BREAKING: Hourglass Lake Overlook Being Built at Pop Century & Art of Animation; Is This the Gondola Station?

Disney will be constructing a scenic overlook over Hourglass Lake, the body of water located between Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts.

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Permits were filed with the South Florida Water Management District and the image below is provided in the documentation.

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It appears as though this could be the spot for the station of the rumored gondola transportation system. The size of the plot would be big enough to hold such a item, and the placement directly between both resorts makes sense. Otherwise, it is unknown what the exact reasoning for building this overlook could be. There is already more than enough seating out in this area for those who wish to enjoy the view, so building more seating or standing space wouldn’t serve any real practical purpose.

Either way, this overlook is being constructed starting soon.


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6 thoughts on “BREAKING: Hourglass Lake Overlook Being Built at Pop Century & Art of Animation; Is This the Gondola Station?”

  1. I lined up the map you have here with the previous maps. The line from the turning point at CBR appears to line up directly with the overlook at Hourglass lake.

    • Yep, the alignment is perfect. The angle of the proposed structure lines up with the gravel access road shown in the CBR permits and then on to what is believed to be the south station at CBR. A bridge would require more supports in the water which would have to be shown on the permit.

        • Yes, they could amend the permit and add them later, but they usually try to get everything into a SFWMD permit on the first go, unless they decide to make a change to what they originally planned. Putting the station there makes the most sense since it would be centrally located to both resorts and gives them plenty of room to get high enough to pass over Century Drive.

  2. YEA the 1st sign of the gondola system becoming a real thing woot woot. Now Lets get this announcement of them opening them in 2019 yea that would be great. I think that what deadline is being earmarked at right.

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