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Disney Skyliner: Will You Ride?

The Disney Skyliner lines at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosĀ 

In just a few short months, the Disney Skyliner should be transporting guests between several resorts, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We don’t yet have an opening date, we just know that it is supposed to be this fall. Tests have started, and gondolas have been running between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, although I haven’t seen one yet. My question for you is this; will you ride? Or will you stick to buses and Minnie Vans to get around without a car?

Personally, I really want to try the Disney Skyliner. Although I’m not the biggest fan of heights, I’ve always loved the smaller sky rides that used to be a staple at amusement parks. My family and I rode the Skyway when I went to Disneyland as a child. I loved the view. There were other parks with similar rides that we would visit from time to time when I was a kid. The sky rides were always among my favorites.

Some of the gondola art, photo courtesy Disney Parks BlogĀ 

The Disney Skyliner is going to be so much more than the sky rides that you’ll find elsewhere. To start off with, the gondolas are going to be much larger. They are also going to be themed. You’ll see Toy Story, Star Wars, The Haunted Mansion, classic Disney characters, and many more. I think that looking at the different designs is going to be part of the fun. Another difference is that these gondolas will to travel over traffic. That’s going to be quite the sight!

The main drawback that I’ve heard so far about the Disney Skyliner is that the gondolas will not be air conditioned. There will be a cross ventilation system that will allow airflow, but only time will tell if that will be enough to keep riders comfortable in the middle of July. My guess is that Disney has it covered. The other drawback is speculation on my part. I have a feeling that the lines for the Disney Skyliner will be long, especially once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.

There is no word on whether or not you will need to be staying at one of the connecting Walt Disney World resorts in order to use the Disney Skyliner. I hope not. I’ve spent so much time watching the system rise from nothing that I really want to ride.