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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Embark on a 10-minute tour of Tomorrowland aboard this mass transit system of the future!

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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is a beloved classic attraction that has been delighting guests since its opening in 1975. This leisurely ride offers a unique perspective of Tomorrowland, providing a relaxing journey through the heart of this futuristic land. In our review, we’ll explore every aspect of the PeopleMover, from its rich history and design to the captivating ride experience and insider tips for making the most of your visit.

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General Ride Information

  • Average Wait Times: Generally short, rarely exceeding 20 minutes.
  • Height Requirement: There is no height requirement for this attraction.
  • Single Rider Line: Unfortunately, there is no Single Rider Line.
  • Ride Duration: Approximately 10 minutes.
  • Genie+ and Lightning Lane: Genie+ and Lightning Lane are not available at this time.
  • Rider Switch: Rider Switch is not available on this attraction.
  • Disability Access Service (DAS): DAS is available for those with disabilities.
  • Location: Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom.
  • Early Entry Ride: Yes, available during Early Theme Park Entry.
  • Best Times to Ride: Early in the morning, late at night, or during peak hours when lines for other attractions are long.

History and Design

Origins and Inspiration

The PeopleMover was originally conceived as a prototype for an urban mass-transit system of the future, showcasing Walt Disney’s vision of a pollution-free, efficient mode of transportation. Inspired by the WEDway PeopleMover at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom version was designed by WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering) and opened on July 1, 1975, as part of the park’s inaugural lineup of attractions. 

 

Architecture and Layout

The PeopleMover’s track spans a distance of 5,484 feet (1,672 meters), forming a grand circle around Tomorrowland. Powered by linear induction motors embedded in the track, the sleek vehicles glide effortlessly, providing an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The ride features a single station located beneath the Astro Orbiter in Rocket Tower Plaza, where guests board and disembark using a moving platform that matches the speed of the vehicles. 

 

Throughout the journey, riders pass through tunnels and over walkways, offering unique vantage points of Tomorrowland’s iconic attractions, including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and the Tomorrowland Speedway. One of the highlights is a glimpse inside the show buildings, where riders can catch a glimpse of dioramas and models, such as a portion of the original Carousel of Progress from the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

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The Ride Experience

Queue and Loading

The PeopleMover’s queue is typically short, and guests step onto an inclined moving walkway (Speedramp) to reach the loading platform. The platform moves at the same speed as the vehicles, allowing for a seamless boarding process. Each vehicle can accommodate four guests, with two facing forward and two facing backward. 

The Journey

Once aboard, riders embark on a leisurely 10-minute tour of Tomorrowland, gliding past iconic attractions and catching glimpses of the land’s futuristic architecture. The journey includes passing through tunnels, over walkways, and even inside the show buildings of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, offering unique perspectives not available from the ground. 

Narration and Music

Throughout the ride, a narrator provides commentary, pointing out various sights and sharing interesting facts about Tomorrowland’s attractions and history. The narration has been updated over the years, with the current version featuring a young man’s voice that incorporates references to past iterations of the PeopleMover, as well as nods to defunct rides and attractions from Tomorrowland’s past. The iconic three-note musical chime from the 1994-2009 narration has also been restored, adding to the nostalgic charm of the experience.

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Tips for Riders

  • Take advantage of the PeopleMover’s continuous loading and short wait times to enjoy a relaxing break during peak hours or when lines for other attractions are long.
  • If Space Mountain is temporarily closed, keep an eye out for the possibility of seeing the inside of the attraction with the lights on during your PeopleMover journey. 
  • Consider riding the PeopleMover at night when Tomorrowland is illuminated, adding an extra layer of magic to the experience.
  • For families with small children, the PeopleMover is an excellent option as it has no height requirement and provides a chance to rest their feet during the 10-minute journey.
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Comparison With Other PeopleMover Attractions

While the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom is the only remaining PeopleMover attraction in operation at Walt Disney World, it shares similarities with its counterparts at other Disney Parks.

  • Disneyland’s PeopleMover: The original PeopleMover attraction, which opened in 1967 and closed in 1995, served as the inspiration for the Magic Kingdom version. It featured a similar layout and design, taking guests on a grand circle tour of Tomorrowland.
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Conclusion

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom is a timeless classic that continues to captivate guests with its leisurely pace, unique perspectives, and nostalgic charm. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the park or simply want to experience a piece of Disney history, the PeopleMover is a must-ride attraction that offers a glimpse into Walt Disney’s vision of a futuristic, efficient mode of transportation. With its continuous loading, short wait times, and accessible design, it’s an experience that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages, making it a beloved staple of the Magic Kingdom experience.

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Ride Review
The Final Word
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover offers a leisurely and nostalgic journey through Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, providing unique perspectives of iconic attractions and a glimpse into Walt Disney's vision of future transportation. With its accessibility, short waits, and iconic narration, it remains a beloved classic ride.
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