The Skyway in Magic Kingdom was one of the opening day attractions on October 1, 1971. This picture was taken on our trip in the summer of 1978 and I still remember being able to see all of Fantasyland and the surrounding areas. This was one of the rides that I remember the most even thought I was only 6 years old. It was stunning to see Dumbo from above and the waters that held 20,000 Under the Sea. This ride terrified my with the giant squid, but didn’t seem quite as scary from the air.
This Skyway had a one of a kind L-shaped turn by the Tomorrowland Speedway and you could only ride this in one direction. The attraction was touted as two separate rides; Skyway to Tomorrowland and Skyway to Fantasyland. The open-air bucket gondolas held 4 people who could sit two forward facing and two backward facing. If you looked far enough you might even see Splash Mountain or Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
On November 9, 1999 the Magic Kingdom Skyway closed. Although the Skyway is gone, in true Disney fashion there are still little hints to remember that the Skyway was once there. The Rapunzel bathrooms now stand where the station that ended the Skyway to Fantasyland ended. Pretty crazy to think about that. There are also some cobblestones and a small circular drain where one of the pylons used to stand.
I love learning about fun history located in and around Disney World. Do you have something that you have found that is a throwback to Magic Kingdom before expansions and changes?
“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future” – Walt Disney
Traci is the author/editor of The Infinity Mouse. She has been a lifelong fan of all things Disney that started when her parents took her to Disney World for the first time in 1978. Since then she has visited Disney World and Disneyland multiple times. In the fall of 2018 she and her husband moved to Florida to begin a new chapter in life as empty nesters. They decided being close to The Mouse and beaches was where they wanted to be. She loves sharing all things Disney with people. Her goal is to share Disney happiness to those who can’t visit the happiest place on earth and to share information about what is happening in and around Disney with everyone. She is also the owner of To Infinity and Beyond Travel and specializes in making Disney dreams come true. So whether you want to travel to see The Mouse, or just want to stay up on all Disney happenings, she hopes to spread pixie dust to everyone.