There was another gondola thread where someone posted that a CM said the gondolas would be opening “early” 2019 and asked if anyone else had heard this. I did some research but can’t seem to find that thread again, so I’ll add it here.
A long preamble to say that the forums that I typically use for “reliable” rumor control have mentioned nothing of this. The seem to be complaining mostly about (a) how the gondola systems will affect thematic sight lines, (b) how hot/smelly the gondolas may be, and © capacity concerns (they can be a negative sort of folks). The was also a multi-page obsession as to what two small structures near one of the stations might be (they can also be very nerdy at times). Opening date rumors can also be a “hot topic”, and as I could find nothing about this, I don’t put a lot of “faith” in the telephone CM’s “information”.
I certainly hope the CM is correct, but the latest that I heard from “reliable” sources, was that the opening was supposed to coincide with the opening of M&MRR, which is supposed to open a few months before SWGE. Based on this I would guess July/August is probably the earliest we will see it.
Another factor is the opening of the Riviera resort. I haven’t been tracking the timeline for that project, but I can’t imagine the gondolas would not be running by that opening.