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    I've got a few rather boring questions about the 20K lagoon area in the Magic Kingdom when it was being used for the character meetings and stuff...and the skyway... 1) Did the lights still come on at night? In many pics I see lights over near the dock and stuff. Did it light up at night or was it dark and creepy? 2) Any lights in the water at all? I'm guessing no. 3) Do the Skyway stations still light up at night? I know the Fantasyland one does as per my trip in June but I didn't notice the Tomorrowland one. 4) Is there ANY truth at ALL to the rumor that the Skyway could come back? (Read it on WDWMagic). As in, ANY POSSIBILITY whatsoever, with safer cabins or something? Or is it a totally not-gonna-happen rumor?

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    Re: 20k & Skyway questions

    If WDW's removal of skyway is as complete as Disneylands, I doubt there will EVER be another skyway. Disneyland removed all the towers and sealed the caverns in the Matterhorn that the skyway use to go through. When I was at WDW a year ago, I don't remember seeing any towers remaining.

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    • #3
      Re: 20k & Skyway questions

      The only remaining thig of the WDW skyway are it's 2 stations, and most of it's cabs are in storage in the TL station. the TL station does light up somewhat, just usually not as bright as it once did. the FL station is illuminated similarily.

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      • #4
        Re: 20k & Skyway questions

        No rumor to it coming back is true. All of the supports, cabling, etc... were removed. There were several reasons it was removed and safety was only one of them. None of those others reasons have been addressed.

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        • #5
          Re: 20k & Skyway questions

          If A - E tickets still exsisted I doubt if the Skyways would have been removed.
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          • #6
            Re: 20k & Skyway questions

            TL's skyway station stays dark, it's creepy cleaning behind it at night. The exception being the MNSSHP, in which they illuminate the upstairs with an image of a Mickey ghost.

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            • #7
              Re: 20k & Skyway questions

              Skyway systems at Theme Parks throughout the country are/were being removed. After a few accidents and with states lowering the wind resistance standards that would automatically shut down the rides, it became too much of nuisance to parks to keep them running in that a gust of wind could kick in the safety mechanism and shut down the ride leaving guests stranded up in the air.

              In many cases, guests themselves made the matter worse by rocking the cages unseating them slightly (very dangerous) between towers, and causing the ride safety mechanisim to kick in at the next tower, in addition to that, some guests found it fun to drop things from the cars to the unsuspecting guests below.

              I have seen these rides removed from several theme parks, not just Disney's parks, but parks from Six Flags and Paramount as well. I doubt that we will see these types of rides in theme parks again.

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              • #8
                Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                Six Flags New England still has a sky way ride (I rode it about 2 weeks ago) but the chances of it returning to any Disney parks is extremely unlikely.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwwdFhJWDK0

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                • #9
                  Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                  SFNE & SFoG still have them. Lots of parks still do...but they are not efficient rides for Disney parks.
                  And everything is gone that they used to travel on, including the turn around. They are not coming back.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                    sea world san diego has one. It goes out over the bay.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                      Originally posted by musiken View Post
                      If WDW's removal of skyway is as complete as Disneylands, I doubt there will EVER be another skyway. Disneyland removed all the towers and sealed the caverns in the Matterhorn that the skyway use to go through. When I was at WDW a year ago, I don't remember seeing any towers remaining.
                      Disneyland never got rid of the towers.
                      Friend walks into line of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh-
                      "Come on, Let's go see Country Bear- .......Oh."
                      -August 1st 2010

                      And this elevator traverls directly to The Twilight Zone The Gift Shop!
                      -August 2nd 2010

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                      • #12
                        Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                        Originally posted by Walt Jr. View Post
                        Disneyland never got rid of the towers.
                        I think you are mistaken.
                        "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"
                        - Satchel Paige

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                        • #13
                          Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                          Cedar Point still has their skyway.

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                          • #14
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                            So no Skyway, but what about 20K? Did it light up at night after the closure (1994 - 2004)?

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                            • #15
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                              I can't remember since it's been so long... but part of me wants to say they at least lit up the statue of King Triton that was in the water by Ariel's Grotto.

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                              • #16
                                Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                                Originally posted by aimster View Post
                                I can't remember since it's been so long... but part of me wants to say they at least lit up the statue of King Triton that was in the water by Ariel's Grotto.
                                That must've looked cool! I wanna see pics of the lagoon at night now. Someone must have taken them in all those years...

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                                • #17
                                  Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                                  Originally posted by Walt Jr. View Post
                                  Disneyland never got rid of the towers.
                                  I would beg to differ. I remember there use to be one in the middle of the line for Mr. Toad. It is no longer there. Maybe a few more are still around, but at least that one is gone.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                                    Originally posted by Walt Jr. View Post
                                    Disneyland never got rid of the towers.
                                    Only the one encased by the Matterhorn supposedly remains. The others are all gone.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: 20k & Skyway questions

                                      Originally posted by lazyboy97O View Post
                                      Only the one encased by the Matterhorn supposedly remains. The others are all gone.
                                      That makes sense. I doubt they would bother ripping out the one inside there.

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