Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Tomorrowland Magic Kingdom
…or as some of us fondly remember it, the WEDway People Mover. Look up as you make your way through the Tomorrowland area that includes Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, and Astro Orbiter, and those blue cars you see gliding by are part of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
Take a 10-minute journey around and through Tomorrowland, seated in a revolutionary transportation system. At least that's how it was thought of when it opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1975. Using linear induction motors, the vehicles glide with ease in an environmentally safe manner. Each section has five cars that travel at 10 feet per second except at the loading and unloading station where it travels at 2.7 feet per second.
To reach the loading platform you will step onto a moving conveyor belt that is at a steep incline. The loading platform moves at the same speed as the vehicles, so you can step inside easily. Each vehicle can seat four, two riding forward and two riding backward.
Although the taking of photos is difficult, since you're constantly moving, the view is exceptional.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is open during the Magic Kingdom's Extra Magic Hour.
This is a great place to rest your feet and enjoy the sights from above.
If you're not sure where to go next, jump on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover to decide. Not only is it restful, but you'll be able to see if there are long lines or crowds below you.
This ride is also great at night when the park is all lit up.
Wait times are usually nonexistent. If there is a long line for this ride, the whole park must be REALLY crowded!
You must be ambulatory to board this ride.
There is nothing overtly scary about the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, however, you do go in and out of dark areas on the route. Occasionally, when you are in Space Mountain, you can hear screams from those on the roller coaster.
Buzz Lightyear can usually be found near the exit of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, just across the courtyard from the attraction entrance and exit.
The nearest food location is the Launching Pad, where you will find snacks and an assortment of beverages. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, which offers counter service dining, is in the general area.
There are no shops associated with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. In Tomorrowland you can visit Mickey's Star Traders.
The ride underwent a renovation in 2009, concurrent with a rehab of Space Mountain. When the ride reopened in October 2009, it had a new audio track, which did not include the old jokes about keeping your forward facing tentacles inside your vehicle, or "paging Mr. Tom Morrow" to give his party on Saturn a ring. The narrative is now in a young man's voice and he points out the various sights along the way. For example, as you pass the Carousel of Progress, a brief description of this attraction is presented. This is in keeping with the original PeopleMover at Disneyland. Read about the previous version of the attraction, and see a video that includes the old audio track HERE.
The ride opened on July 1, 1975, as the WEDway PeopleMover. When Tomorrowland received a "face lift" to the "Future that Never Was," the attraction was renamed the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and reopened on June 11, 1994.
Walt Disney's 20th Century vision for the future (a model city) can be seen along the way. Some believe this was tied closely to Walt's own vision for Epcot Center.
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