Yesterday, Senior Vice President, Thomas Mazloum, gave us an inside look at the cabins that will soon be part of the Disney Skyliner transportation system. The interiors of the cabin will feature wooden benches on either side of the cabin and accommodate up to 10 guests. Mazloum also confirmed that guests using wheelchairs will be able to board the Disney Skyliner, given that there is ample space in the middle of the cabin. We also got a look at the window and ventilation system the cabins will have. Many Disney fans have expressed concern over the lack of air conditioning systems built into the gondolas. But given that the Disney Skyliner will move pretty quickly high up into the air, this cross ventilation system and tinted windows to block out the sun should provide a decent amount of comfort.
The Orlando Sentinel got a inside scoop of the Disney Skyliner yesterday, too. They confirmed that the vehicles will travel at around 11mph and go as high as 60 feet in the air. The 300 cabins will actually transport a similar number of guests as the monorail does to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Depending on where you begin your journey and your final destination, trips on the Disney Skyliner will only take between 5 and 15 minutes. Therefore, this new transportation system could prove to be very efficient and maybe even eliviate crowds using the Disney World bus system from specific hotels.
The Disney Skyliner is scheduled to open this fall, with no exact date announced as of yet. The transportation system will connect guests staying at Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and the upcoming Riviera Resort to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. For several weeks, we've spotted the system testing vehicles en route to Hollywood Studios. The leg of the Disney Skyliner that would take guests to the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, has yet to test any gondola vehicles.