Rumor: Prolonged PeopleMover Closure Was Due To Sensor Replacement

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A new rumor is out from Blog Mickey about the long closure of the popular Tomorrowland People Mover attraction. There has been a lot of speculation about what happened, and why the ride was down for over a year, and according to the Blog Mickey site, Cast Members have indicated that it was a sensor issue.

If you recall, before the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) PeopleMover shut down last year, there was at least one incident of cars slamming into each other on the track.

They also had an incident in early 2020, where smoke came rolling out of the attraction’s escalator walkway. It was evacuated and the Reedy Creek Fire Department was called in.

The attraction was actually closed for awhile before Walt Disney World shut down for the pandemic. According to the Cast Members that Blog Mickey talked to, the alleged reason for the long closure, was that Disney was upgrading the sensors on the track to avoid the vehicle collisions that the attraction kept facing.

According to Cast Members, Disney has installed new sensors on the ride vehicles and around the length of the track that allow Cast Members to ensure that there is proper spacing between the cars. The changes were reportedly made to eliminate the possibility of the cars slamming into each other.

This also makes the attraction “ far more automated than in years past.

We’ve seen them testing the ride vehicles, and they were slamming into each other, a couple months ago.

With the new system also comes Cast Member training, and according to Blog Mickey, that’s another reason for the delayed reopening.

Now, it’s scheduled to reopen on April 4th (Easter), but they’ve already pushed back reopening dates a couple of times. I’m not sure reopening the attraction during a really busy day like Easter Sunday, is the best idea. But I also don’t want to see it get pushed back yet again.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Blog Mickey



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