Monday, November 3, 2014

Little Known Facts About The TTA PeopleMover | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

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.


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Frontierland Station - Splash Mountain
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts - TTA PeopleMover
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse - Haunted Mansion
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point - Space Mountain
Final Stop ~ Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere - The Disney Magic

12 comments:

  1. I love the TTA! Do you know if they kept the funny pages when they did the refurbishment?

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    1. Lorelei- I don't know if that party was kept or not. I'm actually having a hard time remember this!

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  2. Beth, it's so funny that you say that you don't know why you love TTA, but you just do! I feel the exact same way! I love it. The magnet system is amazing. I guess the areas where it picks up speed is just stronger magnets? So interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I guess that is it- stronger magnets? After our last trip, my 5 year old declared the peoplemover his favorite too... and he can't tell me why! :)

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  3. Love the People Mover! It's a perfect place to take a break and get a different perspective on the park.

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    1. agree! Each time we rode it, my son asked me to take a different picture from the track looking down on MK!

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  4. I love the TTA! It's such a great way to relax at the Magic Kingdom. My favorite joke from the TTA has always been the one about "Paging Mr. Morrow." It's so cool that magnets are what propels the cars!

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    1. agree. As soon as i hear that line, i have to repeat it for whoever is in our car! :)

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  5. The PeopleMover was always the first ride we've go on when I went to Disneyland for the day. The ride isn't there anymore but the tracks are, maybe someday they bring it back!

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    1. I did notice that when we were at DL. Do you know why they closed it? I would have loved to ride it there!

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  6. This has to be our favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom. We ride it over and over and over again.

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  7. This is also one of my favorite attractions at Disney! No matter how many times I ride it, it gets more and more relaxing every time! My favorite time to ride it is at night when the fireworks are going off! You're sure to get a good view.

    Jessica // LIpsAndTrips

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