Thursday, November 10, 2005

Skyway and Fireworks at Disneyland

Sitting here reading about another blogger's trip to Disneyland made me recall some good times my wife and I used to have at Disneyland.

For a few years in a row we had annual passes to the Happiest Place on Earth, and we'd go there on weekend nights after dinner to enjoy the peaceful rides like the Train, the People Mover, and the Skyway.

On Summer nights, at 9:00pm sharp every night (or was it 9:30?), Disneyland presented their fireworks shows (they still do). We'd try to time things perfectly by getting into line for the Skyway and trying to get aboard just as the fireworks show started. On those times when we timed it perfectly, we were treated to a spetactular show high up in the sky.

Of course the Skyway is long gone. So is the People Mover. While I considered these to be among my favorite rides, I realize not everyone cared for them. But watching a fireworks show high up in the sky is something most folks just can't do anywhere else.

5 comments:

  1. I have a funny story about the Skyway at Disneyland. Me and my 2 older brothers went (i'll call them "Michael" and "David"). Well Michael (the oldest) brought some friends with him and they were "too cool" to hang out with me and David. Sometime during the evening, me and David were on the Skyway and, being mischeivious teenagers, we were dropping pennies from the Skyway. (I know, very dangerous). On our last drop, we some guy right on top of the head!!! We ducked back into the car so the gut wouldn't see us. Then, I realized that the guy was wearing a Van Halen hat (very popular in the '80's) My older brother Michael was wearing a Van Halen hat. Sure enough, me and David peeked over the side and, there was my brother Michael, rubbing his head and giving us "the bird". Disneyland allows up to 80,000 people a day, and out of all those people, the person we hit was my brother Michael.
    Great Times!!!!

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  2. Here lies the recollections of someone's fond memories of one of Disneyland's most beloved bygone attractions. Like him and his wife, Im sure hundreds of other people enjoyed the sights of a fireworks show from the upper reaches of the Magic Kingdom. Even I have memories of riding the treetops from the Skyway.

    Way to go messing it up with your dumb story about throwing loose change around. You were the people that everyone hated, and your lame pranks probably acted as a major factor in why the Skyway closed. So in essence, you had a hand in ruining what this Man and his wife had held so dearly to their hearts.

    The next you're thinking of visiting a place where people are paying top dollar to escape the reality that they have to share the world with idiots such as yourslf, pull your head out of your ass and keep driving.

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  3. We used to go out at night and watch the fireworks from our driveway. You would just barely see and hear them. We lived in Santa Ana on 4th between Grand Ave and McClay.

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  4. This is to Surfer88. Lots of kids threw stuff off of the Skyway, it was part of the fun of it. It's being closed down is not because of some kids throwing stuff off of them. It's because it wasn't a popular attraction and as times changed and rides became more intense, fast, etc. the skyway was considered boring for most folks. I loved them and it was one of the first rides I wanted to go on, as a kid. And yes! I too threw stuff off of them, and yes! I got caught once and thrown in the Disneyland jail because of it! Little did we know, being naive kids, they had cameras on you, at all times. Needless to say, after that incident, I stopped throwing stuff.

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  5. Another big reason for them being removed was that one guy trying to commit suicide by jumping out of them a while back.

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