PHOTOS - First look at concept art for the Disney Skyliner stations

Dec 08, 2017 in "Disney Skyliner"

Disney Skyliner concept art
Posted: Friday December 8, 2017 11:03am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has revealed new concept art today giving us a first look at three of the stations for the upcoming gondola system - Disney Skyliner.

The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.

The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.

The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.

Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.

Disney is yet to provide an opening date, but speculation puts an opening in 2019

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dark530Nov 23, 2021

I wonder if the new automated bag check would have affected that calculus. Personally, I'm just happy the Germany expansion pad is still available for park expansion, not transportation.

UNCgolfNov 22, 2021

I think having to either build a new entrance at EPCOT or having to have every single person boarding the Skyliner go through a ticket check and security were bigger factors.

Brad BishopNov 22, 2021

I bet 8b was a non-starter because: Customers would have had to travel through Epcot to get to spending and dining over at the Epcot resorts.

trainplane3Nov 21, 2021

Thanks for confirming. It's interesting to see how the system and solution changed throughout its life.

GoofGoofNov 21, 2021

Interesting information :) After seeing the Skyliner in action and using it on a stay at BC I don’t think the Germany station would be very practical and would be a major step down for anyone staying in the Crescent Lake area or trying to get to BC or BW for meals or entertainment. If the station was in the German pavilion you would need a park ticket to get into EPCOT and any guest who wanted to get from BC to DHS would need a park hopper ticket and also would need to wait until park Hopping started to use the system. You would also be limited by the closing time of EPCOT. So if DHS stayed open later than EPCOT that line would either close early or you would have to keep the area of WS between Germany and the Intl gateway open after park close. If it wasn’t for Riviera I think the best approach would have been to make the hub at DHS then have a line to CBR, a line to AoA and a line to EPCOT gateway. Then anyone going from AoA or CBR to EPCOT would just need to transfer at DHS. With Riviera in the mix the current layout is probably the most efficient.

marni1971Nov 21, 2021

Yep.

mikejs78Nov 21, 2021

I like option 8 - what we have today plus a direct line from DHS to Epcot. That would be ideal if they ever decided to add that.

castlecake2.0Nov 21, 2021

That was apparently one proposal but was abandoned because of cost(both construction and staffing) from what I remember him saying.

trainplane3Nov 20, 2021

I'm trying to remember, but @marni1971, I remember you talking about them considering a large boat system with canals instead of the Skyliner. Weren't one of the plans to have the Epcot dock for that be Germany? Interesting it was considered for the Skyliner.

lazyboy97oNov 20, 2021

But would it have? The stations they did built are rather industrial with stuff like tube steel painted green trying to somehow masquerade as wrought iron.

GimpYancIentNov 20, 2021

Too bad an extension to an AK station is not included.

UNCgolfNov 20, 2021

Seems like it would have required even more staff. They would have had to have people checking tickets etc. at multiple locations.

RobbiemNov 20, 2021

A German entrance would have given the opportunity to build a fantasyland style Bavarian station

castlecake2.0Nov 20, 2021

They could have, but still would have required the same amount of staff as building the Germany entrance, which is what I heard killed that option.