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Sep 30

Disney “Traveling Around The World”- Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland – Part 2 – Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

 

Welcome back “World” Travelers! I hope you enjoyed your flight high above the Magic Kingdom on our last journey. As you get settled back down on earth, let’s take a ride on a future mass transit system called the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover takes guests on an elevated tour of Tomorrowland. Relax and enjoy this leisurely 10-minute journey above Tomorrowland on this pollution-free mass transit system. This tour takes you along a relaxing tour and sneak preview of some of Tomorrowland’s more extreme attractions such as Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Spin. it also includes a view of early architectural models of Progress City which we know as Epcot.

 Walt Disney’s plans for’ Progress City’

The model, which is described in the attraction as: “Walt Disney’s dream for an experimental prototype community of tomorrow,” is actually an important piece of Disney history. It originated at Disneyland park and was previously a piece of that park’s Carousel of Progress from 1967-1973. In that version of the attraction, the final holiday gathering scene offered a glimpse of Progress City in the distance through the windows behind the Audio-Animatronics figures. Afterward, guests would head up to the carousel’s second floor, where they could explore an entire 6,900-square-foot model of the city. The Progress City you see on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover route, is a portion of that model.

Originally known as the WEDway People Mover (‘WED’ being Walter Elias Disney’s initials), the Tomorrowland Transit Authority is a linear-induction-powered mass-transit system. This was a once unique technology that transports passengers in silent ride vehicles around Tomorrowland using a magnetic motor system. The ride was built as an example of future transport using futuristic technology to move vehicles instead of noisy petrol powered vehicles.

What you may not know is that this technology was actually put to use to move people around and is still used and working to this day.

WED People Mover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas

The inter-terminal train at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IAH), is the older of the two separate inter-terminal people movers currently operating at the airport. Originally opened with the airport, the original train system was replaced in 1981 with the current WEDway system, a people mover system built by WED Transportation Systems, a division of what is now known as Walt Disney Imagineering.

The inter-terminal train at IAH is the only WEDway people mover built by the Walt Disney Company outside of a Disney property. It uses much of the mechanical technology used by the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The design permits the trains to make tight corners that are necessary along portions of the basement route, and is unusual in that on-train station announcements and audible warning messages are actually provided by a trackside audio system through openings in the tops of the vehicles.

Disney’s Tomorrowland Transit Authority is a simple and relaxing trip through Tomorrowland with some entertaining visuals and an enjoyable narration. The PeopleMover is the ultimate attraction for relaxation. Once you’re aboard, you can kick up your feet and simply enjoy the park as you pass by it. You’re off your feet, away from the crowds, and you get an opportunity to really appreciate the beauty of the park.

The PeopleMover also offers one of the most beautiful views of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World, and watching the sunset over the Castle as you pass the entrance to Tomorrowland on the PeopleMover is truly magical.  At night when the neon glows in Tomorrowland, the PeopleMover takes on a totally different feel.

This is one of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom. To me it is an attraction that is not to be missed. There is just something magical and calming going on here. There are no high speeds, no adrenaline rushing thrills, but with the constant rush to get here and there, it’s a great change to your mindset and the relaxing tour around Tomorrowland will re-charge you and your family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHmaP1XRwgM

 

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