Disneyland Skyway – 1968

The Disneyland Skyway was a gondola that took riders over the park from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. These pictures were taken May 1968 by an unknown photographer.

Skyway Tram at Disneyland

It was built in 1956 and closed in 1994 due to structural faults in the supports at the Matterhorn.

View from Tram

Not being familiar with Disneyland in those years, I’m not sure what building this is. Probably a gift shop though. Amazingly few people though. Perhaps it was a school day?
View from Tram

And one of my favorite rides for some reason, only slightly changed now. Autotopia was Walt Disney’s vision of the freeways of the future. Ironically the traffic jams at the end of the course eerily predicted the future quite well. This is the only original surviving ride. Every other one has been massively updated, while this one has only seen a change in the car styles and the looks of the “roads.”

Looking at older pictures of Disney I’m surprised by how the park looked then and now. While it was state of the art when it was built, by today’s standards it looks down right shoddy. The modern Disney is nothing like that at all, but perhaps has gone a little too far in the other direction. What is your opinion?

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