Mike’s Favorites: The TTA

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My Favorites: The TTA

By Mike Ellis

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s look at some of Mike’s Favorites!  On Tuesday we explored Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, and today we’re continuing over in Tomorrowland by looking at the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, also known as the TTA!

When it comes to relaxation at the Magic Kingdom, I am hard pressed to find something I enjoy as much as the TTA.  This incredible moving attraction takes you on a tour of Tomorrowland, with unique views within Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and incredible views over the walkways of Tomorrowland.  Some of my favorite views of the Magic Kingdom have been seen from the TTA at night, with the incredible lighting of Tomorrowland, Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain, and the Astro Orbiter.  Here are some of my best TTA photos that I would like to share with you.

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Space Mountain.

 

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A different section of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

 

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A view of Tomorrowland as seen from above.

 

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The model of what Walt Disney envisioned for EPCOT.

 

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The Tomorrowland Speedway.

 

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The Astro Orbiter is just above the start of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

 

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A shot of Space Mountain from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

Closing us out is a great ride video from Central Florida Sights and Sounds of the TTA at night.  Enjoy!

What do you think of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover? Must ride, can’t stand it, or meh? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The TTA!

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Monica, ML, and Sophie relax on the TTA!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post, the weekly series where I team up with my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to share with you a bit of Disney trivia!  I apologize for the delay in getting this post out, I have been having some issues with the network or computer (I’m not sure which) — but everything seems to be okay now!

This week I’ve got a trivia question of my own making based off of something my daughter Sophie said to us about the TTA — the Tomorrowland Transit Authority!  This is likely a very easy trivia question, but let’s see — read it and please leave your answer in the comments below!

The TTA Trivia Question!

Where can you find the Hidden Mickey on the TTA?
a) On the belt of the lady getting her hair curled.
b) In the model of what Epcot was originally going to look like.
c) Somewhere in the Buzz Lightyear scene.
d) There is no Hidden Mickey.

So what do you think?  Do you know the answer to our trivia question?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for playing along with us!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the links below, and thanks for stopping by!  Remember to go out and make every day a Disney Day!

My first Disney trip

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This picture is from 2006, the next time that my Mom would visit the Magic Kingdom!

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I first went to Walt Disney World.  My Grandma and Grandpa had retired the previous year, and moved to Florida, so the following summer my Mom and sister and I went down to visit them.  In the course of that trip, Grandma and Grandpa took us on a trip to Walt Disney World.

I don’t have any pictures of the trip, but I do have memories.  I remember that at that time Disney World consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, and the Grand Floridian resort.  We didn’t stay on property, and we had to decide which rides we wanted to enjoy because the park had tickets for the individual rides.  The more popular rides took more tickets than the less popular ones.

I remember that I wouldn’t ride Space Mountain.  Robin (my sister) tried really hard to get me to go, but I was chicken.

Remember when the Theater on Main Street showed silent Mickey Mouse cartoons?

So many things have changed at Walt Disney World, but regardless of that, so much of the Magic Kingdom has remained the same.

Despite the changes, the predominate things that make Walt Disney World special remain.  The Magic began for me with the moment we would get into the car to make the trip to Disney.  The closer we got to the park, the more the excitement would build, and when we saw the “Walt Disney World Sign”, I was about ready to bust with excitement.

The excitement continued to build as we passed the parking attendants, got out of the car, and memorized where we parked (we were usually in Grumpy or Happy).

Then, as you ride the tram to the the Transportation and Ticketing Center, reality continues to fade into the background as you are magically transported to the world of Walt Disney.

For us, as we rode on the Monorail to the park entrance, seeing the famous Magic Kingdom landmarks approach always started a discussion on what ride we would ride first.  The answers always varied, but for me, and that first visit, I didn’t care which ride I rode first.

For me, the experience of it all is what was really special to me.  I didn’t care which rides I rode, that first trip I was all about where it all begins — Main Street, U.S.A.  Seeing the train station, experiencing the buildings around the circle, and then taking in all of the shops, that is, in many ways, what it is all about.

Even now, after years of visiting Walt Disney World, to me, nothing is as special as the feeling I get when I enter Main Street, U.S.A. and take it all in.