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Flashback: Disney World Skyliner gondolas open to visitors

Air transport system move at 11 mph

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World is introducing its newest way to get around the Florida resort -- an aerial tram system that whisks visitors from hotels to theme parks while going 11 mph.

The Disney Skyliner gondolas opening to visitors on Sunday are the latest addition to one of the largest private transportation systems in the U.S.

The 300 enclosed gondola cabins are joining 423 buses, 61 mini-vans (appropriately named Minnie Vans), 30 parking lot trams, 29 watercraft and 12 monorail trains.

Thomas Mazloum, a Disney senior vice president, says unlike municipal transportation systems that typically are a means to an end -- your destination -- the experience is the most important part of Disney's transit system.

Mazloum says transportation should be as memorable as any part of a visit.

Disney unveiled its colorful gondolas on Thursday, May 9, 2018. (Image credit: Oliver Ing)
Disney unveiled its colorful gondolas on Thursday, May 9, 2018. (Image credit: BlogMickey.com)
Disney unveiled its colorful gondolas on Thursday, May 9, 2018. (Image credit: BlogMickey.com)