One exciting non-attraction announcement that came out of the D23 Expo in July was Disney World’s Disney Skyliner gondola system that will connect Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resort.
Though the 12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas announcement about the system didn’t include even a vague timetable for this project (boo), they did include some new details and nice concept art of what some of the stations will be look like.
First, as you can see in the concept art, the station near the International Gateway at Epcot will look very similar to the nearby World Showcase. They are described as “covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style.” Arriving guests are also promised a “rare” bird’s eye view of the World Showcase.
Next up is the Caribbean Beach Resort station that matches the architecture and colorful design of the resort. This station will allow guests to transfer lines to get to their final destination, which likely explains why it looks like a considerably larger than the Epcot station.
As lastly, at least as far as the concept art goes, is the Hollywood Studios station, which is themed after the park’s entrance, which was designed in the likeness of the Pan-Pacific Auditorium.
In addition to the art, Disney also announced that guests departing from the station at the Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts will head out over Hourglass Lake and have a view of both resorts. The Skyliner will make a turn along Buena Vista Drive that will allow for a view of how the system itself functions.
This all sounds and looks pretty great, but we’re still waiting to find out how access to the system will work and other operational details, and of course the opening date. What do you think of this new transportation option coming to the resort?