The People Mover also known as the Disneyland transit system, was an attraction at Disneyland that operated from 1967 to 1995. The attraction was a slow-moving elevated Railway that transported visitors around the Tomorrowland area of the park.
The People Mover was part of the new Tomorrowland at Disneyland and it was a proof of concept attraction that exhibited the ability to lessen traffic in large cities. The attraction had a large capacity that could move over 4,800 people every hour. However the attraction was closed on August 21st 1995.
Disney, thinking that they knew what guests wanted, replaced the People Mover with the Rocket Rods. This turned out to be the worst gamble ever! The People Mover provided guests with a relaxing view of Walt's beloved park but Disney thought guests wanted a Tomorrowland thrill ride. Trading 16 minutes of People Mover for three minutes of rocketing.
6 months later in March of 1996 the Rocket Rods were announced. 14 months after the announcement, the Rocket Rods opened in May of 1998. The decision to replace the People Mover was based on what imagineers believed that the ride had outlived its usefulness and was no longer a prototype. They decided to replace the slow mellow ride with the futuristic rapid transit system.
The decision to close the People Mover was a dangerous one as it was a classic attraction that had an importance of nostalgia as well as the emotional connection of the guests. This bad decision has kept an empty track in Tomorrowland for over two decades. All that's left is it's ghost track rooted all through Tomorrowland an echo of better times.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".