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Vote of the Week: Disneyland to Close its Innoventions - What Should Replace It?

March 6, 2015, 5:49 PM · The Disneyland Resort confirmed today that it will close its Innoventions exhibit hall on March 31.

Innoventions

Cast members started spreading word to guests this morning that they'd been told the attraction would close at the end of the month, and a Disneyland spokesperson confirmed the closure this afternoon to the Orange County Register.

Innoventions occupies the rotating theater show building that first housed the Carousel of Progress and later the America Sings show. The original Carousel of Progress was sent to Walt Disney World for the Magic Kingdom's opening in 1971 and many of America Sings' animatronics were salvaged for Splash Mountain in the late 1980s.

Innoventions opened in 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, borrowing its name and concept from Walt Disney World's Epcot, where Innoventions replaced the old CommuniCore exhibits in 1994.

In recent years, Disneyland's Innoventions has drawn crowds only for its Marvel superhero meet and greets, as its consumer and commercial technology exhibits have failed to generate much enthusiasm among guests.

Disney's not saying anything about a replacement for Innoventions, but Disneyland does have the theme park rights to develop attractions based on any Marvel characters, in contrast to Walt Disney World, which is restricted in its ability to use Marvel characters in the parks due to Universal Orlando having the Orlando-area theme park rights for the Marvel characters used in Islands of Adventure's Marvel Super Hero Island and those characters' families.

Disney also is about to debut a new movie called Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, which could provide more intellectual property to feature in its eponymous land.

And the promise of a new Star Wars Land lingers over all of the Disney Parks' creative decisions at this point, as a Star Wars makeover for both Disneyland's Tomorrowland and the Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World had been approved by Disney management, only to be pulled back during the production of the new Star Wars movie.

And there's always rebooting Carousel of Progress, I guess. ;^)

What would you like to see replace Innoventions?


Tell us your dream scenario for this space, in the comments.

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Replies (45)

March 6, 2015 at 6:03 PM · eticket ride based on disney classics not often talked about, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, Aristocats, the Jungle Book
March 6, 2015 at 6:24 PM · Personally, I'd like to see Marvel at Disneyland, and Star Wars at Disney World. Give people a reason to go try both parks.
March 6, 2015 at 6:58 PM · And don't be mocking Carousel of Progress, it is a grand 20 minute, air conditioned chair. With a catchy jingle... "there's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow..."
March 6, 2015 at 7:04 PM · I'm not mocking it. But it really does need an update to replace the last scene.
March 6, 2015 at 7:14 PM · I was just kidding. Totally agree it needs an update.
March 6, 2015 at 7:23 PM · It's gotta be Marvel. I just can't see Disney closing down a money maker meet and greet and replacing it with something else. As for Tomorrowland, it is way too early for Disney to be doing something with that. Who knows, it could end up being this years John Carter/Lone Ranger?
March 6, 2015 at 7:40 PM · I would like to see marvel in Disney, but how would they because universal already has a marvel land
March 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM · Why is it too early for Disney to push for a Tomorrowland (movie) ride? Disney used to push rides and attractions prior to some of the movies releases. Bugs Life, Sleeping Beauty, and Dinosaur all opened before the movies were released.
March 6, 2015 at 8:16 PM · Jason, this is California, not Florida.
March 6, 2015 at 8:24 PM · Tron Legacy. Really. Loved the movie and it would make a terrific ride.
March 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM · I vote for a Big Hero 6 attraction with an exhibit educating kids about cutting edge robotics. 2nd choice is a tron attraction with an exhibit teaching kids about cutting edge computer science and AI.
March 6, 2015 at 10:36 PM · I really miss Carousel of Progress, it is a great big beautiful tomorrow. I think if they did an update of the scenes and go with a new City of the Future at the end it might make it. It could even feature what a colony on Mars might feature. If they wanted to, they could merge the Marvel and other characters into the mix as they date back to earlier times.
March 6, 2015 at 11:35 PM · If Disney can come up with a high quality original concept, I'd rather see that than anything based on one of the film franchises. Otherwise, a Marvel attraction would be the best fit. Assuming the Marvel Land project for DCA is still alive, a Big Hero 6 attraction would be an excellent fit to replace Innoventions without confusing visitors. Otherwise, something themed to Iron Man (either the Stark Expo concept or a copy of the Iron Man Experience) would make the most sense. Although I do want to see more Star Wars in the park, I'd rather Disney kept future Star Wars development to it's own land elsewhere and not turn Tomorrowland into Star Wars land.
March 7, 2015 at 12:51 AM · It all depends on several factors. Would they keep the same building and do a similar exhibit type experience or turn the building into an actual ride? And if they were to make a ride out of it would they keep the building or demolish it and start fresh? There is a ton of space there they can use, they could go as far as getting rid of Autopia if they wanted to. I personally would like to see a decent e-ticket marvel ride or maybe a Stark Expo and have them get rid of toontown and use that space for a Star Wars land.
March 7, 2015 at 1:04 AM · Easy answer.... The Carousel of Progress... that's what the building was built for.
March 7, 2015 at 5:01 AM · I love WDW's Carousel of Progress, but I definitely agree that an update to the last scene is needed. Any time an attraction or land is themed to the future, it's going to be dated before you know it, and CoP is no exception.

