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News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Ever Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

Mawg

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As has been discussed earlier in this thread, gondola run in some very harsh environments around the world and there are provision for dealing with lightning.
It works like in Back to the Future, when the cable gets hit, get ready for time travel.
 

Touchdown

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For everyone worried about lightning, provided that the gondola is enclosed you will not be electrocuted because the gondola is a Faraday cage. The Lightning will simply go around the outside of the gondola and not through you. Check out the concept on Wikipedia, it's also the reason you don't get electrocuted in cars or planes.

Lightning could cause the electrical systems running the ride to overload, but I suspect Disney will build it in such a way so that the system is protected from this.
 

AJH219

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Has this even been officially announced by Disney or just 113 pages of statements?
These look so cool but I don't believe they are going to get built either. Just a gut feeling I have. I hope I'm wrong!
The permits confirming this is happening are literally on the first page. Work is about to get underway. I don't know why there is any doubt this is happening. o_O
 

Bandini

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According to the expiration date on this permit, yes, it looks like it'll be ready before the end of 2019:

Thanks for providing a copy of the permit. However based on Disney's current construction pace, I can't believe this will be completed in 2019.

Couldn't this just be a Red Herring? It's an awfully inexpensive way to get the fans all hyped up about an upcoming project without even breaking ground.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
Those resorts are also tiny in the grand scheme....just sayin....this is CBR.
The capacity of the gondola system should be quite large. Significantly larger than the friendship boats. It's not just CBR but also Pop and AoA (roughly 7,000 rooms serviced). The EPCOT resorts serviced by the boats (BW, BC/YC and Swan/Dolphin) have about 5,000 rooms including DVC. The gondola will also be a more direct and faster route between DHS and EPCOT. It's hard to estimate how many people will use it for direct park to park transportation. Lots of people hop to EPCOT for dinner and this will drop you right at the international gateway.
 

MCast

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The capacity of the gondola system should be quite large. Significantly larger than the friendship boats. It's not just CBR but also Pop and AoA (roughly 7,000 rooms serviced). The EPCOT resorts serviced by the boats (BW, BC/YC and Swan/Dolphin) have about 5,000 rooms including DVC. The gondola will also be a more direct and faster route between DHS and EPCOT. It's hard to estimate how many people will use it for direct park to park transportation. Lots of people hop to EPCOT for dinner and this will drop you right at the international gateway.
Does this gondola system in any way benefit the Crescent Lake resorts? Obviously those staying there would still walk to Epcot, but I still think walking to DHS or taking the ferry would be faster than taking the gondola from the IG to CBR then over to DHS?
 

JoeCamel

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Thanks for providing a copy of the permit. However based on Disney's current construction pace, I can't believe this will be completed in 2019.

Couldn't this just be a Red Herring? It's an awfully inexpensive way to get the fans all hyped up about an upcoming project without even breaking ground.
Takes very little time to pour the footers, set the towers and string the cable. The time is in the main drive station but even then those pieces are built offsite and installed into the building. Two years is plenty even for DIS
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
Thanks for providing a copy of the permit. However based on Disney's current construction pace, I can't believe this will be completed in 2019.

Couldn't this just be a Red Herring? It's an awfully inexpensive way to get the fans all hyped up about an upcoming project without even breaking ground.
2 years accounts for Disney's slow construction speed. A ski resort will typically add a new gondolla lift in one off season so about 6 months and they are building in a much more challenging environment on the side of a mountain vs over flat land mostly unobstructed.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
Does this gondola system in any way benefit the Crescent Lake resorts? Obviously those staying there would still walk to Epcot, but I still think walking to DHS or taking the ferry would be faster than taking the gondola from the IG to CBR then over to DHS?
It doesn't directly impact those resorts with a direct stop. It would be easy to walk over to the EPCOT station and take a ride back to DHS but it probably wouldn't be a whole lot faster than the boats. I think earlier the estimate was about 15 mins from EPCOT to DHS on the gondola. I think the friendship boats take about 25 mins to a half hour park to park since they stop and dock at each resort on their way. If you are staying at Swan/Dolphin it's much faster to get to/from DHS since it's the last stop going and the first stop coming home. For BW it should be slightly faster to walk to IG and ride the gondolas and avoid stopping at the other 2 resorts, especially if you have to wait for the boat to arrive.

The gondolas will also provide direct transportation to the Boardwalk itself (via a short walk from IG) for about 7,000 rooms full of guests. It should help business at the restaurants and might make the Boardwalk a little more relevant as an entertainment location.
 
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