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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DCLcruiser19 hours ago

We used the Skyliner for the first time. It was great. We left DHS and took it to the EPCOT IG so that we could walk around the boardwalk and have dinner at Cape May Cafe. Then we took it back as our car was still at DHS. A lot of fun, larger than I expected, and the views around sunset were awesome.

Rteetz20 hours ago

CntrlFlPete1 day ago

isn't there planned maintenance for the Skyliner coming up? I would imagine this plan would be needed to deal get ready for extended down time. (then maybe kept the plan for any down time).

Movielover1 day ago

That's twice as many people than there are currently staying there! 😉

MagicHappens19711 day ago

The Starcruiser transports are used from 8a-4pm every other day but they only fit 16 people

CastAStone1 day ago

The Starcruiser bus is only used for an hour every other day. Just saying.

mysto1 day ago

If they use the Harry Potter train no one will see the backstage areas. I'm sure that's it.

JoeCamel1 day ago

I'm sure it will be lovely

castlecake2.01 day ago

Touchdown1 day ago

What Skyliner gate, there is no access to non backstage roads back there.

castlecake2.01 day ago

So according to my intel as of Dec 1 a new route started, it will pick up at the Skyliner gate then go to resorts

MisterPenguin1 day ago

Mind you, if weather is shutting down the Skyliner, it's most likely shutting down Y&B and BWI friendship boats. So... isn't it a schlep for them anyway? Even if they provided buses at the main gate for Y&B/BWI/S&D, it's a schlep to get to those buses, too. Especially if you head to the IG and there are told you had to catch a bus to Beach at the main gate... that's a mile away. Walking is the best option. Walking to Beach is what people at Beach would have to do. Join them in the fun and catch a bus from there! But I agree with what was voiced above: The CMs need to give better directions. Last time, they were guessing. And there needs to be better signage.

EeyoreFan#241 day ago

Someone might have mentioned it, but the issue I have is not finding out until you get the there. It either needs to be communicated better/farther out or the buses need to leave from a station at/close to the skyliner station. At the central station If it’s down, the alternative is within sight, right down the ramp.