A Skyway for Disneyland Paris!

“The Skyway – Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky!”


In the mid-eighties, Walt Disney Imagineer, mister Tim Delaney (Show Producer Discoveryland) had the intention to built a version of the ‘Skyway’ in the future Euro Disneyland Park.

The ‘Skyway’ is an iconic gondola lift attraction that was once located at Disneyland (1956 - 1994), the Magic Kingdom (1971 - 1999), and Tokyo Disneyland (1983 - 1998).

In Euro Disney, Guests would have been able to travel from Fantasyland to Discoveryland aboard miniature versions of the Hyperion zeppelin.

Concept Art - 'Hyperion' Skyway.

Unfortunately, ‘the Skyway for Paris’ was never developed beyond a very rough concept model that can be seen in the 1987 annual report of The Walt Disney Company.

Many thanks to mister Jim Hill (Jim Hill Media) & mister Didier Ghez (Disney History Blog) for helping me writing this article.

Information confirmed by Walt Disney Imagineer, mister Tom Morris (Show Producer Fantasyland).

Historic photos 'Skyway at Disneyland': Brian Bennett.

Shared Knowledge

Submitted by Ilari Sani on July 1, 2012 - 09:01 #

Never mind the Skyway – look at that gigantic lagoon in Discoveryland! I've never seen an early site plan where Discoveryland is that big and so full of water.

I'm guessing that the railroad is supposed to go over the bridge in the foreground. That would place Space Mountain outside the railroad, as it is in the US parks. The location would be somewhere around where Pizza Planet is currently located.

Interestingly, the models in photo 1 and photo 4 don't match, as the lagoon is much bigger in photo 4. The site plan in the background photo 1 matches the model in the same photo. Meanwhile, the plan in the background of photo 4 is the "Plan X" which matches neither model.

Submitted by Julie on October 14, 2011 - 21:18 #

The two people working on the model are Charangsee Aiumopas and Doug Hartwell.

Submitted by Jim on October 14, 2011 - 21:14 #

In the late eighties, people did some pretty stupid things while riding on the Skyway. Stuff like spitting on Guests below and / or dropping things like water balloons on other people walking through the theme park. One guy (with the hope of getting a big insurance settlement for the Mouse) actually pretended to fall out of the Disneyland version of the Skyway. I think he landed in a tree by the Mad Hatter shop. This is why Disney's lawyers (who had grown tired of dealing with nuisance lawsuits like this) pushed the Imagineers away from including a Skyway as part of Euro Disneyland's initial line-up attractions / the two stateside versions of the Skyway got shut down.

Comments

Submitted by Marco on August 3, 2012 - 18:40 #

Nice article. I feel the Discoveryland part is so deadly boring now. With Pizza Planet having no imaginative input at all, a closed Captain EO / Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and Videopolis with an impressive stage being unused.

Submitted by Q on October 22, 2011 - 15:10 #

That Hyperion Skyway concept art is one of the most beautiful concept visualizations ever! Such a shame that it didn't happen, would have been one of a kind.

Submitted by Robert on October 14, 2011 - 20:58 #

Traveling in a Hyperion zeppelin would have been fantastic!

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