Check out this relaxing ride at Magic Kingdom with the Video: TTA PeopleMover a Disney World Review!
A Little Bit of History
The WEDWay PeopleMover opened at the Magic Kingdom on July 1, 1975. It was built to resemble the PeopleMover attraction at Disneyland in California. The ride was closed during the spring of 1994 for a massive refurbishment. When it reopened, the name was changed to Tomorrowland Transit Authority. It was closed again in April 2009 when Space Mountain underwent a major refurbishment. In August 2010, the name was changed to Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, as it is today.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, aka TTA PeopleMover, is a narrated ten minute ride. It takes you around, and through, the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. The entire ride is elevated, slow-paced and is great for all ages. There is no height requirement so your entire family can enjoy it together. Disney does not offer FastPass+ but there usually is not a long wait time.
You will find the loading station in the center of Rocket Tower Plaza, directly beneath the Astro Orbiter attraction. You will step onto a steeply inclined, moving conveyor belt to reach the loading area. The loading platform is also a conveyor belt that moves at the same speed as the tram so it is easy to board. The tram is in sections and each section contains 5 cars. Each car seats four people; two are facing forward and two are facing backward.
After boarding your vehicle, you will pass through a tunnel above Stitch’s Great Escape and view a model of the “Progress City”, or E.P.C.O.T. Then, you will pass a window that looks down into Mickey’s Star Traders souvenir shop. Tomorrowland Speedway is up next where you will get a great look at the loading area, and down a little farther, parts of the track.
The tram then heads toward Space Mountain. This is my family’s favorite part because you get a sneak peek of the ride. As you enter the mountain, you will see a sign that features the Space Mountain logo. You will pass by a view of the lift hill where it’s possible to see a train climbing on either side. As you advance, you will enter an area where you can see projections from the ride. You exit the mountain and then make your way toward the Carousel of Progress. You then advance to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin where you will pass a window that gives you a glimpse of the ride. Finally, your vehicle takes you just above the entrance to Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor before approaching the station to exit the ride.
There is no height requirement for Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. No matter what age, or height, everyone in your party will be able to enjoy this attraction!
Accessibility and Other Information
You must be able to leave your wheelchair/ECV on the ground level and walk to an inclined, moving conveyor belt that will take you to the loading platform. Once at the loading platform, you must walk a small distance to another moving conveyor belt to climb aboard the tram.
Audio Description, Handheld Captioning and Language Translation Devices are available upon request.
TTA Peoplemover is an environmentally-safe ride that features no engines. The tram accelerates by using linear induction motors that use magnetic energy rather than a standard engine.
- Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years or older.
- Although this attraction is not scary at all, there are dark sections that may scare children. I always have to hold our daughter’s hand through these areas.
- Wait times are generally low, so if other attraction wait times are high, you can hop on and take a break from the crowd, and the heat.
- It is beautiful to ride at night when the park is illuminated.
- Consider riding TTA PeopleMover when Space Mountain is closed. There is a chance the lights will be on and you can get a good look at the ride’s configuration.
Do you ride TTA PeopleMover when you visit Magic Kingdom? What is your favorite part of the ride? We would love for you to leave a comment below or you can join the Disney Express Lane Facebook Group to discuss this ride or any other Disney related topics!
photo credit: Grace Williams
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