Celebrating National Popcorn Day 2020

 

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You can buy the Millennium Falcon filled with popcorn OR filled with french fries!!!  $27

January 19, 2020: It’s National Popcorn Day!

We just bought 2 new popcorn buckets at Disneyland this week!

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Love, love, love this Mickey balloon popcorn bucket!!! $15  ❤

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Meanwhile at Disney World:

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The brand new Skyliner Popcorn Bucket was just released today at WDW in honor of National Popcorn Day!  $17.00
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Super cute and you can use it as a purse!

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And, check out this special Skyliner coffee drink while you’re waiting to board:
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Yes please!  We ❤ chocolate!

There’s a special drink exclusive to the Disney Skyliner gondola stations, the Toffee Flight Latte, which consists of dark chocolate and sea salt caramel toffee, topped with toffee and chocolate crumbles and a delicious cloud of whipped cream.

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Toffee Flight Latte!  $5.69

The Toffee Flight Latte is available hot or iced for $5.69 plus tax for 16 ounces.

coffeeYou can get a Joffrey’s beverage before or after your trip at the Disney Skyliner stations and you can take them on the gondolas with you to enjoy during your flight.

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Topped with toffee crumbles

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$3 – $6 for coffee drinks and pastries.

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Try a delicious pastry with your latte! $5

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Disney PSA:  The Skyliner doesn’t operate 24/7.  Many guests aren’t aware that it doesn’t run overnight.

McDonalds iced coffee

This is my favorite iced coffee – McDonalds!  It’s the best!!!!!!  ❤

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So true!!!

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Cheers to the new year! #2020

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

 

New Flight Latte Available at Disney Skyliner Stations!

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Yes please!  We ❤ chocolate!

There’s a special drink exclusive to the Disney Skyliner gondola stations, the Toffee Flight Latte, which consists of dark chocolate and sea salt caramel toffee, topped with toffee and chocolate crumbles and a delicious cloud of whipped cream.

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Toffee Flight Latte!

The Toffee Flight Latte is available hot or iced for $5.69 plus tax for 16 ounces.  You can get a Joffrey’s beverage before or after your trip at the Disney Skyliner stations and you can take them on the gondolas with you to enjoy during your flight.

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The Skyliner doesn’t operate 24/7.

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Toffee crumbles

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$3 – $6

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Try a delicious pastry with your latte! $5

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McDonalds iced coffee

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Cheers to the coming new year! 

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Skyliner Gondolas Take Flight at Disney World

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Thank goodness no one was hurt!

October 5, 2019 UPDATE!

Only 6 days after the grand opening, there was a major incident on the Skyliner gondola system tonight.

Expect the system to be down for investigation all next week.

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The cast member did not hit the Emergency Stop Button as trained.

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Accident happened at the Riviera station.

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October 6, 2019: System is down today.

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September 29, 2019:  Opening Day photos

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September 29, 2019: Opening ceremony launching new Skyliner gondola system at Disney World.

On September 29, 2019, Disney Skyliner gondolas took flight and officially began transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort.

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The wait lines have not been too bad this morning.

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Perfect sunny day for Skyliner launch. (They do operate in the rain.)

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Free Disney pins for resort guests at Art of Animation and Caribbean Beach.

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Skyliner Christmas ornament, $28

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The dawn of a new era in Disney World transportation is finally here!

Take a first look of how it is riding inside the gondola:  First Ride on Gondola

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The gondolas have great treetop views of the parks! Yes, the Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. Could be very hot to ride these in the summer!

We’ve been closely watching the construction of the gondola system for about a year now.

Running on more than six miles of cable, the gondolas will travel at about 11 mph, giving guests a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World Resort’s lakes, roads, woods, and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks.

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Exterior of decorated gondola cabin.

The typical ride lasts between five to 15 minutes as gondolas travel from 15 feet up to about 60 feet in the air.

“There are fabulous property views from above,” said Thomas Mazloum, a Disney senior vice president who oversees transportation and resorts.

The Disney Skyliner gondola system consists of 300 gondolas. The gondolas will carry enough Disney guests to roughly match the capacity of its monorail trains, company officials said.

