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All my pictures of the Skyway sum up to this one – closed. :(

Today I am sitting in on a special Magical Blogorail Black edition, so thank you to all of my Magical Blogorail Black team members for welcoming me on board!  In this edition of the Magical Blogorail, we are bringing you our thoughts on the one ride that we would like to see Disney bring back.  For me, it’s a no brainer — I miss the Skyway!

For those that aren’t as old as I am, they may not know what the Skyway is.  It was a ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park that made two stops, one in Fantasyland, and one in Tomorrowland.  Basically, the Skyway was a transportation gondola that would take you from one part of the Magic Kingdom to the other.  It was strictly one way transportation, if you wanted to go to Tomorrowland you got on the Skyway at Fantasyland, and if you wanted to go to Fantasyland you got on at Tomorrowland.  There was nothing preventing you from getting back in line to make the trek back, but most people didn’t do that.

The reason that the Skyway no longer exists is somewhat murky; depending on who you ask you may get an entirely different answer.  The Skyway closed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on November 9, 1999 — although I swear it seems like it closed much earlier than that!  There was a tragic, fatal accident involving a Cast Member and the Skyway, and it is likely that this was the reason that it was closed, but I don’t think that Disney ever announced officially why it was closed. 

Although the Skyway is no more, the power of the Internet is such that we are able to relive the feeling of the Skyway by looking at YouTube videos.  The nostalgia part of me misses all of the classic attractions, and longs for those simpler days when you could ride them, but the technology side of me understands why they were removed.  I’ve embedded a YouTube video of the ride that I thought was well done.  Look at it and tell me what’s different about Cinderella Castle!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApHpap5cb38

So tell me, what do you miss from Walt Disney World?

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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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12 Responses to “Magical Blogorail Black: The Attraction I’d bring back”

  1. We were there in the early part of 1999, and I don't remember the Skyway being open at that time; but that could be due to the fact that I've never been a fan of that type of ride (which could stem back to riding REAL cable cars in Europe when I was 5 years old.

    I remember riding the Skyway in the late 80's though (and even have that big hair picture that I've shared on my blog a time or two!)

    The thing I find saddest about its closing is the fact that the building that housed it still sits there, looking so sad and lonely. I wish Disney would do something about that!

  2. Wow, I forgot how much I didnt like the birthday clothes the castle had! Oh, and Mr. Toad, sigh, I miss Mr Toad's wild ride!

    Heidi, they are refurbing the old skyway pavillion to become the bathrooms for Fantasy Land. They are getting rid of the bathrooms by Peter Pan, I believe, to make a bigger que line for the ride.

    this was a fun video to watch!

  3. Thank you for sharing the video! I started going to WDW in 2008 (I grew up with Disneyland) so I never got to experience this. But I love learning/experiencing something new about Disney history (even if it's fairly recent history ;) ) so I really enjoyed this. :)

  4. This is so interesting. I learned about the Skyway in my Cast Member traditions class, but never got to ride it. My first visit to WDW wasnt until 2000. I think this would have been so neat to ride. I have ridden the chairlift at Blizzard Beach but I think it would have been 100x better over the Magic Kingdom.

    Also i think the castle looks horrible hahahaha 25 years and its a cake, lovely disney, lovely!! hahaha

  5. Thanks everyone for the comments today! You know, when we were at the Magic Kingdom on the 1st, I didn't even think to look for the old launching spot in Fantasyland. I guess that shows how good Disney is at making a spot look nondescript so no one notices it. I know that they were taking it down, I think it was already gone when we were there, but I don't know for certain. You are right Michelle, it is going to be the bathrooms, and they are re-doing the queue for Peter Pan's Flight.

    Zach, is that Cast Member traditions class something associated with the Disney College Program? It would be really neat if a local community college would offer something like that! :)