The Disney Skyliner debuted this year to a rough start in terms of unexpected downtime, issues with ADA loading, and even a gondola crash, which led guests to be suspended on the EPCOT line for over three hours. Just yesterday, guests aboard the EPCOT line had to be evacuated at the Disney’s Riviera Resort station due to system malfunctions. However, over the course of several weeks, reporters have noted another issue with the transportation system, as numerous doors have been seen marked out of order or malfunctioning on the line.
The most obvious indication is that of the cabin being roped off, as it’s seen here with a red cord and flag hung across the entrance, preventing guests from stepping in.
Other gondolas, while not roped off, are purposely skipped by Cast Members during the guest loading process due to issues with opening and closure mechanisms. Gondola doors are having problems opening and closing, and remaining closed, with many stuck in the open or closed position.
The door on this and some of the other gondolas do not completely close.
The area of this photo circled in red shows that the doors of the blue gondola also do not completely close:
If you’re having a sense of Disney Transport deja vu, it’s because door issues have also plagued the resort’s monorail system, with a door falling off late last year after a motorized scooter hit it.
The Doppelmayr/Garaventa group is the manufacturer behind the Disney Skyliner system. After the accident that occurred in October, Disney said they worked with Doppelmayr and “made adjustments to our processes and training, and we are improving how we communicate with guests during their flight with Disney Skyliner.” These discussions are what may have led to the recent posting of an emergency number in all gondolas.
If we receive any updates or Disney makes a statement regarding the malfunctioning doors, we will update this article with new information.