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  • 50 years ago today...

    -June 23, 1956:

    In Fantasyland:
    Skyway to Tomorrowland opened (with a new path changed to go through Matterhorn in 1959), and in
    Tomorrowland: Skyway to Fantasyland opened (and had a new path changed to go through Matterhorn, in 1959).


    Forty years ago tomorrow (June 24):

    New Orleans Square opened! Happy birthday New Orleans Square. All those people, the red carpets, the new bleachers -- that's all for you.



    (Source: http://www.justdisney.com/disneyland...50s/frame.html)
    Last edited by RobotMirror; 06-23-2006, 10:10 AM. Reason: Changed awkward wording

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    Re: 50 years ago today...

    yay! thanks for the info!

    !Happy b-day NOS! tommorrow...

    Skyway, you will be misseed..

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      Re: 50 years ago today...

      Nice. When did the skyway close down? I'm one of the proud MC'ers that got to ride it... in 1978.

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        Re: 50 years ago today...

        Great info Frogberto...Ironic that NOS is getting hyped so much on its 40th birthday!

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          Re: 50 years ago today...

          Yesterland.com and dldhistory.com list it as closing in November, 1994. Some skyway trivia for you also:

          This was the first ride of this kind to be built in the United States. The cable was 2,400 feet long with 44 gondolas. The Skyway stations were equiped with a large digital meter to gauge wind speed. It usually flutuated between zero and three knots. If the meter hit twelve knots employees shut the ride down. For dangerous situations, in the mid-1970s Disneyland installed speakers on the Skyway towers and microphones in the stations. By depressing the "All Ride" switch, operators could give announcements or warnings "from on high." Hosts were to use the device for emergencies only, since upon hearing a deep voice suddenly resounding from the sky, guests typically froze in terror. As such, the device became known as "the God Switch." The buckets reached a height of 60 feet. The drive mechanism was in the Fantasyland side with a 35 thousand pound ballast on the Tomorrowland side to keep the cable tight. Skyway was built by Von Roll Iron Works of Bern Switzerland. The first gondolas had fiberglass patio chairs bolted in them. During construction of the New Fantasyland in 1984 the Skyway ran roundtrip only.

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          • #6
            Re: 50 years ago today...

            Originally posted by Frogberto
            -June 23, 1955:

            In Fantasyland:
            Skyway to Tomorrowland opened (with a new path changed to go through Matterhorn in 1959), and in
            Tomorrowland: Skyway to Fantasyland opened (and had a new path changed to go through Matterhorn, in 1959).
            Disneyland didn't open till July 17, 1955

            Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe...


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            • #7
              Re: 50 years ago today...

              Originally posted by Morrigoon
              Disneyland didn't open till July 17, 1955
              Sorry, (duh!), in my edit of that post I should have put 1956. I'll correct it again.

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                Re: 50 years ago today...

                Thanks for this information. Sadly, I never got to Disneyland until 1995, and by then the skyway was already closed.

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