Mark your calendars, Disney fans.
The Disney Skyliner is set to open on Sept. 29.
The brand new transportation system features 300 custom cabins, or “gondolas,” that will travel in the air between some of the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.
The two included theme parks are Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and guests can travel to these parks from four resorts including Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and the all-new Disney’s Riviera Resort (which is expected to open in December).
This project was first announced by Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in July 2017 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Locals and guests of Walt Disney World have been able to see a lot of the construction process since the announcement.
For the last few months the cabins have been in motion for testing. At first they were covered in tarp, but as of recent the public can now see many of the character designs the cabins are wrapped in. These designs include popular characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto — plus other Disney and Pixar protagonists, villains and scenes.
The cabins are expected to carry up to 10 passengers, with twin benches on each side. (Once facing forward, one facing backward.) And while the cabins are not air conditioned like Disney’s monorail system, Disney executives have previously announced that the Florida weather has been taken into consideration during the design process.
So where will this transportation system fit into the Disney parks? At Hollywood Studios, guests will be dropped off right at the new entrance of the theme park — which opened earlier this year. At Epcot, guests will enter the park through the International Gateway — the park entrance located between the France and United Kingdom pavilions, located in World Showcase.
The opening date is one month after the opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park’s newest land — “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” — which is set to open on Aug. 29. The opening date will also kick off the final performances of Disney’s Epcot’s “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks show, before “Epcot Forever” takes its place on Oct. 1.
Five things to know about the new Disney Skyliner transportation system:
• The Disney Skyliner transportation system was first announced for Walt Disney World in July 2017.
• The transportation system will take guests from four Disney resorts to two of the Disney theme parks.
• Traveling through the air, the Disney Skyliner will offer views of Walt Disney World property that have never been seen before.
• The cabins are not air conditioned, but Disney executives have announced that the Florida weather has been taken into consideration during the design process.
• Guests can expect to take their first flight on Sept. 29.