BREAKING PHOTOS: Lights Come ON During Peoplemover Breakdown
Every time I ride the TTA Peoplemover since its year-long shutdown I feel fortunate. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment! Rumors were swirling during the shutdown about a possible permanent closure of everyone’s favorite attraction, but thankfully the issues that allegedly prevented the Peoplemover from welcoming guests were finally resolved.
That doesn’t mean the Peoplemover is without its bugs though! Just like all the other attractions, it’s subject to downtime and the rare- but possible- breakdown. I was aboard the Peoplemover when I got a surprise I never saw coming…literally!
We had just passed the viewing point for Space Ranger Spin when the Peoplemover stopped for longer than usual. Just when my eyes started to adjust to the pitch black, ALL of the lights came on!
I was stopped in a VERY ‘backstage’ area that is not meant for guests’ eyes. Worn black paint and a glaringly bright EXIT sign are not what we think of when we think ‘Disney attraction’.
Despite the age of the cell phone, I loved that an old-school working land line is still present in the Peoplemover.
On the floor, I spotted covers for the electrical wiring and routing that helps power the attraction that would be completely unnoticed with the attraction’s low-level show lighting in effect – even more good reason to always stay in your vehicle if an attraction stops for an extended time.
A behind the scenes experience at WDW is always a very cool and rare occurrence, but seeing the Peoplemover’s internal track with the lights on reminded me why flash photography is prohibited in dark rides- some things are just not meant to be seen!
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