Vintage Walt Disney World: Head Back to 1975 Aboard the PeopleMover
There is an attraction I must ride every single time I’m at Magic Kingdom Park, and tomorrow it will celebrate its 36th anniversary of moving people around Tomorrowland. I am speaking of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
Since July 1, 1975, guests have taken the 10-minute trip around Tomorrowland to catch glimpses of everything from an early model of Epcot, to the interior of Space Mountain. A great start to any Magic Kingdom Park morning, perfect mid-day break from the Florida heat, or a great ending to a day at the park, the PeopleMover is always a welcome suggestion in my book.
There are so many fun facts about the PeopleMover that I don’t even know where to begin. Here are just a few: the weight of the trains is 4,100 lbs. empty; 850 speakers are installed along the .86-mile track; and the maximum speed of the PeopleMover is 6.84 mph. Below you can see an original sign from the PeopleMover back in 1975. Today, Alamo helps keep the PeopleMover moving as the attraction’s sponsor.
No matter how many times I journey though “the land of tomorrow” aboard the PeopleMover, I always wonder whether “Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow” has contacted “Mr. Johnson in the control tower to confirm his flight to the moon.”
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