A chat liner reported that her parents, staying at Pop, were told they could use them. No Liners staying at Pop were told that so I’m inclined to think it was a misunderstanding. CM previews are ongoing.
We took a thermometer into the gondolas while riding them and saw 91 degrees as the average cabin temperature, the exact same as the exterior temperature. But, the real feel was significantly cooler, as the thermometer could not account for the strong breeze inside the cabin. These gondolas were built with lots of ventilation ports and windows. The best way to compare the real feel would be standing in full shade with a medium-to-strong wind blowing. For as hot of a day as it was, the gondola was honestly very comfortable for its temperature which was a relief to me. It isn’t as cool as AC, but it is certainly cool enough for the relatively short trip times.
The Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation and Pop Century stations each also have a section of runoff track specifically built for guests that may need more time to embark. The Riviera Resort station may have this, but we were unable to see during testing to know for sure.
This track area allows the gondola cabins to leave the regular loading area to come to a complete stop. This allows guests plenty of time to board.
Our exact times to each station are as follows.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – 2:33
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort – 2:17
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation/Pop Century Resorts – 2:57
Disney’s Riviera Resort to Epcot – 6:16
Total time in the air from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 11:27
Bringing Food on Board:
We also believe that guests should be allowed to bring food and drink onto the ride. There is no signage against it and there is a Joffrey’s Coffee shop at the entrance to the Caribbean Beach Resort station.
I also read from Josh at EasyWDW that they wouldn’t open until 5:45am for a HS 6:00am open. So, even though they’re fast, they don’t sound like a viable EEMH Rope Drop travel option. (I have not confirmed that anywhere else)
What do you mean? Those are the travel times between stations. Riviera to Epcot is just the longest leg of the trip. Everyone else has to do that plus the time to get to Riviera. Or am I missing something?
Here’s what I came up with for travel time (not including transfers at CBR:
Those are all impressive times as long as the Skyliner runs smoothly and doesn’t build up a line of passengers waiting to board, especially at CBR. You’d really be out of luck if there was a problem with it after you got to CBR. Sorry, the skyliner is down. We’ll be providing bus service to HS or Epcot. Then you can take a bus from there back to your resort. 60-90 minutes later…
That’s why I wish they would have a walking path under the skyliner.
Yes, because you go directly from CBR to HS. Riviera has to go to CBR first. I updated my other post with travel times from each resort. Nothing will ever beat the CBR to HS travel time, until the Star Wars hotel opens, I assume.
Does anyone know if you can get on the Skyliner at Epcot and make a round-trip journey without getting off? We are staying at the Boardwalk in Nov and my kids would love trying out the new Skyliners - wondering if we could get on at Epcot and just stay on for the ~20min ride and then get off back at Epcot?
I’ve never heard any mention of this, but there are separate cable lines running from CBR to HS, CBR to Epcot and CBR to AoA/Pop, so you definitely have to get off if you want to go past Caribbean Beach Resort.
I suppose it is possible that you could ride from Epcot to CBR and stay on to make the return trip to Epcot from there, but I’ve never heard any mention of that being allowed. I think it would be about 13 minutes to do that if it is permitted.
@Nicky_S always seems to know everything about the Skyliner