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    Does anyone know why they removed the Skyway in Walt Disney World ? I went on it several times & I loved the Views

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    Skyway (Disney) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There were multiple accounts of people falling from the skyway, and also the loading system was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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    From the Trivia section here on DWT:
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    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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    Oh how awful! Does anyone know why he wasn't wearing any safety equipment?






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    Yikes! That almost makes me glad I never rode it. Who am I kidding, I would have been way too chicken.
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    I remember riding this a couple of years before it closed. I don't remember much about loading and unloading (I was about 7 or 8 at the time). But I do remember that it had a fairly short line but was very slow-loading. However, It had some of the most beautiful views of the park.
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    my sister is in a wheel chair and they would have to stop the ride to get her on, just like lou said, not very good, however it was my favorite ride and was very disappointed when it was closed down. I always feel nostalgic (sp?) when i see the old stations in fantasyland and tomorrowland

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    I do too cskiff7895 so don't feel bad.

    That is absolutely horrible about the Cast Member though. Wow!
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    I had heard when I worked there that each ride has a certain insurance premium, based on the kind of ride it is. So, like carousels in general (at any amusement park) have a certain premium, etc. Someone said that historically (at all kinds of amusement parks) those sky way rides had a very high accident rate, and therefore the insurance rate was extremely high. So, therefore, like Lou said, it was too expensive to keep up.

    Not sure if it's true, but it makes sense to me..
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    tikikrissy, that makes a lot of sense to me too. sadly, for our sake, money and cost effectiviness dictate what rides stay and go, not public opinion. a good example is mr toad's wild ride, dispite all the protests they still closed it down and replaced it with a ride they could merchandise.

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    I remember there being VERY LONG lines for the Skyway. They have one up here in Elysburg, PA at Knoebels Park(more like a ski lift.) My daughter has gone on it with my husband, but I'm not that brave!
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    Our whole family loved this ride and poof it was gone! Go to Urban Legends Reference Pages for a run down on why it closed.

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    I loved this ride!
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    I used to ride that all the time. There's a nice video on YouTube of it for those that didn't get the chance to ride it.

    I've heard a few rumors about why it closed, one being safety, another being poor guest capacity, not suitable for guests in wheelchairs, ect., as well as that the ride gave away many of the parks "secrets" and behind the scenes areas. When you were riding it you could tell that many of buildings were just facades, you could see the submarine track of 2,000 Leagues and you could see the cast member parking lot while riding it.
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