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  • [Question] People Mover...why did it really close?

    My question is why did the People Mover really close? I know that there was 2 deaths that happened on this attraction but those deaths occurred in 1967 and 1980 and the attraction didn't close until 1995. So what is the real reason why this attraction closed?



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    Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

    They were trying to make it a better Tomorrowland and failed
    Im here for fun and info not be a bully! Carsland here I come:yea:

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      Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

      What exactly were they trying to do?



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        Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

        They turned it into Rocket Rods for the Tomorrowland 98 redue.
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          Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

          I have read somewhere that it was policy that when one ride opened, another had to close. Pressler was president in 1995, but I'm not sure if this was his policy or whether it came before or after. But interestingly, Indiana Jones opened in 1995, and the People Mover closed the same year.

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          • #6
            Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

            Because it consumed way too much energy. That's what I heard.
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              Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

              Originally posted by Slappypunk View Post
              What exactly were they trying to do?
              Rocket Rods at Yesterland

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                Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                The fact that only six people a day rode it probably contributed too...

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                  Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                  My understanding is they were redoing Tomorrowland in 1998. We all know how that turned out. It seems they pinched pennies and when they turned it into a "thrill ride" aka Rocket Rods, they didn't retrofit (or whatever the technical term is) the tracks to handle the extra stress of the new ride, and it caused structural damage to the tracks. Also, the ride was subject to frequent closures, which probably escalated their costs (in other words, cut down their profits) and it didn't seem economically feasible to run it. I also believe that the costs to actually fix the tracks to handle the stresses would be unreasonable.
                  True or not? Your guess is good as mine. It sounds reasonable, though.
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                    Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                    It wasn't always at capacity ,too many empty cars , the popularity wasn't what they wanted it to be and they wanted another thrill ride so they sacrificed the PM. They took a gamble so now it a new ride..... Adventure under the shade structure!

                    ---------- Post added 07-29-2012 at 09:18 AM ----------

                    The one at Disney world (in my many experiences ) is the same way maybe half the cars are full but I hope they keep it because I love it!
                    Im here for fun and info not be a bully! Carsland here I come:yea:

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                      Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                      They closed it to make way for Rocket Rods. Which was a gigantic failure. Like all of TL 98'.
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                        Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                        It was futuristic back then and they replaced it with Rocket Rods that were neither a rocket nor a rod.
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                          Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                          I heard the PeopleMover wasn't based on a movie, hence the shutdown!

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                            Re: People Mover...why did it really close?

                            Originally posted by dougeebear View Post
                            I have read somewhere that it was policy that when one ride opened, another had to close. Pressler was president in 1995, but I'm not sure if this was his policy or whether it came before or after. But interestingly, Indiana Jones opened in 1995, and the People Mover closed the same year.
                            That wes pretty much the reason for the closure. During Pressler's reign, cutbacks, closures and reductions were that norm. Merchandise was cheapened, restaurants closed, hours cut back, maintenance reduced, etc.

                            The People mover (along with the Skyway) was shut down and (most) the cars were chopped up. Many of the operational cutbacks were in order to reduce the number of cast members.

                            After Indy, things went downhill until Pressler and Eisner were gone.

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