If you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, make sure you take a ride on the PeopleMover!
The PeopleMover first opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1975 and has had a few names since then. It started as the WEDway PeopleMover and changed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) in 1994. In 2010 it was renamed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and continues to have that name today.
This classic attraction was ahead of it’s time using technology that uses magnets to propel the vehicles along the track (I am really over simplifying here!). This pollution free technology was was developed by WED Enterprises, the original version of Disney Imagineering.
Fun Fact: The WED stands for Walter Elias Disney.
This PeopleMover attraction is located in Tomorrowland and has no height restrictions, all of the little ones can experience it. The only restriction is that you must be ambulatory – you have to be able to walk on to the attraction and sit in the vehicle. There is a spinning platform that moves at the same speed as the vehicle, but please be careful if you’re not too steady on your feet.
Once ‘on board’ the PeopleMover you will travel around Tomorrowland getting some pretty unique views that you can’t get anywhere else. You will travel through Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and see these attractions from a different perspective.
Seeing Cinderella Castle and Astro Orbiter from here makes for some great photos! My favourite part of this entire experience is when you enter in to a tunnel for a look at Progress City.
Progress City is the very detailed model of what Walt’s vision for Epcot was in the beginning. While it looks nothing like the Epcot that we know and love today, it gives you a glimpse of what Walt was trying to accomplish – to build a real community of tomorrow. It’s fascinating to me how forward thinking he was.
The full journey around Tomorrowland on the PeopleMover is approximately 10 minutes and very rarely has a long wait. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some shade from the sun, some great views and a little relaxation!
Is the PeopleMover on your list of must do attractions at the Magic Kingdom? How many times do you ride in a visit?