Gondola Stuck at ADA Load Station Led to Disney Skyliner Downtime Today
It’s been three weeks since the Disney Skyliner accident took place at Walt Disney World. As you probably are aware, multiple gondolas were seen crashed into each other and numerous guests were stranded in the air for over two hours, stuck inside of the gondolas. The fledgling transportation system has seen adjusted hours and a fair amount of downtime since it returned to service just a few days ago. Today, the line that runs from the Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts encountered an issue.
From what we could see, a gondola appeared to be stuck transferring from the stationary, ADA load platform (used for wheelchairs, ECVs and other guests that may need more time to board) to the main line. Once they did get that once-stuck gondola in motion, it visibly had a hard time transferring to the main line as cast members, security, and those tasked with maintaining the Skyliner looked on. Guests in line to ride the Skyliner to Art of Animation and Pop Century remained there through all of this.
The line eventually re-opened to guests, but the ADA load platform remained off-limits. As we headed to the Hollywood Studios line this evening to return to our car, we could see that the platform was blocked off with a cone and a barricade, being watched by a Disney security cast member. We assume that the maintenance team and engineers will be looking at the issue overnight once all guests are clear of the area.
Some guests understandably remain apprehensive about the now-controversial form of Disney transportation, and recent issues with the Skyliner system don’t offer much reassurance. That being said, we were able to ride the Disney Skyliner today with little-to-no issue.
We’ll continue to monitor the status of Skyliner’s operation across the resort for any future updates.