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Aerial Transportation Possibilities (and what necessitates it) at Walt Disney World


Rumors about a new aerial transportation system coming to the Walt Disney World Resort have been circulating Disney travel and fan sites for the past few days. In case you haven’t heard about it, the rumor centers around permits filed by the Walt Disney Company for construction at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The placement of the projects lines up with what would be necessary for a gondola style aerial transportation system.

While the rumor is just that, a rumor, spawned by fan speculation (and a bit of optimism) the idea of this system coming to WDW is something that could very well be needed in the years to come. The “Star Wars Land” expansion to Hollywood Studios is not only unprecedented in size but also the uptick in visitors it very well could create. While buses work fine as a means of transporting hotel guests around, they are hardly elegant, and do not fall in with the original vision of the “Vacation Kingdom of the World.” A place that sets an example for how cities should run.

Why Not Expand the Monorail?

Despite the rumor being based on fan speculation, I still find this to be a far more likely addition then a monorail expansion for a few reasons:

  1. The Cost of Building and Operating:  Expanding the Monorail would be an exponentially high cost. Let’s say Disney were to do this, the yearly cost for maintaining the Monorail system would also increase dramatically. Disney’s Monorail may look high-tech but like any rail transit system, it costs a lot of money to maintain. More Monorail cars would have to be manufactured and serviced.
  2. The Risk: Like buses, Monorails require drivers, which means that human error can occur and adds a level of concern about safety.

Why an Aerial Tramway?

Well the biggest reason for this is the relative low-cost. Building the cables themselves is far cheaper than manufacturing the large beams the Monorail requires. It’s cost would make it a far more affordable endeavor to add new transportation methods to reach out-of-the-way hotels like Disney’s Pop Century Resort. They are low energy vessels and can operate continuously, so they would be ideal for peak season’s late operating hours.


Before I wrap this blog up, I would like to reiterate that this is not confirmation of anything. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you want to happen.

(Photo from the Flickr Creative Commons – 1. ic2666, Mark Goebel  – license  2. Cable Car, Phil Whitehouse – license Sources: The Disney BlogYesterlandGondola Project )

Zack Kaplan may be situated far away from a Disney Park, but even in the Disney-less Massachusetts his passion burns strong. You can talk to him about Disney, video games, or philosophy over on Twitter @SteelDiver