Monday, May 09, 2016
Rumors of the Fantasyland Skyway chalet's demise have been in the air for well over a year; now, supposedly, its days are truly numbered. I'll be very sad when it is finally torn down, though it has been abandoned since the Skyway closed on November 9, 1994. Yes, over 22 years ago now. Yikes.
Here's a beautiful early photo of the chalet, taken not long after the attraction opened (the official date is June 23, 1956). The evergreens are pretty spindly, but they would quickly grow to create a serviceable little Alpine forest.
The building looks like it could have been lifted right out of Geppetto's village, with the wonderful carved details and painted devices. I kept hoping that they might make it into a restaurant (snack bar?), or even a souvenir stand, but its elevated placement probably would have made accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers difficult.
Nearby, one would have been able to see Cinderella's "Dream Castle" (as it is called on an old postcard). It almost looks as if it sprouted from the craggy rock formations by magic.