Disney announced that they would begin construction on a new Skyliner gondola system back in 2017 at the D23 Expo, and construction began almost immediately.
This new transportation system will connect Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the yet to be completed Disney’s Riviera Resort.
The Skyliner isn’t expected to open until Summer 2019, but construction is well under way, and Disney needs to start thinking about staffing it since it’s a very specialized system.
On October 11th, 2018, Disney posted the first job for the Disney Skyliner: A Senior Transportation Engineer.
The position requires at least 10 years of maintenance experience and at least five years of management experience for maintenance of aerial lifts and similar structures.
The successful candidate will manage up to 50 mechanics, technicians, and leaders and will be responsible for making sure that the Skyliner stays up and running and is safe for guests.
Disney didn’t include an official start date, but it will presumably be within the next six months or so because the employee will need to be on site for the anticipated Summer 2019 opening.
The posting indirectly also gave us a clue as to how many other people will be hired for the new system saying that the Senior Technical Engineer will manage up to 50 people. It sounds like keeping the Skyliner running will be a big job!