At this summer’s D23 Expo, it was announced a new transportation system at Walt Disney World called the Disney Skyliner would be coming to the resort, and this week we learned more about it.
The gondola-style system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via stops at Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, plus other locations yet to be announced.
Select Disney Skyliner cabins will feature Disney characters on their exterior design, including favorites from films, Disney attractions, and of course, the “Fab Five.”
The monorail system is the most popular way to get around at Walt Disney World. But it’s also old and requires more maintenance.
As such, Walt Disney World announced this week that effective August 1, 2011, the monorail will have reduced operating times.
It will now shut down one hour after scheduled park closing hours at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and will not stay running past that for “Extra Magic Hours” closings. Guests still have boat and bus availability to get around after the monorail shuts down for the evening.
Disney says the change will allow them the time necessary to maintain the fleet, as well as slightly reduce the workload on the monorail system.
The original system launched in 1971, when Walt Disney World first opened, with the current fleet coming online in 1989.