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Tomorrowland is one of the themed areas of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World, 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 a 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 be 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 retrofuture 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 retro elements 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 giftshop was 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! and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, replaced the 1994 Tomorrowland lineup. Currently, there is speculation that the upcoming addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run will lead to a new design for the land.

Attractions

Current attractions

Future attractions

Former attractions

Restaurants

Shopping

  • Mickey's Star Traders

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