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brocklesnar69
08-19-2007, 03:36 PM
I always thought these were pretty popular? Why did Dinsey do away with them?

I remember riding the Skyway. I miss it. :sick: :sad1:

SilverCeladon
08-19-2007, 04:11 PM
I did love the Skyway also. I think they took it down because someone fell out of it many years ago.

brocklesnar69
08-19-2007, 04:30 PM
WHAT!? :scared1:

Oh my god! That is terrible!:sad2:

darph nader
08-19-2007, 04:44 PM
The Skyway was (take your pick)
A. No longer up to code. (for earthquakes) or
B. Too difficult to 'rescue' anyone in case of a major malfunction.
Now the People Mover is a different matter.
Supposedly too 'lame',so they put in a White Elephant. The Rocket Pods.:confused:

Albort
08-19-2007, 10:11 PM
The Skyway was (take your pick)
A. No longer up to code. (for earthquakes) or
B. Too difficult to 'rescue' anyone in case of a major malfunction.
Now the People Mover is a different matter.
Supposedly too 'lame',so they put in a White Elephant. The Rocket Pods.:confused:

hmm, accidents...
wikipedia them :|

HydroGuy
08-19-2007, 11:15 PM
I thought the issues with the Skyway (which I dearly miss) were handicap accessibility and safety regarding people throwing things out of the vehicles and hitting people below.

4bugzinarug
08-19-2007, 11:38 PM
hmm, accidents...
wikipedia them :|

And here's the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyway_(Disney)

We miss the Skyway :-) I like the one at Sea World San Diego ... but my husband calls them "Buckets of Death" and refuses to ride on them :rotfl:

DLR29
08-20-2007, 12:09 AM
I think on the Peoplemover some people were trying to jump from car to car and someone was run over or something.

CalGal
08-20-2007, 01:05 AM
I had also heard that the reason that the Skyway closed was because it was not handicap accessible. However, I did find web sites listing Disney accidents that report an accident in April of 1994 (the year it shut down at Disneyland) where someone fell out of the Skyway ride into a tree. (It didn't sound like the injuries were that serious). I suspect there were a number of contributing factors leading to the decision to close the ride. For example, I've heard stories of some not so Disney behaviors that went on while guests were riding the ride. Indeed, I miss it and the People Mover. There was also a fire on the PeopleMover shortly before it closed, but I think it was closed so that it could be replaced by RocketRods -- which didn't quite live up to its expectations.

arliepooh68
08-20-2007, 09:02 AM
in the late 70s or early 80s the PM would break down a lot. . my brother and I got stuck on it everytime, we have seen lots of different back areas as a result.

as for the seaworld ones being buckets of death I agree!!! i ride them cuz my kids want on them, but i about have a panic attack everytime. . i think cuz those are roundtrip it freaks me out so bad, cuz disneyland never bothered me.

pixiewings71
08-20-2007, 02:14 PM
The Rocket Rods were horrible!!!!! Absolutely horrible. I wish they would just bring the People Mover back, that was so much better. I don't miss they Skyway, I have a fear of heights/falling, that was a horrible ride for me.

brocklesnar69
08-20-2007, 04:12 PM
The peoplemover at WDW (TTA) is pretty popular. So why would they get rid of the DL one (Which looks like it might have been a little longer ride.)?

And how could Disney not be able to keep the Skyway, but Great America can? They still have it (I was there two days ago and rode it). ?


It's too bad.:sad2:

HydroGuy
08-20-2007, 05:18 PM
The peoplemover at WDW (TTA) is pretty popular. So why would they get rid of the DL one (Which looks like it might have been a little longer ride.)?

And how could Disney not be able to keep the Skyway, but Great America can? They still have it (I was there two days ago and rode it). ?


It's too bad.:sad2:The decisions were made in the 1990's by some executives with no previous theme park experience. These and other decisions, including massive cutbacks on maintenance budgets, had a negative effect at DL and led to the ouster of the executives. But their legacy of an almost destroyed Tomorrowland lives on.

Add to the above list the moving of the Rocket Jets down to the entrance of Tomorrowland where it crowds the walkways and is a major PITA. Plus it is so uninspiring now, whereas when the Rocket Jets flew high above TLand it gave a sense of motion to the whole area there.

FWIW, there are rumors about moving the Rocket Jets back to where they used to be and bringing back the PM in a new form - the current rumor is as transport pods like those in The Incredibles. But no rumors exist AFAIK about my beloved Skyway.

darph nader
08-20-2007, 08:55 PM
hmm, accidents...
wikipedia them :|

I knew of the fire from one of the drive wheels.To me,that's an accident. Some unfortunate soul getting killed for a foolish stunt,is another story,in my book.

