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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Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor

Hello everyone!  Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series is the fun little stand up comedian show, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor!  I think this is one of my favorite shows in all of Disney, because it changes with every audience!  Here are the details about this attraction, located over in Tomorrowland:

Attraction Name: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Attraction Type: Show
Height Requirements: None
Location: Tomorrowland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Monsters Inc. offers some unique entertainment options for you, and it all starts before the show even begins!  Did you know that you can text in a joke before the show starts, and it might be told during the show?  Here’s how you do that:

  • While waiting in line, look at the TV monitors — occasionally Mike Wazowski will give instructions on what to do.
    • The joke is texted to 42319
    • You need to start your text with a special keyword that they will change, so look for the keyword on the monitor.
    • Include your first name and hometown so they can thank you if they use your joke.
    • If chosen, you’ll joke will be performed during the show!  You’ll be famous, at least, you will be in the human world. :)

Additionally, some of the seats in the auditorium have special cameras — if you sit at the right one, you’ll be featured during the show at appropriate moments!  It’s a lot of fun!  One time, my brother-in-law Otis was the guy that was buying the whole audience Churros!

We really enjoy this attraction, and I think you will too!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

 

It’s Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!  In our next Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide post, we’re looking at the shoot-em-up adventure located over on Tomorrowland’s main strip.  Here are the parameters for this attraction:

Attraction Name: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Attraction Type: Slow Rides, Spinning
Height Requirements: None
Location: Tomorrowland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

From my experience, usually this attraction does not need a FastPass selection as the line isn’t usually that long, but FastPass is offered, so if you have one to burn, take advantage of it.  The queue for this is fun, but not interactive, unless you count Buzz as interactive, as he does talk and move around.  You are signing up to be a cadet to help Buzz fight the evil Emperor Zurg, and to do so, you will be in your specially designed spacecraft that spins so you can shoot all around you.  For each target you hit, you’ll get points, and the higher your score, the better!

What is your high score on the game, or the high score of your kids?  At the end, your score will help you determine what rank you achieve — my all time high score is 999,999, which, coincidentally, is the highest that the game will count to.  Now, I’m not ace at flying and shooting to achieve that score — the ride stopped moving, but I was still able to shoot, and the points kept going up and up and up!  So, definitely put an * next to that score for the record books, but it was fun anyway!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

In our next installment of the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we’re taking a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, one of my favorite movie shows to watch in all of Disney.  Here are all the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Attraction Type: Movie/Song
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite movie/shows to watch.  The music and scenes from the movies are great, the 4D technology of the movie is great, and the songs are such classic songs that you can’t help but sing along!  I know that some children are frightened by the dark and the water and whatnot, but most people seem to do just fine.

One thing that is interesting to me is that, with the implementation of the FastPass+ system, it seemed like Mickey’s PhilharMagic was much busier than it had been in years past.  We saw it two times last year, and each time the theater was packed with just a few solitary seats available.  I don’t remember a time when it was that busy.

In the end, this is a great attraction for some awesome music, great movie scenes, and in summer, a great way to beat the heat.  Do you and your family stop by?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

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!

Monsanto Future House

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.

Monsanto 002

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.

Monsanto 003

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.