Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky.🌞✨🌛Saying goodbye the Fantasyland Skyway Chalet today, one of my favorite hidden gems in all of Disneyland. Of course I had to make a last minute dress to celebrate it’s existence before the demolition.💔
VintageDisneyland Memories - MARK TWAIN STEAMSHIP on the Rivers of America ; DUMBO FLYING ELEPHANTS ; theIndian Village ; General Electric’s CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS ; SKYWAY TO FANTASYLAND and MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS ; AUTOPIA andALWEG/DISNEYLANDMONORAIL ; Skull Rock ; Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House ; PEOPLEMOVERandROCKET JETS and EPCOT city model
Since the closing of the Skyway between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, there is only one attraction at Disneyland where the guests are suspended, rather than riding on or in their transportation: Peter Pan’s Flight (the little pirate ships hang from an overhead rail).
I always feel like it is rare to see photos taken from this angle before the Matterhorn, which opened in 1959. It also appears this photo was taken sometime in December as a little white Christmas tree can be seen in front of the castle.
November 9, 1999: The Skyway attraction between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland closes at the end of the day.
5 years to the day after the Disneyland counterpart closed, the Florida version also met it’s demise. The attraction was very popular and always had long lines, but the lines we also due to it’s very slow operation. Several reasons were given for it’s closure ranging from high maintenance costs, a death of a cast member, and the fact that teenagers mostly were known to spit or throw things from the gondolas (although in all my time on the ride or walking through Fantasyland, I was never spit on to my knowledge, nor had I ever seen anything falling from one of the buckets). It also had no disability access.
The ride definitely provided an interesting view of the Magic Kingdom, and a little thrill of being so high above it all in a little bucket!
Remembering the Skyway at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The Skyway was a opening day attraction on October 1, 1971 at the Magic Kingdom and traveled between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. It offered a fun way to travel across the park and had amazing views of Fantasyland attractions like the also gone, but still loved, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Technically, it was two attractions—Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland. Twenty eight years later on November 9,1999 the Magic Kingdom Skyway closed, exactly five years after the one at Disneyland closed. The exact reason for the closing of the Skyway isn’t know, but it’s believed by many to have been economical. The attraction was old and expensive to run and maintain. Rumors of problems with teenagers spitting and throwing things on the guests also is a popular theory. Disney has always maintained that the closure was not due to safety concerns or the accidental death of a cast member who was killed after the Skyway started up unexpectedly while he was cleaning one of its platforms. Whatever the reason, the Skyway is now Disney History.