Aerial Photos Give Us Inside Look At Disney Skyliner During Parks Temporary Closure

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Disney Skyliner

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I think it’s safe to say that we are all missing the Disney Parks right about now. Although yesterday during Florida Economic Task Force, Jim MacPhee presented reopening plans of Walt Disney World, we are still anxiously waiting until we can get back to the magic.

Well, thanks to Jonathan Salazar, Professional Pilot and Photographer, we are now able to get a bird’s eye view of the latest Disney transportation system — The Disney Skyliner Gondolas. 

Related: Take an Aerial Tour of Empty Walt Disney World with These Images

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In the aerial photos both above and below, you will see the Disney Skyliner station located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Here, you can see all of the gondolas lined up and hanging from the supports — all docked at the station.

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Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar/@TheDisneyPilot

Disney Skyliner Stations

In case you are not familiar with the Disney Skyliner, it is used for connecting Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with four surrounding resorts — Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s Caribbean Beach, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.

  • The Epcot International Gateway Gondola station is inspired by the European pavilions within the park. The station is covered with metal and glass canopies, beautiful hand-painted murals which are themed to flight and incredible ornate metal detailing — all in the Art Nouveau style.
  • The Disney’s Riviera Resort Gondola station is influenced by the Mediterranean coast and will produce an elegant portal for Disney guests.
  • The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station connects all three routes and is themed with bright island colors associated with the Caribbean.
  • The Disney’s Hollywood Studios Cable Car station reflects the Art Deco style of the theme park’s main entrance. Disney guests arriving on the new Disney Skyliner Gondola will be welcomed in with a panoramic view of the park.
  • Since Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are sister resorts, they will share a Disney Skyliner Cable Car station at Hourglass Lake. Bright and colorful structural forms will create a space that gives off whimsical and contextual feels. Departing the station, guests will hover over Hourglass Lake and lift off to beautiful views of both resort hotels.
Disney's Riviera Resort Skyliner
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More On Disney Parks Temporary Closures and Reopenings

Jim MacPhee announced during the task force meeting that Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will begin a phased reopening for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11 with ECPOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. Cast Member previews will take place days before reopening to the public.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has officially approved and endorsed Walt Disney World’s reopening plans. Demings sent a letter of recommendation and now we just have to wait for approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Josh D'Amaro at Disney Springs
Credit: Josh D’Amaro Instagram

In the meantime, Disney Springs has officially reopened to the public on May 20. However, if you do plan on visiting Disney Springs, there are a few safety protocols that must be followed. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind before heading over:

  • Parking procedures include the possibility of closures of parking lots depending on capacity. Guests may only park in the Orange and Lime parking garages as all surface parking lots and valet will remain unavailable during the initial reopening of Disney Springs. You can read more about parking procedures here.
  • Upon entering, all guests will undergo a temperature screening, and all guests (ages 3 and older) are required to wear face coverings.
  • All entry and exit ways will have hand-sanitizing stations available for use. Portable handwashing stations have also been added throughout Disney Springs for guests to utilize when not near a restroom.
  • Disney Springs has announced that, in order to keep capacity limited, even if you have an advance dining reservation, you may not be able to get in. You can read more about Disney Springs’ official statement here.
  • Disney Springs will not be implementing a bag check, but there will be a temperature screening. You can read all about Disney Springs Security measures here.

Do you miss the Disney Parks? What will you be doing first when they reopen? Let us know in the comments.

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