Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Windows to the Past: The PeopleMover Arrives - 1967


The PeopleMover at Disneyland is the focus of this press photograph from June 29, 1967.  It appears that the photographer was part of press event surrounding the unveiling of the new Tomorrowland that debuted that summer.  The published caption:

TRAFFIC RELIEF?--Goodyear's new transportation system, the PeopleMover, goes through preview run at Disneyland's new Tomorrowland section. Concept is said to offer applications which may ease traffic in downtown areas. Cars are propelled by series of stationary, electric motor-driven rubber wheels between rails. It opens to public next week.

The photo was originally published in the Los Angeles Times and is part of the UCLA Digital Library collection Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs 1920-1990.

2 comments:

Ron said...

Wasn't there also a version of PeopleMover which used linear induction motors?

Gator Chris said...

Ron: Yes. The WEDway PeopleMover at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom debuted with linear induction motors (and still uses them today).

The Disneyland incarnation was the original, and used a prodigious supply of Goodyear tires :-]