In July of 2017, Disney announced that they would indeed be building a new gondola system, but instead of being contained inside Magic Kingdom, it would connect parks and Disney resort hotels in a much larger system than its predecessor.
On October 11th, Disney posted the first job for the Disney Skyliner: A Senior Transportation Engineer. So we knew an opening date wasn’t too far away.
I also reported recently that Disney was working to install the massive supports for the new system, and the last one just went up. The next step is installing the cables that will carry the gondolas, which is happening now.
While Disney is very careful not to announce specific opening dates, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, announced that the Skyliner will open sometime in the Fall of 2019.
This should come as no surprise. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also open around the same time. Since Disney expects a huge influx of guests for this new land, they’ll need to accommodate an increased need for transportation.
The Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be located, with Epcot, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the new Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort.