We’ve learnt that 3 people were sent to hospital.
As more information emerges about the Disney Skyliner accident on Saturday night, statements released by Disney continue to change. We’re also learning more about the response from the Reedy Creek Fire Department and any guests treated for apparent relating-issues.
At around 8:00pm (U.S. time) on Saturday night, the Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system had what Disney is referring to a “malfunction”. Preliminary statements given to Mike at Blog Mickey from Disney stated that “there was no accident”, and the Disney Skyliner was experiencing “unexpected downtime”.
That statement was provided to Blog Mickey at around 11:30pm the same night, 2 hours after the initial call for an evacuation went out to the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Read Disney’s latest statement on the accident below:
“We have a team diligently looking into the cause of last night’s malfunction on the Epcot line of the Disney Skyliner. We have been in contact with guests, many of whom were on the Skyliner for more than three (3) hours until we were able to restart the system. We express our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and continue to work with each guest individually”.
According to the Reedy Creek Fire Department, they evacuated only 1 cabin in the three hour ordeal. Other evacuations happened closer to the ground meaning smaller lifts were used to evacuate guests.
Eventually, Disney was able to move what appeared to be the malfunctioning gondola into a service spur for the line to move guests slowly back into either the International Gateway or Riviera Resort Skyliner station.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District revealed 3 guests were taken to area hospitals during the incident/accident. They have all been released however. An investigation is currently ongoing. It’s unclear when the almost two week old transportation system will reopen, or if Disney will release a further statement to further clarify what happened.
Source: Blog Mickey