Everything You Need to Know About the Tomorrowland PeopleMover

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You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at the Magic Kingdom.

What is the PeopleMover?

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is an elevated tram ride over Tomorrowland carrying guests above the crowds and even through certain attractions through the use of magnets and linear induction motors.

Where is the PeopleMover?

The PeopleMover is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The queue for this attraction can be found next to the Lunching Pad and under the Astro Orbiter, right across the way from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

What is the History of the PeopleMover?

The Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is based off the former PeopleMover attraction at Disneyland. Walt Disney’s original plan was to use PeopleMovers as type of public transportation at EPCOT. However, this was when EPCOT was planned to be a functioning city or a Progress City, not a theme park. Still, guests can see a large model of Walt’s vision for Progress City or EPCOT aboard the PeopleMover and dream about what could’ve been.

The PeopleMover, then known as the WEDway PeopleMover (“WED” being the initials of Walter Elias Disney) arrived in Florida in 1975. Then in 1994, the PeopleMover received a new look and a new name due to the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland overhaul. It would be known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority until 2010 when it was renamed (again) to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for the PeopleMover?

There isn’t much of a queue for the Tomorrowland PeopleMover. At the moment, it consists of a few switchbacks and moving walkway ramp up to the ride’s boarding platform.

The PeopleMover has become more popular in recent years due to its cult following, so its line may extend out of the queue and into Tomorrowland. If so, just look for a CastMember marking the entrance to the line with a sign.

Once guests have made it through the switchbacks, they pass through a turnstile and then up a surprisingly steep moving walkway ramp. At the top, guests are level with the continuously moving PeopleMover trams and wait for a Cast Member in order to board their PeopleMover trams.

What are the Ride Vehicles Like for the PeopleMover?

PeopleMover trams contain two rows facing each other. Each row can accommodate 2 to 3 guests, but standard capacity is 2 adults per row. There are no safety restraints and the seats are hard benches with a high back. Guests boarding a PeopleMover tram are required to take a small step up from a moving walkway into the moving vehicle.

What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience on the PeopleMover?

The PeopleMover trams whisk guests in and out of Tomorrowland attractions and offers aerial views of others. Those aboard can currently catch glimpses of the construction of the upcoming Tron Lightcycle Power Run, as well as gorgeous views of Cinderella Castle.

During the attraction’s 10-minute tour, guests are treated to peeks inside of Mickey’s Star Traders, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Space Mountain. Tip: If Space Mountain happens to be down for maintenance, guests riding the PeopleMover may get to see the track with the lights on!

The ride experience itself is gentle and breezy for the most part with brief moments of acceleration and quick turns. The outdoor portion of the track is covered but open on either side; and the interior portions of the attractions and tunnels the trams pass through are extremely dark. It’s the perfect attraction for getting off your feet, cooling off, or even catching a few winks.

What Do You Need to Know About the Accessibility for the PeopleMover?

Guests must be ambulatory to experience this attraction.

What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for the PeopleMover?

Due to the gentle nature of the attraction, there are no health and safety advisories for the PeopleMover.

What are the Height Restrictions for the PeopleMover?

There is no height restrictions for the PeopleMover. This attraction is suitable for all ages!

What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for the PeopleMover?

Unlike most attractions at Walt Disney World, the PeopleMover does not offer FastPass+. Thankfully, it doesn’t really need it.

Does Weather Affect the PeopleMover?

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Since the PeopleMover track is covered, and portions of the ride take place indoors, weather rarely affects the attraction’s operation. However, if the queue is extended beyond the moving walkway ramp, know that you will be exposed to the elements while you wait.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Ride the PeopleMover?

There really isn’t a bad time to ride the PeopleMover. The line moves fast and is one of the best attractions to experience during the hottest and busiest times of the day. I also recommend taking a PeopleMover ride at night to see Tomorrowland all aglow and for that gorgeous view of an illuminated Cinderella Castle. Disney World Pros may also recommend hopping on the PeopleMover to pass the time during those afternoon Florida downpours.

Did I answer all of your questions about the PeopleMover? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.

Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

3 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About the Tomorrowland PeopleMover

  • September 29, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    I love this attraction because it’s (mostly) gentle; WDW is special to me in latge part because so many of the attractions were intended not to “thrill” but to entertain, amuse and educate. I die a little inside every time the Disney bean counters destroy an Ellen’s Energy Adventure or The Great Movie Ride.

    I also love this one because it screams “Walt.” It would have been cool if one of these had been added to Epcot as an actual way to get around that huge park.

    And on this one you get good ROI as a visitor: not much wait for 10 minutes of ride.

    (I said “mostly” above because those sudden turns and accelerations are a bit jarring if you’re riding facing backwards; you can’t see them coming. Riders with sensitive stomachs should face forward.)

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  • September 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    You forgot to mention the PeopleMover uses linear induction motors. – a series of electrical coils between the rails, that magnetically pulls then repels the cars along. I love it. Always take a few trips throughout the day when I visit MK.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    The PeopleMover is the best way to pass the time with little ones while doing Child Swap on Space Mountain. The little kids get to go through part of the ride and feel like they’re with the big kids! It was also AMAZING while I was pregnant and needed to get off my feet. It may not be super exciting, but people who can’t do the rides need something to do!

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