Orlando Sentinel's Article on WDW Cable-Cars is Misleading.

In an article on April 18, 2017, the Orlando Sentinel confirmed a rumor that a new transportation system is coming to Walt Disney World. According to the article, the Orlando Sentinel obtained permits filed with Reedy Creek Improvement district that showing that Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Pop Century Resort, Art of Animation Resort, and Caribbean Beach Resort will be linked by a gondola/cable-car. Disney has not released a statement confirming the project. 

The problem, however, is that the Orlando Sentinel's article is misleading. It suggests that it will be a gondola type system, with pods suspended from a cable but the article uses the terms, "gondola," "cable-car," and "tramway" interchangeably. These are all very different.

In short, a gondola is an enclosed cabin suspended by a wire - similar to a ski lift. A cable car is a car on tracks (similar to a train) and is propelled by grabbing hold of a moving wire. It has no motor of its own. Cable-cars are capable of climbing steeper grades than trains and monorails - like the San Francisco cable cars.

Finally, a "tramway" just refers to the tracks, or line, that cable car rides on.

We can assume that Disney is working on some kind of mass transportation system but without having full details, the Orlando Sentinel should not assume that this will be a gondola suspended from high above.  

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations