Claim: The closure and removal of Disneyland’s Skyway in November of 1994 was prompted by a guest’s having fallen from the ride several months earlier.
Origins: The reasons
behind the decision to permanently close Disneyland’s Skyway were strictly economic ones that had no connection to the incident earlier in the year in which a man had “fallen” (i.e., jumped) from one of the Skyway cabins.
On Sunday morning,
Despite the initial assertion of
The unblemished safety record of the Skyway (the 1994 “accident” was the first in the 38-year history of the ride), the obvious dubiousness of Charles’ claim, and the relatively small amount of damages requested in his lawsuit all made this single incident extremely improbable as the reason for the Skyway’s closure on
Events seemingly repeated themselves five years later. In February 1999, a park custodian at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was killed when the skyway started up unexpectedly while he was cleaning one of its platforms. Raymond Barlow, 65, was sweeping off a narrow skyway platform inaccessible to park guests an hour after the park’s
Last updated: 23 August 2007