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    Question Skyway closing

    Everytime I go to Disney World I see the abandoned Skyway building, and I always wished I could've gone on it. Does anyone know when or why it closed? I really would've liked to try it, too bad it's gone - it's seems missed by almost everyone.
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    From the trivia section of this site, under "extinct Fantasyland Attractions":

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Mongello
    The Skyway closed on November 10, 1999, joining its counterpart in Disneyland which closed on the exact same day in 1994. The Disneyland Tokyo Skyway closed in November 1998.

    One of Walt Disney World's original attractions, the Skyway was a 5-minute long cable-car style ride that ran between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, passing over the Cinderella's Golden Carousel tent, and the Grand Prix Raceway. The ride was listed twice on park guide maps - it was listed as the Skyway to Tomorrowland from the Fantasyland terminal, and as the Skyway to Fantasyland from the Tomorrowland terminal. Guests boarded the Skyway from a loading area themed like a Swiss chalet in Fantasyland, and from an area west of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. The ride was open year round, and closed temporarily during rain storms or high winds. The one-way ride required a "D-Ticket" and took an almost 90-degree turn as it passed near the Grand Prix Raceway. On November 10, 1999 , the Skyway closed for good, joining its Disneyland counterpart, which closed exactly five years earlier. The Skyway in Tokyo Disneyland closed in November, 1998.


    So, why did it close? Well, despite rumors that it had closed for safety reasons after a guest fell from a ride car, the Skyway closed for more practical reasons. First, it was a very slow-loading and unprofitable attraction. Second, it was also extremely difficult to accommodate guests with disabilities, unless wheelchair-bound guests left their chair on the loading area and took a round-trip ride. However, reports that there was a death on the Skyway were in fact true, although it was not a guest who lost their life. In February of 1999, a part-time Cast Member, while not wearing any protective equipment or safety harness, was working in the loading area when he accidentally fell to his death
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    I think it closed in 99. I never got to ride this either.... what a shame
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    Thanks for the info, I was always wondering why it closed. The skyway building in Fantasyland is cute, it's kind of annoying how they just leave it up there to tease people. Where is/was the loading area in Tomorrowland? When I was younger I used to always stand as close as I could to where the cars came out of the Fantasyland loading area and wonder where they would have ended up
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    I remember it, but never rode it. I wish I had
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    I must confess to something dumb I did on it a long time ago back in 1992. Me and some friends decided we were going to ride it and we grabbed ketchup and mustard packets from Pecos Bills. We popped those bad boys open and started dive bombing people. I must say looking back on it how dumb it was but I was 15 at the time. Not much in the way of common sense when you are a mischevious teenager.

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    I was lucky, I got to ride it once on my first visit to WDW back in 1999.
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    Fortunately, I got to ride it many times. It was very soothing, and a great way to view what was goiing on in the park. We even got to ride it a couple times when there was a firework show--Absolutely breath-taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribbean Lady View Post
    Where is/was the loading area in Tomorrowland?
    Between the Carousel of Progress and Space Mountain. There is a fairly large, plain building with bathrooms. If you go to the left end of it (closer to Space Mountain) you can see a waterfall and above that was the loading area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoupBone View Post
    I must confess to something dumb I did on it a long time ago back in 1992. Me and some friends decided we were going to ride it and we grabbed ketchup and mustard packets from Pecos Bills. We popped those bad boys open and started dive bombing people. I must say looking back on it how dumb it was but I was 15 at the time. Not much in the way of common sense when you are a mischevious teenager.
    my stepson who was about 9 at the time was dropping pennies on people.......the boys were in a seperate car from us



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    Quote Originally Posted by flutter View Post
    my stepson who was about 9 at the time was dropping pennies on people.......the boys were in a seperate car from us



    I don't recall ever hitting anyone but if I remember right it was on purpose. I may have been mischevious but not out to ruin anyones experience...lol I kinda wonder to this day how we never got caught.

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    i love hearing the rumors about what might eventually become of the space used for this ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trickster View Post
    I was lucky, I got to ride it once on my first visit to WDW back in 1999.
    Same here, only rode it once. We have a video of ourselves on it, it looked pretty windy!
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    my 80-something year old grandma still remembers riding that ride. haha, it was a great bird's eye view of the park. There were so many visible changes from the 70's to the 90's...
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