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Skyway

Opened

October 1, 1971

Closed

November 10, 1999

Land

Fantasyland & Tomorrowland

Designer

WED Enterprises

Manufacturer

Vonroll LTD

Vehicle capacity

4

Ride length

3:36

Length

1,200 ft. (365.8 m)

Height

60 ft. (18.3 m)

Maximum speed

4 mph (6.4 km/h)

The Skyway was a gondola lift attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Since the attraction took riders back and forth between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, the route from Tomorrowland was called Skyway to Fantasyland, and the route from Fantasyland was called Skyway to Tomorrowland.

At the Magic Kingdom, the Skyway was removed in 1999. The Tomorrowland station was demolished in the summer of 2009, while the Fantasyland station is now used for stroller parking, but will soon be demolished to make way for the expanded restrooms for Peter Pan's Flight.

Incidents[]

On February 14, 1999, a park custodian at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom was killed when the Skyway started up while he was cleaning one of the platforms at the Fantasyland terminal. Raymond Barlow, 65, was sweeping off a narrow Skyway platform inaccessible to park guests an hour after the park's 9 a.m. opening when Cast Members, unaware of his presence, started up the ride. Barlow, startled by the approaching gondola, grabbed onto it and tried to climb inside; he fell 40 feet into a flower bed, hitting a tree on the way down, and died. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration later ruled that the area in which Barlow had been working violated federal safety codes and fined Walt Disney World $4,500 for a "serious" violation of safety standards. Several months later, on November 9, 1999, the Magic Kingdom's skyway was permanently closed. The decision to close the attraction was allegedly based on factors other than its being involved in a recent accidental death.

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