After nearly 40 years ferrying parkgoers, Disneyland in California is saying goodbye to its iconic Fantasyland Skyway and will replace it with a more futuristic Star Wars Land.
In order to construct the newest attraction in the park, the management of Disneyland has made a tough decision; that is, to demolished the Skyway Chalet in Fantasyland, which has been one of the favorite rides of the parkgoers. It has been ferrying people since 1956 until it was shut down in 1994.
For more than 20 years, the same attraction, fondly called by Disneyland’s guests as the Buckets, used to link two of the park’s iconic attractions—Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
But this plan did not sit well with the parks’ regular guests, especially those who rode the same ride in their younger years, the PE reported. For the demolition project alone, Disneyland is eyeing to spend $67,000 based on the permit filed by the theme park at the City Hall.
“I remember as a kid how exciting the Skyway Buckets were and my love for the look of that building has only grown over the years. Disneyland keeps changing. That has its good points, and its bad points,” Kim Keeline, 47, of San Diego was quoted as saying by the PE.
According to the report, between 1956 and 1994, the Skyway had ferried around 150 million parkgoers. But there were several factors that pushed Disneyland management to shut down the attraction in 1994, one of which is the declining popularity of the ride after newer and thrilling attractions have been added in the park.
An article from the Laughing Place showed how vast the site is in the planned location of the Star Wars Land. It compared aerial shots from an airplane. A combined image shows the entire area of the newest attraction in Disneyland.