There might not be a more relaxing and scenic ride in all of Walt Disney World than you will find in the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The slow moving attraction is located in Tomorrowland of the Magic Kingdom.
The ride was originally known as the WEDway Peoplemover and opened in 1975. It was based on the original peoplemover in operation at Disneyland at the time, however the WEDway differed in several respects.
The most notable difference is in the propulsion system. The Disneyland version used rotating tires to propel the cars, but the Disney World version utilizes linear induction motors making for a smoother quieter ride that has no moving parts, uses very little power and actually features absolutely no pollution output.
Another main difference is in the coverings protecting riders from the elements. In Disneyland, the cars were covered and ran on an open track. In Disney World, all of the cars are open, but ride on a track that is covered.
The relaxing ride is boarded near the Astro-Orbiter. A moving sidewalk takes guests from the main level of Tomorrowland up where they board the ride cars via a rotating platform. Once aboard, the doors to the vehicles slide closed and your “train” speeds up.
You are then treated to a narration that introduces you to several other attractions as you pass near or through them. Some of these being Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the Carousel of Progress and Stitch’s Great Escape. A highlight of the trip for many is entering Space Mountain where you are given a quick glimpse of the queue lines and the interior of the famed coaster.
The ride saw a bit of controversy in 2009 when the 15 year old narration was changed and updated. Many Disney enthusiasts voiced differing opinions, some wanting the old narration back and some happy for the change.
All in all, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority is a very peaceful and relaxing ride giving guests views of the Kingdom seldom seen.
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