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THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY & PeopleMover Trivia Question

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

Did You Know?

August 21, 1995 – Disneyland’s PeopleMover closes (it will be replaced 3 years later by a faster attraction known as Rocket Rods

  • The attraction opened as part of the New Tomorrowland in 1967 and required a “D” ticket to ride
  • Its hourly capacity could hold up to 4,885 guests
  • The attraction moved uphill and downhill, unlike its Walt Disney World counterpart which glides on a flat track
  • Rocket Rods closed in September of 2000 for refurbishment, but never reopened and was officially closed in the Spring of 2001
  • The track for the PeopleMover remains, which leaves the door open for it to be revived.

Other Notable Disney Dates:

August 19, 2006 – Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Play It closes at the Disney MGM Studios

August 20, 1928 – The final short of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Hot Dog, is released

August 22, 1968 – The Walt Disney Travel Company is formed in Florida – compromising of travel agents and people who will helps guests plan their vacation to Walt Disney World, although the park will not open for another three years!

August 23, 1986 – A bill is passed by the U.S. Senate declaring December 5, 1986 as “Walt Disney Recognition Day”

August 24, 1989 – Ewok Village opens at the entrance to Star Tours in Walt Disney World’s MGM Studios

August 25, 2008 – Disney announces that it sold 298 acres of Florida property to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for  new development

Question of the Week:                 

The Tomorrow Land Transit Authority in Walt Disney World  uses linear induction motors to move the cars. How were the cars in Disneyland’s PeopleMover propelled?


Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.