Tomorrowland Transit Authority Gets New Retro Name
A long-time attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is getting a new…old…name.
The ride most recently known as Tomorrowland Transit Authority is now called the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, with emphasis on Peoplemover when it comes to new signage.
The ride, which is coined as the “super skyway” that provides guests with a swift and relaxing tour of Tomorrowland, opened in 1975 and was called the WEDway PeopleMover (WED stands for Walter Elias Disney). In 1994 the name was changed to Tomorrowland Transit Authority, and now the name is a hybrid of both.
The ride uses a pollution-free propulsion system called “linear induction” – and the ride system itself was developed by WED Enterprises. It was first used in Disneyland in 1967, but that ride closed years ago. The system used a series of magnet embedded in the track that turn on and off in sequence, thereby pulling the train along silently.
A source on the internet reported Disney’s official statement regarding the name change:
“The PeopleMover ride system plays an important role in Disney history and heritage and it is for this very reason we have decided to restore its name here in the Magic Kingdom. The name change from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority to the TTA PeopleMover is a way for us to link the past with the present, and in turn, guide us into the future. It is a way for all the promise and wonder that the word “PeopleMover” still holds, to carry on into new generations.”
While the ride is the same as always (except for a new narration that was implemented a while back), the name change brings a feeling of nostalgia to those of us who remember riding the WEDway PeopleMover!