Gondola Cabins Arrive at Walt Disney World

A rainbow shipment of CWA cabins is now stateside, earmarked for the skies above Central Florida.  Construction continues on the three line Disney Skyliner system, which is set to open this fall and sure to become a showcase for high capacity lift technology.

In addition to the row of cabins now staged at the Caribbean Beach hub, cabins have also been spotted in the Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Pop Century and Art of Animation stations.  While the gondolas are covered in protective wraps, you can see they come in a variety of colors with Disney character art on the windows.

There are interesting looking electrical boxes on the cabin roofs.  I’m curious to see what sort of infotainment the Skyliner carriers feature, if any.  It does not appear that power is derived from solar panels, as is the case with some other urban gondolas.

All three haul ropes are now pulled and spliced.  Work carriers have been spotted traversing between parks by cable in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, Disney released concept art for the Riviera Resort station, the only one of six boarding locations we hadn’t seen a preview of yet.  “Disney’s Riviera Resort is inspired by Walt and Lillian Disney’s travels throughout Europe and the Mediterranean coastline —from France to Italy,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club in a blog post. “Walt fell in love with European art, architecture, food and stories, and his extended tours of the region continue to influence Disney storytelling and theming. We look forward to welcoming our members and guests later this year to this new resort inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney.”

Artwork was recently added to the ends of the angle station to make it fit with the theme of the resort.  Riviera opens December 16th, 2019, a few months after the Skyliner debut window.  There’s a chance cabin doors stay closed at this station for the first few months of Skyliner operation.

Significant construction work continues around the Caribbean Beach station, where cabins will be stored and launched for all three lines and passengers will make connections depending on their destination.

The two parking areas appear to be at least partially automated with sets of tires visible along the rails.

Hollywood Studios station is almost finished and the plaza around the terminal is now open to the public.  The surrounding landscaping looks amazing for a glorified ski lift!

The Hourglass Lake station is also nearly complete and looking sharp with its blue hue and wavy accents.

With the arrival of cabins, I expect to see some colorful objects in the Disney World sky very soon!

5 thoughts on “Gondola Cabins Arrive at Walt Disney World

  1. Tyler January 24, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    What are the small wire ropes mounted on top of the lifting frames? These look permanent but not part of the com line


    • Max Hart January 24, 2019 / 2:01 pm

      I have been told that they are essentially lightning rods for the entire gondola (or something along those lines).


    • Collin Parsons January 26, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      I doubt there are 322 cabins. I’m guessing the first digit is 1, 2, or 3 based on which lift that cabin is supposed to be on.


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