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5. Disney Skyliner gondolas to take flight at Walt Disney World soon

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The new "Disney Skyliner" gondola 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. Gondolas will be fully enclosed, and cabs will also feature favorite Disney characters, including the fab five, Marvel superheroes and even the hitchhiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. Construction on the Gondola stations is entering its final phases, with Disney confirming that this new transportation option will take flight next year. 

Interestingly, though gondolas will have power, it has been confirmed that cabs will not be air-conditioned, instead having small ventilation openings around the windows to allow guests to feel the breeze as they move through the air. Though we don't know exactly how this will work with inclement conditions like rain and cold (yes, Orlando does get a little chilly in the winter!), it looks like guests who prefer to travel in a controlled temperature will need to stick to busses and monorails, while more adventurous guests can use the open air boats and Skyliner system. 

6. Three high profile hotel projects are in the works

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Hotels have always been a big part of the Walt Disney World Resort experience, and with so many new attractions set to open in the next five years, Disney is wisely looking to beef up its hotel inventory, adding at least three new hotels to its lineup in the next few years. 

Perhaps the most high profile of these projects is the Star Wars hotel, which has been confirmed to be in development and will be constructed right across from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This themed hotel that will allow fans to experience this amazing universe in a whole new way that is unlike any other Disney hotel, with guests taking part in an immersive experience designed from the ground up to be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

Inside the hotel guests, will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around them. Guests will be able to live and breathe their own story with themed dining, activities and more that will touch every single minute of their day, culminating in a unique journey for every person who visits. Everything from the decor to the furniture will be a part of the theme, with nothing in this hotel recalling our world. Even the windows will be themed, with views of the various planets, starships and more from the world of Star Wars visible from guests' rooms. 

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Next up is the Disney Riviera Resort, which will be located in the recently demolished section of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Because of its central location, guests staying at this resort will not only be able to enjoy unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios from this hotel's rooftop restaurant, but DVC Members who stay here will also be able to use the currently under-construction Disney Skyway transportation system, which is expected to be operational sometime in the next two years.  

Construction has already begun on this resort, and Disney is trying have this hotel open by the fall of 2019, likely in time for the opening of Star Wars Land as well as the debut of the new Skyliner transportation system. 

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Finally, earlier this year it was confirmed that Disney was bulldozing the remains of River Country and building a new hotel around Bay Lake. And last week it was revealed that  this new property will be named "Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge."

As you might expect, this will be a deluxe-level resort, and will be themed around the natural world. This hotel will include more than 900 rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas spread across a variety of unique accommodation types.


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