Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Skyway Madness

Soaring gracefully over the park, the Skyway attraction offered transportation between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland while providing a scenic rest for weary guests who had been walking all day. Here is a May 1960 shot, taken from one of the buckets as it glided over the Autopia.

Zooming in, this has got to be the best view of the Richfield Eagle in my collection; you can even see his red glaring eyes!

Howzabout those saucer hats with the red ties? This photo shows the easy temptation of Skyway passengers who felt the need to target the guests below on the Alice attraction with spitballs and other assorted ammunition.

By 1965, the round Skyway bucket had been transformed into the square shaped shown here:

Daveland reader Bill H. captured this colorful October 1980 view of the buckets over Fantasyland. Guests still had 14 years left to enjoy this attraction before its removal.

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K. Martinez said...

WOW!!! What an awesome post! The Skyway is my favorite and most missed attraction from Disneyland's past.

The year the Skyway was removed was a turning point for me with Disneyland. I never felt quite the same about the place since then. Gone is the energy and color in the skies above Fantasyland and Tomorrowland as well as my favorite dramatic point in Disneyland (The Skyway gliding through the Matterhorn).

THANK YOU for posting this. It made my day!

K. Martinez said...

BTW, that first image is fantastic! But then, all of these Skyway images posted today are. Thanks again!

Major Pepperidge said...

Such a simple and beautiful attraction, I miss it so much.