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Innoventions
Innoventions at Disneyland
Disneyland
Land Tomorrowland
Attraction type Interactive Exhibits
Soft opening date July 3, 1998
Opening date November 10, 1998
Hosted by Tom Morrow (voiced by Nathan Lane) (former)
Audrey Wasilewski
Music Sherman Brothers
Audio-Animatronics 1
Replaced America Sings (1974-1988)
Innoventions is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It opened on July 3, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, and focuses on near-futuristic technologies. It occupies the Carousel Theater, a round two-story building in which the outer half of the first floor rotates. A similar attraction also with the same name exists at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

History

From 1967 to 1973, the building hosted the Carousel of Progress. The attraction was moved to Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1973 where it currently exists, at the request of its sponsor GE. America Sings then occupied the building from the following year until 1988. Audio-Animatronics from the show were moved to Splash Mountain, another attraction at Disneyland located at Frontierland. The Carousel Theater was unused until Innoventions opened ten years later with the rest of New Tomorrowland.

Attraction

The first floor currently hosts the Dream Home in alliance with Microsoft, HP, and Taylor Morrison. Keeping with Walt Disney's vision of bringing cutting-edge, inspiring ideas to Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home introduces Disneyland guests to newly available technology from the participating companies that will enhance their lives today, while providing them a glimpse of the emerging digital advances they may find in their homes in the future. The attraction provides guests with a "high-tech, high-touch" opportunity to experience technology in an entertaining, low-risk environment showing them how the power of technology can connect them to the people and things they care most about.

The technology companies showcase a wide range of technologies and products in the exhibit, including the latest in PCs, digital music and gaming. The Innoventions Dream Home demonstrates how home technology can be simple, intuitive and fun while helping guests understand how to seemlessly interconnect their home, the surrounding community and the world, helping consumers stay closer to the people, places and entertainment that are most important to them. The alliances also help ensure that the Innoventions Dream Home on the forefront of technology with the newest devices and products as part of the exhibit.

Guests actively engage in this experience as the fictional Elias Family hosts an open house to show off their new technology. Elias Family members rotate throughout the house, randomly interacting with guests in the various rooms. Upon exiting the house, guests can learn more about the companies that collaborated to create the Innoventions Dream Home, exploring the technologies for themselves first-hand.

Guests who enter the Innoventions building are greeted by Tom Morrow, an Audio-Animatronic, who is the fictional mayor of Tomorrowland. He explains Innoventions in a comedic style and performs an updated version of the Sherman Brothers' "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from the original Carousel of Progress. Tom Morrow is voiced by Nathan Lane.

Exhibits

Current

  • April 2013 - September 2013: Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, a promotional exhibit to commentate the release of Iron Man 3. Paul Bettany provides the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S.
  • St. Joseph Hospital's Healthy University - Where guests visit different stations themed as part of a university that promotes healthy living. Guests can calculate their BMI, learn about exercise on a stationary bike, play virtual sports games, and have a chance to see themselves 50 years in the future.
  • Honda ASIMO Theater - A 15-minute presentation on the state-of-the-art ASIMO robot.
  • Siemens AG Project Tomorrow - Featuring some of the same games as its counterpart at Spaceship Earth in Epcot. Currently, Project Tomorrow features:
    • Power City - A large digital "shuffleboard-style" game that has guests push "power pucks" into targets to provide energy to neighborhoods and create the largest city possible. The more neighborhoods that are powered, the higher the city's population becomes. The largest city attainable is Tokyo, Japan, which requires the population to reach 10 million.
    • Body Builder - A 3-D game allowing guests to build a digital human body. It features Dr. Bones voiced by Wallace Shawn, who voices Rex in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story.
    • Super Driver - A driving simulation video game which features vehicle accidents and avoidance systems.
    • A large glass globe with digitally projected images coming from within it. Below it are consoles that take photographs of guests, ask a series of questions about each guest, and superimpose the automatically cropped images of their faces into an animated vision of the future. These consoles utilize the same system as the one used during the descent of Spaceship Earth.
  • Taylor Morrison/Microsoft Innoventions Dream Home (Sponsored by HP, Microsoft, and Taylor Morrison) - A house filled with the latest technology that is either on the market or soon to be available. The house is inhabited by the fictional Elias Family, which is hosting an open house to show off their newly acquired technology. Gadgets include:
    • Eight Microsoft Surface tables, four of which are connected in a single dining room table.
    • A 100-inch, 1080p rear-projector screen.
    • Control4 panels in every room connecting to photo frames, lights, window shades, and speakers (previously LiveIware).
    • A "Magic Mirror" that places virtual 3D pieces of clothing on a body-mapped subject.
    • A bedroom that comes to life with the story of Peter Pan.
    • A touchscreen coffee table containing an interactive original copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
    • A kitchen featuring a countertop voice-activated cookbook, an internet-connected bulletin board, and Siemens appliances, including the Liftmatic Oven.
    • Rock Band and video games in the party tent.
  • The Neighborhood at Innoventions - Where guests watch and sometimes participate in live shows about Taylor Morrison homes, Yamaha musical instruments, ABC multi-format programming (in the form of a trivia game show), Honda or Southern California Edison, depending on which of the five zones into which they enter.

Former


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