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The Skyway was a gondola lift attraction at that previously operated at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland. Each iteration of the attraction took riders from their park's respective Fantasyland to Tomorrowland, and vice versa. The Disneyland Skyway was the first aerial ropeway in the United States when it opened in 1956.

History

Disneyland

The Skyway at Disneyland, built by Von Roll, Ltd. of Bern, Switzerland, opened on June 23, 1956 as the first Von Roll Type 101 aerial ropeway in the United States. The Skyway shuttled guests between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland in exchange for a "D" coupon. A few years later, the Skyway temporarily closed to accommodate construction of the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction. The Matterhorn was to be built in the place of Holiday Hill, a dirt mound on which the central support pylon for the Skyway originally sat. The Skyway reopened alongside the Matterhorn, Motor Boat Cruise, Submarine Voyage and Disneyland-ALWEG Monorail System in 1959, with the Skyway passing directly through the center of the Matterhorn by way of two holes on either side of the mountain.

In 1965, the attraction's original round two-seater buckets were replaced by rectangular four-seater buckets designed by Imagineer Bob Gurr, doubling capacity.

During the Fantasyland renovation at Disneyland in the early 1980s, the Skyway made only roundtrips from Tomorrowland.

Disneyland closed the Skyway on November 9, 1994. At the time, a Disney spokesperson claimed in the Orange County Register that the closure was due to declining popularity and that the attraction's staffing would be needed to work the then-upcoming Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction that would open in 1995, though outside speculation suggests the closure was due to stress cracks in the Matterhorn supports and a desire to keep operating costs low. The attraction's supports and Tomorrowland station were removed shortly after its closure, though the Fantasyland station still stands derelict as of 2016. However, on May 11, 2016, the City of Anaheim approved a permit to the Walt Disney World Company for the "demolition of 5,132 sq.ft for Skyway Building #7301", signaling the likely demolition of the chalet as land clearing for construction of Star Wars Land had reached the chalet's western side. The chalet was finally demolished after park closing on June 14, 2016.

Magic Kingdom

The Skyway opened at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom as one of the park's opening day attractions on October 1, 1971. Like its Disneyland counterpart, the Skyway shuttled guests between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland in exchange for a "D" coupon. This version of the Skyway was unique in that it did not travel in a straight line over the park. Gondolas descended to an L-shaped turn midway through the attraction before ascending again and traveling on towards their destination.

The Magic Kingdom's Skyway closed on November 9, 1999, exactly five years after the Disneyland version closed. The Tomorrowland station was partially demolished in the summer of 2009 during the refurbishment of Space Mountain, with its lower level left intact to continue serving as a restroom facility. The Fantasyland station was used for stroller parking, then later demolished in 2011 make way for expanded restrooms and a new transition area between Fantasyland and Liberty Square.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland's Skyway opened along with the park as an opening day attraction on April 15, 1983. Though, like its American counterparts, it shuttled guests between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, the overwhelming majority of the short, two-and-a-half minute trip took guests over the southwestern edge of Tomorrowland. This version of the Skyway uniquely was not open-air like its American counterparts, with Plexiglas windows keeping riders safe from the elements.

The Skyway with the shortest ride duration would also be the shortest-lived: Tokyo Disneyland's Skyway closed on November 3, 1998. The Fantasyland station, nearly identical to the Skyway chalet at Disneyland in California, was removed to make way for Pooh's Hunny Hunt, which opened in 2000.

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Former Attractions

Country Bear Jamboree | Star Tours | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Ariel's Grotto | PeopleMover | Skyway | Carousel of Progress | Submarine Voyage | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Swiss Family Treehouse | Adventure Thru Inner Space | Home of the Future | Magic Journeys | Rocket Jets | Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland | Midget Autopia | The Party Gras Parade | Space Station X-1 | Flying Saucers | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | One Man's Dream | Mickey Mouse Club Theater | Fantasy Waters | Fantasyland Autopia | Rocket Rods | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | The Lion King Celebration | America Sings | The Walt Disney Story | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky

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Cinderella Castle | It's a Small World | Peter Pan's Flight | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Dream Along With Mickey | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mad Tea Party | The Great Goofini | Cinderella's Royal Table | Pinocchio Village Haus | Sword in the Stone | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Ariel's Grotto | Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid | Be Our Guest Restaurant | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Princess Fairytale Hall | Pete's Silly Sideshow | The Barnstormer | Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | Pirates League

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Resorts

Disney's Contemporary Resort | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Former Attractions

The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Mickey Mouse Revue | Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Skyway | Snow White's Scary Adventures | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | If You Had Wings | Delta Dreamflight | The Timekeeper | Magic Journeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Mission to Mars | ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter | The Walt Disney Story | Mickey's Birthdayland | Mickey's Starland | Mickey's Toontown Fair | Flight to the Moon | Donald's Boat | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Pixie Hollow | Toon Park | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky | Plaza Swan Boats | Dream Along with Mickey | Penny Arcade | Tropical Serenade | Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats | Diamond Horseshoe Revue | America the Beautiful | American Journeys | Magic Carpet Round the World

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Cinderella Castle | Snow White's Adventures | Snow White Grotto | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Castle Carrousel | Alice's Tea Party | Peter Pan's Flight | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | It's a Small World | Mickey's PhilharMagic | The Haunted Mansion

Adventureland

Swiss Family Treehouse | Western River Railroad | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!

Tomorrowland

Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Star Jets | Grand Circuit Raceway | Stitch Encounter | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Toontown

Mickey's House & Movie Barn | Minnie's House | Goofy's Bounce House | Donald's Boat | Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin | Gadget's Go Coaster | Toon Park

Westernland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Mark Twain Riverboat | Country Bear Theater | Tom Sawyer Island | Westernland Shooting Gallery

Critter Country

Splash Mountain | Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

Resorts

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Ambassador Hotel

Former Attractions

Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Mickey Mouse Revue | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Skyway | Magic Journeys | Disney's Party Express | One Man's Dream | Star Tours | The Party Gras Parade | Fantasy in the Sky

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