Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Tomorrowland
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Tomorrowland Transit Authority

INTRODUCTION


...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.

ATTRACTION


Riding the TTATake 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.


TOURING TIPS


View of the Castle from the TTAThe 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.

Handheld Captioning Devices from Guest Services can be used here.

Riding the TTA with Tigger KIDS AND CHARACTERS


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.

Disney Characters are typically not found in or around the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

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The seats in the TTADINING


The nearest food location is the Launching Pad, where you will find turkey legs and an assortment of beverages. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, which offers counter service dining, is in the general area.

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SHOPPING


There are no shops associated with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. In Tomorrowland you can visit Mickey's Star Traders.

INTERESTING FACTS


Walt's Vision of the 20th CenturyThis ride's name was changed from Tomorrowland Transit Authority to Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover as of August 5, 2010.

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. To read about the previous version of the attraction, and see a video that includes the old audio track, visit Jack Spence's blog 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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