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A Ride on the Magic Skyway at the New York World’s Fair

November 10, 2022 Archive Insight

Assistants in yellow sports jackets assist people into convertible cars on two sets of tracks in a large room; more people queue on either side, waiting their turn
Loading Area for the Magic Skyway Ride at the Ford Pavilion, New York World's Fair, 1964-1965 / THF701306

On the first Friday of every month, our staff present interesting stories from our archives on The Henry Ford’s Instagram account as part of our “History Outside the Box” series. Earlier this year, Image Services Specialist Jim Orr took our followers on a virtual trip through time, back to the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. Particularly, Jim demonstrated what a ride on the Magic Skyway, an attraction designed by Walt Disney for Ford Motor Company’s Wonder Rotunda, would have looked and felt like. Take a quick trip to the Fair below!

We hope you enjoyed your ride on the Magic Skyway! If you’d like to learn more, you can check out artifacts from our collections and additional stories on our blog about world’s fairs. You can also read more stories about Disney, or dig deeper into how the Magic Skyway came to be. Feel free to reach out to our research staff if you have questions. And be sure to follow The Henry Ford on Instagram to catch our latest History Outside the Box presentation live every month—you can find the list of upcoming topics here.

Jim Orr is Image Services Specialist and Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

New York, 1960s, 20th century, world's fairs, History Outside the Box, Ford Motor Company, Disney, cars, by Jim Orr, by Ellice Engdahl, archives

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