With that said, CoP already exists at the Magic Kingdom, and I'd prefer as many unique attractions as possible at WDW and DLR, so my vote is for Marvel. I agree with Jack's comment about Star Wars at WDW and Marvel at DLR, at least for the most part. Star Wars should have a presence on the West coast, and Marvel should have a presence at WDW, though the rights issue severely limits it.

I understand Guardians of the Galaxy is free for Disney World to use. Can this be confirmed? If so, I think GotG is a prime candidate for the East coast Tomorrowland, should it get a big revamp. Perhaps Disneland's Tomorrowland can incorporate S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters and/or Avengers Tower in some form.

My post is way off topic now, but my vote is for Marvel.

March 7, 2015 at 6:52 AM · I wonder what will happen to the people mover track that runs through innovations..?
March 7, 2015 at 8:07 AM · Why not Tomorrowland? It appears that WDW has the model and the attractons (CoP and People Mover). Bring back some of the retro vibe to DL Tomorrowland.
March 7, 2015 at 8:36 AM · America Sings.
March 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM · I'd love to see it and the old Rocket Rods track turned into a Tron light cycle ride. I'd also like to win the lottery.

Unfortunately it's probably going to be a 60th anniversary museum for a year or two. I like the idea of a retrospective exhibit, but with Disney's recent track record it probably means it will be used for 2 years and then abandoned or used as a movie preview space for the next 10 years.

March 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM · A new thrill ride based on big hero six. It would fit perfectly fine in tomorrowland.
March 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM · This isn't too sad, but for me I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing the attraction when I go this summer. Hopefully the building doesn't get torn down!
March 7, 2015 at 10:44 AM · Funny you should mention Marve replacing Innoventions at California. As both a Disney fanboy and a Marvel fanboy, I have been hypothesizing how Marvel could be incorporated into WDW in case they ever find a loophole in Marvel's contract with Universal. I decided that the best way to go would be to put them into Epcot. They could replace one of our Innoventions buildings with Stark Industries; where they could put in The Iron Man Experience as well as some hands-on exhibits that could teach kids how science and technology are used in industrialization. The other Innoventions building could be SHIELD HQ, where they can teach kids about some of the devices that have been used in espionage over the years and feature a laser tag game where you can choose to either be a SHIELD agent or a HYDRA agent. The SHIELD side could have a cast member dressed up as Black Widow as their " field leader" and HYDRA could have the
Winter Soldier. And, lastly, a Thor meet and greet in Norway and a Captain America meet and greet in...well...where else? Unfortunately, this extraordinary vision of mine is probably never gonna come true...so here's to hoping Innoventions in California is gonna get Marvel!
March 7, 2015 at 11:25 AM · Must be a high capacity E-ticket attraction that will compete for riders with Space Mountain.

Marvel would be good here, if Disney decides to transform Toon Town into StarWarsLand.

I'd like to see the low capacity Nemo submarines in Tomorrowland transformed into 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from Tokyo DisneySea.

What would happen if Disney moved Toon Town to California Adventure, and placed StarWarsLand in the area currently occupied by Toon Town? Would Disneyland and California Adventure have more evenly balanced crowds then?

March 7, 2015 at 1:07 PM · Hoping that the Tomorrowland movie is great, but even if it isn't, it's possible to make a great theme park attraction, see Waterworld. Make it a combination of Tomorrowland, Guardians of the Galaxy and Tron. This is one time that Disney has an overabundance of great futuristic IPs Leave Star Wars and Marvel to the third theme park.
March 7, 2015 at 1:13 PM · I think Guardians of the Galaxy would be a perfect fit because Universal has none of the California Marvel rights.

I also believe that it is important that Toon Town doesn't get consumed by Star Wars because of 2 reasons
1. We need the Roger Rabbit ride because it exposes another generation
2. with a Duck Tales reboot on the way it might be the perfect place for some Disney Afternoon rides.

March 7, 2015 at 1:19 PM · Probably not. Disneyland is already a more popular park than DCA, and an entire land based off one of the most popular franchises ever filled with new stuff we haven't seen before will draw in much bigger crowds than an older land filled with stuff we've already seen before. Still not a bad idea, though
March 7, 2015 at 1:27 PM · The Horizons Experience: presented by Stark Industries.

The slavish transplanting of movies and their exact plots tend to make for a weaker ride experience (think nemo, mermaid or stateside pooh) vs a more abstract usage of IP tailored to the pacing requirements of a 5 minute ride. Best examples are Indy, Cars, Star Tours and some of the Fantasyland rides.

Since demolishing Horizons was a criminal offense, Disney could regain some moral ground by a ride experience that pushes their franchise but also elicits real feelings of hope and inspiration.

March 7, 2015 at 4:21 PM · One word... Frozen.

You could fill it with meet and greets with Marvel, Star Wars and Frozen characters, etc. It could be a HUGE hit!

