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Disneyland's PeopleMover closed in 1994 (?). The original ride system had speakers in each car to provide the audio. It went through sections such as the Speed Tunnel and, later, a TRON themed tunnel.

In 1998 a new ride opened as the Rocket Rods, a high speed E-ticket ride around Tomorrowland. Unfortunately, technical problems plagued the Rods and the ride quietly closed in 2001.

Trivia: Disneyland's PeopleMover was very low tech. The motorless vehicles were moved around the track by electric driven rubber tires. (The Matterhorn Bobsleds are also propelled this way.)

The classic PeopleMover became the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in 1994. The front area of the PeopleMover track received a fancy cosmetic update, but the rear sections (near Space Mountain) are the same old familiar white pillars that we got used to in the 1970s.

A new soundtrack was put in place themeing the ride as a tour of Tomorrowland as it makes version stops (though it never really stops) at locations through the land. The audio plays through speakers in the ceiling as the vehicles pass under them.

Trivia: The Magic Kingdom's PeopleMover is powered by magnets. Linear induction moves the vehicle. A similar system can be found at the Disney/MGM Studios at the Rock 'n Roller Coaster. Technology advanced alot between the 70s and 90s.

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