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1956 Photo: Walt Disney at Opening of Skyway to Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

This rare photo of Walt Disney was taken at the opening of the Skyway attraction on June 23, 1956. Standing on the steps of the chalet-like setting in Fantasyland that served as its home for nearly 30 years, he looks pretty happy to me – don’t you agree?
1956 Photo: Walt Disney at Opening of Skyway to Fantasyland at Disneyland Park


  • I believe I saw a different version of this photo in a souvenir book I have for Disneyland’s 25th anniversary. If I remember correctly, the Swiss consul general was standing right next to Walt Disney, and you could see the chalet in the background. It’s a nice touch to have dignitaries visit Disneyland for these kinds of openings and dedications.

  • Walt Disney is my hero. I have been to Disneyland and Disney World and still get excited about going. My family were regular goers in the 50’s.

  • I, too, miss the skyway!! They were yet another wonderful way to move from one land to another! I feel privileged to have at least enjoyed them in my lifetime. And it’s no wonder that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth…Walt’s smile says it all!

  • miss riding this at disney world.but can still ride it any time,
    i want due to its on video. happy landings skyway riders!

  • Great photo; he does look so happy. I also miss the Skyway; it was one of my favorite rides growing up. Wished there was a way a to bring it back.

  • As kids, we always called these the “buckets in the sky” and I miss them. So much fun to ride over the park and see everything from on high.

  • Love the Skyway so much. I understand the reasons that it left but I still miss it.

  • Great picture. He’s looks so happy.

  • I miss the Skyway so much! Always nice to see pics of it :)

  • Great photo!

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