March 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM · The concept of what Disneyland was, is ,and should be seems to have been, well not lost but let's say misplaced. Tomorrowland is possibly the toughestof the lands to craft for because whatever is thought to be " tomorrow " in scope is, by the time an adventure or attraction is installed, not tomorrow anymore. Too, Disney doesn't craft their own rides but likes to buy them offe the shelf from vendors. Perhaps it's time to take a good look at the entire area and realize the space occupied by the building isn't earning much money. There is no good restaurant in Tomorrowland. Let's think about the number of guests a d where they eat. Great restaurants in DL are few.
March 7, 2015 at 8:24 PM · While I'd love to see an updated Carousel of Progress in this space, I'm realistic and would be good with either Marvel or Star Wars if it's done well. Tomorrowland looks like an intriguing movie, though I'd like to see it before being sure it would be a good choice.
March 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM · Let me just say I am so glad that they got rid of Innovations. I've been waiting for this day for years. Innovations has so much space, you can do anything there. I think they should replace it with Mission Space from Epcot.
March 8, 2015 at 12:39 AM · I don't think Toontown is a good fit for starwars land. I think Disney should take Finding nemo, Autopia and innoventions and make that star wars land. They could place a naboo submarine ride instead of finding Nemo, make innoventions a death star complete with a high speed ride that also has an outdoor portion and the rest of the area would be shops and buildings. This size of land will allow a very interactive and immersive experience.
March 8, 2015 at 12:42 AM · Have the Sum of All Thrills attraction built in that space. Or bring in DisneySea's StormRider ride.

March 8, 2015 at 1:23 AM · Considering Innoventions ONLY did well with Marvel, I have no doubt a Marvel attraction will replace it. Both The Avengers and The Guardians of the Galaxy not only did so well in the box office, but were hugely successful critically. I have a gut feeling that either a Guardians of the Galaxy or Avengers attraction will replace it. I also remember Bob Iger saying in an interview that Disney will definitely incorporate the Avengers into their parks more and more. Maybe the Iron Man experience? Maybe a new Avengers ride as a whole? Some Guardians of the Galaxy space race?
March 8, 2015 at 1:49 AM · Bring back a new and improved America sings.
March 8, 2015 at 7:00 AM · Disney should come up with something new and spectacular. ComuniCore was better than Innoventions, but yes, CommuniCore did need an upgrade. I'd like to see something new, and unexpected. I normally visit Disney World, and Communicore is just an advertising scene.
March 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM · An all new carousel of progress
Special effects history
Artificial intelligence (Tron)
Robotics (Big Hero 6)
Computer animation (Pixar's next release)

It's a great big beautiful today...
Insert latest movie in the last 3 spots. Heavy video with supporting low end animatronics that can be rapidly substituted. Always themed to movie progress with supporting quick turnaround promos

March 9, 2015 at 12:26 AM · Bring back something from the beginning the sky buckets
March 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM · This gives me a few ideas.

March 10, 2015 at 7:02 AM · I think Disney need to move quick and integrate Marvel in their California themepark and get to work at Star Wars Land at DHS. Universal are all the talk lately with my family, who visit Florida from Ireland every year. Closing Innoventions is a good first step.
March 10, 2015 at 7:41 AM · Innoventions should be turned into Tony Stark's ultra-modern billionaire's mansion complete with his Iron Man laboratory where we view his latest creations. There should be the Meet and Greets plus exhibits and all. They should use the 3D theater next door to have a new Marvel's adventure. Madame Tussauds has the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, which is rather lame, but a worthy effort. Disney could easily surpass this effort.
March 11, 2015 at 4:32 PM · I want a Wall-E dark ride! I'd also be ok with a Big Hero 6 dark ride. I'd also be ok with a Tomorrowland themed ride, it looks like it will be a great movie. But I'd really like a Wall-E ride people eater type dark ride. Tomorrowland has a lot of fast paced attractions, I think a slow relaxing omnimover type ride is needed, Wall-E would be perfect for that. I'm thinking of the lovely scene where Eve and Wall-e drift through space to the soothing music. Of course it would take you through the story, but it could be a great, 10-12 minute air conditioned ride through space, with some adorable robots.
March 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM · They can always move the Marvel meet and greets some where else. They did away with Starcade, they can move what little bit of retail they have in there and put in Thor or Ironman or who ever. They also have room on the platform near the Spacemountain entrance for a structure to house a meet and greet. Pizza Ports tables in the back near the ramp up to Spacemountain queue are rarely used, they could also build a meet and greet structure there. Anyway, I don't feel like some of it ties into a futuristic theme, Tony Starks lab and Ironman, yes, but not Thor and Captain America. I, like many others, like my themed lands to make sense lol. If they don't make sense it ruins the feeling of an emersive experience of being in another land. I also like the idea of keeping Disneyland Disney and Lucas films only. With the little sprinkle of Pixar. It's hard for me to accept Marvel into the Disney family, super heros are a horse of a different color. It would feel like Six Flags or Universal if they put too much Marvel in. I'm fine with a meet and greet staying, but that's it. If they want Marvel land they need to build that purported 3rd park at DLR.
March 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM · Doubtful Disneyland will do a Marvel area as it will be compared to the Universal Studios one. Don't think they could ever do anything to compare.

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