We can’t exactly call an elevated tram that takes you on a leisurely trip around Tomorrowland a thrill ride – it might even be a stretch to call it a “ride”! But as many guests have discovered, the PeopleMover is a hidden gem in Walt Disney World, and it’s become a surprising favorite for many. Here are 8 totally cool things that made us fall in love with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
1. No Wait
If you’re like us, you do everything in your power to avoid lines at Walt Disney World, from securing FastPasses to popular rides, to making dining reservations months in advance, to arriving at the parks at rope drop to dash to your favorite attraction to beat the crowds. Well, one of our favorite things about the PeopleMover is that there’s never much of a line! You won’t wait more than 5 minutes to board, and usually, you’ll be able to walk right on without waiting in line at all. And that’s no small feat in Disney World! It also makes this ride the perfect option if you are killing a bit of time waiting to meet up with family members on another attraction, or if you have a bit of time until your FastPass+.
2. Environmentally Friendly
We’re pretty fond of our planet, so it’s always a bonus to find attractions that aren’t environmentally destructive. And the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover certainly falls into that category! The PeopleMover uses magnets to accelerate, and its motors are emission-free linear induction motors. This means that it’s much more environmentally friendly than the engine in your car! So you can feel great about spending some downtime on this underrated attraction.
3. Perfectly Peaceful Reprieve
As much as we adore Walt Disney World, visiting the Magic Kingdom can make for a busy, tiring, hectic day. Part of the PeopleMover’s charm lies in its simplicity; it’s hard to find a more relaxing attraction in any Disney theme parks! You won’t find a ride storyline here, and you won’t be bombarded by any Disney characters. This makes the PeopleMover an excellent escape for adults and children, a valuable pocket of peace within the Magic Kingdom. Guests have been known to fall asleep during the ride, even though it’s only 10 minutes long!
4. Cool Off
Anyone who has been to Orlando, especially in the summer, knows what a big deal it is to be able to hop on a ride with air conditioning. The weather can be unbearably hot and sticky, so when you need to cool down, head to the PeopleMover. It’s not the fastest ride, but it’s still fast enough to create a refreshing breeze as it moves along. Plus, the indoor sections offer a short but fantastic blast of air conditioning. We don’t blame you at all if you want to ride a second time just to enjoy the reprieve from the heat – and the good news is that because there’s hardly ever a wait, you’ll have time to ride it whenever you need to cool off!
5. Legendary Relic
The idea for the PeopleMover goes all the way back to Walt Disney himself. As Disney fans may know, Walt initially planned to build a futuristic city in Florida called the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. This city wasn’t completed, and EPCOT became one of Walt Disney World’s theme parks instead. But the PeopleMover was the transportation system Walt originally planned to use in his utopian city of the future. This makes the PeopleMover a very special example of technology in which Walt Disney himself saw great potential.
6. One of a Kind
Like many Walt Disney World rides, the PeopleMover was originally built in Disneyland, back in the 1960s. It was quite popular, but was closed 30 years later, to be replaced by Rocket Rods. Even this attraction soon closed, leaving the original PeopleMover tracks sitting there empty and unused. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover opened in Disney World in 1975, and is now the only version to exist in any Disney parks worldwide!
7. Sneak Peeks
Have you ever wanted to check out Space Mountain without actually riding it? Well, the PeopleMover route takes you inside the ride, where you’ll be able to hear the shuttles hurtling by and the screams of riders. It’s a great, if short, alternate view of the ride interior – and if you’re lucky enough to ride during a Space Mountain breakdown, you may get to see the attraction in the light, which is one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen in the Magic Kingdom. PeopleMover riders are also treated to behind the scenes glimpses of Mickey’s Star Traders, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and some fascinating models of Progress City, previously part of Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress.
8. Unparalleled Views
If by some chance you need another reason to check out this hidden Walt Disney World gem, this should seal the deal! Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover has surprisingly stellar views of the Magic Kingdom. Tomorrowland looks fantastic lit up in the dark, and the best way to take in the nocturnal views is by relaxing on the PeopleMover, above it all. In addition, the views of Cinderella Castle at night from this attraction are arguably the best around! So grab your camera, hop on board, and let the magic of Walt Disney World unfold around you – it’s a great way to end a hectic day at the park.