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A tour of Tokyo Disneyland: Tomorrowland

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Published: December 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

We wrap up our Tokyo Disneyland week today with a look at Tomorrow…land.

Tomorrowland entrance from the Hub

Tomorrowland entrance from Fantasyland

Tokyo Disneyland's Tomorrowland retains many of the classic attractions familiar to fans of the Disney theme parks in the United States, including Space Mountain (As always, you may click the attraction links for reader reviews.)

Space Mountain

StarJets

StarJets

Buzz Lightyear (here called Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters)

Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters

Grand Circuit Raceway

Grand Circuit Raceway

(With Cars 2 taking place - in part - in Tokyo, Disney's been promoting the movie with a Lightning McQueen outside at the Grand Circuit Raceway entrance.)

Lightning McQueen

Captain EO

Captain EO

and the original version of Star Tours (no "The Adventures Continue" version here… yet)

Star Tours

The one attraction in Tomorrowland that's unique to Tokyo Disneyland is Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek.

Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek entrance

Both the building exterior and interior queue are faithfully recreations of the Monsters Inc. headquarters from the Pixar film.

Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek queue

The ride is similar in concept and structure to California Adventure's Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue, with a major twist. Instead of passively riding through Monstropolis, this time we're playing a massive game of "Flashlight tag" while we try to find just where Boo has run off to.

Flashlight tag sign

Randall's back, too, trying to catch Boo first to make her scream. But Mike, through more of his characteristic bumbling than actual skill, manages to, uh, take care of Randall and save the day.

Many riders won't notice the plot, though, as they shine their handheld flashlights at Monsters Inc. logos throughout the ride. Each "hit" triggers an animation element in the ride, usually a character popping up or turning around. (Kinda like the Frontierland Shooting Gallery, but with better tech.) Unlike Buzz Lightyear, there's no score kept here, so there's no competitive element. Just the gentle fun of trying to make the ride react to your "tags."

If you're getting hungry while in Tomorrowland, your most whimsical restaurant option in Tomorrowland has to be the Pan Galactic Pizza Port, serving the ubiquitous seafood pizzas - snow crab and a shrimp and mushroom - along with a double-sausage pizza.

Pan Galactic Pizza Port

Other restaurant options include

  • Plaza Restaurant, serving a seafood and rice au gratin, pork curry over rice, beef and vegetables over rice, chicken and scrambled eggs over rice, and fried chicken on a Chinese bun.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace, which offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, a bacon double burger, chicken teriyaki sandwiches and shrimp cutlet sandwiches.

Also on the tour: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland & Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown

I hope you've enjoyed our land-by-land look at Tokyo Disneyland. Tomorrow, we start our in-depth look at Universal Studios Singapore. And on December 26, we begin Tokyo DisneySea week, with another land-by-land tour of that park. After we finish Tokyo DisneySea week, I'll offer a post with details on how you can plan a Tokyo Disney visit, if you're interested in seeing Disney's most popular theme parks outside the United States.

Readers' Opinions

From Tom Rigg on December 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM
It's weird seeing the old entrance to Tommorowland and the old Starjets. Does it feel dated? I mean the Starjets just seem way out of place in a culture as technologically advanced as Tokyo.

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