4bugzinarug
08-21-2007, 12:15 AM
You know what I miss is the Tomorrowland ride where you sat in that egg-shaped pod thingie ... I think it was the ride where supposedly you would shrink :thumbsup2 As a kid, I thought that was pretty cool! Yes, I am embracing my inner dork :goodvibes

mumchum
08-21-2007, 01:37 AM
I love the people mover. Never a line up. Always a nice relaxing ride, just to chill out and sit down without being crowded.

The Skyway? I remember getting spat on while on the Alice in Wonderland ride which passed under the Skyway. I was not impressed. It was a neat way to get from one land to another though. Not a huge loss. But I think I'm jaded from the spitting incident.

1Robins
08-21-2007, 02:18 AM
You know what I miss is the Tomorrowland ride where you sat in that egg-shaped pod thingie ... I think it was the ride where supposedly you would shrink :thumbsup2 As a kid, I thought that was pretty cool! Yes, I am embracing my inner dork :goodvibes

This ride was called Monsanto (sp??).

darph nader
08-21-2007, 09:33 AM
This ride was called Monsanto (sp??).

I pretty sure,it was called "Adventure(s) thru Inner Space". Mosanto was the sponsor.:surfweb:

TheTexasKid
08-30-2007, 06:39 PM
I love the people mover. Never a line up. Always a nice relaxing ride, just to chill out and sit down without being crowded.

The Skyway? I remember getting spat on while on the Alice in Wonderland ride which passed under the Skyway. I was not impressed. It was a neat way to get from one land to another though. Not a huge loss. But I think I'm jaded from the spitting incident.

When I was on my Adventures by Disney tour, one of the other tour members was a ride designer at Disneyland, actually, he helped to design the Nemo ride at Disneyland, and one of the questions that came up was why the Skyway was closed. And his response was that--among the reasons--was people riding on the Skyway spitting on the people on the ground.

And the fellow who fell into the tree, if we are talking about the same fellow, that wasn't accidental, that was deliberate. He deliberately opened the door on the ride and fell or jumped into the tree, with the thought of suing Disney. The reason he didn't sue, was that his actions were videotaped by someone else riding the Skyway, who turned over the tape to Disney.

But seeing the Skyway as a lawsuit waiting to happen, it was taken down.

jemilah
08-30-2007, 07:30 PM
The people mover was such a great way to rest! There is an online petition to bring it back , serch the archives here for a link to it. I agree moving the rockets was a mistake what a waste of space , and where they were originaly is another wasted space.:confused3 Adventures theru inner space was where star tours is now. I hope they really do upgrade Star Tours , it needs a facelift !

4bugzinarug
08-30-2007, 08:21 PM
And the fellow who fell into the tree, if we are talking about the same fellow, that wasn't accidental, that was deliberate. He deliberately opened the door on the ride and fell or jumped into the tree, with the thought of suing Disney.

OMG. There's an idiot in every crowd! It's the jumpers & spitters that ruin great rides for the rest of us :mad: Ok, I'm over it now ;)

Twinprincesses
08-30-2007, 09:42 PM
I love the peoplemover at WDW. It is definatly a nice relaxing break from the busy park. The line moves super fast too. When we took the girls there when they were 2 it was their favorite ride and we rode it practically the entire day.

It needs to make a comeback at DL.

Albort
08-31-2007, 12:16 AM
some idiot decided to jump out of people mover and since there is no driver, it wouldnt stop... the guy ended up getting runned over... and that freakin mover goes at like 3 mph... :|

brocklesnar69
09-08-2014, 11:51 PM
Bump.


Just thinking about this again today and I wonder if it'd be too far out to hope that someday they'll give us a new Skyway and PeopleMover.


You know what would be really fun, is a Skyway that went from Fantasyland all the way to Paradise Pier and back. Of course, only those with Park Hopper tickets could ride, but still, that'd be awesome. And all the more encouragement to purchase a park hopper.

DizMe
09-09-2014, 12:07 AM
Bump.


Just thinking about this again today and I wonder if it'd be too far out to hope that someday they'll give us a new Skyway and PeopleMover.


You know what would be really fun, is a Skyway that went from Fantasyland all the way to Paradise Pier and back. Of course, only those with Park Hopper tickets could ride, but still, that'd be awesome. And all the more encouragement to purchase a park hopper.

I don't know why they didn't set up some kind of transportation system within DCA. It could really use a nice ride that takes you around the park, like the trains or the monorail. They have the trolley for a little piece of DCA but nothing that can take you from one end to the other or around the park.

Many besides me have thought how nice it would be to link the monorail with both parks and the hotels. I know all the arguments against it, but I still think it could be done.

julesann
09-09-2014, 01:24 AM
You know what I miss is the Tomorrowland ride where you sat in that egg-shaped pod thingie ... I think it was the ride where supposedly you would shrink :thumbsup2 As a kid, I thought that was pretty cool! Yes, I am embracing my inner dork :goodvibes

I remember this as one of my favorite rides as a kid--shrinking and going into a microscope and going through a snowflake, wasn't it? I think this was a part of the peoplemover, right?

