The Skyway ride was listed twice on park guide maps - it was listed as the Skyway to Tomorrowland from the Fantasyland terminal, and as the Skyway to Fantasyland from the Tomorrowland terminal. The Skyway provided a unique view of Fantasyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle, King Arthur Carrousel, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Dumbo, Small World, Mickey's Toontown, parades, tea cups, Submarine Lagoon, Tomorrowland and Rocket Jets. Its route took you right through the middle of the Matterhorn and what is inside of it, and this helped make it look like it belonged there.
In contrast to the original Skyway in Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland's Skyway seemed out of place. With no Matterhorn to play off of, the ride looked too pedestrian. The route was a straight line along the far edge of the Tomorrowland side of the Park, and ran roughly from It's a Small World to Space Mountain. The one-way trip took 2 1/2 minutes. Although it did provide an aerial view of the area, the industrial look of Tomorrowland meant that there wasn't much to look at once you were up there. Tokyo Disneyland's Skyway cars were not open air; they had Plexiglas windows enclosing the cars. This gave a measure of protection from the elements as well as protected people from falling out of the car.
The Skyway at the Magic Kingdom closed on November 10, 1999, joining its counterpart in Disneyland which closed in 1994. The Disneyland Tokyo Skyway closed in November 1998. People that pay Skyway tribute get emotional as both guests and cast members miss this piece of Disneyland they have grown so fond of and developed memories with. It appeared that dismantling of the Tomorrowland station began immediately, almost as if they wanted to make sure it would not run again. Most likely it was because they felt it best to get the attraction out of the way.
We should pay Skyway tribute even though some people have always taken the Skyway for granted. For some reason it seemed like it was always there and would always be there. It was an attraction popular with amorous couples, people who wanted to smoke controlled substances at Disneyland without being caught, graffiti vandals, people who wished to expectorate on others below, and an attraction that will also be missed by those of us who behaved ourselves while on it. Disneyland will always be changing. But some of us will still miss attractions that are no longer there, and be sad to see them go. Skyway tribute will be paid.