Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_27-Tomorrowland_Transit_Authority_PeopleMover.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.7MB) | EmbedThe WEDWay PeopleMover, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, TTA, and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover are a few names you may have heard when referencing one of the most simple and beloved rides in the Magic Kingdom.  The PeopleMover takes riders on a tour of Tomorrowland at the leisurely speed of 6 mph.  This 10 minute stroll in and out of the futuristic land’s buildings may not sound like much to first time riders, but as we will discover today, the charm of the TTA keeps return visitors coming back again and again. The current version of the ride is titled the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.  With such a long title you can see why the nickname TTA or PeopleMover is a popular choice when referencing the ride.  However, to call this ride just the TTA or just the PeopleMover is to leave out a part of its long history.  Let’s go back to the beginning and see how the WEDWay PeopleMover got its start! You might remember hearing the term WED.  This acronym stands for Walter Elias Disney, and was the name given to Walt’s team before the company name was changed to Walt Disney Imagineering.  Well, WED Enterprises brought the WEDWay PeopleMover to life at Walt Disney World in 1975.  Like many early Magic Kingdom rides, the WEDWay PeopleMover had an older cousin in Disneyland, simply named PeopleMover.  Just like the Disneyland version, this ride took guests on a tour of Tomorrowland.  Of course there were differences, most notably the California version used Goodyear tires to propel the cars along the...
The Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_26-Hall_of_Presidents.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.7MB) | EmbedLike The American Adventure, The Hall of Presidents is a theatrical presentation that combines moving video, audio, and life-like Audio-Animatronic figures to tell the story of America.   Where the two shows are distinctly different, is the perspective of which our nation’s story is told.  The Hall of Presidents takes you the viewer through a historical journey of what has faced our nation’s leaders. Before the show begins, you are treated to the beautifully designed exterior and interior of Colonial Hall.  The building was modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia and features many of the same elements found in the colonial design of The American Adventure.  It does not boast the same size, but does proudly display a peaked tower on the outside and a gorgeous rotunda on the inside.  Beneath the rotunda lies the gold and blue Presidential Seal surrounded by royal blue carpet.  Also inside are portraits of some of our Presidents, as well their real life artifacts.  You can study a collection of George Washington’s dental instruments, stare at Abraham Lincoln’s leather portfolio, or admire the dress worn by Mrs. McKinley on the day of her husband’s Inauguration!  How cool is that?!  These are the genuine items handled by hand, some over 200 years old. When the time comes for the next show to begin, you will be allowed into the 700 seat theater.  Behind the blue curtains lies a massive stage and 3 giant projection screens.  If you want to tell the story of our Presidents, you better go big!  As the music begins, the curtains...
Liberty Square Riverboat

Liberty Square Riverboat

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_25-Liberty_Square_Riverboat.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (6.4MB) | EmbedAll aboard!  It is time to ride down the Rivers of America aboard the steam ship known today as the Liberty Belle.  This beautifully wood crafted vessel has four decks that can hold 450 guests per trip.  The riverboat is modeled after the Mississippi steamboats made famous in the days of Mark Twain.  In fact, this ride traces its roots back to the Disneyland ship named the Mark Twain. When the Liberty Square Riverboat first opened at Walt Disney World it did so with a different ship named the Admiral Joe Fowler.  The name for the ship was a tribute to the man of the same name who had helped bring the riverboats to life in Disneyland.  Actually, Joe Fowler helped bring more than just this one ride to life in both the California and Florida parks.  This retired real life Navy Admiral was hired by Walt to oversee the construction of Disneyland and later help with Walt Disney World.  While the ship bearing his name was not quite ready for opening day October 1, 1971, it did make its debut one day later. This boat was in service until 1980 when it was retired after being damaged in the back lot.  It is still unclear what happened to the ship itself, but its spirit does live on in several ways.  Just a quick side note, if you happen to know the mysterious location of the Admiral Joe Fowler, I would love to know.  You can fill me in by sending an e-mail to feedback@wdwrideguide.com.  I won’t tell anyone, it...
The American Adventure

The American Adventure

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wdwrideguide/WDW_Ride_Guide_24-The_American_Adventure.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.2MB) | EmbedFor my fellow Americans, imagine you are given the task of creating a ride at Walt Disney World to showcase the entire history of America.  What would you do?  Would you create a ride that moved guests through a show space, who would you feature in your ride, what parts of our country’s past would you focus on, what parts would you want to omit, how long would it be, and what would your overall message be?  These are just a few questions the Disney imagineers were faced with when it came time to create The American Adventure.  Needless to say, it was a very daunting task.  Thankfully for us, the imagineers landed on an idea that would utilize all the best storytelling tools in their magic Disney toolbox.  The American Adventure came to be a stage show featuring 35 audio-animatronics who tell the story of America through moving vignettes, video montages, and powerful music. The show is set in the American Pavilion in the World Showcase.  The pavilion itself is deserving of an entire podcast.  Today, we will hit the highlights of the pavilion as they relate to the show inside.  The grand exterior of the building stands as the centerpiece to the World Showcase and can be seen across the World Showcase Lagoon.  The red Georgian bricks, white molding, and gold highlights give the pavilion a truly historic American ambiance.  Once inside, the architecture, paintings, textiles and finishings give the visitor the feeling they have stepped into something regal, something historic. As you wait in the lobby for...

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