Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tomorrowland - Disneyland or WDW

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Tomorrowland - The Future That Never Was  

The 1990's retro-futuristic take on Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland that I know and love.  Featuring Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority/People Mover/Blue Line, a few different alien inspired attractions, the Carousel of Progress, and the Astro Orbiter, this land has always been one I've loved.   Tomorrowland is also the land that has never been completed, had a consistent theme, or can possibly stay up-to-date with it's theme, thus inspiring the "retro-future" we all know today at the Florida park.

Disneyland Resort's Tomorrowland is fairly different.  Though I have yet to experience it in person, I'm always shocked to hear that their People Mover is inactive.  Disneyland's Tomorrowland seems to have an even less-consistent theme than WDW - it hosts many attractions shared on both costs, but with the expansive space available in Florida, the east coast versions are in many different locations.

The 5 Disneyland Tomorrowland attractions shared with Walt Disney World that are located in completely different areas... 
  • Star Tours - Hollywood Studios
  • Captain EO - Epcot
  • Monorail - more of an actual mode of transportation than attraction at WDW
  • Innoventions - Epcot
  • Railroad - WDW does not have a stop in Tomorrowland
  • Jedi Training Academy - Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World's Space Mountain Kitchen - who doesn't want that?
There are a few similarities, even with their own touches - 
  • Space Mountain - ride vehicles are 2 per seat at DLR as opposed to single at WDW
  • Buzz Light Year Astro Blasters - DLR offers removable shooters - much better to aim!
  • Autopia - different ride vehicles at each park. Both drastically outdated!
I think the Astro Orbiter may be the most similar of the attractions between Tomorrowlands, but as I have yet to experience it, I may be wrong!

Personally, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover is one of my favorite attractions - an absolute must do every time, making Magic Kingdom my winning land.  I love the views, the narration, the special tour around the Magic Kingdom.  I wish the People Mover at DLR would re-open in time for my June visit!

Which Tomorrowland is your favorite?

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  1. Hey Jenn, great post! I've got to agree with you, when it comes to Tomorrowland, the Magic Kingdom version is much better in my opinion! There are a few things that I liked about it at Disneyland though:

    1) I liked the 2 seat cars for Space Mountain, because Sophie rode it (otherwise I don't think she would have).
    2) I liked having Innoventions right there, it made for a unique experience for me. It was kind of surreal, though, that's for sure.
    3) Even though I think they are both extremely dated and I hate the smell of the gas engines, I really liked the track for Autopia, and thought it worth doing once when you get there.
    4) Lastly, I loved the monorail stop there and being able to ride up front!

  2. That would be weird to have all those attractions that I am used to having scattered around WDW all in one place. I'd like it! Do you think it will be weird to be able to get on the monorail inside the park?

  3. It sounds like the DL version has a lot crammed into a small space. Might be a bit overwhelming to those of us used to WDW. Great post! I learned a lot about a part of DL I had not known about before.

  4. I'm going to have to go with Tomorrowland in Disneyland for one reason, I get to ride Space Mountain! :) haha Also you can meet Thor and Captain America in Innoventions. I hope they are still there on my next visit! I do love the look of the Magic Kingdoms a little better though and the PeopleMover can't be missed. I hope you have fun in June. What Tomorrowland attraction are you looking forward to seeing the most?

  5. Thanks for your perspective - I could definitely see the side-by-side seats being better for first timers! It will be interesting seeing all that - good to know that I should try Autopia! The cars look so cool! And front in the monorail again? Absolutely!

  6. I bet that will be weird to get on the monorail in the park - but I'm also excited to see the updated version of the Monorail cars as well!

  7. Yeah I think it's going to be a bit overwhelming with so much in there, but I bet it will be awesome as well!

  8. I had no idea Disneyland had Innoventions! And I would love a 2 seated Space Mountain! I've never been to DL, but I think the WDW Tomorrowland will always be my favorite. I love the TTA and the PeopleMover!

  9. I have no personal experience with Disneyland, but it does sound like their Tomorrowland might be a bit crammed. I'm so glad that Walt had the foresight to buy MUCH land in Florida so that Walt Disney World is always expanding and growing!

  10. Jen, great post! I will say, since I hate Stitch, his absence was not missed in Disneyland's version. I also LOVED their Space Mountain. I thought that Star Tours fit right into the theme of Tomorrowland, too! But overall, I still like Walt Disney World's better. I'm just not sure why! LOL Great post!

  11. I am a Disneyland girl but I have to give Walt Disney World the "win" on this one because I miss my People Mover!!! What about you, do you like the People Mover?

  12. Becca_LoveOurDisneyApril 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I remember the people mover, and every time I am at Disneyland I look at the old loading area and think of what they could do with the area.
    I love how much in Disneyland is in such a small area, but I suppose it is that way with the entire park due to lack of space.
    The one ride I noticed was not on your list is Finding Nemo's Submarine Voyage. Does that look like something you and your family would enjoy?

  13. Another full agreement- no contest winner here; Walt Disney World wins the Tomorrowland prize. Disneyland's version seems quite disjointed, and without any real flow. And the TTA PeopleMover is an absolute must-do on every trip for us too Jenn. Of course, if Disneyland ever goes ahead with their planned Star Wars overhaul...

  14. I can't wait to see Disneyland's Tommorrowland. And I am strangely excited to get on that Submarine. Of course I will imagine it as 20'000 Leagues.

  15. I really love the set up and the experience of the Space Mountain in Disneyland, but I must say Disneyland seriously lacks without the TTA or Peoplemover. I am definitely wanting a Tomorrowland with the Disneyland Space Mountain and a TTA. What do you think?

  16. I totally agree. While I did love the 2 seater Space Mountain and the removable guns at Buzz, I prefer "my" WDW version! Do you have plans to go to Disneyland anytime?!