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Looks Like Disney’s Classic PeopleMover Is Getting a Major Update

It’s iconic, relaxing, and a great way to get a different perspective of the Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a classic way to take a break from walking and see Tomorrowland from above – and has become a beloved attraction at Walt Disney World.

Some Disney Guests head straight for the thrills of Space Mountain or the jokes of Jungle Cruise, but many avid Disney fans just love to run to the PeopleMover.

It’s been a favorite since 1975, and soon, it seems this Magic Kingdom attraction is getting an update.

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The PeopleMover is a great break from a chaotic Disney theme park day, offering a 10-minute time for much-needed rest in a train high above Tomorrowland.

It offers wonderful views of the Magic Kingdom Park, with peeks inside Space Mountain, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, as well as a great glimpse at the new TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover was formerly known as the WEDway PeopleMover from 1975 until 1994 and was designed as an urban mass-transit system of the future. Interestingly, the experience is also the sole remaining attraction in the Magic Kingdom to have corporate sponsorship (currently Enterprise Rent-A-Car).

And with such an old attraction, it appears this Tomorrowland classic is now getting an update.

Twitter user Marissa (@MarrisaTheMoth) this week (February 23) shared a memo that Walt Disney World Resort is currently looking for voiceover actors for the part of ‘ORAC’:

My friend sent me a VA casting call blurb for something called “ORAC”, so at the very least they must be updating the voice acting on the PeopleMover. ORAC-1 was the name of the announcer from 85-94, so it’s possible they have more plans in motion

It seems that, perhaps, Disney is looking back at its history, as “ORAC” was the name of the PeopleMover announcer from 1985 through 1994.

The original narration track was provided by longtime Disney voice, Jack Wagner, but in June 1985, his narration was replaced by the voice of ORAC One – “The Commuter Computer” voiced by actor Ronnie Schell, which was used until June 1994, when the attraction received a makeover for the New Tomorrowland.

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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority closed on April 19, 2009, in line with a major refurbishment of Space Mountain, and reopened on September 12, 2009. During this refurbishment, the beam way was excitingly enhanced with new multicolored LED lighting that moves in time with the music being played in Tomorrowland.

It then closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened in April 2021 after a small refurb.

No details about this new update have been confirmed by Disney, but this memo hints that major changes are coming for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in the future.

More on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

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Disney World’s official description of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover reads:

Move Above and Beyond

Board an elevated tram for a leisurely voyage through Tomorrowland. During your narrated tour, go behind the scenes of attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinSpace Mountain and Star Traders retail shop. See architectural models of Progress City, the prototype for EPCOT. You’ll enjoy amazing up-close views of the park from a unique vantage point.

Magnet-Powered Magic

Always ahead of its time, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover accelerates magnetically using linear induction motors.

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who has worked at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Adventures by Disney! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her husband, an Air Force pilot. Find her children's book at @bear.hug.book