In Magic Kingdom? Avoid the PeopleMover!

There’s been much too much love shared among Disney fans on social media, in blog posts, and on podcasts  for Tomorrowland’s PeopleMover attraction.  Way too much effusive praise.  I feel the need to warn you away.  Don’t listen to the hype, I say!  Why?  Well, if you’ve never ridden the PeopleMover, now’s not the time to try it.

In Magic Kingdom? Avoid the PeopleMover!

Let me give you the five best reasons to mark this attraction off your to-do list…

  1.  You’re afraid of heights.  You’re pretty high up on this ride – at times, on the very edge of the track even.  It’s straight down if something goes wrong.  Better not chance it.
  2. You like clean air.  You’d think that a birds-eye view of Magic Kingdom would be refreshing, right?  Nope!  The exhaust fumes from the Tomorrowland Speedway are toxic!  You’ll have a difficult time breathing, trust me.
  3. You’re a thrill ride junkie!  No thrills here.  PeopleMover is a total snooze-fest.  A boring, narrated, slow-moving tour of Tomorrowland’s sights and attractions.  You want thrills in this section of the park?  You’ll want Space Mountain or Stitch’s Great Escape, for sure.
  4. You (or any member of your party) are afraid of the dark.  Your ride vehicle will enter tunnels of complete and total darkness.  Like can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face pitch blackness.  And not in a thrilling way.  It’s boring and uneventful…unless it’s your biggest fear, then it will be horrible.
  5. You want to be cool.  This ride is for dorks and geeks.  Cool kids do not ride the PeopleMover.  It’s the last place you’d ever want to be caught if you want people to think you’re worldly and hip.

So, if you’ve been here before you know that I’m always completely honest, right?  I give you my opinions in a straight forward, no-nonsense way and I can’t lie to you now.  I love the PeopleMover!  It’s the only must-do Tomorrowland attraction for me on every visit.  I’ve taught my entire family to appreciate and adore this wonderful ride as much as I do, but too many people have started to notice its awesomeness!

It’s getting too popular.  Where we used to walk on no matter the season or time of year, we’ve recently started to have to wait in line.  Sometimes for as long as 20 minutes!  I don’t like this development and want you to pass up PeopleMover so those of us who love it the most can have it to ourselves.  Am I asking too much?  I don’t think so.  Re-read the list of reasons to avoid the PeopleMover, take them to heart, and keep on walking, okay?  Please?

Holler if you love PeopleMover!!!!

Ode to Walt Disney World’s PeopleMover

RM-PeopleMover-Outside-SignDiehard Disney fans!  What’s the Tomorrowland attraction we love the most?  Is it Space Mountain? Nope, not that one.  Buzz Lightyear and his Space Ranger Spin?  No, that’s not it.  Ask around among long-time Disney lovers and one attraction stands out as a traditional, perennial favorite – The PeopleMover!  It’s not very thrilling, it’s not speedy, hilly, or packed with special effects or fancy animatronics.  Why, then, is it so popular?  Glad you asked!RM-PeopleMover-Track

There’s just something so DISNEY about riding the PeopleMover.  Originally, the ride was called the WEDway PeopleMover when it debuted in 1975 (WED = Walter Elias Disney).  Now it’s officially named the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and also affectionately know as the TTA.  The cars, powered by eco-friendly linear induction, move silently along a mile-long route around Tomorrowland.  During this 10-minute tour, you’ll have a chance to rest your feet or even catch a quick nap if you like.  The views are great and include a peek into both Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.  Day or night, there’s rarely a wait for this hidden gem of an experience.  On our most recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, we rode the PeopleMover late one morning to dry off after getting soaked on Splash Mountain.  We may RM-PeopleMoverhave been the only riders at that time and we loved every minute of it.

A few days ago, I invited my friends over on Twitter to show their love for the PeopleMover by writing a haiku in tribute – the speed at which these awesome works of poetic artistry were tweeted back to me is a testament to how passionately we Disney fans feel about our most beloved Tomorrowland attraction.  You know when some of my favorite podcast hosts are writing poetry on Twitter, they are serious about their favorite attraction! (If you aren’t currently listening to the Mighty Men of Mouse, the WDW Northeast Podcast, or the Por Favor Podcast, you should be!)

Ode to Walt Disney World’s PeopleMover (Many thanks to Dutch, Dean, Gary, Deb, and Heather!)

Zero incline track
Breezy Tomorrowland views
There’s never a line – Dutch Lombrowski (@DutchLombrowski) Host, Mighty Men of Mouse

Slow but exciting
See true Disney history
Love to ride at night – Dean (@CT_Mickey_Man) Host, WDW NE Podcast

Every single time
You hope Space Mountain is lit
Darn, perhaps next ride – Por Favor Podcast (@PorFavorPodcast)

Oh, PeopleMover we love thee
You give us a break from walking
Please keep on moving us – DisneyDeb (@DisneyDeb67)

Ever moving round
People watch, photo op spot
Tomorrowland fave – Heather Lebischak (@HLebischak), contributing writer as “Tangled Diva”, Tips from the Disney Divas and Devos.

What about you?  Is the PeopleMover a must-do attraction for you?  RM-PeopleMover-Seat