An incident involving the Disney World Skyliner caused a collision between gondolas. See the photo and other details here.
Since the Skyliner debuted (it opened in September 2019), it has had issues and incidents.
Shortly after its opening, an accident shut the entire system down for over a week. Guests were left in the cabins for 3+ hours, finally being rescued by local firefighters. It led to an extensive investigation by Disney. They reopened over a week later with modified hours.
Then, at the end of December 2019, the Skyliner experienced significant down time on the Caribbean Beach Resort, Riviera Resort, and EPCOT routes. Guests were evacuated that time as well.
For the months that Disney World was operating in 2020, it seemed there were not a lot of issues for the Skyliner. At the end of January 2021, however, the EPCOT route closed and the Reedy Creek Fire Department was called to the scene.
Disney Skyliner is once again facing some serious issues. Today, April 22, an incident involving multiple gondolas took place at Hollywood Studios.
Instagram user @nextstopmainstreet posted a story. In the video, which likely was taken between 5:45 and 6:45 pm, you can see that a yellow gondola looks like it is not on the track properly.
The user shared that after the recording, two gondolas banged into each other and glass shattered. It’s unclear if the yellow gondola was one of the two or if it was not involved. We are also unsure if anyone was in the gondolas that crashed.
The story also read “I feel bad for everyone stuck on there! It’s pretty warm.” When the gondolas are moving, it produces a pretty steady breeze. However, when it stops it can definitely become stuffy in there.
Guests often complain that the landing process for the Skyliner is nerve-wracking because it appears as though you will crash into the gondola in front of you.
Do you travel on the Skyliner?
While these incidents are quite rare, it does make you wonder if you really want to be traveling in them. The Skyliner has stations at Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century Resort, Riviera Resort, and the main hub at Caribbean Beach. You can access Hollywood Studios and EPCOT from the Skyliner.
It is a very quick and efficient mode of transportation when there aren’t any issues. We hope there was no one in the gondolas at the time of the crash and Disney resolves any issues regarding the Skyliner.
Do you travel on the Skyliner or do you prefer to use another form of transportation? Did you witness this incident? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below or on Facebook.