Skip to Content

PHOTOS: Disney Skyliner Construction Update February 2018

The past month was huge for the construction progress of the Disney Skyliner/Gondola, Walt Disney World’s newest transportation system.  We’ve seen the first support poles go up around property and massive work on the various Skyliner stations.  You can now start to see the stations going up at Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the different Disney Resorts too.  Not to mention the Disney Riviera Resort start to tower upwards.

We’re excited to show you these photos thanks to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter, so we have some nice aerial shots of the Disney Skyliner construction throughout Walt Disney World.  Last month’s Disney Skyliner Construction Update was amazing too, check it out for a full stop by stop look at the Gondola system.

Let’s see the progress for February:

Last month we started off down at the Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, this month we’re going to check out the progress for the Disney Skyliner Station in Epcot first:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 international gateway epcot

You can see the support structure for the Disney Skyliner station going up right outside the International Gateway entrance to Epcot.  You can’t see everything from there because of the wall surrounding the construction site, but as the building rises you’ll a lot of it soon:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 epcot

Here’s a look at the concept art for the Epcot Skyliner station.  You can see how close in proximity it is to the Epcot Entrance (white structure in photo).  The dark mass at the bottom is the waterway which takes the Friendship Boats in and out of Epcot:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 epcot concept art

This line of the Disney Skyliner will go over the top of the river, then leading to sweeping views of World Showcase in Epcot and the Epcot Resorts like Yacht and Beach Club, Boardwalk and Swan/Dolphin.  Inside that green fence will be one of the supports carrying passengers high over head past France:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 Epcot France

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 international gateway river

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 international gateway

Just last week we saw the first support beam for the Disney Skyliner rise into the sky.  It’s pretty massive.  Imagine this being positioned there next to the water:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 beam

Talking about the views, guests will be able to look into the newly designed France Pavilion in Epcot, which will be especially beautiful at night.  It’s not exactly the real Eiffel Tower, but it’s close! 😉

France is already my favorite World Showcase Pavilion, and once this is done it won’t even be close.  Can’t wait to check out the Ratatouille attraction that’s coming!  In the blueprint below you can see the new France pavilion, and the Disney Skyliner will pass by to the left of it:

Now back to the Skyliner construction.  From the Epcot Skyliner station guests will pass by France, and then to this location mid-way  before hitting the new Disney Riviera Resort:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 mid point

Here’s a great shot of Epcot in the background, and then the construction site for the Disney Riviera Resort in the foreground.  Caribbean Beach Resort is to the bottom left in red and teal.  The Disney Skyliner will arrive from Epcot, to the midway point in the previous photo before getting here:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 epcot riviera resort

This Skyliner Map shows the different stops.  Notice Epcot on the top, then Disney Riviera Resort:

The arrow below will be the location of the Riviera Resort Disney Skyliner station:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 riviera station

Lots of construction progress is being made on the Riviera Resort, it’s already at least 5 stories high.  Expect a late 2019 opening, right in time for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 riviera resort

From the Disney Riviera Resort we move down to the Caribbean Beach Resort.  This is the current Disney Skyliner construction site there for the station:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 Caribbean beach

In this photo you can see the Caribbean Beach Resort Skyliner station at the bottom, and then the line either continues south to Pop Century and Art of Animation (bottom left) or you can transfer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios which follows the thin tan line running through the forest there and over the parking lot for DHS that you see at the top of the photo:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 Hollywood

The ride to Hollywood Studios won’t be quite as scenic as the arrival in Epcot as you’ll have to cross that big parking lot.  The yellow arrow indicates support beams being put in place for the Disney Skyliner:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 Hollywood studios parking lot

This is where the Hollywood Studios Disney Skyliner Station will be located, right next to the water and park entrance:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 Hollywood studios station

It will look something like this when finished:

Lastly, re-tracing our steps back to Caribbean Beach, you can see another Skyliner support on the line leading past Caribbean Beach and on to Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts:

Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018 pop century

That wraps up our Disney Skyliner construction progress for February 2018.  We’re still waiting for the Disney Skyliner opening date but it’s probably going to be a Late 2019 date, and it will really be a boost for Walt Disney World transportation needs as thousands more will be flocking to Hollywood Studios for Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2018 and 2019 respectively.  As for the Riviera Resort expect a Fall 2019 opening.

If you want to know about the Disney Skyliner future expansion read our prediction here.

Don’t forget to check out my Toy Story Land Construction Update and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update too!

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the latest Disney Skyliner Construction Progress February 2018.  Are you going to ride the Disney Skyliner?  What are your thoughts?  Let us know in the comments section below!

If you enjoyed this article, as always I appreciate it if you’d share it with others via social media.  I work hard at making this website into a useful resource for you and your family to plan your visit to Walt Disney World, and I hope it can help you! Thanks 🙂

PHOTOS: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Construction Update February 2018
← Previous
Toy Story Land Opening June 30th in Disney's Hollywood Studios
Next →

Jan

Friday 10th of May 2019

I would like to know if the security for the gondolas will be before one gets on the gondola, or if one gets off the gondola and then waits in line to get into the parks. I am curious about the EPCOT International Entrance.. It is so nice now, but I am afraid it will be a total mess and long lines once the gondolas are up and running.

Ziggy

Sunday 12th of May 2019

Thanks for commenting Jan. I'm not sure about the security procedures as Disney hasn't commented on it yet. You are right however when you say the International Gateway will be a mess. I have no doubt it will be longer lines to get into Epcot from now on