Doppelmayr, the company responsible for the upcoming Disney Skyliner gondola system, had an eight seat gondola display at this week’s IAAPA Attractions Expo. The company was confirmed to be the vendor of the ambitious project via documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. That said, when we asked if they are behind the project, an employee just smiled and said they aren’t able to say anything about it.
Here’s a look at the eight seat gondola model on display.
This specific gondola is one that might be found within a zoo and contains an optional table that won’t be present in the Disney installation. While it may appear small at first glance, we found it to be quite spacious, even with the table. The Disney gondolas are likely to be more weatherproof than the above display model.
As far as weather is concerned, Doppelmayr says that a model like this would be able to operate in winds up to 35mph and that the whole system is grounded and safe to operate during lightning storms.
With roughly 8 seconds in between loads and handicap accessibility on all gondolas, Doppelmayr says an hourly throughput of 3,000 guests is easily obtainable.
The Disney Skyliner project is expected to be operational sometime in mid-2019.