VIDEO - Take a complete first ride aboard Disney Skyliner on all three routes

Sep 23, 2019 in "Disney Skyliner"

Disney Skyliner preview
Posted: Monday September 23, 2019 11:23am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Skyliner opens next week at Walt Disney World, and we got a sneak preview of the new gondola transportation system on all three lines.

The hub of the system is at Caribbean Beach Resort, and the station there allows access to all three destination - Hollywood Studios, Epcot/ Riviera Resort, and Art of Animation/Pop Century. The station features a Joffrey kiosk, along with restrooms.

Boarding the gondolas is fast - with the continuous loading operating similar to an omnimover ride like Spaceship Earth. Once onboard, the ride is very smooth and stable, and is a very enjoyable experience. Inside the 10 seater cabin, there is no air conditioning, but significant airflow during forward motion combined with insulated glass eliminates any temperature concerns. It feels cooler inside the cabin that it does outside.

Although the character wrapped gondolas look great from the outside, the wraps do impact the view, and the clear glass cabins offer the best views.

There is onboard audio, offering safety information and points of interest. Although this was not working in all cabins during the preview today.

Here is a look at the 5 minute ride from the main Caribbean Beach station to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Next is the 12 minute ride from Epcot to the Caribbean Beach Resort station.

Finally the 3 minute ride from the Caribbean Beach station to Art of Animation and Pop Century.

Click the gallery for more pictures from the Disney Skyliner previews.

Disney Skyliner opens to guests on September 29 2019. Learn more about Disney Skyliner here.

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mmascariJun 28, 2022

There are two sides, but not so much for to Riviera or to CBR. There's a side that's from the HUB and to EPCOT. Then, the other side is from EPCOT and to the HUB. You get on/exit on the side you're traveling. There's no crossing the line inside the station. The nice covered walkway from Riviera only goes to one side. To get to EPCOT, you have to walk around uncovered from Riviera to the far side.

trainplane3Jun 28, 2022

Ya I wouldn't overthink it. Every time I've been on the Epcot line, I was asked. Typically it was "Are you going to Riviera or staying on?" or even "Do you know where you're going?" (which isn't a great way to word it but whatever). I'd just say I'm going to the Hub or Central. I get the way they asked though. It could be slightly off-putting. Thing is, anyone can go to Riviera so it's not like they can stop you. It's just a hotel. They just want to be sure you know where you're since it's a new system and guests are still learning it. Rather ask the question and annoy someone then have a guest confused and throwing a fit they missed their stop. Yep. One on basically each side since you can't cross between cabins.

Nordic4tKnightJun 28, 2022

Aren't there two exits/entrances at the Riviera station? One that goes to the right and to Riviera and one that goes to the left and more the CBR area?

mmascariJun 28, 2022

We were in Jamaica. The walk from Riviera and from the main hub was just about exactly the same. So, coming from EPCOT, it was easier to get off at Riviera. However they asked it, it felt very much like it was exclusionary if you were not going to Riviera you shouldn't get off. We just got off anyway after the first time. They may not have meant it that way, but it's how we perceived it. Like we were sneaking something and getting away with an illicit if mild action.

TrainsOfDisneyJun 28, 2022

They were asking since day one. Literally. Why would you want to get off at Riviera if you weren’t going to Riviera?

Magic FeatherJun 28, 2022

Intended as a direction check. In general, the Skyliner station is known to be confusing to first-timers with the way its laid out. Riviera, being the only pass through station, is among the worst of issues. Hence its become standard for guests to be asked if they intend to get off at Aruba/Riviera at that stop. Similarly, guests are asked at the entrance of both sides of that station as to their destination prior to boarding.

mmascariJun 28, 2022

At the Riviera have they always asked if you were going to Riviera or Aruba? It was hard to tell if this was a "direction check" to avoid people thinking they were at the hub or if it was a stuffy exclusionary check that only those going to Riviera or Aruba should get off and everyone else should continue on to the main hub. Whatever it was supposed to be, it felt very exclusionary and that we were not welcome to get off if not going to Riviera.

nickysJun 10, 2022

If you take a ladder to put on top of the cabin then construction on Tron will have to stop, which means you’ll be responsible for delaying the return of the MK railroad. So please don’t, OK?

ToTBellHopJun 10, 2022

Keep ‘em scared to keep ‘em in line!

PatchesleeJun 10, 2022

Complimentary bus service, like they have another choice i.e. better call a cab

BrianJun 10, 2022

I heard they're giving 50% off Genie+ for a day in those cases.

King Racoon 77Jun 10, 2022

Is the Skyliner system insured by Gieco ? Asking for a friend :cautious:

EricsBiscuitJun 10, 2022

What if I put a ladder on top of the cab and then Lightning struck and a wheelchair inside fell down into a swamp and was eaten by alligators?

Andrew CJun 10, 2022

Followed by the immediate firing of an exec.