The round buckets that could only hold two guests in fiberglass chairs, with a pole running down the center were sturdy and functional; capable of handling a 700 pound load. They were fun but they weren't the greatest, so when Disney finally re-themed the Sky buckets in 1965, for Disneyland's 10th Anniversary celebration, they turned to Bob Gurr. Bob was a man who could make any conveyance look both striking and exciting. He was making more futuristic, iconic, fun looking vehicles decades before anyone at Disney had even uttered test tracks. He did an exquisite job on redesigning and adding more safety features to the Skyway's sky buckets.
Bob was able to double the capacity from two guests to four, he got rid of the unsightly center post and squared off the round bucket look of the gondolas. He did it all with only increasing the weight of the gondola by a few mere pounds! This was accomplished by switching the fully metal sky buckets to mostly plastic with a sturdy metal frame.
Some believe Walt actually conjured the idea for Disney World while riding over Disneyland in a sky bucket. Gliding over he supposedly couldn't help but see the busy streets and touristy stuff piling up around his park, leading him of course to the decision to buy new land to protect a new park from such infringements.
There are some people who confuse an issue regarding the Skyway in the '64 World's Fair, which was a monumental moment in Disney history. Disney released the magic Skyway attraction at the '64 World's Fair and people and some websites apparently get it mixed up with the Skyway at the park.
Some even believe the Skyway was invented for the world's fair but there's no correlation between the attractions other than the strikingly similar name. The Ford cars riding through this window tunnel was supposed to be a trip through the past and future in an automobile.
Some referred to the Skyway as two rides. Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to
Disneyland took things up a notch in 1978 and added a glimpse of Harold the abominable snowman. Guests got to see him from the Skyway and this was another huge crowd pleaser reinvigorating interest in an already popular ride that had been around for more than two decades by this point.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".