After months of speculation and permits filed for sites around Walt Disney World, we finally got confirmation at the D23 Expo that a gondola transportation system will connect parks and resorts on the southeast portion of the property.
The system will be called Disney Skyliner, and vehicle will be themed to different Disney characters as shown in the concept art. I’m really excited about the Haunted Mansion-themed one.
The Skyliner will connect the International Gateway at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s forthcoming Riviera Resort (more on that later), Caribbean Beach Resort, and the Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts. No date was given for when this project would be complete, but recent aerial photos show that work is already underway on this project.
In addition to the Skyliner, a new ground transportation system was announced and is already being tested across the Walt Disney World Resort. The new Minnie Vans, vans cleverly themed to Minnie Mouse, will be available for on-demand rides around the resort. Think Lyft or Uber, but run by Disney, and likely no getting lost around the property (we’ve certainly had a few drivers who didn’t really know their way around).
You’ll be able to call a car via the My Disney Experience app, and early reports show that Minnie Vans, unsurprisingly, have more access to the resort than your standard rideshare service. Say you need to get to Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness Resort — you’ll no longer need to be dropped off at the front of the property and then be taken by bus to the restaurant, the Minnie Vans will take you all the way to your final destination. At the Magic Kingdom, Minnie Vans will bring you to the resort bus loop instead of the taxi drop-off at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
We’re excited to try out the Minnie Vans ourselves on our next trip to Disney World. What do you think about these new transportation options coming to the Walt Disney World Resort?