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May 17, 2019 in "Disney Skyliner"

Disney Skyliner testing on the Epcot line

The Disney Skyliner has been under heavy daily testing on the Hollywood Studios line, and now testing is underway on the remainder of the system.

The Epcot line runs from Disney's Riviera Resort, past the turning station near to the Speedway Gas station, and then past the Boardwalk Resort into Epcot's International Gateway. This is the longest single journey possible on the Disney Skyliner, with a ride time of 9 minutes.

Like in the early days of the Hollywood Studios testing, the gondolas remain covered in protective wraps.

Testing is also underway on the line between Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Art of Animation.

Disney Skyliner is expected to open later this year, with an obvious goal of having the Hollywood Studios route operational for the debut of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at the end of August.

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Article Posted: May 17, 2019 / 9:27am ET
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Magic FeatherAug 29, 2020

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

BWDVCkidsince96Aug 29, 2020

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

Magic FeatherAug 29, 2020

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”

BWDVCkidsince96Aug 28, 2020

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.

BrianAug 28, 2020

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

BWDVCkidsince96Aug 28, 2020

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.

BWDVCkidsince96Aug 28, 2020

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_2000Aug 28, 2020

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.

BrianAug 28, 2020

No, there was not.

GimpYancIentAug 28, 2020

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

WallyWorldAug 28, 2020

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

Mouse TransitAug 28, 2020

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!

begood524Aug 26, 2020

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