Welcome to Tomorrowland, a celebration of where man is going, and why. An updated Star Tours offers 3 unique destinations , with multiple endings and scenarios. Captain EO Tribute, the Michael Jackson 3D Adventure is playing in the Magic Eye Theater. Near the rear of Tomorrowland lies Innoventions, showcasing new technology and a new exhibit from Microsoft and Siemens and a display by Stark Industries of Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s Thor. The Disneyland Railroad also has a station here, to take you thru the Grand Canyon Diorama and the Primeval World.
Shops including Hatmosphere, Tomorrow Landings and The Star Trader offer a variety of goods, and the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction features shop called Store Command with Buzz and Toy Story 3 themed merchandise. The outdoor terrace stage, Tomorrowland Terrace replaces the previous Club Buzz restaurant and entertainment venue. The Tomorrowland Terrace has been an icon in Tomorrowland until it was removed in 1998. You can still catch the popular Jedi Training Academy here daily.
Restaurants include Red Rockett’s Pizza Port, which serves assorted pastas, pizzas and desserts at a speedy “scatter service” counter. Indoor seating is available here, with a great view of vintage Tomorrowland attraction posters and the nearby Space Mountain.
Autopia, sponsored by Chevron, takes passengers on a miniature highway through Tomorrowland.
Approximately every 15 minutes, the Observatron, located in the center of Tomorrowland, sends out its messages to “deep space”, and the vintage Moonliner offers a chance to catch some “Spirit of Refreshment” (Sponsored by Coca-Cola)
Be sure not to miss the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, an attraction using state-of-the-art digital projection and a unique sound system, all underwater! An alternate viewing station is also available for those who are unable to board the subs for medical reasons (or even if you have a problem with tight spaces).
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command needs your help to defend to alliance against the evil Zurg! Housed in the former CircleVisions360 building and Premiere Shop, this interactive ride is half shooting gallery, half dark-ride.
Using an omnimover ride vehicle, using handheld “laser pistols”, guests shoot at various targets throughout the ride and their score is tallied. The attraction, similar to its Walt Disney World counterpart has some new additions, including an online component which allows people on the web to help people on the ride score even higher! Next door is “Store Command” which features Buzz Lightyear merchandise.
Previous to this attraction, this building housed the Rocket Rods attraction.
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
The Railroad stops in the following lands: Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland. The entire trip around the Magic Kingdom, with stops, takes about 20 minutes. You’ll travel past such attractions as Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World, The Autopia, and you’ll see some animals originally used for the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction, with an dramatic ending through the Grand Canyon Diorama and the Primeval World. Listen to the audio below:
This film, starring pop singer Michael Jackson, was the story of a down-on-his-luck space Captain (Jackson) and his crew of zany characters, who hold the responsibility of delivering “the gift”. This gift turns out to be Jackson’s signature music style, singing and dance. Using spectacular “4D” effects such as smoke, lasers and fiber optic lighting effects, and not to mention a very LOUD soundtrack, the film delivered a powerful punch, along with the 3D film. After its run at the Magic Eye Theatre, Captain EO had a short run in Disneyland Paris. The film was once shown on MTV as well (but not in 3D).
Captain EO returned to Disneyland for a limited run in the formerly occupied ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Audience’ Theater.
Captain EO was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with the story by George Lucas. The all-star cast included Angelica Huston, Michael Jackson and Dick Shawn, among others. The show runs approximately 17 minutes. The film was produced for approximately $1 million dollars per minute of film, making it one of the most expensive films, per minute, of it’s time.
Originally opened in May of 1977, the attraction has gone thru numerous updates. Occasionally at Halloween, look for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a creepy Halloween inspired version of the attraction. A “Rockin’ Space Mountain” was also used as a promotion two years ago.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened on June 11, 2007. The attraction takes you on a trip to the East Australian Current with Nemo and his friends. Using advanced technology, the attraction literally brings the characters to life through projection and unique special lighting and sound effects.
Each submarine can hold 40 passengers (with a maximum capacity of 45 – lap seating is permitted for small children).
Wait times in excess of one hour is common.
The attraction is currently closed.
‘Somewhere Beyond the Sea’
The Adventure continues in the latest installment of Star Tours. With three distinct destinations, along with dozens of possible combinations of occurrences along the way, nearly every experience is unique. With new hi definition digital projection and a remodeled queue, the attraction remains a popular destination.
Innoventions is a large rotating building on the edge of Tomorrowland. Inside are various exhibits, games and activities. A “House of the Future” is the central attraction, with other activities and demonstrations. Don’t miss visiting the Marvel characters Thor, Captain America and Iron Man on the upper level.
Innovention/Tomorrowland s Area Music
The Disneyland Monorail serves as transportation to the Downtown Disney station and back. Ideal for guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel, it’s a quick way to get into the park in the morning while avoiding the Main Entrance.
The Monorail was extensively refurbished recently with retro style lighting and fixtures. Passengers boarding at the Downtown Disney station must disembark at the Tomorrowland station.