Often we think only of the ‘E’ Ticket attractions when we visit one of the Disney Parks. And it’s hard to argue with that strategy! Who doesn’t like the fast paced thrills of Space Mountain or the extreme theming of the Jungle Cruise? But in every Park you can find a different kind of excitement tucked away in a corner somewhere.
Viewing angles you can only get while riding the Transit Authority
At Walt Disney World, one such treasure is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, or The People Mover! In short, you just sit back and enjoy the ride as it takes you around Tomorrowland. So why do I recommend this as a must-do attraction?
First, no one can go full-out 24/7 while at the Parks! I don’t care how young you are, sooner or later you are going to need a break. Your feet will thank you. And while you relax, interesting things will reveal themselves!
What you used to see on The Carousel of Progress
Second, it offers an alternative when the weather turns bad. During our last visit, Florida decided to treat us to an absolute downpour. It lasted for about 30 minutes. Most people ran for cover and stood under overhangs and waited for it to pass. We boarded The People Mover and enjoyed a dry run around Tomorrowland! If you decide to do this, the bonus is in watching others running around looking for cover while you’re snug and dry and – still enjoying yourself! We got off, ran around to the entrance again, and took another ride. By the time turn two was over, the rain was finished and we were able to resume our tour of Tomorrowland.
Rainy days and people watching
Third, you get to see Tomorrowland from above while listening to the imaginative ride Spiel. This is usually updated from time to time, and now features a new voice. My favorite part of the Spiel is when you pass the Laugh Floor and Roz (from Monsters Inc.) says: “Yeah, yeah, very good. Keep it moving, we’re on a tight schedule here!” So if you haven’t ridden this attraction in a while, then something new very likely awaits you.
Fourth, as you pass each major attraction, you get a little introduction to what it offers. The Narrator will give some details usually with a bit of humor thrown in!
Lastly, you may get treated to an extra surprise. The last time we rode The People Mover, we sat up and took notice as we entered the dark area of Space Mountain. Here, you go right inside while the attraction is fully operational. Usually you just see a little movement and hear a lot of screaming. But this time the lights were on and the ride was down for some reason. It was really cool to see the ride lit up. We saw the tracks and all of the building details. A true inside look at the Imagineering that went into making this famous attraction!
Hopefully by now you are ready for a ride on the transportation method of tomorrow: The People Mover of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.
Don’t miss this great ride during your next visit. You won’t be sorry!