Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018

The Skyliner station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is furthest along as work continues on this new transportation concept for Walt Disney World.

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Disney’s Skyliner is the new transportation feature which will eventually link at least 4 resort hotels—-including the newest Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort—-to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The route has an opening timeframe of fall 2019 to coincide with both Riviera and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Following is a look at the current state of the line including a number of its towers and most of the system’s stations.

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Starting our tour with the Hollywood Studios station, the outer shell is currently being installed

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Towers leading away from Hollywood Studios, toward the station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Caribbean Beach station, the largest on the system, with tower on left headed to Pop Century / Art of Animation

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Closer look at Caribbean Beach Station

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Caribbean Beach Concept Artwork

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Towers looming large above Caribbean Beach buildings

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Building 52 is probably a location to avoid as this tower is literally within 10’ of the guest room structure

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Looking toward Riviera Resort (right)

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

One of the lower towers which will eventually head into the Riviera Station, on which construction has barely begun

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Headed over to Disney’s BoardWalk, to the right is a structure where the line will change directions by 90 degrees or more.  Two towers on left lead toward Epcot.

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Towers leading into the International Gateway area

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Another shot just outside the International Gateway

Skyliner Construction - June 2018

Concrete is being poured but vertical construction not yet under way at International Gateway

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018 -- denlo
2018 Jun 08 10:49:45 PM
I wish someone would draw me a map to show how this system will operate. Will it be a continuous loop or have a couple of segments or what? Or would we be just speculating at this point?
Re: Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018 -- disBOBney
2018 Jun 09 12:46:27 AM
[FONT="]While I have seen little info on the system, that certainly won’t stop me from speculating :rolleyes:.[/FONT]
[FONT="]I believe initially there will be two segment loops. The Caribbean Resort will be the hub. One loop would go to HS the other to International Gateway. The system is designed to keep moving, thus individual cabs/cars/gondola when loading/unloading will not stop the whole system (it’s not like loading a ferris wheel). This ability to load without stoping the system means that every cab does not have to stop at every port. Therefore at the parks they may have a cab that stops at AoA and another that stops at Riviera etc. i.e. different lines for different stops. Also that means you might not be able to get on at CB and get off at Riviera like you can do with the monorail system. Also, although there would be separate loops that doesn’t mean that you will necessarily have to disembark at the hub and re-embark on the other loop to get from one park to the other -- the cab while remaining loaded could pass from one loop to the other. Just speculation mind you.[/FONT]
Re: Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018 -- denlo
2018 Jun 09 07:07:11 AM
disBOBney wrote:
[FONT=&]While I have seen little info on the system, that certainly won’t stop me from speculating :rolleyes:.[/FONT]
[FONT=&]I believe initially there will be two segment loops. The Caribbean Resort will be the hub. One loop would go to HS the other to International Gateway. The system is designed to keep moving, thus individual cabs/cars/gondola when loading/unloading will not stop the whole system (it’s not like loading a ferris wheel). This ability to load without stoping the system means that every cab does not have to stop at every port. Therefore at the parks they may have a cab that stops at AoA and another that stops at Riviera etc. i.e. different lines for different stops. Also that means you might not be able to get on at CB and get off at Riviera like you can do with the monorail system. Also, although there would be separate loops that doesn’t mean that you will necessarily have to disembark at the hub and re-embark on the other loop to get from one park to the other -- the cab while remaining loaded could pass from one loop to the other. Just speculation mind you.[/FONT]

What about the segment going to the values, will that be a third loop or part of the DHS loop?
Re: Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018 -- wdrl
2018 Jun 09 09:43:07 AM
It doesn't surprise me that the Caribbean Beach station will be the largest on the Skyliner system. The Skyliner stations at Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Art of Animation/Pop Century will each only need one queue for embarking guests. At the CBR station, guests will be able to board the Skyliner to go to three different destinations (Hollywood Studios, Epcot, or AoA/Pop). Thus, the CBR station will need to have three queues to handle the three different destinations.

The Riviera station will have to be large enough to accommodate two queues: one for guests going to Epcot and another for guests going south to Hollywood Studios or AoA/Pop. So, the Riviera station should be smaller than the CBR station but larger than the other three stations.

My uneducated guess is the Skyliner will have only two routes: A short route that runs between the CBR station and the AoA/Pop station; and a much longer route that will run from Epcot to Riviera to CBR to Hollywood Studios. Anyone going to or coming from the value resorts will have to get off at the CBR station in order to transfer to the other route. Guests boarding the Skyliner at either Hollywood Studios or Epcot will be able to ride all the way from one end to the other without changing gondolas.

On the main route, the gondolas will pass through all the stations (except AoA/Pop which is on the other route). Guests can disembark at any of those stations. I can't imagine the Skyliner having 'dedicated' gondolas that stop only at specific stations. Dedicated gondolas would create an operational hassle because each station on the main route would need multiple queues to handle each destination on the route.

Here is a map of the Caribbean Beach Resort. As a reference, I labeled some items on the map:

A - Riviera Resort
B - Current entry for Caribbean Beach Resort off of East Buena Vista Drive
C - CBR Customs House, which serves as the Front Desk for CBR
D - CBR Skyliner Station
E - Route between CBR Skyliner Station and Hollywood Studios
F - Route between CBR Skyliner Station and Art of Animation/Pop Century
G - New entrance for CBR off of Victory Way
H - Riviera Skyliner Station
Re: Skyliner Construction Update - June 2018 -- xvoltn
2018 Jun 09 07:45:15 PM
Skeptical of this "transportation" approach but sure that it will screw up the nice quiet back entrance to Epcot!
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