I’m happy to bring you this Disney Skyliner Construction Update for November 2017. Ever since we saw the Disney Skyliner announcement at D23 Expo in July we’ve seen construction points for Walt Disney World’s newest transportation service pop up all over property. So it’s only natural to now take a look and see some of the construction progress on the Disney Skyliner and what to expect moving forward.
Remember the Disney Skyliner is going to provide transportation 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.
Thanks as usual to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter for some awesome shots of the Disney Skyliner construction zones in various points in Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look:
First is the Disney Skyliner Station in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can see that it’s located pretty close to the park entrance, right next to the bus stops and on the pathway coming from the Boardwalk Resort. Looks like the ground is being leveled which means we are close to seeing some actual construction:
Next we can see the Disney Skyliner construction progress near Epcot’s International Gateway. In the foreground you can also see the construction progress on the Ratatouille attraction in Epcot’s France pavilion. This will be a wonderful welcome to guests arriving to Epcot on the Disney Skyliner.
This location is also located very close to the back entrance to Epcot and will be really convenient for guests arriving there. On the downside, it’s going to significantly increase the amount of traffic to the International Gateway and Epcot is going to have to increase the turnstiles and bag checks there as they are currently not enough to hold the future guests. It also stinks for people who often stay at the Boardwalk or Yacht and Beach Club because you can kiss goodbye to walking into Epcot with ease like you do now…
Here you can see a bigger picture of the Disney Skyliner path in yellow, arriving from the Disney Riviera Resort on the top right, and moving over to the Epcot International Gateway station on the left:
Here is the same path and you can see where it turns by the Boardwalk. Yellow path on the bottom right is coming from Riviera Resort, and top right in going to Epcot:
Speaking of the Riviera Resort here is a look at the construction site. You can see Epcot beyond the trees in the distance:
You can see the Riviera Resort hotel structure starting to rise from the ground and add floors to the structure:
As you can see the actual building itself is going to be quite small, and will only have 300 total rooms:
Lastly you can see the Disney Skyliner construction also going up in the middle of the Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach Resorts:
As of now there still isn’t an opening date for the Disney Skyliner, but with the speed the construction is going at, it’s possible for a late-2018/early 2019 date, helping 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!
I want to know what you think about the Disney Skyliner Construction Update November 2017. Are you excited to ride the Disney Skyliner? Are you going to stay at the Riviera Resort when it opens? Let us know in the comments section below!
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