Starting November 28, 2018 the Friendship Boats transportation to Epcot will be closed temporarily due…
This is the latest Disney Skyliner construction update, the new transportation system in Walt Disney World as of the end of June 2019. As construction is wrapping up we’re going to take a look at the final testing currently in progress as control of the Skyliner project is out of the hands of construction workers and under the control of Cast Members now.
If you aren’t familiar with the Disney Skyliner, it’s the newest transportation coming to Walt Disney World. If you remember the old Skyway buckets in the Magic Kingdom then this will look very similar only bigger. It’s going to connect 4 Walt Disney World Resort hotels and 2 theme parks during the first phase implementation.
We won’t get into everything in this post as we just want to bring you the latest construction updates, but for more a more details and information on the project like capacity, Skyliner map, travel times and future expansion, please read our Disney Skyliner Gondola Guide.
In our last Disney Skyliner update we saw the Skyliner buckets go from covered to uncovered and we got to see all of the characters that are going to be on them. Now we are only a short time away from being able to actually ride around property in these!
Before we show you all the Skyliner updates for June, a big shoutout as always to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter for the great job he does taking the best construction photos around property. The aerials are especially awesome give great insight into the various projects going on!
Let’s take a look at the state of the Disney Skyliner construction so far at the end of June:
We start out up at the Epcot end of the Skyliner route which is the end, or beginning depending on where you are coming from. We can see the Skyliner gondolas crossing over the waterway leading to Epcot, with a Friendship Boat underneath:
I’ve been saying it for a while but this is probably going to be one of the coolest views on the Disney Skyliner because you will have a backside look into Epcot when coming or going from this station.
Here is part of that view as the gondolas pass by the France pavilion with the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure construction happening in the background:
Guests will have a bird’s eye view into the expansion of the France pavilion and will be able to see the new square filled with shops and food options once finished:
In the back you can see the Epcot Skyliner station where the gondolas will take off from and come into. Notice all construction going on at the International Gateway which needs to be expanded to be able to accommodate all the guests that will be using this back entrance:
Now there are some shots of the Disney Skyliner from inside Epcot, starting with here the American Adventure pavilion. Notice the Skyliner in the background:
Here is the view behind the Germany pavilion. Can’t see anything of the Skyliner but you can see the Riviera Resort pretty clearly:
Behind the Italy Pavilion gives one of the most visible views with multiple gondolas visible at one time:
Let’s leave Epcot behind and head down the the Riviera resort which is our next stop on the route:
When leaving Epcot you’ll have a great look at the Epcot area resort hotels like the Swan and Dolphin clearly seen here:
Not the best view but you’ll also cross roads like Epcot Resorts Blvd:
We’ve made it to the turn station. It’s called the turn station because it makes the line “turn” 90 degrees to the next destination:
Guests won’t actually get out here it’s only used to send the gondolas on ahead:
I spot Mrs. Potts with Chip on one and Scrooge McDuck on the one in the back with all his money:
The way Disney described the gondolas before seemed like there weren’t going to be characters on many of them. Instead looking at them out on the lines testing I’d say at least 30-40% of them have designs on them:
Once they leave the turn station they arrive at the Riviera Resort, and then down to the Caribbean Beach, Hollywood Studios, Art of Animation and Pop Century resorts.
That’s it so far for our Disney Skyliner construction update, but keep checking back as we’ll be posting more photos soon…
Still no date for the opening, but since the system has been handed over to cast members so it could be any day at this point. My guess is a July opening at this point but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more info…
Stay tuned for more construction updates on the Disney Skyliner.
Also make sure to check out our Walt Disney World Construction Updates post for more progress on all the projects going on around Disney World as we continue to bring you the latest!
I want to know what you think about the latest Disney Skyliner Construction Updates…
- Are you looking forward to riding the Disney Skyliner?
- Which car do you want to ride in?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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