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Good morning! This day in Disney history, June 23rd, 1956: The Skyway to Fantasyland & Skyway to Tomorrowland begins transporting guests across the park.
Walt heard of a system being tested in Switzerland in 1955 & of course HAD to have one! After figuring out where the attraction would be placed in the park, he purchased a used 1947 Type 101 Sidechair #5, which was one of the Von Roll prototypes who was based in Bern, Switzerland. When Walt & the imagineers bought the ride, it became the 1st Von Roll aerial ropeway in the USA.
Walt, & Dr Walter Smidt, the Swiss Consul General of Los Angeles presided over the opening ceremonies. 42 gondolas carried 2 guests @ a time over the park. They were dispatched at about every 9 seconds & moved @ 4 mph. The Skyway gave guests an overview of the park between two stations: one in Fantasyland (where the drive system was located) & the other in Tomorrowland (where 35,000 pounds of ballast kept the 2400' long cables taut). In between was the peak, a support tower located on Holiday Hill (basically a mound of dirt, which later became the Matterhorn). In 1959 after the Matterhorn was added, guests rode through it!
Did YOU ever ride the Skyway? What did you think of it?
Also on this day in 1963:The Enchanted Tiki Room(a favorite for my minis) opened to the public in Adventureland! It was the 1st attraction to cost $1million+, first fully air-conditioned building & 1st to feature Audio-Animatronics developed by WED Enterprises. United Airlines was the 1st official sponsor, but later changed to Dole. Originally owned by Walt Disney (through WED Enterprises) it was to be a restaurant featuring AA birds serenading guests as they dined. The “magic fountain” was to be a coffee station (a storage compartment remains in the base) and the restaurant would have shared its kitchen with the now-defunct Tahitian Terrace (for more info about the terrace: http://tinyurl.com/mts76t7 & Plaza Pavilion Restaurant. Since ownership was separate from the rest of the park, a small admission of 75¢ was charged.
José is red, white, & green & speaks w/a Mexican accent (Wally Boag) Michael is white & green w/ an Irish brogue (Fulton Burley) Pierre is red, white, & blue & has a French accent (Ernie Newton) Fritz red, black, & white has a German accent (Thurl Ravenscroft, voice of Hawaiian God Tangaroa-Ru near the entrance)
The birds all have real feathers w/ the exception of the chest area which is covered in custom-woven cashmere, allowing the figures to “breathe” in a lifelike manner (inspired by an employee at a planning meeting who wore a cashmere sweater which moved at the elbows exactly the way the engineers envisioned). To watch a few clips of historical footage from the Tiki Room: http://tinyurl.com/mkt2bcx
225+ talking, singing, & dancing birds, flowers, the magic fountain, tiki drummers & tiki totem poles make this attraction a MUST SEE in my opinion. Hopefully all you lucky people in the park will stop by for a dole whip and birthday performance today!
Have you been in the Tiki Room? Do have a favorite song or part of the show?
Peter Pan closed through May 7
Matterhorn Bobsleds closed through May 15
Innoventions closed March 31-September 30
Space Mountain closed May 5-7
Haunted Mansion closed May 4-7
Indiana Jones closed April 20-May1
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Soarin' Over California closed through May 14
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CROWD PREDICTION: Back to short hours this week, and based on our Historical Crowd Index, we see mid-70s with crowds decreasing through the end of the month. There is also a chance of rain toward the end of the week which could throw a wrench in things. Friday and Sunday's have been the busiest days, but rain on Friday could cause the crowds to be significantly less. Have a great weekend! - Admin Apr 21, 2015 11:28AM
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