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Tomorrowland is one of the themed areas of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, showcasing Walt Disney's visions of the future. The futuristic Tomorrowland opened along with the park on October 1, 1971, and was updated in 1994 as New Tomorrowland, an art deco retro-futuristic "tomorrow that never was." Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is the most popular form of the themed-land.

History

1971-1993

Much like its Disneyland counterpart, much of Tomorrowland was unfinished on opening day. Opening day on October 1, 1971, the only attractions open were Flight to the Moon, the Circle-Vision theater with America the Beautiful, the Grand Prix Speedway, and the Skyway station. Mostly empty or being constructed, clear views of the Contemporary Resort were possible. Construction on further attractions followed quickly and the second half of the Circle-Vision building would open in 1972 with the attraction If You Had Wings. By 1975, much of the work was completed with the Peoplemover being fit onto the second floors of the pre-existing buildings, the transplanting of Carousel of Progress and the opening of Space Mountain.

New Tomorrowland (1994-present)

Tomorrowland 94 Poster

Attraction poster for the 1994 re-imagining of Tomorrowland

In the wake of Disneyland Paris and the creation of Discoveryland, it was felt that a similar timeless approach would be an ideal way to reimagine the American Tomorrowlands, which had become dated over the years. While it was proposed that Tomorrowland is renamed as Discoveryland and take on some of its classical themes, with a proposed Astronomers Club restaurant extending the themes of The Timekeeper attraction being among these ideas, a retro-future city inspired by science-fiction of the 20s and 30s would be chosen instead. The waterfall structures at the entrance to Tomorrowland would be removed in favor of some of the dramatic rockwork from Discoveryland.

The new Tomorrowland would unify the attractions into serving as different parts of a spaceport city. In the new story, Tomorrowland was chosen as the headquarters for the League of Planets. As a symbol of intergalactic peace, they erected the Astro Orbiter in the center of Rockettower Plaza, the heart of the community. The WEDWAY Peoplemover was rebranded as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Blue Line, serving as public transportation through the heart of downtown. Along the Avenue of the Planets, the Tomorrowland Convention Center (the former Mission to Mars) would host the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, a presentation by X-S Tech and the Tomorrowland Science Center (Circle-Vision Theater) would host The Timekeeper's time travel demonstrations. Some retained retroelements such as the Carousel of Progress and Dreamflight would be presented as historical exhibits operated by the Tomorrowland Metro-Retro Historical Society. Space Mountain was the city's spaceport and with the attraction's newfound sponsorship from Fed-Ex, a hub for intergalactic shipping. A newly built arcade and gift shop were billed as being Tomorrowland's Power Plant. Additional interactive themed elements were scattered throughout the land such as a robot newsboy and a phone allowing you to listen in on communications from the residents.

As time passed, some of these new backstory elements would fade as additions based on Disney films came in, such as Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Stitch's Great Escape! (Now closed), and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, replaced the 1994 Tomorrowland lineup. Currently, the upcoming addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run appears to be leading into a new design for the land. Starting in 2018, a new color scheme would begin to be applied throughout the land and elements like the Timekeeper/Monsters Inc marquee would be removed in favor of a simpler throwback design.

On July 9, 2019, the entrance sign has been removed for retooling.[1] The new sign debuted on September 17, 2019.

Attractions

Current attractions

Future attractions


Former attractions

Restaurants

  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cool Ship
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (formerly known as Tomorrowland Terrace)
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station

Former restaurants

  • The Lunching Pad (Different Location) (1971-1994)
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Café (Different Location) (1971-1994)
  • Plaza Pavilion (1973-1994)
  • Space Bar (1974-1994)

Shopping

  • Buzz Lightyear Shop
  • Merchant of Venus
  • Star Traders
  • Space Mountain Shop (Tomorrowland Power & Light)

Future shopping

  • Power Supplies (2021)

Former shopping

  • Mickey's Star Traders

Gallery

References


v - e - d
Magic Kingdom-logo
Main Street, U.S.A.
Walt Disney World RailroadMain Street VehiclesDapper DansNight of Joy
Fantasyland
Cinderella CastleIt's a Small WorldPeter Pan's FlightMickey's PhilharMagicPrince Charming Regal CarrouselDumbo the Flying ElephantThe Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMad Tea PartyThe Great GoofiniCinderella's Royal TablePinocchio Village HausSword in the StoneSeven Dwarfs Mine TrainAriel's GrottoUnder the Sea: Journey of the Little MermaidBe Our Guest RestaurantEnchanted Tales with BellePrincess Fairytale HallPete's Silly SideshowThe BarnstormerCasey Jr. Splash and Soak Station
Adventureland
Swiss Family TreehouseThe Magic Carpets of AladdinWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki RoomJungle CruisePirates of the CaribbeanPirates LeagueA Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas

Seasonal: Jingle Cruise

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland SpeedwaySpace Mountain • Stitch's Alien Encounter Character Greeting! • Astro OrbiterTomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMoverCarousel of ProgressBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinMonsters, Inc. Laugh FloorPush the Talking Trash CanTRON Lightcycle / Run (Opening in 2022)
Frontierland
Splash MountainNew Adventures with Princess Tiana (Coming Soon) • Big Thunder Mountain RailroadTom Sawyer IslandCountry Bear JamboreeFrontierland Shootin' Arcade
Liberty Square
The Hall of PresidentsLiberty Square RiverboatThe Haunted MansionMemento Mori
Current Entertainment
Festival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Royal Friendship FaireHappily Ever AfterMove It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyOnce Upon a Time

Seasonal: A Frozen Holiday WishDisney's Celebrate AmericaMickey's Boo To You Halloween ParadeA Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a Christmastime ParadeMickey's Most Merriest CelebrationHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularDisney's Not So Spooky SpectacularMinnie's Wonderful Christmastime FireworksVillain Cursed Caravan

Former Attractions and Entertainment
Mickey's Toontown Fair (Donald's BoatMickey's Country HouseThe BarnstormerMinnie's HouseToon Park) • Mickey Mania ParadeMain Street Electrical ParadeCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabrationThe Magic, the Memories and YouWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsMike Fink Keel BoatsThe Muppets Present... Great Moments in American HistoryDavy Crockett's Explorer CanoesCircle-Vision 360°SkywayMission to MarsExtraTERRORestrial Alien EncounterIf You Had WingsDelta DreamflightPixie HollowThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle BoatsThe Legend of the Lion KingMickey Mouse Revue20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine VoyagePooh's Playful SpotSnow White's AdventuresSnow White's Scary AdventuresMagic JourneysMr. Toad's Wild RideThe Walt Disney StoryPlaza Swan BoatsAdmiral Joe Fowler RiverboatStitch's Great Escape!

Seasonal: Disney's Magical Moments ParadeDream Along with MickeyCelebrate the MagicHappy Hallowishes • Holiday Wishes • Celebrate the Holidays • Country Bear Vacation HoedownCountry Bear Christmas SpecialVillains Mix and Mingle

Resorts
Disney's Contemporary ResortDisney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney's Polynesian Village ResortDisney's Wilderness Lodge
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