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News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner

SLUSHIE

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The Epcot station isn't really even that close to the boardwalk. When the boardwalk was newer there was a tram from the IG to the boardwalk but the gondola station is exactly where the tram used to stop. I think boardwalk will continue to be overlooked.
 

nickys

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The Epcot station isn't really even that close to the boardwalk. When the boardwalk was newer there was a tram from the IG to the boardwalk but the gondola station is exactly where the tram used to stop. I think boardwalk will continue to be overlooked.
How close does the station need to be to be classed as “close” then in your opinion. 10 minutes walk is hardly far!

And yet it seems that people who think nothing of walking around a park all day consider more than 2 minutes is a “long way” when it comes to hallways or distance to transport etc. :rolleyes:
 

GeneralKnowledge

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The Epcot station isn't really even that close to the boardwalk. When the boardwalk was newer there was a tram from the IG to the boardwalk but the gondola station is exactly where the tram used to stop. I think boardwalk will continue to be overlooked.
I would classify the walk from IG to BW as negligible in the grand scheme of walking distances at WDW. It’s like walking from the IG to Morocco. You wouldn’t forego eating at Spice Road Table because it’s too far from the back entrance of the park. I doubt you’d reconsider going to the BW because the gondola dumps you off a similar distance away.
 

joelkfla

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On failures, found this interesting but quite long and detailed report on ski lift inspection and maintenance:


It's quite detailed and scholarly, so I don't know whether I'm reading it right, but Table 33 on p. 43 says MTBF for sheave wheels is 25 days, and for Bolts & Connections is 29 days. Does that mean each and every sheave wheel and bolt typically needs to be replaced every 25 or 29 days respectively, or do you think that's 1 failure for any wheel or bolt on the entire line?
 

SLUSHIE

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I guess I can see people leaving Epcot to stop there for dinner or whatever (though Epcot has plenty of great restaurants...), but I don't see boardwalk as being a major destination and if leaving from the hotel I would rather go to Disney Springs.
 

danlb_2000

Premium Member
Original Poster
On failures, found this interesting but quite long and detailed report on ski lift inspection and maintenance:


It's quite detailed and scholarly, so I don't know whether I'm reading it right, but Table 33 on p. 43 says MTBF for sheave wheels is 25 days, and for Bolts & Connections is 29 days. Does that mean each and every sheave wheel and bolt typically needs to be replaced every 25 or 29 days respectively, or do you think that's 1 failure for any wheel or bolt on the entire line?
That's what it says, although that seems pretty short to me.
 

GoofGoof

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The Epcot station isn't really even that close to the boardwalk. When the boardwalk was newer there was a tram from the IG to the boardwalk but the gondola station is exactly where the tram used to stop. I think boardwalk will continue to be overlooked.
The walk from IG gondola station to any of the Boardwalk establishments is closer than the walk from the Disney Springs bus stop to 90% of the establishments at Disney Springs.

Boardwalk very well could continue to be overlooked, but remember that SW is going to be a huge draw at DHS into the night going forward and with Rat and GoTG coming too both parks adjacent to the area and connected by the Skyliner will see upticks in overall attendance. EPCOT has more than enough capacity for dinner but DHS is somewhat lacking. I could see more people using gondola or boats to stop at Boardwalk area for dinner before/after or in between spending time at DHS.
 

GoofGoof

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I guess I can see people leaving Epcot to stop there for dinner or whatever (though Epcot has plenty of great restaurants...), but I don't see boardwalk as being a major destination and if leaving from the hotel I would rather go to Disney Springs.
There’s really not enough there to impact crowds going to Disney Springs. That’s the premier nightlife area for WDW and nothing will change that. What I’d like to see is everything on Boardwalk open year round into the night. My last stay at BC I was disappointed to see on most of the nights even the little kiosks with games and snacks were closed and they only had entertainment on the weekend nights. The restaurants were all open, but there’s plenty of opportunity for more “street entertainment” every night (clowns, jugglers, dancers, ets...) and even maybe real live music or some outdoor seating by the lake. They did such a good job featuring outdoor seating and entertainment by the lake at Disney Springs I think there’s an opportunity for some of that in the Boardwalk area too. With twice as many people having access to the area it may be economically viable to add to entertainment 7 days a week.
 

nickys

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Personally, I would take the boat from the IG to the boardwalk.
Unless the boat is ready and waiting, you’d be quicker walking. But yes, it’s an option.

If it remains an option.
And why would it not be? The gondola doesn’t affect the boats at all. They are not a replacement for the boats, otherwise there would be a direct line between IG and DHS. They are transport from 4 resorts to 2 parks.
 

jt04

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Unless the boat is ready and waiting, you’d be quicker walking. But yes, it’s an option.



And why would it not be? The gondola doesn’t affect the boats at all. They are not a replacement for the boats, otherwise there would be a direct line between IG and DHS. They are transport from 4 resorts to 2 parks.
I think it is possible management will view the Skyliner as a replacement for the parks routes though not the resort routes. Could also be left as is but only run during peak periods. I am sure they will decide once they observe crowd flow.
 

nickys

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I think it is possible management will view the Skyliner as a replacement for the parks routes though not the resort routes. Could also be left as is but only run during peak periods. I am sure they will decide once they observe crowd flow.
What do you mean “for the parks routes though not the resort routes”?

The lines are AoA / POP to CBR, CBR to DHS and CBR to IG.

You cannot get from IG to DHS without going via a resort. There is no separate resort route.
 
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