UPDATE #2: A spokesperson for Reedy Creek Improvement District said responders were called to PeopleMover at 5:24 p.m. and were there for 12 minutes before leaving. There was no fire at the scene. The spokesperson did not disclose the cause of the smoke.
UPDATE: At approximately 7:15 p.m. both PeopleMover and Astro Orbiter passed inspection to reopen. They both have a 40-minute at the time of update (7:30 p.m). Disney has not released an official statement about the cause of smoke or any injuries.
Reports are circulating on social media regarding a potential fire or malfunction in Tomorrowland today, January 2, 2020.
According to the photo circulating, the Transit Authority PeopleMover ramp (or something near it) is producing smoke.
It could be a fire, it could be the ramp belt malfunctioning, or something entirely different. Guests were/are being evacuated from the ride and are presumably out of the area.
Reports are stating that three fire trucks rushed to the entrance of Magic Kingdom and over a dozen firefighters were seen going up the ramp of Peoplemover.
It is unclear at exactly what time this all started, but it happened before/at 5:30 p.m.
Astro Oribiter and PeopleMover are currently closed at the time of writing (approximately 6:25 pm), but all other Tomorrowland rides (Buzz Lighyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor) are showing wait times.
Today has been a rough day for Magic Kingdom. Earlier this afternoon, the system that allows guests to tap into the park was not operating. Cast Members allowed guests to enter the park without tapping their Magic Band or park ticket.
Reports of the monorail experiencing downtime also popped up today. This created longer than normal wait times for the ferryboat.
We hope everyone is okay and that the damage isn’t too serious. We will update as new information comes out. Make sure you like Kenny the Pirate on facebook and join the Kenny the Pirate Crew facebook group to keep informed.