Viva Las Disney
09-09-2014, 01:41 AM
Yesterland is a great resource for lost rides...

http://www.yesterland.com/peoplemover.html
http://www.yesterland.com/rocketjets.html
http://www.yesterland.com/skyway.html

I'm not a huge fan of skyway rides but I love the TTA at WDW and would love for the peoplemover to be revived at DL. I also love the look and openness of the park before they shoe horned the Astro Orbiter into tomorrowlands entrance. Not only would moving it return the open feeling but I was shocked how much of a rush I got from the Astro Orbiter at WDW at night and would love to see DL's returned to it's old location as well.

ClosetDisneyJunkie
09-09-2014, 12:03 PM
I remember this as one of my favorite rides as a kid--shrinking and going into a microscope and going through a snowflake, wasn't it? I think this was a part of the peoplemover, right?

Separate ride, called Adventures Through Inner Space. I have fond memories of it too :) When I was 8, it and Mission To Mars really added to the wonder of Tomorrowland for me. There are no real rides like that anymore in tomorrowland, everything is themed or obviously a "ride" if that makes any sense.

http://www.yesterland.com/innersp.html
http://www.yesterland.com/moonrocket.html

EDIT: oh wait, did you mean that the Peoplemover moved through Inner Space? If so, yes it did!

Adventures theru inner space was where star tours is now. I hope they really do upgrade Star Tours , it needs a facelift !

I was so confused by this post until i realized it was from 2007 :lmao:

Briarrose1306
09-09-2014, 07:43 PM
I think the reason they don't have a transportation that goes between the parks is due to some tickets being one park only. They'd have to have someone checking tickets the whole time.

flyingdumbo127
09-09-2014, 10:41 PM
I also miss the People Mover! I have often thought it would make a wonderful ride into Bert's chalk drawings in Mary Poppins or a different type of Storybook Canal boats, more from characters' POV. Like one scene could be taking riders to the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and Piglet as guides and another could be Bert welcoming us to step into his drawing of the carousel horses. :)

The Sky Way I really didn't remember until reading through this thread. I did enjoy it as a kid as I did the Sea World version. 6 or so years ago I went on the Sea World ride for the first time in many years and did not care for it at all--thought I would fall out and didn't feel safe at all.

superme80
09-10-2014, 12:53 AM
I miss the People Mover! I keep hoping they can find a way to bring it back, I liked Rocket Rods. The one time I went on it. :lmao:

brocklesnar69
09-10-2014, 03:44 AM
With today's technology, they could certainly build a new Skyway that was completely safe and make it significantly more difficult for people the throw or spit from the car.

But like I said, Disney should seriously consider connecting the two parks via Skyway. That'd be awesome. Riding up and over the park, the railroad, the monorail, the space in between parks, over DCA. And Vis Versa.

They could even include an optional voice that speaks, just like the one of the DLRR.

JandD75
09-10-2014, 10:19 AM
The peoplemover at WDW (TTA) is pretty popular. So why would they get rid of the DL one (Which looks like it might have been a little longer ride.)?

And how could Disney not be able to keep the Skyway, but Great America can? They still have it (I was there two days ago and rode it). ?


It's too bad.:sad2:

I really liked the People Mover, too. But once they had taken it out to make room for the Rocket Rods (I never rode them, but they were disastrous--constantly breaking down) it probably wasn't cost effective to put them back into that spot. Most of the original 'transportation' rides, such as the train, the monorail, and the Skyway actually transported people from one spot to another, but the People Mover didn't, so it was pretty tame and didn't help to disperse crowds.

The Skyway was probably removed for a variety of reasons. Yes, someone 'jumped, fell or was pushed' out of one of the cars, but, Disneyland could have added mesh screens to prevent that happening in the future. Un-Disneylike behavior? Well, I can't testify to any 20 Foot High Club, but it probably did happen. I've heard the same rumor about the Doom Buggies.

JandD75
09-10-2014, 10:29 AM
I don't know why they didn't set up some kind of transportation system within DCA. It could really use a nice ride that takes you around the park, like the trains or the monorail. They have the trolley for a little piece of DCA but nothing that can take you from one end to the other or around the park.

Many besides me have thought how nice it would be to link the monorail with both parks and the hotels. I know all the arguments against it, but I still think it could be done.

I agree. The monorail now goes through Condor Flats. It seems to me that it would be easy for DL to create a stop there. It would require a platform, but no change in the track. The monorail staff check for handstamps and passes already, so I don't think it would be a big deal for them to check for hoppers. Just my two cents worth.