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PHOTOS: Disney Skyliner Construction Progress Around Walt Disney World

There’s been lots of Disney Skyliner construction progress being made all around Walt Disney World since our last update.  We’re super excited for Disney World’s latest transportation system, which was announced this past Summer, and will take guests between Epcot, Hollywood Studios and some Walt Disney World Resorts including: Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century and the New Riviera Resort which is currently being constructed.

We’re excited to see how things are moving along and thanks to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter, we have some nice aerial shots of the Disney Skyliner construction zones in various points in Walt Disney World.  Let’s take a look:

Here is the Disney Skyliner Map which shows all the stops it will make.  This is just one piece of the new Disney Skyliner Concept Art we got a look at recently:

Let’s start at the bottom of the route where we have Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  They will both share a Skyliner Station, which you can see is in the middle of the lake at the top of the picture below.  From there you will ride north to the Caribbean Beach Resort Station:

Going north we land at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  You can see the current construction progress on the Caribbean Beach, specifically Old Port Royale shown below:

Once the Caribbean Beach Resort expansion is finished it will have some much needed upgrades, with the Centertown Market for a quick meal, or the all-new Shutters for a table service restaurant.  Plus new shops and a lounge:

Making our way to the Disney Skyliner station at the Caribbean Beach Resort we see it getting its foundations.  This is where the hub of the whole system will be.  Notice the wide path coming from the Art of Animation and Pop Century Station:

This shots shows how this will be the center hub and you see it branching off also towards Hollywood Studios and the Disney Riviera Resort and then Epcot:

The Caribbean Beach Resort Station will look like this when all is done:

Since the Caribbean Beach station will be the central hub, let’s take a detour off to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see how the station looks there.  This photo shows how the Disney Skyliner path will cross over the New Parking Lot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

This is an overhead view of the Disney Hollywood Studios parking lot and Disney Skyliner station located along the water here.  Guests will disembark the Skyliner and merge with other guests arriving by bus or car towards the DHS entrance:

Close-up shot of the Skyliner station in DHS:

It will really be beautiful here, and you can see guests arriving on the Disney Skyliner in the concept art below:

A closer view gives you a look at the ground grading being done at the station:

Wiring leads over the fence into the Disney Skyliner construction site:

Improvements being made to the DHS parking lot:

Moving back to the central hub from DHS, let’s go north to the Disney Riviera Resort:

The top arrow shows the Caribbean Beach Resort station, then the line will go over the existing buildings part of the Caribbean Beach Resort, and turn at the Riviera Resort Skyliner station, indicated by the bottom arrow:

You can see a lot of progress has been made here with already multiple levels having been added to the Riviera Resort:

After stopping at the Riviera Resort station we’re making a sharp turn and heading to Epcot:

This shows where the turn will be going from the Riviera Resort to Epcot.  The parking lot you see to the right is from DHS, and the one on the left is from the Boardwalk Inn Resort:

This shot gives you a better view of the Disney Skyliner construction progress in the northern part of the project.  Moving to Epcot you can see the Swan and Dolphin Resorts off to the top left, and the Boardwalk Inn Resort in the top center.  Notice the walking path along the water that brings you to Hollywood Studios.  The bottom arrow is a new transportation plaza at Hollywood Studios, while the top one is the turn station bringing you to Epcot:

This shot gives you a better look at the Disney Skyliner construction progress at the turn station indicated in the above picture from the top arrow:

Imo, the most exciting part of a look at the Disney Skyliner construction progress is arriving at the International Gateway in Epcot.  Notice in the top right corner is the site of the Disney Skyliner station here.  You also see the Ratatouille attraction and France Pavilion expansion currently undergoing construction, with land starting to get cleared there:

This shot gives you a clearer shot of the station at the top:

The France Pavilion Expansion will be the highlight of any Disney Skyliner ride, and will really be something special to see when arriving in Epcot, especially at night:

That does it for our Disney Skyliner construction progress update around Walt Disney World.  As of now there still isn’t an opening date for the Disney Skyliner, but with the way construction is going we’re looking at a mid-2019 date, which should help to ease the uptick in guest attendance Disney is expecting from Toy Story Land.  As for the Riviera Resort expect a Fall 2019 opening, in time for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.  Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the latest Disney Skyliner Construction Progress.  Are you excited to ride the Disney Skyliner?  Do you think it’s a good option for Walt Disney World transportation?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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