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Skyway to Tomorrowland

July 1956 - November 1994

The Skyway to Tomorrowland was a system of buckets -- each with a capacity of two adults and three children, or a family of three with the usual load of souvenirs -- that carried its load from Fantasyland, through a hole in the Matterhorn, to Tomorrowland via a big metal cable. The ride was popular, both with guests who wanted an unspoiled view of the park's ugly, undecorated, show-building roofs, and cast members who needed a quick way to escape rampaging supervisors.

The Skyway was decommissioned shortly after an incident involving a guest whose cardboard box containing hundreds of superballs proved to be structurally unsound.

When constructing this attraction, engineers saved money by taking the Skyway to Fantasyland's blueprints and turning them face-down on a light table so that a mirror image of the original ride could be easily built. The only downside to this plan was that all of the screws used in the building of the Skyway to Tomorrowland had to be custom manufactured with mirror-image threads. The extra work caused by workers forgetting to turn all of the screws backwards caused the Skyway to Tomorrowland to open a month later than the Skyway to Fantasyland.

Hmmm...Because the Skyway to Tomorrowland and Skyway to Fantasyland ride vehicles were also mirror images and therefore not compatible, they were shunted into a holding area after each load of passengers was dropped off, and then returned each night by running the rides in reverse.

Today, the Skyway building (pictured at right) looks to be deserted. The only visible change since the ride was operational is the new, matching building constructed beside it on the hilltop. But despite appearances, the buildings are not deserted at all. They are, in point of fact, headquarters for Disneyland's Project Mayhem. DisneyLies.com has managed to get a copy of the Project Mayhem charter. Unfortunately, the first two rules of Project Mayhem prevent us from revealing any additional details.


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