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This week at Walt Disney World, the Disney Skyliner opens, Epcot's long-awaited preview center opens, we say goodbye to IllumiNations, plus Epcot Forever debuts! 

Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando ResortBusch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!

1. Disney Skyliner officially open

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Announced in 2017, the Disney Skyliner project is a new elevated gondola transportation system that will connect Disney’s Art of AnimationPop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. And on September 29, 2019 the Disney Skyliner gondolas officially took flight, and are now transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort. Any guest can ride on the Disney Skyliner transportation system, and you do not need a hotel reservation to get off at a hotel station. 

2. Impressions de France theater closing for refurbishment

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Beginning next week on October 2, the Palais du Cinéma (the theater that houses Impressions de France) will be closed for refurbishmnet as work begins on getting this space ready for the Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long, which will play in addition to the French film, and is being created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action Beauty and the Beast film. This new addition will debut early next year. 

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