What's your dream Tomorrowland attraction?
Let's talk about Tomorrowland, shall we?
One of the original lands in Walt Disney's original theme park, Disneyland, Tomorrowland has changed more than any other land in the park over its more than half a century. Tomorrows have their way of becoming yesterdays, and any land devoted to the future must change frequently to avoid becoming a relic of the past.
Disney ditched the land in Paris, crafting a "Discoveryland" based on the then-futuristic fiction of Frenchman Jules Verne instead. And today's Tomorrowlands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World increasingly are becoming "Science Fiction Cartoon" lands, with attractions such as the Buzz Lightyear shoot-'em-ups.
Changes are coming to Tomorrowland. Walt Disney World's getting a refreshed Space Mountain and a new Star Tours is on its way to Disneyland.
But what would you like to see? What's your dream Tomorrowland attraction?
Don't forget that tomorrow-becomes-yesterday problem. Your dream for a $100 million extravaganza ain't gonna fly if it's gonna look out of date in a decade. Keep that in mind as you craft your idea.
Supposedly Tony Baxter, the head of Imagineering for Disneyland and the main visionary for some of Disneyland's best attractions has been working on an E-Ticket for the Innoventions building for years. The rumors that have come out so far point to a Time-Traveled themed dark ride, which sounds like a great idea to me. I really like Paris' Discoveryland retro-futuristic concept rather than the Tomorrowland of the other Magic Kingdoms. Not only is it more imaginative and need less updating, but it segues into Fantasyland much better than the jarring transition we experience now. The lands on the West Side transition beautifully, not so on the other side of the hub.
That's a great issue: How do you transition Fantasyland into Tomorrowland? I think that the Paris Discoveryland concepts has come the closest to pulling it off.
I do not have time to layout my masterplan for Tomorrowland at the moment (:D), but I would like to say I think it would be a very good idea for Disney to place a copy of Mission: SPACE where Innoventions sits in Disneyland Resort.
Will have to do some more thinking about the attraction I would like to see, but I was prompted to research Disney Science Fiction films to find some material. Interestingly, the highest grossing sci-fi film for Disney is Pixar's WALL-E (unless you consider POTC or The Incredibles to be sci-fi, which I do not). While WALL-E would seem to be a vast playland for Tomorrowland expansion ideas, and as much as I LOVE everything Pixar does, I am not sure I want to see anymore attractions themed to Pixar movies at the Magic Kingdom....
One thing I have always associated with futuristic cities is tube travel, you know like in
As a person who has been to Disneyland Paris, Discoveryland and Fantasyland have a very narrow change with a Lion King show in a Jules Verne esque stage. DLP's lands are very seperate from each other, but thats just my opinion.
R. Niles: That's a great issue: How do you transition Fantasyland into Tomorrowland?
I'd like to see something that adapts and changes as the years go by so that it is always ahead of it's time and future-proof.
If you asked me this question 20 years ago, I would have yelled "TRON"!! But nowadays, man, I think I would still say TRON.
What do I want to see in Tomorrowland? It's simple. Bring the People Mover back to DL.
I want my jetpack.
I second the request for a TRON attraction/ride.
I don't want more franchise-inspired attractions, but I like the idea that, if I'm not mistaken, Robert came up with a while ago. Lasseter's creative team should just be given complete creative control for a redo of the land. The attractions are fine, but the theming ain't much.
While no means a real classic, The Black Hole was, for its time, a nice piece of sci-fi adventure that would lend itself nicely to a dark ride experience. I don't think a ride should mirror any of the plot or characters from the movie, except possibly Maximillian and B.O.B., but taking an excursion to the Cyngus and into and beyond the Black Hole could be a thrilling ride...
Disney seems so focused on basing its attractions on its films (animated, live-action and combination of the two), and adding film influences to pre-existing attractions, that I cannot imagine it adding an E-attraction that did not have a Disney-cinema foundation. If you want a futuristic/fantasy attraction, regardless of it being based on an obscure Disney flop, that could have some incredible special effects, how about one based on "Treasure Planet" (I think that was the name of that famous 7-day-running animated feature).
Rao says: "I am not sure I want to see anymore attractions themed to Pixar movies at the Magic Kingdom...."
Anonymous Poster, as I wrote, I have nothing against Pixar or Pixar-based rides, I just think the Magic Kingdom has enough of them right now. Surely the creative folks at Disney can come up with something that isn't based on a Pixar film can't they?
for magic kingdom, the carousel of progress needs a renovation, the speedway could be replaced with a high speed futuristic autopia (there's plenty of room outside of the railroad tracks for it so the current speedway could be used for something like a house of the future or house on the moon) , scratch stitch and bring back a renovated alien encounter, and maybe make buzz longer(teardown the galaxy theater).
Although I like Barry's idea for a Black Hole ride I'd agree that any new ride needs to be tied into the contemporary. For that reason I'd agree with all who've recommended the TRON ride. There's a new movie on the way and even without that, I always felt there should have been a ride. ( The People-Mover's Tron makeover notwithstanding )
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