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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Closure Extended Again at Magic Kingdom

Disney has announced that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be closed at least until April 30, 2021, for a multi-month refurbishment.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

(Update 3/31/21): The refurbishment for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is taking a little longer than we hoped, as Disney has now expanded the closure through at least April 30, 2021.

Believe it or not, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover has been closed since March 2020, about one week before the park closure. That’s more than 1 year already!

The attraction was having issues then closing unexpectedly and hasn’t reopened since. It wasn’t even running during the Cast-Member or annual passholder preview events before the park reopened to the public.

Looking a bit closer at the refurbishments page on the Walt Disney World website, the PeopleMover it is currently listing the attraction as “Temporarily Unavailable,” where it has been since July 28 and says it’s under refurbishment through April 29th.

Schedule for Tomorrowland PeopleMover refurbishment

The ride has been seen operating without guests since the parks reopened on July 11, and testing has been more frequent of late.

Things have taken much longer than originally thought because it was supposed to reopen with the Magic Kingdom on July 11, then November 2020, then Christmas, then January 2021, then this Spring.

Just recently, the ride was listed as being under refurbishment through March 2021, with a reopening in early April, but that obviously isn’t enough time and it is the reason for this extension.

Disney hasn’t publicly commented on what the exact problem is with the PeopleMover or what they are doing to repair it, but sources have indicated that part of the attraction’s refurbishment includes replacing the magnetic linear induction motors throughout the track.

Not an easy task and obviously they are nowhere near ready and need more time to get things right. There were even reports of some of the ride vehicles colliding during the testing which would be a good reason not to open yet.

When is it Reopening?

Astro Orbiter in Disney's Magic Kingdom from PeopleMover

The only thing we know is that right now it’s listed as being under refurbishment through April 30, 2021. In fact, the Disney World website shows it isn’t listed for refurbishment on May 1, which means in theory, that’s when it should open.

The reason I say “in theory” is because as we’ve seen over the last year, some attraction refurbishments don’t always go the way they are planned and often need more time to fix. For example, the Astro Orbiter went down in Tomorrowland in 2019 and it was supposed to reopen after one month. In the end, the refurbishment ended up lasting 2 months.

Primeval Whirl is another recent example where it mysteriously went down for refurbishment, turned into a seasonal ride, and then recently was announced as closing for good.

Some readers have expressed fears that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is going to end up shutting down for good. Honestly, we don’t anticipate that happening, and the refurbishment is real. However, it wouldn’t surprise us to see the opening eventually pushed back once again later into 2021.

As soon as we learn more about the situation, we’ll let you know.

Check out the Full List of Disney World Refurbishments and Ride Closures to see what else is being worked on.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover closing for refurbishment…

  • Does the ride need upgrading?
  • What changes would you make to it?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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marion

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Thanks for the update. Look forward to riding it. Would hope it's ready by Sept 2021.

Colin J

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

In their defence none of the parts for one of these was ever "off the shelf" and power handling would have been mechanical not electronic so the whole thing will be a learn how it works, figure out what doesn't and then figure out what modern era electronic solutions exist, if they are experiencing colliding cars then they have possibly changed the blocking control and system management, likely one of those thing you wish you hadn't touched when you start. Most rides are based on more modern equipment and even the older stuff they built multiples like the omnitrack so may have spares and upgrades available.

marion

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

The People Mover is great for when you want to just relax and review plans for the rest of the day. Not exciting, most always are on it once during the visit to the MK.

Aiks

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Ziggy, great work as always. I've been there many times since '92, including annually, usually Pres week.

The last 5 years the hallowed Mover has been a constant breakdown in long increments of like 15 mins, 30 mins, etc. Quite honestly it's just wearing out. They really should bite the bullet and rip out the Goodyear travellator track and complete redo that, coupled with a complete redo of the Mover tracking system.

SO glad they are not taking it out as it's one of the best breaks of the day, like the railroad -which we haven't had for almost 2 years now due to TRON.

But it REALLY needs a complete tracking system makeover for a consistent operation.

Mark

Thursday 17th of September 2020

A Tomorrowland employee told me that they are replacing all the Linear Induction Motors on the ride and that the ride will remain the same. Only charge I would make would be to extend it into the TRON area.

Ziggy

Thursday 17th of September 2020

That's great info Mark, thanks for sharing!!