Many Walt Disney World Guests, who have been watching the Disney Skyliner being built from the ground up, will tell you just how excited they are to finally be able to ride in one of the brightly colored gondolas.
I recently spent a few days at Walt Disney World and learned quite a bit about the Disney Skyliner, its progress, and finally…an official opening date!
Updates About The Disney Skyliner
For awhile now, we’ve been seeing the gondolas smoothly making their way between gondola stations.
They look like they’re ready to open any day now.
That is, until you see the stations themselves. While some are looking pretty close to being finished, some of these stations look like there is plenty more work to be done.
As much as our impatient minds may be telling us that this project is far from over, let’s remember that Disney has the ability to construct things very quickly when they need to.
And, seeing that the mechanics of the skyliner are finished and currently in their testing phases, means that the stations are just in need of cosmetics.
Safety is Disney’s Top Priority
While the gondolas look amazing, there’s still quite a bit of testing that needs to be done to ensure that everything is working properly.
I have never had any doubt that Disney is always looking out for the well-being of their Guests. But, after hearing about all the safety measures that are going into place and how long the gondolas have been going through the initial testing phase, further proves to me that Guest safety is of the utmost importance.
The gondolas are still being run completely empty. But, it won’t be long before they will start adding the water dummies to the gondolas, to simulate the added weight the Guests will be putting on the system.
The Fire Department has also been seen conducting land and water rescue drills, if heaven forbid, there in an emergency and Guests will have to be evacuated from the gondolas.
Platforms will be raised to help Guests get down from the gondolas, if it becomes necessary to do so. This means that Guests in ECV’s and children in strollers will be able to safely get down.
Will The Skyliner Cause Noise Issues At The Resorts?
Knowing that Caribbean Beach will be the central hub for the entire Skyway was a big reason I chose to stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort during my latest stay in Walt Disney World.
Before recommending this Resort to my clients, I wanted to know…
How noisy are these gondolas and how will it affect your stay at the Resort?
You will be happy to hear that these are the quietest modes of transportation on Walt Disney World Property!
As you can see, there are giant support beams that are located just steps from many Guest Rooms in certain areas of the Resort.
I didn’t expect a brand new system to be loud. But, I did expect to hear some sort of rumbling or rolling noise as they passed over the supports. While this would be minor, I could see how this could potentially cause issues in certain rooms at the Resort.
I heard nothing!
We stayed in the Martinique area of the Resort, which is further away from the Skyliner, so we definitely didn’t have any issues with noise in our room.
But, considering that I was standing outside and I still couldn’t hear the skyliner means that I am happy to recommend this Resort to any of my Clients.
When will the Skyliner open?
That is the question on everyone’s minds.
The Disney Skyliner is set to open September 29, 2019!
While I think Disney would love for the Skyliner to be open in time for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, in Hollywood Studios, we all know Disney isn’t going to rush anything before it’s ready.
If the delayed openings of Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has taught us anything, is that Disney will make sure that everything is done right before officially opening attractions up to their Guests.
I did have questions about whether the Skyway would be opening as a whole or portions would open up earlier than others, especially with the construction going on in the France pavilion.
From what I can tell, Disney will be opening the entire Skyway on the same date, including the station at the Riviera Resort, which is currently under construction and will not be open until later this year.
Disney takes pride in keeping things a secret. And it will be much more difficult if you have Guests taking pictures from the gondolas.
But, they must feel confident in their ability to hide the progress being made, or they have some other tricks up their sleeves, or else they wouldn’t be opening this part of the Skyway right away.