skyliner will travel over Hourglass Lake, heading north towards Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
This looks to be the largest of all the Skyliner stations. Guests will travel north and south to the Art of Animation and Pop Century or to Disney’s Riviera. This station is unique, as it will also have a transfer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios traveling east to west. It’s unclear for now, how guests will transfer between the two.
You can see located in the center, where the gondolas will travel east and west to Hollywood Studios.
The Caribbean Beach Skyliner Station is located to the south of Jamaica near the new main entrance off of Victory Way. The station is really not located in a very pedestrian friendly area. It will be interesting to see how Disney handles getting guests to and from this station.
These towers lead south down to the Art of Animation and Pop Century.
The towers below are located throughout Jamaica. They are the most prevalent in the resort and can be seen from pretty much anywhere.
You can see here the base of this tower sit’s right in the center of Jamaica. Hopefully they will add some color and some nice landscaping to dress it up.
Next, we move into Aruba, where we find two more towers leading to Disney’s Riviera Resort, still currently under construction.
Disney’s Riviera Resort (Under Construction)
This station will be located right next to the Riviera Resort. It will provide quick and easy access for guests staying at the resort. This station should also be a quicker option for those guest staying in Aruba and Martinique at the Caribbean Beach.
The Riviera Station under construction.
This is the final Skyliner tower before entering the Riviera station.
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
After leaving the Riviera Resort and crossing over Buena Vista Drive, the Skyliner makes its approach towards Disney Boardwalk Resort. It travels east and west, and then turns at a pivot point to continue north into Epcot. The towers are located in the parking lot and will cross over the guard house. The gondolas will then travel behind the Boardwalk and into Epcot’s International Gateway.
Below is the pivot point under construction.
This is a tower on the corner of Buena Vista Drive and Victory Way in front of the iconic Reedy Creek Fire Station. This is one of the roadway towers leading towards the Boardwalk parking lot.
EPCOT International Gateway
After passing to the rear of Disney’s Boardwalk, the Skyliner will approach the back entrance to Epcot, behind the France Pavilion and travel over the boat dock into the International Gateway station. The gondolas will travel at their lowest point over the guests heads and should make for some really interesting views (and pictures).
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Finally, we come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We get some really great views of the towers and the station as we approach from the water. The towers run the entire length of the parking lot, through a clearing in the trees, over Victory Way and into the Caribbean Beach Station. Of course the gondolas will travel in the opposite direction as well, making for a breathtaking approach with views of the Hollywood Tower of Terror. The vehicles should be in constant motion (maybe something similar to the People Mover in the Magic Kingdom).
The gondolas will travel over the Hollywood Studios Parking lot and through a clearing in the distant wooded area.
The approach coming into the Hollywood Studios Station will provide an amazing view of the Hollywood Tower of Terror.
New bus stations are also being built on the opposite side of the Skyliner to make more room for loading and unloading passengers. Security will also be expanded.
I hope you enjoyed this full picture and video tour of the Disney Skyliner system. There is still much work to be done, but the current progress is truly impressive. The Skyliner is scheduled to open sometime in 2019. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will be ready in time for Galaxy’s Edge.
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