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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.
Welcome to those of you joining me from Walt Disney World: It’s Not Just For Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month’s topic is “How we know we’ve arrived [at Walt Disney World].” I spent some time thinking about this topic and several different things popped in my mind. But the more I thought, there really was just one thing that made me realize I had really ARRIVED at Walt Disney World!
No trip is complete without multiple trips on the Peoplemover! 🙂
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I’ve shared with you many times before how Main Street USA is my favorite area of the Magic Kingdom. One of the reasons it’s my favorite is for the shopping options! I truly believe you can find something on Main Street for every person on your “I have to buy a souvenir for…” list!
A few of my favorite Main Street shopping experiences are:
- Box Office Gifts– Here you can find Disney Pins & Vinylmation, Gifts & Housewares.
- The Chapeau– Everyone who makes their first trip to WDW needs to stop by this shop to pick up their embroidered Mickey Ears!
- Crystal Arts– This is where you can find that special gift for friends who don’t want a traditional stuffed Mickey, but a glass sculpture Mickey. You can also watch a glass blower inside the shop.
- Emporium– We spend most of our time here looking at and buying toys, gifts, collectibles, clothes, pins, and stuffed animals! We could spend hours in this shop. It’s also a great place to be to wait out the rain.
- Uptown Jewelers– This is another shop for “nicer” gifts such as art, collectibles, jewelry, china, clocks and Disney figurines.
- Main Street Confectionary– When our family isn’t in the Emporium, you’ll find us picking out our favorite foods, snacks, drinks and housewares gifts here. I make at least one trip to the Confectionary each trip!
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. Yes, I buy a Christmas ornament from this shop on each trip.
- Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean. This is where my son could spend the afternoon trying on all the Pirate attire. You can also experience The Pirate’s League here.
- Buzz’s Star Command in Tomorrowland at the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. We like this shop because we love Buzz and Toy Story. Plus, we like to crawl in “jail” with Zurg and get a photo!
- Tomorrowland Light and Power Company at the exit of Space Mountain. We enjoy shopping and playing the arcade here!
- Heritage House in Liberty Square beside The Hall of Presidents. My husband is a history nerd, so this is the perfect spot for him! He loves looking at all the history books about our country and presidents.
- Big Top Souvenirs in the new Fantasyland is the one shopping experience I’m most looking forward to on our next trip. It was not quite opened on our last visit. It appears that you can buy snacks AND great souvenirs here!
My son loves Dumbo. If you ask him his favorite ride at Walt Disney World, he’ll most likely say Dumbo, or Peter Pan! But, sometimes the lines for Dumbo can be crazy long (even with the new Dumbo that has 2 rides) and you don’t have time to wait. If that is the case, consider riding a similar, if not better ride in other lands of the Magic Kingdom.
In Tomorroland, you can take the elevator to Astro Orbiter, which is above the entrance to the Peoplemover. Astro Orbiter is the same concept as Dumbo. You sit in a rocket that goes around in circles and you can control when the rocket rises up and falls down. What I like about this attraction is the fact that it is up high, on the second or possibly third floor! When you move your rocket to the highest point, you can see so much of the Magic Kingdom! A sight you can’t get while on Dumbo.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that “Destination Disney” meme is back!! My sweet friend, Heidi, hosts this and she’s taken a break from hosting this meme for a while. I love the themes she provided in the past and was thrilled when she asked for ideas and actually accepted mine!
So, for this weeks “Destination Disney” we are highlighting our TOP 10 Attractions! This was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. I mentally walked through each park and each “land” thinking of all the attractions- which one’s I loved, which ones I liked, which ones I tolerated and which ones I skipped! I think I’ve come up with my final list, but I’m still not sure I have all 10 in the proper order, with #1 being my top choice…. but, here is my list anyway!
10. Spaceship Earth
Depending on the day I’m asked, Epcot is my favorite park along with Magic Kingdom. To me, Spaceship Earth exemplifies Epcot. The “ball” is the first thing I think of when I hear the word Epcot. Everyone in my family enjoys this attraction and I like the changes that were made a few years ago. I like the addition of the interactive ending. It reminds me a tad of Horizons!
9. Splash Mountain
This is one of the best attractions because of the length and use of audio-animatronics! While I have been known to skip this attraction on cold days and evenings (due to getting wet), it still ranks in my top 10. On a hot summer day, it’s the perfect way to cool off!
8. Living with the Land
For some reason, our family loves this attraction. I think for me, it reminds me of Walt’s original idea for Epcot. The crops grown on this attraction are actually used throughout the restaurants in Epcot. While Epcot as we know it is not a true community as Walt wanted, this ride shows community by providing the food. Each time I go on this attraction, I see something new and learn new things.
7. Haunted Mansion
This is a classic! I loved the way it was, but I love it more after the recent renovations to the actual ride and the queue. The back story is awesome and everyone can ride it- unless the little ones are too scared! While I haven’t taken my 3 year old on it yet, I look forward to the day he rides for the first time.
5. Toy Story Mania
This ride is fabulous for anyone who has any type of competitiveness in their blood! When I go on this ride I even find myself “competing” with guests I don’t even know! Again, everyone in my family enjoys this- even when my son was 2. The theming of the queue is outstanding and the attention to detail in the actual ride is great. The only downside to this one is the wait times. You have to be there first thing in the morning to grab a Fastpass or else you’re standing in line for well over an hour.
4. Space Mountain
This roller coaster has moved around over the years on my “top roller coaster list.” When I was younger, it was my least favorite at WDW. For some reason now it’s number 2 on my roller coaster list! Maybe it was the refurb a few years ago, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older!?!
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Hands down, my favorite coaster at WDW. (It still doesn’t compare to California Screamin’ at California Adventure though!!) I love the music, the speed, the theming, the twists and turns. I’ll continue to ride it as long as my body, equilibrium and stomach will allow!
2. Kilimanjaro Safari
This is the only Animal Kingdom attraction on my top 10 list, but it made it to #2 overall! While I do find the story of “Little Red” hokey (and I’m glad there are rumors that this will be ending soon) I love this attraction! Each time I’ve been on this attraction it’s been totally different. I’ve only seen the male lion walking around once and some animals I’ve never spotted- even though the tour guide has pointed them out! The theming and attention to detail, again, make this attraction fantastic! While I’ve never been to Africa, and probably never will, I feel like I’ve experienced part of Africa by going on this ride.
1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
My top attraction is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. While the name has changed several times over the years, I still call it the WEDWay Peoplemover! I’m not sure why this is my favorite. There isn’t a lot of theming, it isn’t a thrill ride and it doesn’t scream Disney, but it’s still my #1 go to attraction. Maybe it’s the corny jokes (Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow!), the wind blowing in my hair, the views of the castle or the idea that there is hardly ever a line… I don’t know. But if I go to WDW I have to ride this. If I could only choose 1 ride to ride on a trip, this is it. Call me crazy after looking at #10-2, but I love the WEDWay Peoplemover!