Disney announces opening date for Skyliner

Park officials call it a 'dawn of a new era in Disney transportation'

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World officials have just announced the opening date for the new Skyliner transportation system, and it's just around the corner.

The new gondolas will take flight Sept. 29, toting guests between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot as well as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, which will open in December.

Many of the cabins will feature characters from iconic Disney titles, including “Ratatouille,” “Finding Dory” and “Monsters, Inc.”

[Click here to see the Skyliner map]

Park officials called the gondola system "a new era in Disney transportation."

"Offering bird’s-eye views of resorts and theme parks, Disney Skyliner will be the newest transportation option at Walt Disney World Resort, joining a fleet of monorails, watercraft and motor coaches that ensure getting there is half the fun," officials wrote in a news release.

The mini cabins will go about 11 miles per hour and hang as high as 60 feet in the air at some points, according to the Associated Press. The rides will last between five and 15 minutes.

Disney announced its Skyliner plans in November 2018. Since then, officials have tested evacuation procedures, conducted test runs and slowly unveiled design details.

For more information about the Skyliner, visit Disney's blog.

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