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Facts at a Glance About Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover:
|Park: Magic Kingdom. Location: Tomorrowland Height Requirement: Any height Fastpass: No|
|Quick Notes: Elevated car on a track that tours around Tomorrowland and passes through the inside of some attractions.|
|Disney Warnings: None.|
|Cautions: Elevated tram ride over Tomorrowland. Guests must be able to walk by themselves or assisted by a member of their party up a steep moving walkway to get to load platform, and onto a flat moving walkway to board. Getting off involves a moving walkway and going down a steep moving ramp. Ride includes a bumpy, jerky track with some quick sharp turns, times of complete darkness, Evil Emperor Zurg’s voice during the ride thru Buzz Lightyear, and screams of other guests when going thru Space Mountain.|
|Length: Ride lasts approximately 3 minutes.|
|Special Needs Info: You must be able to walk. Wheelchairs and ECVs are not permitted in the queue or on the ride. Handheld Captioning, Audio Description. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.|
Overview of Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
This is a fairly non-eventful ride in an elevated track around Tomorrowland. The point of the ride is to demonstrate the possibility of mass transit using electromagnetism which is environmentally clean. At the same time it’s a sightseeing tour, giving you a peek inside of some attractions (although you don’t really see much). You’ll get a quick look at a scene from Buzz Lightyear, pass by a model of how Epcot may have been designed if Walt Disney lived to see it, and you’ll go right through the inside of Space Mountain.
While there are some exhibits that are only visible from this ride, there’s not much of a “wow factor” here. It’s a minor attraction that’s usually low on the list of priorities for most people.
Queue information for Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
You must be able to walk to go on this ride. Some people may find the entry and exit physically challenging. There are moving walkways on incredibly steep ramps that takes guests up to the raised boarding station, and after the ride back down to ground level. These can’t be bypassed, slowed or stopped. You can lean on the railing for support; it moves at the same speed as the walkway.
Once you’re up to the ride car loading area, you must board a moving car from another moving walkway, and deboard your car the same way. Both the car and the walkway move at the same speed. The Cast Member controlling the ride is right at the boarding area and will be able to slow the walkway if a guest is having difficulty with the boarding walkway.
Ride vehicle and loading information for Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The ride cars have bench seats with backs and some light padding. The seats are similar to booth seats in a diner—two bench seats face each other—with two people facing forward and two people facing backward. If you’re prone to motion sickness, be sure to face forward. People of larger size may request their own bench seat row. Getting in can be a challenge because the doorway is fairly narrow. The seat back is fairly low and does not provide much back support.
Details and description of the experience on Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Many people seem to find this ride relaxing; however those who have sensitive neck and back pain conditions or similar issues may find it quite uncomfortable. The ride goes fairly fast at times, taking some sharp corners at increased speeds. Also, the ride car is bumpy and jerky on the track. Those with more moderate pain issues might not have a problem with any of this, and Disney doesn’t give any back or neck related warnings.
Some portions of the ride are very dark. There are some fairly long areas of pitch darkness, particularly when passing through Space Mountain. When going through Space Mountain, you’ll probably hear the screams of the people riding. If Space Mountain happens to be inoperational, you may get a good look at the ride track with the lights on. On a sunny day you’ll pass from very dark areas to very bright sunlight, but you’re moving at a moderately slow pace.
Take a look at Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover ride in action:
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