A classic Walt Disney World attraction is running again after over a year’s absence, and you can take a virtual ride on the Magic Kingdom’s recently reopened Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover alongside the Unofficial Guide.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, which originally debuted in 1975 as the WEDway PeopleMover, has been giving Walt Disney World guests majestic views of the Magic Kingdom for over four decades. But while most of the theme park’s attractions have been operating for nearly a year with pandemic precautions, the PeopleMover remained closed for an extended refurbishment.
That all ended over the last weekend in April, when the PeopleMover once again began offering grand circle tours around Tomorrowland’s highway in the sky. There seems to be plenty of pent-up demand for this all-ages attraction because we encountered extensive queues during our first return rides.
With a high hourly carrying capacity and continuous loading, the PeopleMover has always been known as a “people eater” that was often a walk-on, but with every other vehicle being left empty for social distancing, actual wait times during the ride’s reopening week ranged from 15 to 30 minutes.
Once aboard, guests can once again enjoy panoramic vistas over Tomorrowland itself, as well as the Magic Kingdom’s central hub. And taking good photos along the way should be easier than before because the ride feels significantly smoother, with fewer jarring bumps, now that the aging linear induction motors have been rehabilitated.
As before, the reopened Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover also still provides a peek into several stores and attractions, including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and Star Traders.
PeopleMover passengers can also peep at some show scenes that can’t be seen any other way, including a fragment of the original Progress City scale model created for Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress, plus a few futuristic sight gags.
Of course, right now the PeopleMover also offers the best perspective on TRON Lightcycle Run, the upcoming roller-coaster currently under construction next to Space Mountain.
If you can’t wait to ride the reopened PeopleMover in person, hop aboard our private car by watching this 4K POV video:
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