After sitting forgotten amidst the forests of Fantasyland for nearly ten years, the last significant remnant of Disneyland's classic Skyway attraction will soon be demolished. The fanciful alpine chalet where guests once boarded buckets for an aerial journey to Tomorrowland has been out of use since its 1994 closing.
Fan reaction has been disappointment. The poor state of the wooden structure has been at least partially known amongst the fan community, and many hearing the recent news accept it as bitter but inevitable. For years numerous threads on Disney fan forums have debated what might be done with the historic building. Some suggested restoring it as an eatery, while others proposed that it become a quiet picnic spot or even restrooms. While the structure remained, fans hoped that it could somehow return to guest use in one form or another. Years of neglect and executive disregard, though, have seemingly sealed the fate of the nostalgic chalet.
Beginning in 1956 the Skyway carried guests an average of forty to sixty feet above the ground, leisurely traveling between stations located in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. The system of suspended cables and gondolas is familiar to modern audiences as a mode of transport common to ski areas everywhere, but it was quite novel at the attraction's debut. When Matterhorn mountain appeared on the scene in 1959 it rose on the site of the Skyway's tallest support pylon, giving riders the chance to pass through the landmark on their way to either station.