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You'll soon be able to travel across Disney parks and resorts in a gondola

The new Disney Skyliner transportation system will give guests a picturesque view of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from the sky, as they travel in gondolas from select Disney resorts to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

A rendering of the new Disney Skyliner transportation system. Image: Disney

The system will connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, giving visitors a scenic new way to travel between the properties. Select Disney Skyliner cabins will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions and fan favourites from movies.

A rendering of the new Disney Skyliner transportation system. Image: Disney

The design of the Disney Skyliner station at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures built to reflect the early 18th Century Art Nouveau style. The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub for Disney Skyliner, and will be inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean. Passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes there to reach their destination.

A rendering of the new Disney Skyliner transportation system. Image: Disney

The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective on the park’s iconic attractions, like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts will share a Skyliner station, and it will ascend over Hourglass Lake, giving passengers a panoramic view of these two colourful resorts.

A rendering of the new Disney Skyliner transportation system. Image: Disney

Disney Parks will be updating guests about the opening date for the Skyliner on its blog.