Disneyland’s fabled Skyway attraction opened in June of 1956, just a short year after the park first welcomed guests. It underwent several changes over the years (the biggest being the construction of the park’s giant Matterhorn Mountain, which the ride would begin traveling through in 1959) until it stopped operation in November of 1994.
The terminal on the Skyway’s Tomorrowland side was removed soon after that, but the Fantasyland terminal (the one that resembled a quaint Swiss chalet) sat abandoned next to the Casey Jr. Circus Train, until it was demolished last week after sixty full years in the park, as part of of Disneyland’s current Star Wars expansion/construction.
For longtime fans of Disneyland, the Fantasyland Skyway chalet offered an opportunity to peek through the trees at a part of the park’s history. Now that memento of the past is gone, but we must remind ourselves that, as Walt famously said, “Disneyland will never be completed.” And we can only imagine what wonders lie in store as the original Magic Kingdom in Anaheim continues its ongoing growth and evolution.
FANTASYLAND SKYWAY TERMINAL 1956-2016