Category Rank: 8
Park: Magic Kingdom
Park Rank: 16
In what might be a common theme, we have another attraction within Magic Kingdom that people commonly use to take a break from the other crazy attractions and their accompanying long lines. This one is our first attraction in Tomorrowland, and it is another original attraction from the park's opening.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover has undergone two different name changes over the years, but the ride remains basically the same. It is a narrated 10-minute trip in an open-air train-like shuttle throughout Tomorrowland. It includes going into the Space Mountain complex and seeing that ride in the dark, which is a unique experience. That is, until you also go into the Buzz Lightyear building as well.
This ride is one of the many original attractions that was also at Disneyland. The concept of a PeopleMover is right in line with the "Progress toward the Future" theme, even with its inception back in the 60s, and has spawned likewise innovation to be dubbed PeopleMovers too (like at the airport).
I mentioned in my last post I didn't include Peter Pan in this list, which many would think should have a place. Another that wasn't included is Dumbo. There are, of course, many more slow rides that I won't include, but I think those two are probably the most likely to raise eyebrows (or, eyebrow, if there is truly only one person reading these posts). So, what justification do we have for including this ride over these other two?
|Yes, Kathy, it truly is that fun to ride!|
Of course, that view is probably in the minority. There is a long line for a reason at those, so I rightly expect both of those rides to be in the top 30 on other people's list (Dumbo, maybe even top 15). That's okay with me... again, I'd be interested in reading someone else's list.
|Picture taken by Hannah (caption mandated by Hannah)|
I don't get that sense on Peter Pan or Dumbo. Those rides always seem too short, especially for the wait, and I get off with the sense "That was it?".
The PeopleMover, conversely, is a very relaxing ride. You typically can walk right on it, and it gives you an overhead view of all the attractions in that area. Which, in turn, builds your anticipation for those rides as well. In all, the PeopleMover is right about even with the Tiki Room, and thus is right next to it in our rankings. Maybe it gets a slight nod because it moves.
We move back to the "Rest of the World" with #37, and much like the mugs, this one is sure to cause quite a bit of head-scratching. Our next item is our favorite food court in all of WDW.