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

lewisc

Well-Known Member
That's what I was going to say. I can't imagine option 8b was ever seriously considered for that reason. They already have an entrance gate at the World Showcase; no way they were going to build another one.
Disney could have had security and ticket scanning prior to boarding. Gondola station could have been in the park.
 

UNCgolf

Well-Known Member
They could have, but still would have required the same amount of staff as building the Germany entrance, which is what I heard killed that option.

Seems like it would have required even more staff. They would have had to have people checking tickets etc. at multiple locations.
 

trainplane3

Well-Known Member
Big thread bump, but it’s been revealed (officially) the possible layouts considered for the Disney Skyliner system.
View attachment 601975

Option 7 is the one that we eventually got.

Among the different possibilities — DHS could’ve had two stations that led to CBR and Epcot. CBR would not be a “hub” in some options. Although interesting enough, Germany could have had a station instead of France in Option 8b.

I'm trying to remember, but @marni1971, I remember you talking about them considering a large boat system with canals instead of the Skyliner. Weren't one of the plans to have the Epcot dock for that be Germany?

Interesting it was considered for the Skyliner.
 

castlecake2.0

Well-Known Member
I'm trying to remember, but @marni1971, I remember you talking about them considering a large boat system with canals instead of the Skyliner. Weren't one of the plans to have the Epcot dock for that be Germany?

Interesting it was considered for the Skyliner.
That was apparently one proposal but was abandoned because of cost(both construction and staffing) from what I remember him saying.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
Big thread bump, but it’s been revealed (officially) the possible layouts considered for the Disney Skyliner system.
View attachment 601975

Option 7 is the one that we eventually got.

Among the different possibilities — DHS could’ve had two stations that led to CBR and Epcot. CBR would not be a “hub” in some options. Although interesting enough, Germany could have had a station instead of France in Option 8b.

Interesting information :)

After seeing the Skyliner in action and using it on a stay at BC I don’t think the Germany station would be very practical and would be a major step down for anyone staying in the Crescent Lake area or trying to get to BC or BW for meals or entertainment. If the station was in the German pavilion you would need a park ticket to get into EPCOT and any guest who wanted to get from BC to DHS would need a park hopper ticket and also would need to wait until park Hopping started to use the system. You would also be limited by the closing time of EPCOT. So if DHS stayed open later than EPCOT that line would either close early or you would have to keep the area of WS between Germany and the Intl gateway open after park close.

If it wasn’t for Riviera I think the best approach would have been to make the hub at DHS then have a line to CBR, a line to AoA and a line to EPCOT gateway. Then anyone going from AoA or CBR to EPCOT would just need to transfer at DHS. With Riviera in the mix the current layout is probably the most efficient.
 

dark530

Member
I think having to either build a new entrance at EPCOT or having to have every single person boarding the Skyliner go through a ticket check and security were bigger factors.
I wonder if the new automated bag check would have affected that calculus. Personally, I'm just happy the Germany expansion pad is still available for park expansion, not transportation.
 

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