Disney fans are always talking about the monorail as their favorite way to get into the parks. I agree that it’s a unique way to get around property, and I have some very fond memories of vacations from my youth where hoping on the monorail was how I knew we were on vacation.
It will always have a special place in my heart, but not too long ago in 2019 Walt Disney World opened their latest mode of Transportation the Skyliner.
The Disney Skyliner connects Hollywood Studios, Epcot and a few resorts in between. This has quickly become my new favorite way to move around property and gives an amazing birds eye view along the way. But this is not the first time Disney has installed a gondola type system in their parks.
Not long after the opening of Disneyland California a similar gondola system called the Skyway debuted in 1956. In was built by Von Roll Limited based in Bern Switzerland. Then when the Magic Kingdom here in Florida opened the same gondola system was implemented and a third was build in Tokyo Disneyland. The attraction took riders back and forth between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland
Then after many years of operation the California version of the Skyway closed in late 1994 and was attributed to metal fatigue in the supporting structures. In 1998 Tokyo Disneyland closed its Skyway.
Shortly after in 1999 the Skyway here in Florida’s Magic Kingdom closed, with the Tomorrowland station demolished in 2009 and the Fantasyland station was removed a few years later in 2012 was then replaced with a new Tangled-themed restroom area that has become a fan favorite area.
Even though its been many years since the Skyway has been removed from all Disney parks, it is still fondly remembered by many guests. To celebrate this classic attraction our friend Don Cade has designed another wonderful pressed coin. The design shows the familiar Skyway buckets hanging from the transport cable, soaring overtop of the Disneyland Autopia and Astro Orbiter attractions. Don made this design available on various coin denominations but he was gracious to send me one on a very unique coin. As you can see in the above picture of the coin it has an eye catching edge to it.
This was pressed on not our usual US coin, but instead an Israeli One Agora coin. This is really amazing and I’m so happy to share it all with you. Thank you for stopping by and checking out some more privately designs elongated coins. There are so many more out there and I can’t wait to see what we find next. Keep on Pressing!