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The WEDway PeopleMover didn't open at the Magic Kingdom until July 1, 1975. Although Disneyland also had a PeopleMover, only Walt Disney World's used the "WEDway" prefix. Pictures taken in Tomorrowland during the first few years in the park look very different without the PeopleMover, Star Jets, and Space Mountain. There were empty spaces above attractions such as Flight to the Moon and the Circle-Vision theater until this attraction was completed.
The original sponsor of this attraction was the Edison Electric Institute. This organization is still around today and according to their website, they are "the premier trade association for U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies."
Jack Wagner was the original narrator of the PeopleMover. He was replaced in June of 1985 by ORAC One, "The Commuter Computer". When ride coupons were still in use, this attraction required a D ticket. In 1994, this attraction became known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) and received yet another new narration track, which was used until the fall of 2009. The new narration now refers to the attraction as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
PeopleMover Ride Script 1975-1985
(This transcription is courtesy of Eric Paddon.)
(As the PeopleMover cars move out of the station located underneath the Star Jets platform, an easy-listening music track plays from speakers overhead, accompanied by Jack Wagner's narration.)
Jack Wagner: The Edison Electric Institute, for America's investor-owned electric companies, welcomes you aboard the WEDway PeopleMover. On this clean, quiet, electric powered ride of tomorrow, the PeopleMover will be your front row seat for a Grand Circle tour of Tomorrowland. Along the way on your mile-long journey, you'll preview many attractions looking into the future and see some of the ways electric energy serves mankind. Now and tomorrow.
(The PeopleMover now moves toward the building housing Mission To Mars.)
Jack Wagner: Inside the pavilion we're now approaching is Mission to Mars. Where space travelers explore one of our solar system's most mysterious planets. The rocketship journey leaves every few minutes for outer space. And across the way is another journey. A grand Circle-Vision tour of "America The Beautiful."
[Note: In 1979, "Magic Carpet Round The World" replaced "America The Beautiful" in the Circle-Vision Theater, and the narration was changed to reflect this.]
(The PeopleMover now enters a tunnel where on the left side, an elaborate model of a city of the future is housed. This is the "Progress City" model that was originally built for the post-show of Disneyland's version of "Carousel Of Progress" that ran from 1967-1973.)
Jack Wagner: And now sit back in your seat as the PeopleMover presents a preview of the future in the city of tomorrow. Man's goal of a better place to live, work and play. This city is a dream. To make it real, we will need to use our energy resources wisely, not wastefully. Today and tomorrow. And now, sit back in your seat... we rely on you, as much as you rely on us...
(The PeopleMover offers a look down into the Mickey's Mart store on the right before exiting the tunnel.)
Jack Wagner: And now the PeopleMover presents a panoramic view of Tomorrowland and the Grand Prix Raceway. And just ahead is the towering symbol of the Space Age, the spectacular Space Mountain.
(The sounds of cars moving along the Grand Prix Raceway can be heard above the continuing musical track as the PeopleMover draws closer to Space Mountain.)
Jack Wagner: We're now entering one of the new wonders of our World. In a moment, we'll preview the Home of Future Living. And then, Space Mountain's thrilling rocket race through the universe.
(PeopleMover riders see a "Space Mountain" and RCA symbol on the side of the building as they enter the tunnel that takes them inside. They first look down and see a glimpse of the "Home Of Future Living" postshow walkthrough, and then, as the sounds of screaming Space Mountain passengers fill the air, are able to look down and see the loading area and above them, the coasters headed up on the beginning of their journey. The darkened effects of stars and swirling galaxies seen by riders of Space Mountain can also be seen by PeopleMover riders during this portion. Finally, the PeopleMover exits Space Mountain on a track opposite to the one it came in.)
Jack Wagner: The rocket ride through Space Mountain is really out of this world. But you can also see the Home of Future Living inside Space Mountain without taking the rocket ride. Now, as we leave Space Mountain, overhead you can see another form of transportation, the Skyway. Carrying you high above the Grand Prix Raceway and other adventures.
(The PeopleMover heads back over the Grand Prix Raceway and heads toward the Carousel Of Progress theater.)
Jack Wagner: You're riding aboard a brand new concept in electric transportation. The first to use electric linear induction motors. There are no moving parts in these clean, quiet motors. Across the way is the Contemporary Resort. Running right through the hotel is the Walt Disney World Monorail. Another electric powered transit system here in our Vacation Kingdom.
(The PeopleMover now moves around the Carousel Of Progress theater.)
Jack Wagner: We're now moving past the Carousel Of Progress. Where four warm and humorous families welcome you into their homes of yesterday and today, starting way back at the turn of the century. First presented at the New York World's Fair, this famous theater-in-the-round celebrates how progress through electricity has contributed to better living.
(The PeopleMover now approaches a tunnel alongside the building for If You Had Wings.)
Jack Wagner: Inside the pavilion we're now entering, you'll travel to vacation ports of call through the magic of "If You Had Wings."
(On the right side of the tunnel are two windows looking directly down into scenes from If You Had Wings, first the "Caribbean Port" sequence, and then the large film projection of swimmers on Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. The theme music from this part of the ride completes the aura of the PeopleMover's biggest preview of a Tomorrowland attraction.)
Singers: If you had wings! If you had wings!
If you had wings, had wings, had wings, had wings.
You could fly to Bermuda, like a flying fish.
Have a ball on a cruise ship, or catch fish if you wish.
If you had wings! If you had wings!
If you had wings, had wings, had wings, had wings.
(The third and final preview window of If You Had Wings, on the left side, looks down on the New Orleans scene where fireworks are visible. [Note: This window was covered up when the jet engine and the swirling effects were added for Dreamflight.] The PeopleMover then exits the tunnel for its final leg back to the station.)
Jack Wagner: In the distance, you will see Cinderella castle. Those of you who have always wanted an invitation to dine in the castle, will find King Stefan's Banquet Hall inside. Now past the Circle-Vision Theater, where you can see "America The Beautiful" as you've never seen it before. All around you in a full-circle motion picture.
(The PeopleMover now approaches the station.)
Jack Wagner: Now as we approach the PeopleMover station, our Grand Circle tour of Tomorrowland is coming to an end, but not to a stop, aboard this transportation system that never stops. On behalf of the Edison Electric Institute for your electric company, we hope you've enjoyed your trip aboard this electric transportation system of tomorrow, here today.
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