Lesson 21 TTA-People Mover

Attraction Information

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TTA-People Mover 

Tomorrowland Designer WED Enterprises

Attraction type People mover

Opening date July 1, 1975

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, formerly known as the Wedway PeopleMover from 1975 until 1994 and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority from 1994 until 2010, is an urban mass transit PeopleMover system attraction in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida just outside of Orlando, Florida. Themed as an urban mass transit system of the future, the ride takes passengers on a grand circle tour around the second floor of many attractions in Tomorrowland. It is also the lone remaining Magic Kingdom attraction to still have corporate sponsorship as a result of Kodak ending its sponsorship with Mickey's PhilharMagic on December 31, 2012 (Happily Ever After, the nighttime projection and fireworks show at Cinderella Castle, is sponsored by Pandora, but it is not considered an attraction).[3][4]

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (also called the Blue Line, TTA, and Tomorrowland's Super-Skyway) is a peoplemover system in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. Themed as an urban mass transit system of the future, riders are taken on a train ride around the second floor of many attractions in Tomorrowland. It has one station, in the center of Rockettower Plaza, located beneath the landmark Astro Orbiter. The TTA's leisurely pace and lack of long queue lines, along with the sneak previews of other more extreme Tomorrowland attractions it offers, make it a favorite attraction among repeat visitors.

History and Layout

The WEDway PeopleMover opened on July 1, 1975, based on the PeopleMover at Disneyland in California. Because it did not utilize the propulsion system of rotating Goodyear tires used in the original, (instead using linear synchronous motors), Goodyear opted not to sponsor the east coast version. The Edison Electric Institute was the original sponsor of the ride. The original narration track was provided by longtime Disney voice Jack Wagner. In June of 1985, his narration was replaced by the voice of ORAC One - "The 

Commuter Computer".

In the spring of 1994, Tomorrowland underwent a massive refurbishment to re-theme the area as a working city of the future. The WEDway PeopleMover received new physical theming as the track was updated from smooth Googie-esque white forms to boldly colored metallic structures. It was during this refurbishment that the attraction's name changed to Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The current spiel (with only minor alteration since) was also added at this time, the tour now led by Pete Renaday broadcasting from TTACentral.

The line is a one-way loop, with a brief stretch at the entrance to Space Mountainoperating with two-way traffic. At this point, the trains pass so close to one another that it is possible to reach out and touch hands with people in the oncoming train, though a tongue-in-cheek safety spiel warns guests (specifically those from Galaxy M-31) from doing so. The only switches are at Space Mountain, where the main track passes through the attraction and storage tracks run around the perimeter. The design of the station platform has guests boarding and disembarking the cars onto a moving walkway. This allows the vehicles to remain in motion at all times.

On August 5, 2010, the attraction was renamed Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

Blue, Red, and Green Lines

The TTA's backstory makes reference to the Transit Authority's three different "lines": the Blue Line, the Red Line, and the Green Line. The Blue Line, which constitutes the actual ride, is Tomorrowland's intra-city elevated train system. The Red Line takes riders "off-planet" to other destinations in the galaxy, while the Green Line provides local transportation to Tomorrowland's "Hover-Burbs". There is a diorama of a hub station where all three lines intersect located on the second floor of the Convention Center. Other services provided by the Transit Authority (interstate highway maintenance and long distance space travel) are alluded to in the ride's narration.