Monday, June 23, 2014

58 Years Ago…A Skyway Celebration

Step back in time to 1956, when the Disneyland Skyway opened to the public, allowing them to float through the air from an Alpine Chalet in Fantasyland to the futuristic station in Tomorrowland. Today's post celebrates this favorite from yesteryear with a few golden oldies from my collection. This first photo is from 1956; you can almost feel the excitement as guests line up to board a gondola in Tomorrowland.

Looking back from your bucket, here's what your view would have been:

Get a look at a very undeveloped Harbor Boulevard in the background!

By 1963, the Submarine Lagoon was added to this view:

This May 1958 gem shows the Fantasyland Alpine Chalet station:

A closer look at the emblem atop the Chalet:

From 1957:

Guests at the Casey Jr attraction look up at the buckets overhead:

Look Ma, no Matterhorn!

In this July 1968 shot, you can see the thrill of being able to fly THROUGH the Matterhorn, affording guests a peek of the inner workings of this attraction.

Once in Tomorrowland, you could have bought something at the Mod Hatter:

I leave you today with this dusky shot of the Skyway from February 1960:

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JG said...

A tour de force of the Skyway, with some real gems of the old Chalet.

I can't figure out why I don't have the same nostalgia for the Tomorrowland station, but I just don't.

Thank you, Dave for the great pics of a wonderful lost memory.


Alex Blasingame said...

I agree with JG. Any chance of getting a close-up of the sign on the Tomorrowland ticket booth in the second pic?

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

My favorite part was going through the Matterhorn. I miss the Skyway! I wish they would bring it & the People Movers back!

CoxPilot said...

The skyway at night was the best, and if you timed it at the 9:00 pm, the fireworks would start while above. I think if the skyway were there, it would be considered dull by today's standards.

Dave DeCaro said...

Alex - the sign is not readable; the 2nd pic is a closeup of the 1st pic, and is about as big as it can get.

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow Dave, many of these are great, but that first shot is really terrific!