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

CrescentLake

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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.
I think this is a very underrated part of this plan. The Crescent Lake resort area will likely be more crowded. Which is a good thing for the Boardwalk area, and I think it provides dynamics to that area.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
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I think this is a very underrated part of this plan. The Crescent Lake resort area will likely be more crowded. Which is a good thing for the Boardwalk area, and I think it provides dynamics to that area.
This came up earlier in the thread. Someone with more knowledge than me of the actual plans said they are planning to keep the gondolas open beyond just normal park closing to get people to/from Boardwalk.
 

CrescentLake

Well-Known Member
This came up earlier in the thread. Someone with more knowledge than me of the actual plans said they are planning to keep the gondolas open beyond just normal park closing to get people to/from Boardwalk.
That is excellent news. With two stops bookending the resort area (DHS and Epcot) it'll make quite the difference!
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
But couldn't the utility work be for any number of things at WDW? Is there a reason that you are positive that this is for the Gondola project?
They filed a permit for the construction. It was posted earlier in the thread. Insiders have seen the plans too and confirmed it's definitely a gondola system.
 

lazyboy97o

Well-Known 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.
You don't hire engineers, architects and contractors and buy a massive piece of machinery for a lark.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
There may be and it may do. I'm aware of another system type that *may* be built in the future to serve other areas of the property.

Maybe. Waaaayyyyy down the line.
With all the new Disney-bus-only lanes being put it... would this new system be self-driving vehicles taking advantage of the exclusive lanes?
 

flynnibus

Well-Known Member
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.
No it's not a faraday cage. It's simply that you are not the path to ground.

A faraday cage is a conductive enclosure.... and the principle is that electricity goes to the exterior of conductor, not inside (to keep it ultra simple)... creating a canceling effect of the resulting em fields. A gondola of fiberglass, plastic, and steel structure is not such an enclosure.

The safety of something like a gondola is based on the science that current flows to the path of least resistance and that you need voltage differentials. It's the same concept behind lightning rods. The lightning will hit the towers, or rods on them, and flow along the easiest path to ground. Your gondola up it the air is not a path to a lower potential... it's likely floating at the same potential as the cables. No differential, no current flow.

The danger to such systems is the lightning jumping to electrical systems instead of direct grounding. It's tough to isolate the drive and control systems fully. Not running in lightning is a safety to prevent stranding people... not so much fear of electrocution. (There is a risk of burns if a strike happened near a cabin)
 

flynnibus

Well-Known Member

I mean, seriously. I've never seen such denial since Star Wars Land was announced for DHS
Probably in part because the posters keep saying it as fact... without directly acknowledging they have sources telling them it is fact. So some are trying to decode if someone is lazily stating their opinion... or if they are relaying news.
 

MCast

Well-Known Member
The Boardwalk is my home resort and I have reservations of the potential for an influx of late-night crowds. Let's hope people keep it classy.
 
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