Disney Skyliner to begin Cast Member previews next week

Sep 11, 2019 in "Disney Skyliner"

The Disney Skyliner gondola system will be taking a big step towards opening to guests with the start of Cast Member previews next week.

Cast Members at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be the first to ride during previews on September 16 and 18. Epcot Cast Members will have then have the opportunity for test flights on September 17. More Cast member previews will then take place September 23 - 26 for Cast Members from other locations at Walt Disney World.

Disney Skyliner has an official opening date for guests on September 29 2019.

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Article Posted: Sep 11, 2019 / 7:00am ET
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Magic Feather27 days ago

All good, it still puts bus/walkers in first now. They probably have the most distancing markers leading to the checkpoint.

BWDVCkidsince9627 days ago

no sorry for the confusion, they just let the group walk up to the temperature screening tents at 9

Magic Feather27 days ago

Actually enter the park at 9? If so, I’d assume that it is the result of them having too big of a crowd forming at the bus & walkway “rope drop spot”

BWDVCkidsince9627 days ago

haha I do sound like a paid Disney person. At garden grill last week I said “chip and dale we watch you on Disney+!!” And I felt like such a tool.

Brian27 days ago

@realBobChapek The jig is up! You've exposed your alias.

BWDVCkidsince9627 days ago

Ditto! Our time in the Skyliner last week in the sweltering heat was some of the coolest time on property. Cool and breezy the whole time. Such a nice break from the heat. I was pleasantly surprised.

BWDVCkidsince9627 days ago

That’s odd, we were there the other morning after walking over from the Boardwalk, and at 9 on the dot the security officers let us and the bus people walk forward. We were headed to the Skyliner and it wasn’t letting people on yet.

danlb_200028 days ago

There were rumors of a non-Skyliner mode of transport to link in the AK area, but no more details then that. Even if the Skyliner was going to connect to AK, it would be hard to do it directly from Epcot.

Brian28 days ago

No, there was not.

GimpYancIent28 days ago

Just curious but was there not supposed to be a Skyliner line from EPCOT to AK and back.

WallyWorld28 days ago

Does anyone know at what point they take the gondolas literally off the line? I would imagine a wind speed limit

Mouse Transit28 days ago

Many times. In all the cases I've observed, the Disney Skyliner stops boarding passengers and continues deboarding passengers until they clear all the cabins. Then, they stop the line. The Skyliner resumes operation once the weather improves. Weather is a problem when there's lightning within 6 miles of any Skyliner station and/or winds reach 35 mph or higher. This information is sourced to many Skyliner crew cast members. On Aug 2, 2020, I was on the Skyliner with winds gusting to 20 mph. Seriously, lots of fun!

begood52430 days ago

I've been curious about this: since it's summer, has anyone recorded or seen what happens when bad weather approaches the Skyliner? Are there any special "spiels" or procedures or things that occur?

marni1971Jul 31, 2020

Indeed.