Following the recent incident that occurred with the Disney Skyliner, which caused the gondola system to be temporarily shut down, the Walt Disney World Resort has shared that the gondola system is now open once again. Beginning today, Guests may travel aboard Disney Skyliner from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Disney Skyliner had an incident occur back on October 5 that shut down the system, just 6 days after officially opening. Images at the time showed that several gondolas that had crashed into each other at the Riviera Station on the Epcot line. That evening, some guests were evacuated, while others were able to exit to the station as the gondolas resumed operation temporarily to clear the line. Some guests reported that they had been in the gondolas for several hours and they were instructed to open the emergency kits that were found inside the cabins.
To make sure these kinds of incidents don’t occur, Disney has completely reviewed the system with the manufacturer, as well as made adjustments to not only processes and training, but also with communication to Guests who are onboard the Disney Skyliner in these kinds of incidents.
There will be a few system updates that will occur later this week that will result in the following modified operating hours:
- October 16: The Disney Hollywood Studios line will be closed while the other two lines will be available from 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Oct. 17-18: All lines will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
As someone who has actually ridden the Disney Skyliner, do keep in mind that the cabins may slow or come to some stops during your ride. This happens most of the time when Guests need to be accommodated who require additional time to load their cabin.
We will keep you posted on any further information about any additional updates that may need to occur or changes to operating hours.