PHOTOS - Disney Skyliner views from the air

May 24, 2018 in "Disney Skyliner"

Posted: Thursday May 24, 2018 10:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In our latest aerial views, you can see some significant progress on the Disney Skyliner at several locations along its route.

Near to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, the main transfer station is progressing well. You can also see the towers heading towards Art of Animation Resort.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, work is continuing on the changes to the parking lot and the Skyliner station just outside the main entrance security screening area.

The station itself is also going vertical following the installation of towers throughout the parking lot.

Finally at Epcot's International Gateway, the work still appears to be continuing on ground preparation and tower installation.

Photos for WDWMAGIC by Colin Chardavoyne @cchard.

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dark53015 days ago

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.

UNCgolf15 days ago

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 Bishop15 days ago

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.

trainplane317 days ago

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

GoofGoof17 days ago

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.

marni197117 days ago

Yep.

mikejs7817 days ago

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.

castlecake2.017 days ago

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

trainplane317 days ago

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.

lazyboy97o17 days ago

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.

GimpYancIent17 days ago

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

UNCgolf17 days ago

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

Robbiem17 days ago

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

castlecake2.017 days ago

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.