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Hard, unpadded wooden benches inside.  😦

Inside a gondola, twin wooden benches can carry up to 10 people.  The interior is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Handicapped gondolas carry 6 people.

On social media, some theme park followers have criticized the lack of air conditioning in the gondolas.  But Mazloum argued the ride is “absolutely comfortable.”

“We have specifically designed them with the Florida climate in mind,” he said, pointing to reflective windows that block out the sunlight and the mesh screens on both sides to bring in a breeze. The gondolas will run at a brisk 11 mph.

Some gondola cabins will be decorated in plain colors, like a vibrant teal or purple, while the other gondolas will feature characters from Disney movies and attractions.

On our last visit, we got to see the progress on the new Disney Skyliner gondola system, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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A Disney Skyliner transfer station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Skip the parking hassle and take the gondola from your resort!

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The gondolas mostly ride about 25 feet above the ground. 

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is ready.

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One last task: Safety First!

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Practicing gondola evacuations over water.

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Ziplines!

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It would be exciting to do this! A bonus ride!

July 12, 2019: Some photos of Reedy Creek Fire Dept. practicing zip line rescues over water from the new gondola system ahead of grand opening in September.

September 5, 2019:  All the gondolas were removed from their cablelines and stored over at the Caribbean Beach Resort ahead of the high winds expected from Hurricane Dorian.

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09/05/19:  All the new Skyliner cars have been removed from the cable system and are being stored over at the Caribbean Beach Station this week because of Hurricane Dorian.

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The map below shows how the two theme parks (Epcot and DHS) and four resorts (Caribbean Beach, Boardwalk Resort, and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts) will be connected.

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Outline of how the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

The yellow squares on the map feature the gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

The high speed (11 mph) gondolas connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system transports guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system, which takes 45 minutes to over an hour during peak times to get between the four points.

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The gondolas have great treetop views of the parks!

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Disney-Skyliner-Transportation

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For now, you still have to take the monorail from the Magic Kingdom over to Epcot to catch the Skyliner.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disney Gondolas Will Give Guests Tree Top Views of Walt Disney World

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Gondola evacuation over water.

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Ziplines!

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It would be exciting to do this! A bonus ride!

July 2019: Some photos of Reedy Creek Fire Dept. practicing zip line rescues over water last night from the new gondola system ahead of grand opening in fall.

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Yes, the Disney Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. It could be very hot riding inside these cars in the summer!  (It’s a pass for us for riding during thunderstorms!)

April 16, 2019:  Disney Parks gave a construction update Tuesday on the new gondola system, which is in testing stage. All but one gondola is currently covered in plastic.  They will gradually be unveiled starting in mid-May to show off eight bright colors and 22 Disney characters themes.

Watch Video Update: Disney Skyliner Gondolas in Testing Mode

Running on more than six miles of cable, the gondolas will travel at about 11 mph, giving guests a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World Resort’s lakes, roads, woods, and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks.

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Exterior of decorated gondola cabin.

The typical ride will last between five to 15 minutes as gondolas travel from 15 feet up to about 60 feet in the air.

“There are fabulous property views from above,” said Thomas Mazloum, a Disney senior vice president who oversees transportation and resorts.

The Disney Skyliner gondola system consists of 300 gondolas and will open to the public later this fall. The gondolas will carry enough Disney guests to roughly match the capacity of its monorail trains, company officials said.

gondola

Hard, unpadded wooden benches inside.

Inside a gondola, twin wooden benches can carry up to 10 people.  The interior is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

On social media, some theme park followers have criticized the lack of air conditioning in the gondolas.  But Mazloum argued the ride is “absolutely comfortable.”

“We have specifically designed them with the Florida climate in mind,” he said, pointing to reflective windows that block out the sunlight and the mesh screens on both sides to bring in a breeze. The gondolas will run at a brisk 11 mph.

Some gondola cabins will be decorated in plain colors, like a vibrant teal or purple, while the other gondolas will feature characters from Disney movies and attractions.

When we were there last month, we got to see the progress on the new Disney Skyliner gondola system, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DHS gondola

A Disney Skyliner transfer station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Skip the parking hassle and take the gondola from your resort!

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The gondolas mostly ride about 25 feet above the ground. 

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is ready.

