Disney Skyliner Gondolas Will Not Be Air-Conditioned, But Will Feature Onboard Audio

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The somewhat mysterious Disney Skyliner system continues to be constructed at Walt Disney World, soon connecting Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Riviera, Pop Century, and Art of Animation Resorts. While we know where the Skyliner will go, details on much else have been scarce. Given that Central Florida is a humid swamp most of the year, the most pressing issue for many has been whether or not the suspended gondolas will have any air-conditioning or cooling system inside. According to inside sources, they won’t.

Epcot Skyliner Station, Concept Art

If these sources are to be believed, each gondola will not be air-conditioned, but rather have some small openings around the windows to provide ventilation for guests, similar to the AC-less Disneyland Monorails. Needless to say, Southern California weather stays relatively more moderate in the Summer months than Orlando, so we’ll have to wait and see how that works out for guests riding. We suspect that there will be some sort of grate over these openings to protect guests below from any falling debris, but we are not certain on this as of yet.

There will be onboard power in the gondolas, but this will be used only to provide the onboard audio system. This is a necessity to provide guests with safety spiels, as well as to let them know everything is alright if there are any unexpected stops along the way (just as occurs on most Walt Disney World attractions).

Disney has yet to make any statements about any of the above information, nor announce an opening date for the Disney Skyliner system.

We will of course keep you in the know as more information becomes available. Stay tuned…

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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