Gliding high above the streets of Tomorrowland was the incomparable PeopleMover. Supported by elegant white trunks growing up from the ground, the white tracks of the PeopleMover were a veritable icon of the land, visible from most anywhere as they wove into and out of each of the land’s interconnected buildings.
To board the attraction, guests would stand on a moving speed ramp that carried them to the second level of the land’s central pedestal. With the revolving Rocket Jets on the platform level above, guests would step onto a continuously moving floor. Like the Haunted Mansion (which would open two years later) or Tomorrowland’s own Adventure Thru Inner Space, the vehicles of the PeopleMover enter the station endlessly and move continuously through. Guests step from a moving walkway onto the moving trains, which are traveling at the same speed as one another (about 1½ miles per hour).
Once on board, the doors of the PeopleMover trains would slide shut and the ingenious tilting roof of each cabin would close inward as the journey above Tomorrowland began.
Once the train had exited the circular station at the land’s center, a portion of it would break off from the slow-moving continuous stream through the station. As if by magic, this newly-cut segment would increase its speed (up to 7 miles per hour along straight-aways) and glide effortlessly and weightlessly down the elevated track running through the center of the land’s entry path.
Once on board, the door to your PeopleMover car slides closed, the train inching from the station as people board the segments behind you. Without warning, the car in front of you accelerates away, disappearing down the stretch of track. You happened to have been placed in the first car of a new train segment, watching the segment before gliding away – farther and farther down the path – you know you’re next. But still, you inch from the station, further and further. Then, it happens. Passing over an embedded tire, the train suddenly is propelled forward to a brisk 7 miles per hour, accelerating down the straightaway through the center of the land’s entry.
To your left and right are the two mirror show buildings housing Adventure Thru Inner Space and Circle-Vision 360, respectively. Their façades are adorned with two complimentary murals designed by Mary Blair, the legendary artist responsible for the signature style of “it’s a small world” and its pop-up exterior. While Blair’s style may seem inappropriate for Tomorrowland, the murals are perfect for the New Tomorrowland.
The south mural is focused not on communication, but energy – solar, wind, fire, and water-power are embedded into the international mural. Both murals together are entitled “The Spirit of Creative Energies Among Children,” and perfectly encapsulate the optimism of the future as envisioned by this World on the Move. Each of the murals is 54 feet long, and the second-story PeopleMover provides the best vantage point
The PeopleMover closed in August 1995 since Imagineers thought the ride was past its time and no longer a prototype, but rather a place to rest one’s feet and also as part of Michael Eisner’s program to save money by shutting down expensive and classic attractions. It was replaced by the short-lived crap ride
A few of the retired PeopleMover cars were used in other parts of the resort after its closing. Another car from train #45 is now in the hands of a local resident. David Oneal bought a people mover car in 2003 as well. Two cars were repainted with a blue and orange grid to resemble a blueprint These were later sold on Disney Auctions after Rocket Rods closed.
The checkout counters at the Little Green Men Store Command in Tomorrowland resemble PeopleMover cars and the store has former Rocket Jets vehicles retrofitted as merchandise shelves. T
In 2000, almost five years after the attraction’s closure, an updated version The old on-board audio music from the PeopleMover served as the background area music in Autopia’s queue from 2000 to 2017.
The ride track infrastructure which served both the PeopleMover and Rocket Rods still stands unused in Tomorrowland. The track, however, is still being maintained, as it was repainted in 2005 along with the rest of Tomorrowland, and foliage over the Autopia area was trimmed away or removed from the track. When will it ever come back?