02 June 2008

Remain seated throughout the journey

Andy, from the Backside of Water, had a great piece last week about the map of Tomorrowland. More specifically, he talked about how the map still included the building for the Tomorrowland Station of the Skyway to Fantasyland, though the name is no longer present.

Though the building remains, it is these occasional glimpses into the past that are so rare and so wonderful. Andy’s article reminded me of the piece of Skyway history I found on my last trip. While looking for a great place to capture Space Mountain at night, I wandered down by the old Skyway building and there, at the bottom of the stairs, were the old directional instructions on the ground. I can remember jumping/stomping onto this arrow as a child every single time we got off of the Skyway (I was not a fan of heights, so this arrow was my homecoming back to solid earth). I would have thought this detail would have been removed years ago, yet it still remains as an echo to a bygone time.
“From the Skyway, a gondola tramway between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, passengers have gained a bird’s-eye view of the Magic Kingdom since 1971.”
-Jeff Kurtti , Since the World Began p. 69


Andy said...

Just goes to show that you never know what you'll find if you keep your eyes open!

Ed South said...

That's awesome! What a great discovery!

Craig Wheeler said...

Good thing you weren't looking up!

I love how you always find these little details.

FoxxFur said...

Yeah, Disney will leave nearly anything around if they don't have to pay to remove it. That building should have been demolished ten years ago. It doesn't even house the hat shop anymore.