It may take people to make the dream of Walt Disney World a reality, but it takes busses, monorails, and boats to get the dream moving. It may sound hyperbolic, but Walt Disney World really is its own city, and as such it is constantly making changes to the various transportation options around the resort in order to better serve the guests and Cast Members who rely on Disney's complex transportation system every day. If you are going to be riding a bus, parking tram, or using any other of Walt Disney World's transportation options, here are a few interesting changes that you should probably know about!
1. Disney Skyliner project confirmed
Though Disney started construction on an elevated gondola transportation system earlier this year, they didn't actually confirm the existence of this project until just a few days ago, sharing some interesting details about what guests who board what is now being called the "Disney Skyliner" can expect.
First of all, as previously rumored, this new system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. It was also confirmed via concept art that the actual gondolas will also be enclosed (with windows so guests can enjoy the view), which should help shield guests from those afternoon showers every summer.
However, in a fun development, it was also revealed that the various Disney Skyliner cabs will also feature favorite Disney characters, including the fab five as well as the hitchhiking ghosts. Unforutnately, no construction timetables or opening dates were shared, but we'd imagine that Disney is hoping to have this project off the ground, quite literally, before Star Wars Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2019.
2. A fleet of Minnie Vans invade Walt Disney World
Though it will probably be a year or two before we can ride in a Disney Skyliner gondola, Disney has wasted no time debuting its all-new Minnie Van service, which was announced just a few days ago and has already begun testing around the Walt Disney World Resort. This new service provides an Uber-like experience with point-to-point private transportation for guests. Rides will cost a flat $20 per trip per vehicle (which makes this a pretty economical option for medium-size groups, as the Minnie Vans seat up to six), and the service is now available at Disney's BoardWalk and Yacht Club Resorts.
After this initial testing period the service is expected to expand to more locations throughout Walt Disney World and will also introduce its own app that will allow guests to request a Minnie Van on demand, again much like Uber or Lyft.There is currently no timetable for these changes, but we'd imagine that the full version of Walt Disney World's Minnie Vans service will debut before the end of the year.