Thursday evening we reported that there was some sort of smoke coming from the PeopleMover, also known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Due to the smoke, the PeopleMover was evacuated Thursday evening and it was shut down for a couple of hours after the ride started emitting smoke. The Astro Orbiter, which is an attraction above the PeopleMover, was also shut down.
Reedy Creek Fire Department was on the scene almost immediately.
Just saw this pic on Facebook. Allegedly, the current situation at the PeopleMover. Yikes!! pic.twitter.com/587F3NCkrg
— Jason Jennings (@jayflyers) January 2, 2020
We are now getting reports from Orlando Sentinel that James Reinert, who was a Disney guest in line for the PeopleMover at the time of the smoke emerging, could smell some sort of rubber burning.
“I could smell something electrical/rubber burning for several minutes,” he wrote in a message to the Sentinel. “Cast members then stopped the queue from entering the line.”
It was also reported from Reinert that he saw a Walt Disney World cast member used a fire extinguisher on the PeopleMover’s exit ramp. It didn’t take long before cast members shut down the Magic Kingdom attraction as well as the Astro Orbiter.
The PeopleMover was back open to the public Thursday evening.
— Angel Elemiah (@MaximoSPQR) January 2, 2020
And now, Eryka Washington, who is a spokeswoman for Reedy Creek Improvement District, is speaking out, stating that responders were called to the ride at 5:24 p.m. There was no fire at the scene, and responders were there for 12 minutes before leaving, Washington said.
Washington also stated that she did not know the cause of the smoke.
There has not yet been an official word from Disney.
More Information On The PeopleMover
The official Walt Disney World description of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover reads:
Board an elevated tram for a leisurely voyage through Tomorrowland. During your narrated tour, go behind the scenes of attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain and Mickey’s Star Traders retail shop. See architectural models of Progress City, the prototype for Epcot.
You’ll enjoy amazing up-close views of the park from a unique vantage point.