Rising temperatures in Orlando means it’s time to test just how well this passive ventilation technology really works. Today on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios line, all gondolas had their vents fully opened during testing:
(The main advantage to these is the ability to be left partly open during heavy rain while still allowing air flow. This has yet to be tested once it starts raining sideways, as is the norm during Florida storms.)
The windows may seem tiny from afar, but a closer look at a Skyliner gondola shows that they’re much larger than they seem. The vents seem to take up about half the gondola exterior on each side.
Testing might include unseen thermometers inside each gondola gauging max temperatures throughout the journey down the line and back.
Whether these passive ventilation windows will be able to be controlled from the inside, by the Skyliner operators remotely, or simply flap around at the mercy of the day’s relentless winds is still unknown, but the more we get to see of them, the more our fear of melting subsides.