By the D23 Team
Next time you visit Walt Disney World Resort, make sure to stop and take a look at the sky—you may just see your favorite Disney character gliding by! Starting September 29, the Disney Skyliner will be taking flight across four resort hotels and two parks as a new addition to the complimentary transportation systems across the resort. Decorated with images of many beloved Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel characters, each gondola gives guests a unique, never-before-seen view of Walt Disney World. Are you ready to glide with the Disney Skyliner? Read on to discover everything you need to know about the newest way to travel during your vacation.
Your Favorite Characters Take to the Skies
While not every Disney Skyliner gondola features a special wrap, approximately 300 cabins (nearly half!) will be wrapped in whimsical Disney scenes—with beloved characters, fan-favorite movies, attractions and more—giving the appearance that Disney pals are riding along with guests. Along with the special wraps, the cabins will shimmer in one of eight vibrant colors—so keep an eye out for your favorite hues.
Travel Around Walt Disney World Resort
Each Disney Skyliner gondola can seat up to ten guests, traveling along six miles of cable to Disney Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
The Disney Skyliner provides a bird’s-eye views of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Approaches to Epcot are equally eye-catching, as the countries around World Showcase Lagoon come into view with iconic Spaceship Earth in the distance.
Need to make a trip back to your hotel room? Guests staying at Disney resort hotels accessible by Disney Skyliner will have quick-and-easy transportation. Plus, travel to your favorite restaurants and entertainment available at the hotels, including all the fun of Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, and access to Epcot through the International Gateway station.
Artfully Magical Stations
Each station along the Disney Skyliner route is a treat for the eyes, featuring uniquely Disney designs that reflect their surroundings:
- The Epcot International Gateway station is inspired by the nearby European pavilions in the park. Covered metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals themed to flight and ornate metal detailing are all in the Art Nouveau style.
- The Disney’s Riviera Resort station incorporates influences from the Mediterranean coast to produce an elegant portal for guests.
- The station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort connects all three routes and extends the architectural details and bright island colors associated with the Caribbean.
- The Disney’s Hollywood Studios station reflects the Art Deco style of the park’s main entrance area. Guests arriving on Disney Skyliner will be awestruck as a panoramic view of the park unfolds.
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort share a Disney Skyliner station at Hourglass Lake. Colorful structural forms create a space that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Departing the station, guests will glide above Hourglass Lake and ascend to thrilling views of both resort hotels.
Don’t Forget the New Latte!
Need a quick energy boost before you head back to the parks? Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.®, the official specialty coffee of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club, will welcome guests with a quick-service location adjacent to the station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The menu of coffees, pastries and specialty items will include the new “Toffee Flight Latte” found initially only at the station. The latte blends sea salt caramel toffee and dark chocolate, topped with toffee and chocolate crumbles and a cloud of whipped cream.
Learn more about the Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World’s official website.