Many longtime fans and Disney historians are still hanging on, but there are no signs that the PeopleMover will return soon. I was impressed not only with the guests’ interest and the usual questions (“Will they ever bring the PeopleMovers back?” being the most discussed) but with the interest and conversations in the technical aspects. We’ll still need to disassemble them once again to fix the painted panels that aren’t right but that’s for next year – just before we put down the track for them to run on…and start the next project, a working Autopia vehicle…or maybe the Space Mountain car? Often referred to as the “highway in the sky,” the Goodyear PeopleMover opened with New Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967, with the Rocket Jets (now Astro Orbitor), Carousel of Progress, and Flight to the Moon.
It’s fun and heartening to share. Likewise, the constant acceleration and deceleration of the vehicles added wear and tear on the tracks. The covered push-plate ends were quite a design issue but attached, with their metal covers and orange corner bumpers, they came out well and line up perfectly. On top of that, attractions (Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, etc.) When people are asked what ride would they like to see back at Disneyland The People Mover is always at the top of the list? Good ideas, poor execution. By its nature, a very select and small group. Race cars were projected on the walls all around the trains.
I googled the Electro-Voice Microphone part number and son-of-a-gun! Not finished but, it looks very cool. We even lined-up 10B with the cut steel and welded all the basic parts to the lower chassis…. Instead, the new PeopleMover system was sponsored by Goodyear and used Goodyear tires for the rotating wheels. As I sit writing this installment (I thought it would be the last … maybe not) the event is done and the machines sit in the back yard, looking very cool. These 2 workhorses cycled their tops and doors every 18 minutes, carrying about a half million people around this track during that time. It goes thru the ballroom scene and stops at it's Frontierland Stop. Which I had planned to do a week later…. The locomotion of this attraction would be based on something designed for the 1965 Worlds Fair for the Ford Motor Company Pavilion.
When you walk around Disneyland, you often find yourself surrounded by the park’s rich history. AllEars.Net, AllEars® Newsletter and any other properties owned by AllEarsNet, LLC are not Credit: Duchess of DisneylandOnce onboard the unusual 5-seat Rocket Rods, guests zoomed through Tomorrowland at speeds of 35 mph! The tracks sat vacant for three years until 1998 when the short-lived Rocket Rods took its place. The two middle cars (#10B and #10C) moved excited visitors along the track, through “Monsanto”, “Carousel of Progress,” and “America the Beautiful” from 1967 to 1976.
And “wheels”—especially Attraction wheels—have been a big part of that. with us. All Disney artwork, copyrights, Should DCA’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Ride Be Replaced? Have to go from pictures to duplicate the original interior color (it was a tan color). UPDATE 6/30/2010 Turned out that 10B “under the skin” was in pretty good shape, considering it had been 5 years since we did it… and, most of that time it was outdoors in all the weather. NEWS: EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion Will Be Transitioning Its Operations…. This time we are going to talk about a classic attraction. It took you on a grand circle tour of the new Tomorrowland and was an instant success. A friend had initially put the idea in my head that though all the original PeopleMover “lower chassis” (with the ride wheels and the Board that pushed them along) had been destroyed in the 90’s, it’d be fun to duplicate one and run it on a railed track. © 2005–2020 JAK Schmidt, Inc. All rights reserved. Not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company. Sometimes called the Goodyear PeopleMover, WEDWay PeopleMover or TTA PeopleMover, it was a spin-off of the Ford Magic Skyway attraction that Disney developed for the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York.
The PeopleMover logo is even influenced by Goodyear, using the same font as Goodyear’s logo (often called the Goodyear PeopleMover). The Walt Disney World PeopleMover opened on July 1st, 1975, based on the PeopleMover attraction at Disneyland in California. The attraction's vehicles were always in constant motion and were accessible by a large turntable inside the station. As “rides” come and go at Amusement parks (though they are so similar as not to notice)—“Attractions”—especially Disney Attractions—seem to live on even after a very successful life span. The name, Classic Park Wheels Association was suggested by none other than Bob Gurr (and who knows more about park wheels than he) during a gathering at my house in 2009. Let us know in the comments! I was reviewing the PeopleMover “Maintenance and Repair” manual and looked at the pages about the control panels (there were 3). Off the Rails with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The information that guy remembers! I see “Light at the end of the (super speed) tunnel”. with PeopleMover track will need to close and have track replaced. Bob even explained the purpose of the 101 – 102 switch, which I had installed but had no idea of the function.
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