Many attractions have been removed from Disneyland since it first opened in 1955 to make room for newer attractions. However, some classic attractions were so popular that they are still to this day missed, and it looks like the PeopleMover is one of them!
A petition on is calling upon Disney to re-install the PeopleMover to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. The Goodyear PeopleMover opened with New Tomorrowland on July 2, 1967, with the Rocket Jets (now Astro Orbitor), Carousel of Progress, and Flight to the Moon.
The petition to bring the Disneyland PeopleMover states:
My dear friends, it is with great sadness that I must repeat again that we have been without the Peoplemover for 25 years, since 1995. It was devastatingly replaced with the Rocket Rods which destroyed its track and the ride’s history. I think it is time, we are in a new era, we must bring back the Peoplemover! Let us come together in this time of devastation and bring back history, happiness, and magic! Disney, I think it is time you give the people what they want. Bob Iger, an angel to the Disney community, bring back what the fans love before your time as CEO comes to an end. Please sign the petition to help bring back the Peoplemover once and for all! Thank you for reading and share this with the Disney community.
This attraction opened on July 2, 1967, with major improvements in 1968. By riding the PeopleMover, Guests traveled inside several of the Tomorrowland attractions and were thus able to get a preview. The technology, innovative in 1967, featured electric motors in the track itself which propelled the vehicles. Disney’s Community Transportation division used this same technology to build a PeopleMover at the Houston International Airport. Guests could wave at the mermaids in the Submarine Voyage Lagoon and soar above the Autopia roads all in one sitting!
The PeopleMover track still stands within the interior of Tomorrowland, reminding fans of all generations what once stood there. Now above what’s known to be stroller-central, these tracks stand abandoned.
During the 2010 Destination D event, then-President of Disneyland Resort George Kalogridis revealed there were plans to renovate the PeopleMover track and bring back the attraction, stating:
“‘Everyone understands the passion everyone has for it.’ He additionally stated, “‘Hang in there.’”
Many longtime fans and Disney historians are still hanging on, but there are currently no signs that the PeopleMover will return soon.
If you never had the chance to ride the PeopleMover at Disneyland, here is a video from 1990 to get a glimpse of what it was like:
If you are one of the many that are wishing upon a star that the Disneyland PeopeMover returns, you can sign the petition here.