Disney Skyliner, Minnie Vans coming to Walt Disney World

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Disney Skyliner concept art
Concept art for the new Disney Skyliner transportation system coming to Disney World, courtesy of Disney.

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.

Disney Skyliner concept art
Concept art of the character theming for the Disney Skyliner system coming to Disney World, courtesy of Disney.

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.

Bob Chapek and the Disney Skyliner map
Bob Chapek showing a map of the Disney Skyliner’s route and stops throughout the resort. Courtesy of Disney.

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.

Minnie Van at Walt Disney World
The new Minnie Van coming to Walt Disney World, courtesy of Disney.

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?