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    Whatever happened to...

    anybody know what officially happened to the sky buckets at MK? i know it's been a while but i keep forgetting to ask what happened and when exactly did they close them?

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    Pooh,

    I think I have an article about them in the Articles section, but quickly, they were taken down in 1999 for a variety of reasons, including slow loading, no handicap access, etc. I have a video from them in the Downloads section, and personally were sad to see them go. They had great views of the MK.
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    My last trip in them was in '96 during the Cake Castle.

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    The handicapped access is a bit of a red herring as older attractions aren't necessarilly reqired to become handicapped accessable it is just a good thing to try to do, though it would probable have been quite more expensive to do it for this attrtaction than some others. I liked the skyway buckets, but as much as I hated to see them go for little more than cost cutting there are places in Fantasyland in particular that look much nicer without those support poles marching through, the removal of the Skyway at disneyland made a much bigger impact where they were able to give the forced perspective of the Matterhorn a bit of an improvement by not having those gaping skyway bucket holes halfway up the mountain. I won't mind it so much when they really do redevelop that Tomorrowland area that includes the Skyway station. I'm not as hopeful that we'll see much developement at the Fantasyland end, but perhaps they could surprise us all someday.
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    Last I had heard, they were turning the area around the Fantasyland skyway station into a Snow White meet & greet, as well as stroller parking for It's a Small World.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004
    Last I had heard, they were turning the area around the Fantasyland skyway station into a Snow White meet & greet, as well as stroller parking for It's a Small World.
    It's actually been used as a meet and greet location for years it's particularly appropriate for characters from Pinocchio, and Snow White because of it's alpine settine which could be the Tivolian Alps of the Bavarian Alps as needed. In fact most of the postcard views of Pinnocchio over the years were photographed at the Skyway station!

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    While I never rode them, I was sorry to see them go too. I guess the number of guests who now think it is so cool to stand up on rides and to do other stupid things led to its demise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrian-nc.com
    It's actually been used as a meet and greet location for years it's particularly appropriate for characters from Pinocchio, and Snow White because of it's alpine settine which could be the Tivolian Alps of the Bavarian Alps as needed. In fact most of the postcard views of Pinnocchio over the years were photographed at the Skyway station!
    Good god, are meet and greets the ONLY thing that Disney can come up with to replace Fantasyland attractions? Someone needs to be fired...

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    Good god, are meet and greets the ONLY thing that Disney can come up with to replace Fantasyland attractions? Someone needs to be fired...
    Yes on both counts. Sadly, Disney is too much about the bottom line anymore, and less about fantasy. You can hire CMs to play characters until kingdom come as compared to the cost of a new attraction. I love to see the characters as much as anyone, but I also would love to see more rides and attractions. Until there is a change in philosophy at the top M&G will be the norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminy Cricket
    I love to see the characters as much as anyone, but I also would love to see more rides and attractions. Until there is a change in philosophy at the top M&G will be the norm.
    Sad, isn't it? I just pray for the day when WDW becomes more like the current Disneyland. Matt Ouimet has improved that resort so much in the time span he's been in his position. I just hope he gets sent to Florida afterwards!

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    I also miss the skyway. It was such a great way to miss the park. I went down in 1999 and one of the workers had fallen off of one of the cars. I do not believe that he was seriously injured but it went to prove that they could be dangerous if people were not careful in them.

    I also would love to see a new attraction be placed there. It would be nice to have something new in that area of the park.

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