According to The Orlando Sentinel, it’s official. The Walt Disney World Resort is getting a gondola transportation system. The gondola idea had been floating around the rumor mill for the past few months, but documents from the Reedy Creek Improvement District confirm that the project is actually going forward.
This gondola system appears to connect both resort hotels and theme parks. According to the article, there will be six stations and three different lines that will link Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The plans also seem to indicate that each cab would hold 10 Guests. It is also theorized that the gondolas would be enclosed to protect Guests from the elements.
Gondola systems are gaining in popularity around the globe and many mountain resort areas use similar means to transport Guests up their mountains. (For example, when I lived in New Mexico, my husband and I took a gondola system up to the top of the Sandia mountains, known as the Sandia Peak Tramway.)
The gondola system will be manufactured by the Doppelmayr Group, which is the world’s leading manufacturer of ropeways, cable cars, and ski lifts.
Examples of Doppelmayr products can be found here (including lending a hand in the creation of the Hogwarts Express at Universal):
I know I’m excited to learn more about this upcoming new transportation system, and I cannot wait to see all the awesome views we are now going to get to see of the Walt Disney World Resort. Stay tuned to the blog as this is most definitely a breaking story.