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Recently, Disney was giving out new Skyliner pins to resort guests.  🙂

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Cute Skyliner pins for resort guests!  Free!!!

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Gondola tower by Caribbean Beach.  Some guests have complained about how the towers look crossing the resorts.

The map below shows how the two theme parks (Epcot and DHS) and four resorts (Caribbean Beach, Boardwalk Resort, and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts) will be connected.

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Outline of how the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

The yellow squares on the map feature the gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

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Disney Skyliner Transfer Station, loading/unloading area for guests.

The high speed (11 mph) gondolas will connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

gondola

The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system will transport guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system, which takes 45 minutes to over an hour during peak times to get between the four points.

gondola

The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

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Disney-Skyliner-Transportation

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

Disney World’s Skyliner Gondolas are Almost Operational

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March 12, 2019:  Yes, the Disney Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. It could be very hot to ride inside these cars in the summer!  (It’s a pass for us during thunderstorms!)

When we were there last month, we got to see all the progress on the new Disney Skyliner gondola system, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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The DHS Skyliner transfer station.  Skip the parking hassle and take the gondola from your resort!

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The gondolas ride about 25 feet above the ground.  Look how close the Swan Resort is (on the left).

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is ready.

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March 2019:  Testing of the new high speed gondola system called Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World is progressing nicely.

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Disney confirmed that the Skyliner gondola system won’t have AC in the cars, just darkened windows and a “passive” air flow system based on the movement of the cars.  The windows aren’t as tinted as this mock-up.  Could be sweltering riding in the summer!!!

Recently, Disney was giving out new Skyliner pins to resort guests.  🙂

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Cute Skyliner pins for resort guests!  Free!!!

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Gondola tower by Caribbean Beach.

The map below shows how the two theme parks (Epcot and DHS) and four resorts (Caribbean Beach, Boardwalk Resort, and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts) will be connected.

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How the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

The yellow squares on the map feature the gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

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Disney Skyliner Transfer Station, loading/unloading area for guests.

The high speed gondolas will connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Strange Happenings at Caribbean Beach Resort

Barefoot Bay at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  We love staying here.  It will be great to take a gondola from here to Epcot in 15 minutes!

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Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

gondola

The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system will transport guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system, which takes 45 minutes to over an hour to get between the four points.

gondola

The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

High Speed Gondolas Progressing at Disney World

November 22, 2018:  New! Disney is giving out Skyliner pins to resort guests this week!  🙂

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Cute Skyliner pins for resort guests!  Free!!!

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Gondola transfer station at DHS is done.

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August 2018: A lot of the gondola towers are up already.

Installation of the new high speed gondola system called Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World is progressing nicely.

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September 10, 2018: Look what was arriving today at Disney World!!!

No date has been announced yet for testing the system.

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November 2018: Disney confirmed today that their Skyliner system won’t have AC in the cars, just darkened windows and a “passive” air flow system. Could be sweltering riding in the summer!!!

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New gondola tower by Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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September 2018: Gondola tower by Caribbean Beach.

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Close-up of one of the high speed gondola towers for the new Skyliner.

The map below shows how the two theme parks (Epcot and DHS) and four resorts (Caribbean Beach, Boardwalk Resort, and Pop Century/Art of Animation Resorts) will be connected.

walt-disney-world-skyway-gondola-transportation-system-permits-filed-2-670x671

How the gondolas will connect the four resorts to the two parks.

The yellow squares on the map feature the gondola stations/stops while the blue squares signify the L-turns to change direction. The orange lines detail the cable routes the gondola cars will travel.

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Disney Skyliner loading/unloading area.

The high speed gondolas will connect:

Epcot France to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Strange Happenings at Caribbean Beach Resort

Barefoot Bay at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  We love staying here.  It will be great to take a gondola from here to Epcot in 15 minutes!

boardwalk

Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Resort is just to the right on this photo.

We’re most excited about the possibility of the Epcot France gondola connecting to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort!

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Epcot France on a lovely spring day.

gondola

The new high speed gondola Skyliner transportation system will transport guests a good distance across the vast WDW property in under 15 minutes, a huge improvement over the current bus transportation system.  Only worry is that is cars won’t have AC in them.

gondola

The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks!

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!