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    D23 Breaking News: Couple Gets Stuck in Skyway Photo-Op!

    D23 attendees, Kimberly and Nicholas were visiting the D23 lounge when they decided to enter an antique Disneyland Skyway “Bucket” for a photo-op. Unknowingly, they closed the door on the ride vehicle and after having their picture taken several times, found they could not exit the car. The door was locked! Just imagine their embarrassment […]

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    The “Buckets”

    By Mark Hickson: I think the thing I miss most about riding the Skyway was the cast members loading and unloading you. Above is Tomorrowland’s unload station and below is Fantasyland’s unload station. You would come in, swinging in your bucket, when a cast member would grab your bucket and bring it to a halt. […]

  • Fantasyland Aerial View – 1982

    A view of the east-end of Fantasyland before park opening from the top of the Matterhorn. On the left you can see the construction fence for the “New Fantasyland” construction. This photo was taken sometime before September 1982, because Alice in Wonderland’s remodel hadn’t started and Captain Hook’s Galley is still open. What I find of great interest […]

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    The Buckets

    By Mark Hickson: The Buckets were so cool. Where else could you be swept away into the sky and travel from a fantasy to tomorrow? The Buckets, as we always called them, were perfect for two friends to share. There was always a high level of excitement after you were loaded and dispatched. Your Bucket would climb […]

  • New Attractions Preview 1959

    You might have seen a photograph of this preview sign before but this one is kinda special. Behind it you can see “Holiday Hill” with the Skyway tower on top. That tower was probably the least photographed thing in the early days of Disneyland. So what new attractions can we look forward to in June 1959? […]

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    Why the Skyway was Removed

    The Muppets ruined it for all of us! First they overloaded the cab. Then they wouldn’t “Please Stay Seated”. Then Gonzo got on mid-way and Beaker fell out, twice! All the extra weight overloaded the cable and the cab got stuck on pier #3. A full evacuation had to be performed by the fire department […]

  • Old Autopia Pix

    Check out the matching shirts those guys are wearing! One is bounding out of the car while the other (holding a Yashica camera) is wondering where the hell the exit is. The original version of Tomorrowland’s Autopia lasted about a year before the track was moved away from the new Skyway building. We can see […]

  • Orange Trees and Phantom Boats

    Here is a wonderful shot of a very early Tomorrowland. You can see the short-lived Phantom Boats at dock and the first version of the Autopia. This photo was taken during a closed day and not early morning (the lack of shadows tell). Over the berm is the last remnants of the Orange groves that […]

  • Tomorrowland to Fantasyland Aerial View

    It’s the summer of 1957 and here is a scene from The Yacht Bar (formerly The Yacht Club) to the Pirate ship few have seen. In the middle is “Holiday Hill”, the spot the Matterhorn would eventually take. At the bottom right you can see three Phantom Boats all bunched-up waiting to go into the dock. […]

  • The “Buckets”

    I think the thing I miss most about riding the Skyway was the cast members loading and unloading you. Above is Tomorrowland’s unload station and below is Fantasyland’s unload station. You would come in swinging in your bucket when a cast member would grab and bring you to a halt. The door would be opened […]

  • Skyway Before The Matterhorn

    Here is an interesting perspective of the Skyway heading to Fantasyland. Alice in Wonderland is newly opened (hard to see below railing)  and the hill, known as “Holiday Hill” that separates Tomorrowland and Fantasyland has guests walking the trail. The structure of the Skyway tower was something rarely photographed and will shortly be incorporated into the yet-to-be-built […]