Welcome to those of you joining me from Frontierland Station and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World was formerly known as the WEDWay PeopleMover (1975-1994) and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (1994-2010). “WEDWay” being a nod to Walter Elias Disney. This is my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. I don’t exactly know why, but it is. It opened on July 1, 1975 and was based on the PeopleMover at Disneyland park.
This attraction is a 10 minute tour through Tomorrowland. A narrator explains what you are passing as you go through Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, and Mickey’s Star Traders. While you are outside of the attractions, the narrator explains what you are passing, what you are seeing, and shares a few jokes along the way!
Several years ago, I participated in Disney’s YES program and this attraction was part of the program. It was during that program that I learned there are no motors involved in this attraction. The entire attraction is powered my magnets! It uses linear induction motors, which are emission free, and basically pushes and pulls the cars along the track. This method is much safer for the environment than a standard engine used on so many other attractions.
Each section of vehicles has 5 cars that travel at 10 feet a second. The only exception is at the loading dock where it travels 2.7 feet per second as you board from a moving conveyor belt. Each car holds 4 people comfortably. Two will face forward and two will face backwards.
One of my favorite things to see on this attraction is in the dark as you enter Space Mountain. Here you can see Walt Disney’s 20th Century model city. This was his vision for the future. I believe this was the start of Walt’s vision for Epcot: Environmental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.