Magical Blogorail: Best Attraction Ride Vehicles

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some of the best attraction ride vehicles at Disney.

When you’re in a hurry to get nowhere fast, the Walt Disney World PeopleMover is what you’ll want to use to do it! Operated by the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, The PeopleMover is a slow-moving 10-minute ride with just one station, in the center of Rocket Tower Plaza, located beneath the landmark Astro Orbiter. Please enter the ride vehicle and take your seat for the rest of this post:

The PeopleMover’s leisurely pace, lack of long queue lines, and the sneak previews it offers of other more extreme Tomorrowland attractions make it a favorite among repeat visitors. The first sneak peek you get is of:

A cool thing that may happen during your ride is when the lights are on inside Space Mountain. This usually happens when there is a problem with the ride system, but the PeopleMover still operates during these times. You can see the tracks of Space Mountain and how the ride was put together!

The PeopleMover’s vehicles are always moving. To board and disembark, you will have to use a large speed-matched rotating platform inside the station. Now here is the unique feature of this attraction: The trains are not powered by motors within themselves, but are propelled by a system of Linear Synchronous Motors embedded in the track every nine feet. Cool technology is always a part of Disney attraction ride vehicles!

Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) technology is scalable and adaptable to a wide range of applications, from small transport and positioning systems to large people movers. Unlike short stroke linear motors, LSMs generate propulsive force by running current through a stator creating an electro-magnetic field that interacts with a set of permanent magnets on a vehicle to create thrust. The permanent magnets serve as the motor secondary, equivalent to a rotor in conventional motors, enabling linear motion. The magnet array and vehicle is propelled by the moving electro-magnetic field, traveling along as electric current is applied to the stator beneath the vehicle. The vehicle’s movement is regulated by a sophisticated control system incorporating state-of-the-art position sensing technology.

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Each car has its own sound system which broadcasts a continuous audio commentary and soundtrack, relative to the train’s location. The commentary points out the attractions you are passing as well as announcing promotional items.

But perhaps the best part of the PeopleMover is… the romance!

You can sit with your Significant Other and relax as the crowds and hustle and bustle of WDW fades away. And if the attraction isn’t too busy, Cast Members may let you stay on for one or two more rides around the track. Don’t be afraid to ask! And feel free to snuggle… just don’t get carried away!

The PeopleMover is also one of the few ‘outdoor’ attractions that still runs in the rain. So if the skies open up to deliver one of Florida’s famous bursts of precipitation, just head to the PeopleMover!

I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for this great attraction (see what I did there? It’s raining in the picture above: Whetted/wet? Yeah, you’re probably right.)

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Monsanto’s Place in Disney History

{Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to be joined by our buddy Lee from Disney Nouns today!  Lee is excellent at discovering little known tidbits of Disney History, and today he writes about the connection between Monsanto and Disney.  Please give him a hearty welcome!}

So who remembers Monsanto? You may better remember the attraction at Disneyland that they sponsored, The House of the Future, that was open from 1957 to 1967. The attraction offered a tour of a home of the future, set in the year 1986, and featured such futuristic household appliances as the microwave oven!

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The attraction hosted over 20 million visitors before it closed after Monsanto shifted their sponsorship to a different attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. But just who was Monsanto back then? What else did they do? I have the answer!

I was watching a special edition DVD of the musical Camelot the other day and it had a feature showing the movie premiere. The cool thing was that this feature also showed the original commercials that played on the TV the night the premiere aired. One of the commercials was for a line of garments designed after the medieval costumes from the film.

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Yup, ladies could wear a dress inspired by Guinevere herself! Horse not included.

These dresses were designed and produced out of Stevetex fabric by Stevens of Monsanto Blue ‘C’ Nylon.

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The line was called ‘The Then Look of Camelot’. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

So Monsanto was into making fabrics at the time they sponsored the House of the Future. So likely if you had the chance to tour this marvel, all of the interior fabrics, whether on furniture or window treatments, would have come from Monsanto. How about a vintage Monsanto commercial for nylon:

Today Monsanto is at the center of controversy over its genetic manipulation of seeds for food production. But back in the day, it was all about futuristic houses, medieval fashion, and dangerous transportation of textiles. Good times!

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this company and its place in Disney history.