Sunday, November 16, 2008

Disneyland - Tomorrowland - Um, Now What?

I have not posted much about Tomorrowland.

There's not much to say these days.

We could talk about Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters.

But what would we do when those fourteen seconds were up?

Perhaps our time would be better suited mourning the passing of Circle Vision.

This lovely attraction provided a fabulous 360-degree motion picture tour of the United States (and, later, China). It was air conditioned. It took a good number of guests out of the Park.

Or the loss of America Sings or the Carousel of Progress to Innoventions? Ack. Pphhhphth.

I've heard that the Peoplemover may be making a come back, but I'm not making any promises.
That would be a step.
Putting the Rocket Jets back where they belong would be good, too.
Updating the Star Tours attraction after 21+ years would be a nice touch. (I think we've attacked the Death Star enough already!).
A little more white paint on the buildings and perennials in the flower beds would go quite a ways.
Oh, I don't know, it'd be nice to ride the Skyway again.
At least we have (or are trying to have) a new Monorail. Hope they finish getting the bugs out. Funny, the other ones worked fine for over 50 years! Leave it to the 2008 model to be a clunker.
Mission to Mars? Okay, I'll give 'em that one. Why not stick Mission Space in its place? Beats a dirty, smelly old Pizza Planet any day.
Tomorrowland Terrace.
Give us some primary colors on the Autopia.

My now familiar rant is now over for today.

Pax vobiscum, my friends.


Katella Gate said...

In my family, we call Tomorrowland "the dead zone". No need to explain to this crowd, right? We don't visit, we just walk thru on the faintest of hopes that something is better, improved, or at least freshly painted.

We sometimes pause before the mortal remains of the Mary Blair "Children of the World" tiles, defaced and entombed behind those awful Flash Gordon poster-murals and bow our heads at the spot where Art was slain on the Altar of Commerce.

This is the real heartbreaker: The budget to "revamp" Tomorroland was the same as Michael Ovitz's golden parachute.

Michelle said...

I want the Peoplemover and Skyway To Fantasyland back. Also the Carousel of Progress would be cool. It's no fair that WDW has one and we don't!

I signed up for my free ticket to Disneyland on my birthday at! WHAT A PROMOTION! huh?

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Katella & Michelle, I agree 100%.

Mike, you forgot the famed attracion that Disney still owes me 18 minutes of my life back for. Honey I Shrunk the Worst Attraction in Disneyland" Man that thing stinks, the WDW version is just as bad (worse because for some unknown reason it was a full theater???).

When I do my visits to Disneyland (about twice a month) I do Tomorrowland last and quickly, its really depressing.

Mike said...

Katella, Michelle, Vintage:

I love you guys! Kindred spirits are always welcome here at Jungle is 101.

Frankly, were it not for Nemo---and now that we've ridden it, we don't plan on hopping into that two-hour line anytime again soon---we have NO reason to enter Tomorrowland during a Park visit. That is so sad.

Sure, we will make a trip there for a Space Mountain ride, but that truly is about it.

Seems like a lot of potentially valuable real estate gone to waste.

By the by, got to ride the new Small World recently. Can't tell what they did to the Rain Forest scene---since it's covered over for the Christmas version of the attraction. As for the rest of the ride, it looks pretty true to the original. I didn't spot a single non-Mary Blair character. The new boats and "canal" are clearly what Disney spent its money on. The boats are smaller and seemed a bit unsteady to me. The official opening is coming up soon!