It’s been an anxious wait for the Disney Skyliner, from seeing beams go up, to watching stations be established at various parks and resorts, to the exciting arrival of the surprise character gondolas. While the Skyliner seemed just about ready to go by the end of August for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it was strangely delayed for a full month, not scheduled to open to the general public until September 29th.
Luckily, there are a few perks for Cast Members as they are being offered a chance to ride the Skyliner ahead of its grand opening. In fact, previews began today:
We got to get a closer look at the nifty new teal and tangerine uniforms that the Skyliner operators are sporting, too.
Passengers walk up through the queue and onto the boarding platform, where Skyliner operators then assign them to each oncoming gondola before assuring they are seated and moving on to the next set of guests and gondola.
The whole process is much like an omnimover, hence why trips on the Skyliner should only clock in at around 5 to 15 minutes, depending on your destination.
You can check out a video of the first guests (well, besides the engineers and contractors who bravely tested it beforehand) to board and ride the Disney Skyliner below:
If you’re a Cast Member and are looking to ride this all-new highway in the sky, there are previews scheduled for the rest of the month leading up to the grand opening.
If you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, previews will be available on September 16th and 18th, with a preview for Epcot Cast Members sandwiched in between those dates on the 17th. Starting September 23, all general Cast Members, including those at other locations across Walt Disney World, can register for a preview.
If you get to ride it before the rest of us do, do chime in with your experiences! Was it stiflingly hot? Claustrophobic? Surprisingly delightful? Let us know in the comments!