Walt Disney on Tomorrowland, in 1955: “A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements … a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals: the Atomic Age, the challenge of outer space and the hope for a peaceful, unified world.”
Overview: Tomorrowland opened as one of five original lands at Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955 and has had more attractions than any other park area. Guests have experienced the “world of tomorrow” through experiences such as the Carousel of Progress, Adventure Thru Inner Space and the PeopleMover. In 1998, Tomorrowland was completely redesigned for the third time since park opening, with a retro-futuristic, Jules Verne-inspired theme. Since 2005, Tomorrowland has grown to include attractions such as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Space Mountain.
What’s new: A thrilling adventure inspired by the film, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” has landed at Star Tours—The Adventures Continue. The sequence takes passengers to exciting new destinations from the new movie.
Tomorrowland will receive a new entrance that will be completed in 2020. The new entrance will feature a widened pathway lined with elliptical planters that are filled with swirls of colorful flowers as well as Space Age-inspired spires, which will flank the entrance.
Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests may turn wait time into play time with all-new interactive experiences and activities, including the in-queue game at Space Mountain, “Rocket Race.”
Don’t miss: Tomorrowland has 10 attractions, including Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, where guests challenge the Evil Emporer Zurg. Guests dive deep into the depths of liquid space in Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage or blast off into the furthest reaches of the final frontier on Space Mountain, a Disney FastPass attraction. During Halloween Time, the attraction becomes the spooky Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Another Disney FastPass attraction in Tomorrowland is Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Tomorrowland also features five shops, including Star Traders, which offers Star Wars and other space-age collectables.
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Tomorrowland Theater–presenting various Disney film sneak peeks
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Astro Orbitor
- Disneyland Monorail
- Disneyland Railroad
Entertainment: Through the years, Tomorrowland Terrace has featured many exciting shows and performers. At night, the stage frequently is transformed into an entertainment venue featuring live bands, including tribute bands.
Dining: Tomorrowland features Alien Pizza Planet for hungry earthlings. This intergalactic dining destination offers specialty food and drinks inspired by the lovable little Space Aliens from Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” films. Galactic Grill offers space travelers hamburgers, sandwiches and treats that are out of this world. Guests may choose to plan ahead and order their favorite food and beverages from Galactic Grill and Alien Pizza Planet by using the new mobile ordering feature on the Disneyland app. Tomorrowland’s fruit cart offers light and healthy snacks.
Imaginative landscaping: Tomorrowland features “agrifuture” in its landscaping, to create and maintain food supplies for a growing population. These plants include orange trees, lettuce, kale, strawberries and grapes in planters throughout the land.
Did you know?
- When the Submarine Voyage (now reimagined as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage) first opened in 1959, live mermaids made a splash in the lagoon. This attraction celebrated its 60th anniversary June 6, 2019.
- The Disneyland Monorail was the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere. It is celebrated its 60th anniversary June 14, 2019.
- Autopia, the lone attraction that remains from Tomorrowland’s opening day, was significantly upgraded in 2000, and the Fanstasyland and Tomorrowland stations were combined.
- The Carousel Theater, formerly the home to Innoventions and current home to Star Wars Launch Bay, was previously the site of two other attractions: Carousel of Progress, which is now an attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and America Sings, which sent many of its critters to Splash Mountain after concluding its run in 1988.
Cast member tips:
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has two Hidden Mickeys: the first on a rock at the exit of the attraction and another in the Marine Observation Post. There are multiple “hidden Nemos” throughout the attraction, as well as inside the Marine Observation Post. The observation post is available to all guests.
- At Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, guests waiting to board the interactive attraction see clues about scoring points. Items in the queue show that diamond- and triangle-shaped targets are worth the most points.
- Star Wars – The Adventures Continue has two Hidden Mickeys when traveling to Corsucant. The first is on the flashing lights at the spaceport and the second is in the back window, which guests see as they are returning home.
- When riding on Autopia, drivers will use “Suzy,” a stylish coupe, “Dusty,” an off-road vehicle, or “Sparky,” a racy sports car.
- Guests may build their own lightsabers at Star Traders, selecting different colors, styles and types.
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