The gondola transportation system rumor, floating around for the past few months, was officially announced at this weekend’s D23 convention in Anaheim, California. Disney Skyliner
The gondola transportation system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Many of the Disney Skyliner gondolas will feature favorite Disney characters.
We think that this is really good news, as Disney’s monorail system is in dire need of repair. It was last updated in 1989. In addition to frequent shutdowns, in June a guest reported the blue monorail line losing a large piece of equipment. This caused the line to come to a stop, and a tug was brought to push the disabled monorail into the station so that guests could get off.
The gondola system adds new options for guests staying on property, as well as those wishing to commute between the resort’s restaurants and parks. We hope that this is a step in the right direction. Construction for the gondola system has already begun, but no starting date for the gondola system has been announced.
Disney also announced a point-to-point transportation system called Minnie Van service. Similar to an Uber system, Minnie Mouse-themed Chevrolet Traverse mid-size SUVs will transport guests, upon demand, throughout Walt Disney World. The SUVs accommodate up to 8 passengers.
Disney has not announced a starting date for this service nor a price. To compete with Uber, the price will probably be in the $15-$20 range.
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