Tomorrowland - Elevated Platform & Observatron:
In 1967, the Goodyear sponsored PeopleMover was unveiled along with the New Tomorrowland. Guests boarded cars that were linked together in trains of four. The cars moved steadily along an elevated series of tracks that entered many of Tomorrowland's buildings. The PeopleMover was closed in August of 1995.
When Tomorrowland was refurbished in 1998, Imagineers created Rocket Rods, which sped along the existing PeopleMover tracks. Since the tracks were originally designed for the slower PeopleMover, the Rocket Rods were forced to change speeds constantly in order to navigate the tight tracks. Higher speeds and rapid braking, made the rods susceptible to tire wear, computer failure, breakdowns and long wait times. The Rocket Rods were closed for renovations in the fall of 2000, after which the attraction was never reopened.
In 1967, the Rocket Jets flew its first circles above the PeopleMover platform. An updated replacement for the Astro-jets (1956), the Rocket Jets stayed in rotation until 1997. In 1998, the new Astro-Orbiter was unveiled at the entrance to Tomorrowland. The Observatron, a collection of spinning satellite dishes, was also installed in 1998, replacing the Rocket Jets.