The Skyway at Magic Kingdom was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom in October 1971. It was open for 28 years and closed in 1999. The Skyway had two stations, one in Fantasyland and one in Tomorrowland. Though the attraction closed in ’99, the stations were not removed for years after. The Skyway had amazing view of the park and attractions, including the extinct attraction 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
You may remember the Fantasyland Station from when the Skyway was open, or as that strange brown building that was used for stroller parking. The pylons and wires were removed from the park, but some of the equipment remained in the building.
This striking image shows a park you may not recognize. Look behind the Skyway and you can see the Haunted Mansion in the background. Tom Sawyer’s Island was not yet built, which is why this view looks so strange.
This image shows the Fantasyland Skyway Station. Guests could enter and exit at this point. This location is now where the Tangled Rest Area is located.
The Tomorrowland Skyway also had a station with a huge waterfall in front of it. There were stairs on the right hand side to get to the station, and both an entrance and an exit.
This retro image shows the machinery of the Skyway located on the second story of the building. The Skyway was located at the back end of Tomorrowland and had a sharp turn near the Speedway before arriving at Fantasyland.
This is what the station looked like after the Skyway closed. You can see that the machinery is now gone, but the upper half of the building remains. Nowadays, they removed the top half of the building and the waterfall and built a bathroom there instead. Unless you remember this ride and station, you wouldn’t know that it ever existed there!
Future of the Skyway
The Skyway as we once knew it may never return to Magic Kingdom. However, Disney is adding a gondola project that will connect some of the parks and resorts, called the Skyliner. One of the stations will be at the International Gateway at Epcot. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be the station that serves as a hub for guests to transfer. Other locations will be Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The project will be called “the Disney Skyliner”. It will offer an alternative to buses, monorails, and boats and offer a birds-eye view of the WDW Property. We couldn’t be more excited for this change, and we were lucky to get a peak at the new construction! If you want to check out this promo art yourself, head to the International Gateway at Epcot!
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