The Fantasyland Skyway station at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is set to be removed to make way for a new restroom block and other improvements.
The station has been inoperable since the Skyway closed in 1999, and work has now begun to demolish it. A new restroom block will take its place, with existing restrooms close to the Peter Pan's Flight attraction set to be removed to make way for an extending queuing area for the attraction. The additional space provided by the demolition will also enable a new, wider path between Fantasyland and Liberty Square to be installed.
The Skyway opened with the rest of the Magic Kingdom in October 1971, and was based on an existing attraction at Disneyland. It was a gondola lift attraction which carried riders between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, providing aerial views of the Magic Kingdom.
With Disneyland's Skyway closing permanently in 1994, it was always likely that the Magic Kingdom's version would follow suit. However, there was still time for the tragic death of Cast Member Raymond Barlow, who died in February 1999 after an incident in which he was surprised by an approaching gondola while sweeping a platform. The ride subsequently closed in November of the same year, although Disney claimed that the move was unrelated to Barlow's death.
Fantasyland is currently undergoing a major expansion, which is due to open in phases starting in late 2012. The headline additions will be the Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid dark ride and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster, while several new restaurants and retail outlets will also be added to the area.