Skyway To Fantasyland/Tomorrowland

 SkywayToFantasylandTomorrowland1Source: PhotoBucket

 June 1956- November 1994

LOCATION

Fantasyland – The most popular Skyway entrance could be found in the rear of Fantasyland, behind the entrance to the Casey Jr. Circus Train.

Tomorrowland – Guests could also board at the Tomorrowland station, located roughly where the Tomorrowland Railroad station sits now.

BACKGROUND

The Skyway was one of the first major rides to debut in Disneyland after Opening Day, with an official opening date of June 23rd, 1956. Before the addition of now famous landmarks in the park (the lagoon, the Matterhorn, and the Monorail), the Skyway dominated the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland landscape. As the park expanded, Imagineers built the mountains and rails around the track, so that riders actually traveled through the snowy mountain. During its lifetime, the Skyway was one of the most famous rides in Disneyland, and was a favorite among visitors of all ages.

EXPERIENCE

Riders boarding from either of the two stops took a trip through the skies of Disneyland. The four-minute journey showcased some of the park’s best scenery, including a peek inside the icy caverns of the Matterhorn. After passing the teacups, the lagoon, and the Monorail, the Skyway returned riders to the other side of the Tomorrowland/Fantasyland track.

SkywayToFantasylandTomorrowland2 Source: Wikia

CLOSURE

In spite of the Skyway’s iconic status in the park, its long run became a problem, especially for the Matterhorn. The roller battery supports inside the Matterhorn developed stress cracks from years of cars passing through trips, and given the mountain’s location right in the middle of the Skyway path, rerouting the track would have been extremely difficult. So in 1994, the Skyway closed, and the Matterhorn’s opening was permanently sealed.

TRIVIA

Though it’s tucked away in the trees and greenery, if you look closely you can still see the abandoned Fantasyland Skyway building beside the Casey Jr. Circus Train loading area.

This attraction was the first type 101 aerial ropeway built by Von Roll, Ltd. in the United States.

During the major Fantasyland refurbishment in the 1980’s, the Skyway remained open. However, guests had to make round trips to/from the Tomorrowland station.

SkywayToFantasylandTomorrowland3 Source: Jeff Lange DVD

3 comments on Skyway To Fantasyland/Tomorrowland

  1. Thomas Schofield
    June 3, 2017 at 10:08 pm (3 months ago)

    I am sorry, that ride could not return due to stress cracks plus the possibility of heights.
    Went on it in special occasions through the period time of Monday, July 3, 1989.

    Reply
  2. Joelie
    August 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm (1 year ago)

    This is gorgeous. BRING IT BACK

    Reply
  3. Liane Prattella
    July 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I miss this ride. Went on it a lot in the 70s.

    Reply

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