It’s a well-known fact that Florida is home to an astonishing number of Disney theme parks and water parks, all of which are tied together under the Walt Disney World entertainment complex. Spread throughout the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, the various attractions from The Magic Kingdom to Typhoon Lagoon have brought joy and excitement visitors over the decades.
This 2017, only four years short of Disney World turning 50 years old, the House of Mouse announced a major innovation in the complex. First revealed during the D23 Expo last July, the “Skyliner” aerial transportation system is a massive gondola network proposed to connect EPCOT to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, giving its passengers a magnificent bird’s eye view of the two parks during the trip.
The latest word on this planned transport system came on Friday, December 8, when Disney released online the first renders of the Skyliner “terminal points,” cabin structures where guests will enter to board the gondolas headed from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios and back.
The EPCOT Skyliner terminal is to be located at the International Gateway, designed in a European style, with a view of the World Showcase area for passengers when coming to and going from there.
The terminal on the other end is set to go up near the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort, at the Epcot – Hollywood Studios Resort Area closer to EPCOT. It is described by Disney blogs as having an open-air Caribbean market design, and passengers taking a ride there will be greeted by views of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
The Skyliner is being developed by a European ski-lift design firm, and while service might be temporarily delayed during windy Florida storms, the gondolas and carriage system is said to be able to withstand bad weather conditions. This initiative to ease transportation problems between component parks of Walt Disney World is expected to be completed in 2019.