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Vintage Walt Disney World: Head Back to 1975 Aboard the PeopleMover

posted on June 30th, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Head Back to 1975 Aboard the 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.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Head Back to 1975 Aboard the PeopleMover

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.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Head Back to 1975 Aboard the PeopleMover

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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Darren from CT on July 2nd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a PeopleMover to connect the entrance of Epcot to World Showcase!

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Adam from BC on July 2nd, 2011 at 5:01 pm

@Aydin and Nate: We have that poster. We purchased it from “The Art of Disney” in Downtown Disney a few years ago. Perhaps it’s still available?

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Krista on July 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

The People Mover was a requirment to be the first ride we went on everytime we went to Disneyland. As we road we would plan our day. We were so upset when they removed it from Disneyland. It is nice to hear at least WDW still has it.

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Trisha from CA on July 3rd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I LOVE THE PEOPLEMOVER!!!

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Justin on July 4th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

We love the WEDway people mover – my wife remembers going on it as a child in the 70′s because she was not big enough to go on Space Mountain with her brothers so it was as close as she could get! We just wish it had handicapped accesibility so our son could enjoy it as well. And Melissa – “If You Had Wings” was my wife’s favorite, too! She had a big smile on her face when she read your comment!

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Ashlee on July 4th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

as a kid i loved this ride! there was never really any significant wait and it was so relaxing…maybe partially because you were able to get out of the heat and sit quietly for a few minutes. just this past february, my husband and 3 boys returned home for naps and i stayed in the park by myself. this was a first for me and the one thing i rode alone was the WedWay People Mover! it was still so great. :) i’ll always know it as the WWPM even though the new name is great too. thanks for sharing this. i so love the World!

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Tiffany on July 5th, 2011 at 11:13 am

I had always thought that “Mr. Tom Morrow” was a play on Tom-morrowland, but I read recently that Tom Morrow was actually a Disney Imagineer. Is that true? If so, how ironic that his name fits so well with the attraction!

As far as the attraction goes, this is one of my favorites to escape the crowds. I love to ride this by myself and just chill for 10 minutes.

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Steven on July 6th, 2011 at 10:08 am

As part of WDW 40th celebration they have released reprints of several classic ride posters including the WEDWay poster shown above. They are for sale at the Art of Disney Stores in Downtown Disney and each of the WDW Theme Parks.

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