Disney announced this past week at the 2018 D23 Destination D event that the highly anticipated Disney Skyliner Transportation System will begin transporting guests in the fall of 2019. One question amongst the curious still remained. Will the gondolas have air conditioning? The Orlando Sentinel apparently received the answer this week.
This past weekend’s D23 Destination D official announcement of the Disney Skyliner’s opening timeframe included a (somewhat) upclose look at the actual gondolas (ride vehicles) that will be used. Many still questioned whether or not AC units would be installed or will the cabins be cooled by a natural ventilation system.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a Walt Disney World spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the gondolas would not have air-conditioning. The cabins were “specifically tailored to provide a comfortable ride for our guests in the Florida climate,” she said. The units will use cross-ventilation for sufficient air flow and reflective windows to prevent direct sunlight, she said.
So there you have it folks. There will be no traditional air conditioning units installed on the Disney Skyliner Transportation System. There are many reasons why Disney decided to go with an air ventilation system instead of AC. This may include cost benefits, reducing the weight of the gondolas or basic maintenance efficiency plans. We all know Central Florida is hot, so what happens if the gondolas break down when guests are aboard? This is the question we keep hearing. Disney always puts guest safety first. They would not have decided to go the cross-ventilation route if a significant amount of testing wasn’t done.
The Disney Skyliner Transportation System will transport guests from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resorts. These resorts include Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and the currently under construction Disney’s Riviera Resort. The gondola system will give guests new and unique views of the Walt Disney World Resort sure to provide some great photo opportunities.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel Photos: Disney