Disneyland PeopleMover Sells at Auction for Nearly $500,000 | NBC Bay Area

Disneyland PeopleMover Sells at Auction for Nearly $500,000

The PeopleMover sold at Saturday's auction is considered the most complete and functional of 13 known to exist



    A car from Disneyland's long-running PeopleMover, which transported guests on a slow cruise through part of the Southern California theme park, sold at a Los Angeles auction for $471,500.

    The PeopleMover was an elevated tram that took visitors on a through the Tomorrowland attraction. It carried its first passengers in 1967 and ran until 1995.

    The two vehicles featured at the auction were among 13 known to exist. Another vehicle is at Mickey's of Glendale, two are at "The E-Ticket" at backstage Disneyland and the others are part of private collections.

    None have their original lower driver chassis, but the vehicles at auction have drive systems that were recreating over about two years. The drive chassis were developed using blueprints from the originals and help from the Imagineer behind the PeopleMovers, Bob Gurr.

    The control panel controls lighting and features a public address system that can play music. It also comes with a two-minute PeopleMover explainer, voiced by a 1967 tour guide.

    It's considered the most complete and functional PeopleMover in existence.

    The buyer was not identified.

    Van Eaton Galleries said the auction over the weekend included hundreds of items of Disneyland memorabilia. Other items offered included the marquee sign for the Golden Horseshoe Revue, which sold for $48,875, and an original poster for the Rocket to the Moon attraction, which fetched $28,175.

    Bids came from around the world.