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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
Closing date March 31, 2015
Hosted by Tom Morrow (voiced by Nathan Lane) (former)
Audrey Wasilewski
Music Sherman Brothers
Audio-Animatronics 1
Replaced America Sings (1974-1988)

Innoventions was 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 occupied 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. Innoventions closed on March 31, 2015.

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 used as office space until Innoventions opened ten years later with the rest of New Tomorrowland.

The attraction was rather unpopular, with one visitor commenting he could see everything in Innoventions at Circuit City.

Starting in 2013, the attraction began shifting from a technology showcase to a place to meet Marvel characters. The first of these exhibits, Iron Man Tech, did not actually have an Iron Man meet-and-greet, but did display all thirteen Iron Man suits used in filming of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, as well as an interactive game using Kinect technology. Later, exhibits featuring meet-and-greets with Thor and Captain America were added. When the Iron Man exhibit opened, the entrance was moved to the upper level, Tom Morrow was removed, and the lower level ceased rotating.

Innoventions closed on March 31, 2015. It is rumored that an exhibit dedicated to Disneyland's 60th Anniversery will be placed in the building, but after that, its future remains uncertain. Rumors of an Iron Man-themed thrill ride have circulated. Other rumors point to the building's demolition, and still others hope for the return of the Carousel of Progress, or at least some theatre-based show.

Attraction

The first floor hosted the Dream Home in alliance with Microsoft, HP, and Taylor Morrison at the time of the attraction's closing. Keeping with Walt Disney's vision of bringing cutting-edge, inspiring ideas to Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home introduced Disneyland guests to newly available technology from the participating companies that would 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 provided guests with a "high-tech, high-touch" opportunity to experience technology in an entertaining, low-risk environment showing them how the power of technology could connect them to the people and things they care most about.

The technology companies showcased a wide range of technologies and products in the exhibit, including the latest in PCs, digital music and gaming. The Innoventions Dream Home demonstrated 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 helped ensure that the Innoventions Dream Home on the forefront of technology with the newest devices and products as part of the exhibit.

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

Prior to 2012, guests who entered the Innoventions building were greeted by Tom Morrow, an Audio-Animatronic, who was the fictional mayor of Tomorrowland (his name was a pun of the word "tomorrow", and he confessed he sometimes referred to Tomorrowland as "Me-land"). He explained Innoventions in a comedic style and performed an updated version of the Sherman Brothers' "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from the original Carousel of Progress. Tom Morrow was voiced by Nathan Lane. Following the introduction of the Marvel exhibits and the cessation of the first floor's rotation, Tom Morrow was removed from public view, and the entrance moved to the upper level to funnel guests through the Marvel exhibits and meet-and-greets.

Exhibits

  • 1998-2000 - Honeywell sponsored playground
  • 1998-2004 - General Motors simulator attraction
  • 1998-2007 - HP sponsored (formerly Compaq) free computer game arcade
  • 2000-2007 - AT&T - Hyperlink Hopscotch, previously an interactive cartoon show.
  • 2004-2005, 2007-2008 - Segway track, where guests 16-years-old and older could ride a Segway PT.
  • 2005-2007 - VMK Central
  • 2000-2007 - Pioneer "Virtual Resort", guests experience a virtual reality playground.
  • 2005-2009 - Talk to Stitch, an interactive experience in which guests talked to Stitch from the 2002 Disney film Lilo & Stitch using digital puppetry similar to that of Turtle Talk with Crush in Disney California Adventure Park.
  • 2008-2015: *Taylor Morrison/Microsoft Innoventions Dream Home (Sponsored by HP, Microsoft, and Taylor Morrison) - A house filled with the latest technology that was either on the market or soon to be available. The house was inhabited by the fictional Elias Family, which is hosting an open house to show off their newly acquired technology. Gadgets included:
    • Eight Microsoft Surface tables, four of which were 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 came 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 watched and sometimes participated 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. This was removed following the cessation of first floor rotation, and the moving of the entrance upstairs to funnel guests through the Marvel exhibits.
  • 2014–2015 — Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage, a promotional exhibit to commemorate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Featured a meet-and-greet with Captain America himself.
  • 2013–2015 — Thor: Treasures of Asgard, a promotional exhibit to commemorate the release of the film Thor: The Dark World. Featured a meet-and-greet with Thor himself.
  • 2013–2015: 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 visited different stations themed as part of a university that promotes healthy living. Guests could 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.  Project Tomorrow featured:
    • Power City - A large digital "shuffleboard-style" game that had guests push "power pucks" into targets to provide energy to neighborhoods and create the largest city possible. The more neighborhoods that were powered, the higher the city's population becomes. The largest city attainable was Tokyo, Japan, which required the population to reach 10 million.
    • Body Builder - A 3-D game that allowed guests to build a digital human body. It featured Dr. Bones voiced by Wallace Shawn, who voices Rex in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story franchise.
    • Super Driver - A driving simulation video game which featured vehicle accidents and avoidance systems.
    • A large glass globe with digitally projected images coming from within it. Below it were consoles that took 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 utilized the same system as the one used during the descent of Spaceship Earth.



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