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Update October 14, 2019 @8:00am
Disney’s Skyliner has officially reopened as of this morning and is operating normally.
Update October 7, 2019 @11:30pm
Disney World has finally released a statement regarding the accident that occurred on Saturday evening.
“We have a team diligently looking into the cause of the malfunction on the Epcot line of the Disney Skyliner. We have been in contact with the guests, many of whom were on the Skyliner for more than three hours until we were able to restart the system. We have expressed our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and continue to work with each guest individually.”
Update October 7, 2019 @10:40am
Disney World has now confirmed, on the official Walt Disney World website that the Disney’s Skyliner System is closed. They have not provided any other details
Chances are you have heard that there was a misshape with the new Disney’s Skyliner system on Oct 5, 2019. Which caused the system to shut down and force the first full scale evacuation of the Skyliner system at Disney World. While there have been other temporary shutdowns of the Skyline system, this has been the worst one. The worst part is that the Skyliner system has only been only a week. This will leave many guest caution to ride the Skyliner in the future.
Last night, what appears to have been a crash between several gondolas occurred at the Riviera Resort station. This caused the entire system to be shut down. Photos from Twitter and Instagram, show what appears to be a Gondola crashing into another one.
As of this publication Disney World has only released limited information regarding this incident. The initial statement that Disney has put out stated “ The Disney’s Skyliner is experiencing unexpected downtime.” During the course of events Disney did acknowledge that there was an accident involving several gondolas but provided little other details.
Guests who were stuck on Disney’s Skyliner took to twitter last to voice their concerns and frustrations over the incident. There were reports of guests being trapped on the Gondolas for over 3 hours, being told to open the emergency kits under their seats.
Guests currently at Walt Disney World are reporting that all the Disney’s Skyliner stations are closed. Castmemebers are not providing much details as to when the system will reopen. We speculate it may reopen once a full investigation is concluded and they know why two gondolas collided.
What’s next for Disney’s Skyliner
There is going to be a lot of speculation over the next few days as to the future of Disney’s Skyliner. Since it’s opening on September 29, there have been several occasions where it has slowed down or stopped for periods of time. Guests seem to be split on the Gondolas, you will either love it or never ride it.
Yes the Gondolas will reopen, we just do not have any sort of timeline as of now from Disney World. They haven’t even released any sort of real statement from last nights accident.
I know many guests will avoid the Skyliner system now and seek other modes of transportation around the parks. These are the guests who would be content if Disney’s Skyliner never reopened. However many other guests and Disney World will want it back up and operational ASAP. We know that much needed improvements will come to the Skyliner system after last night. I would like to see Disney come up with some kind of improvement to help with air flow circulation in the Gondolas. The lack of air flow when the system stops, seems to be the biggest complaint from guests.
We will provide further details as we get them and once Disney World releases a statement regarding the incident.