The Disney Skyliner gondola system did not open this morning at Walt Disney World after guests were stranded for more than three hours last night. We visited the Disney Skyliner gondola system station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort to find that the entire system is down today as Disney investigates what it is referring to as “unexpected downtime”. There is no estimated reopening time or date, according to Cast Members.
A Disney spokesperson revised a statement from saying that there was “no accident”, to one that acknowledged the accident late Saturday evening. Eventually, the official statement became that an “empty car was delayed, a second empty car bumped it. No Guests were involved”.
Another statement addressed the ongoing downtime as a result of the investigation. Disney said that “one of the three Disney Skyliner routes experienced an unexpected downtime Saturday evening. As a result, the Skyliner will be closed while we look into the details surrounding this downtime. We apologize for this situation, and we are working with each guest individually regarding impacts to their visit with us”.
As of publish time, the Disney Skyliner is not operational, and safety measures have been put in place to ensure nobody enters the gondola cabins during the investigation.
Thanks to some photos from @bioreconstruct, we can see the Riviera Resort Disney Skyliner station from the air this afternoon. You can just make out the blue Disney Skyliner gondola cabin that had a broken window as seen in our latest update. Disney Cast Members can be seen staged at the end of the pathway that leads to the station and the gates to the station are closed as the investigation continues.
Doppelmayr, the company who built the Disney Skyliner gondola system, was on site last night to assist.
Those looking for coffee this morning might be happy to hear that the Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk at the Caribbean Beach Resort Disney Skyliner station is open, but the station is closed.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest from Walt Disney World on the Disney Skyliner gondola system and much more!