Disney Imagineers Ride the Disney Skyliner Gondola System at Walt Disney World


    While visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning, we spotted a group of Imagineers getting into a Disney Skyliner gondola cabin. While the Disney Skyliner gondola system doesn’t open officially until September 29th, it has been getting plenty of use during empty cabin cycling testing. Today was the first time that we had seen anyone actually riding in a cabin, much less a “full” cabin of seven Imagineers. While Disney has been advertising that 10 guests can ride in a cabin, the photos and video below probably show a more realistic number of 6-8 adults. Of course, if you add in a stroller or ECV, that number likely continues to go down.

    Anyway, back to this morning. After examining the cabin for a few minutes, the Imagineers piled in and popped open the ventilation windows before being whisked off to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. We captured video of them getting into the cabin and then taking flight.

    We also captured some photos as the Disney Skyliner Cast Member did a final check before sending them off.

    As you can see in the photos below, seven seems to be a pretty full cabin.

    The Disney Skyliner gondola system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to area resorts. Here’s a breakdown of the various travel times you’ll experience when the new transportation system opens in September:

    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 5-6 minutes 
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: under 6 minutes
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort: 5 minutes
    • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to International Gateway at Epcot: 15 minutes
    • Disney’s Riviera Resort to International Gateway at Epcot: 9 minutes

    For continuing coverage of the Disney Skyliner gondola system and much more from around the Disney Parks, keep checking back with!

    Mike is the owner and writer for Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

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