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Circle Sept. 29, 2019, on your calendars. That’s opening day for Walt Disney World‘s Disney Skyliner, a new mode of transportation for some guests and a feature that’s about to make four Disney resorts a whole lot more desirable. This aerial tram connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the forthcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort (a Disney Vacation Club property) that is scheduled to open in December.

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The Disney Skyliner guest transportation system takes to the skies at Disney World on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort)

Previously, if you stayed at any of those four on-site properties, you were relegated to taking Disney’s complimentary bus, calling a ride-share or driving your own car from your hotel to the parks. Now, you’ll simply queue up for a spot in a whimsically decorated cabin on the Disney Skyliner. Your kids will want to ride the aerial tram a bunch of times so they can ride in different gondolas — there are 64 designs in all. Some are devoted to Mickey and Minnie, other favorite traditional characters and those featured in movies “Monsters, Inc.,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Ratatouille.”

Disney Skyliner takes to the skies at Disney World on September 29, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort)
The Disney Skyliner travels from Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, scheduled to open in December 2019. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)

These hotels — and the new aerial gondolas — will be perfect home bases for anyone that plans to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios once it opens on Aug. 29, 2019.

Just take note that the gondolas are not air-conditioned. However, while the tram is moving, a breeze should keep things relatively cool.

Start planning your trip to Walt Disney World now:

Featured image by Kent Phillips / Walt Disney World Resort

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