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News People mover now reopened!

91JLovesDisney

Well-Known Member
It’s a 50-year old ride that used cutting edge tech in the 70s that does not have replacement parts in 2021.

Imagine you discover the best computer 1971 had to offer in your attic and now need to fix it up.
They've probably had to recreate some parts they weren't able to get ahold of... I love the LIM but at this point it may be quicker to replace the system with something they can maintain in the future.
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
My feeling is that over 50 years ago (in fact closer to 70 they engineered and built from scratch creating parts that they needed to make it run the first time. Now we don't have the intellectual ability to either duplicate something from 70 years ago or build new with todays available technology. They used the same excuse back in the 90's when they were planning on closing CoP. The parts were wearing out and can't be replaced, they said. Well, brainiacs, someone built those parts in 1964 and now you are trying to convince me that we can no longer duplicate that technology today. No it's always they don't want to duplicate. They can tell the truth, we already know anyway. It is, of course, more expensive now, but Disney was able to do it when park admission was something like $3 per person. I think the charge for admission has acceded the increased cost of machinist's time.
50-ish not 70.

The earlier versions had a different propulsion system. It’s an important distinction between the New York and Anaheim, and then the Orlando, Houston and D.C. systems.
 
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Goofyernmost

Well-Known Member
50-ish not 70.

The earlier versions had a different propulsion system. It’s an important distinction between the New York and Anaheim, and then the Orlando, Houston and D.C. systems.
Yes, I was generalizing because I rode people movers, or at least the same basic thing, at Expo 67 in Montreal. I figure that the technology was probably around for a while before that as well. I was to young to have gotten out much at that point.
 

Daily Magic

Member
I heard a rumor it was delayed again until the end of April but couldn’t find info on this anywhere. What’s the current “projected” reopening?
 

nickys

Premium Member
I heard a rumor it was delayed again until the end of April but couldn’t find info on this anywhere. What’s the current “projected” reopening?
I don’t think there’s been an actual projected re-opening. All the rumours appear to have used the official park hours and the date on which it no longer said it was closed. Which is why it has been rolled out a couple of months at a time.
 

dmw

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
I've seen it reported elsewhere that it will open this Sunday...accompanied by video showing POV testing at night with guests in the park.
I saw the Disney food blog post the April 4 date on FB, but I think they were still using the last end of refurb date from the Disney official site. And, we know those official dates can and do change.
 

CastAStone

Not a frog.
Premium Member
I've seen it reported elsewhere that it will open this Sunday...accompanied by video showing POV testing at night with guests in the park.
Earlier this week Attractions Magazine published a story where they talked to Disney and got more detail about the closure and the reasons for it. In the article they published the reopening date with all the standard caveats.

A blog picked it up and said Attractions Magazine had talked to Disney and confirmed the PeopleMover would reopen 4/4, which is not at all what the article said.

Then, since no one in the Disney blogosphere cites anyone or checks anything for themselves (except of course WDWMagic), the incorrect claim got picked up by a number of other sites.
 

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