Tomorrowland is a classic land. You will find six different versions at Disney parks across the planet. Although the name implies that the land offers a glimpse into the future, that isn’t really accurate. It is instead a glimpse at what the future looked like when dreaming about it decades ago. Here are ten things that you will love about the Magic Kingdom version of this incredible land.
10. The Future
The future of Tomorrowland is exciting. It was announced in July, 2017 that a new roller coaster is on the way. It will be similar to the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. The best part of all is that no other rides needed to close in order to make room for the new attraction. No opening date has been given, but it is supposed to be open by the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2021.
9. Tomorrowland Speedway
When the new TRON attraction was announced, there were rumors that Tomorrowland Speedway was on the way out. Fortunately, that was not the case. Children who are at least 32 inches tall and adults who are young at heart can enjoy the 0.4 mile track. In order to drive, guests must be at least 54 inches tall, or be with someone who is at least that height. Kids love the ride because they can pretend that they are adults, while adults love it because they can pretend that they are kids.
8. Astro Orbiter
On Astro Orbiter, you’ll ride in a spaceship high above Tomorrowland. It’s an iconic journey for two. One of the fun things about the Magic Kingdom version is that you need to take an elevator to the ride platform. Because you’re so high you will really feel as if you are flying.
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7. Out of This World Characters
Buzz Lightyear isn’t a rare character at Walt Disney World, but it’s nice to be able to see him in the Magic Kingdom. He meets guests near the ride that bears his name. Another thing that you might want to check out is the Cosmic Dance Party, which takes place daily at the Rocket Tower Plaza Stage. You might have a chance to boogie with a few characters during the party. Finally, keep your eyes open for iCan the SHOWBOT. The robot wanders around Tomorrowland, posing for pictures and trying to find out information about Earth.
6. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
The City of Monstropolis is inviting humans into their world so that they can use your laughter to power their city. And laugh you will, the show is fun for all. The jokes and the experience are different each time, and audience participation is encouraged. Before the show you can text a joke to a number provided for your audience, and it might make it into the show. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor offers a great way to get out of the heat for a while, and you and your party will all have a blast. Just make sure that you watch out for “that guy”.
5. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
After meeting Buzz Lightyear you might have a sudden urge to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg and save the galaxy. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is where you can do just that. It’s a target game where you’ll shoot at the letter Z and earn points. The harder the target to hit, the higher your score! Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a popular family ride, you might want to ride it more than once to try to become a Galactic Hero.
4. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Even Space Rangers get hungry, and fortunately there is a filling place to eat in Tomorrowland. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe has a cheesy science fiction feel to it. You can order burgers, chicken, sandwiches, and similar items. There is a Topping Bar, so you can customize your meal. While you’re eating you can enjoy the sounds of Sonny Eclipse and his backup singers the Space Angels. Just don’t look for anyone but Sonny, the Space Angels are invisible.
3. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
One of the most underrated rides at Walt Disney World is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Often called just the PeopleMover for short, you’ll enjoy a ten minute narrated ride high above Tomorrowland. On the way you’ll get a peek inside both Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The PeopleMover is a great ride for a middle of the day break, but it is also a lot of fun. The line is usually manageable, even on crowded days.
2. Space Mountain
The Magic Kingdom has what is known as the “triple mountain threat”. Space Mountain is one third of that, the other two mountains are found in Frontierland. Space Mountain is an in-the-dark roller coaster that blasts you off into outer space. The only thing you’ll see is stars and maybe a few other celestial bodies. The music enhances the experience. Space Mountain is not very fast, but it feels like it is. All riders must be at least 44 inches tall, making it a rite of passage for many children.
1. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
In a back corner of Tomorrowland is an attraction that needs to be part of every Walt Disney World vacation. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress dates back to the 1964 World’s Fair, and it was personally created by Walt Disney himself. At first it was located at Disneyland, eventually it was moved, and it opened at Walt Disney World in 1975. The 21 minute show features Audio-Animatronics who will take you through the decades, and they’ll show you how technology has changed. You’ll also learn that “there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day”. You’ll be singing that for the rest of your day at the Magic Kingdom, and you’ll be happy about it.