Announced in 2017, the Disney Skyliner project will be a new elevated gondola transportation system that will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot.
Though construction on the Skyliner has been going on for nearly two years, Disney has remained relatively silent about progress on the project since its initial announcement, save for small announcements like what kinds of characters would be featured on the different Skyway cabs, and the fact that there will be different "routes" guests can take (rather than a continuous loop), which means guests will need to use transfer stations to get between specific destinations.
However, even though official information about this project have been sparse over the past few months, we got a very big announcement this week about when guests can expect to begin taking to the skies with this new transportation option.
1. Disney Skyliner will open in late 2019, just in time for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Back when this project was first confirmed, we hypothesized that Disney's big goal for the Disney Skyliner was to get this new transportation option operational before the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in late 2019, since Disney's Hollywood Studios will need the added transportation support for this new land when it opens next year. And now we know that Disney is officially on track to meet this goal, as Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek has confirmed this week that Disney Skyliner will open in late 2019. Now while that window does give them some wiggle room should there be any last-minute delays, we'd imagine that this transportation option will definitely be up and running by the time Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is ready to go (this new land is also targeting late 2019 for its own opening)
Though this opening target may seem pretty good for a project of this scale, we're a little surprised Disney isn't looking to open this new transportation option sooner, as work has been progressing very quickly on the Disney Skyliner project, with cable installation underway and station progress coming along rapidly. Some guests have even seen Disney testing out components of this transportation system after hours, which would seem to indicate that this project is in its final phases of construction, even though we technically have about a year to go before we'll be able to ride on one of these elevated gondolas.
And while we're definitely looking forward to checking the Disney Skyliner out last year, there are some unfortunate developments regarding this system that we've learned recently as well...