PHOTOS: Latest Progress on Pop Century/Art of Animation Resort Disney Skyliner Station, Supports Now Being Erected in Lake

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The Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system will have a station shared between Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation. It has been a while since we checked in on construction over here, so we figured it was a good time to see the latest progress.

Walking over from The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is still a mess of construction fences.

The gondola station mechanism and all of its housing seems to be finished at this point.

A look across Hourglass Lake.

The Skyliner support pillars that will cross the lake are finally here and being installed. Two are in the lake so far.

It looks like there are three more that have yet to go vertical.

One was actually being lowered into place while we were there.

The first one had likely just been bolted down hours earlier.

I’d dare say this is one of the few stations that actually fits in with its surroundings.

The covered queue is now going up around the station.

As you can see in the art above, the swooping queue roof envelopes the station from the bridge side.

Will this be enough queue space for all of the guests staying at these massive Value Resorts? Only time will tell.

Some Imagineers were on store yesterday to oversee the installation of the support pillars.

Disney Skyliner is a gondola system that will connect Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the new Disney Riviera Resort to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is expected to open sometime in 2019.

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Thanks for the update! We will be there next week in a pool view room and I was wondering how noisy the construction is around the resort? We do have “resort days” planned where we will be sleeping in and Will not be going to the parks. Thank you.


Her is MY issue with what is going on at WDW. Too many resorts, not enough things, (Parks) to do things in. (outrageous crowds)

Thomas McCarthy
Thomas McCarthy

I don’t think lines will be too much of a problem at the skyliner stations except for early in the morning before park open and then late at night for park closes other times it will probably be a walk on which compared to buses it will get you to the parks that much faster as it will be continuously be moving the whole day.