Monday, February 20, 2012

Photo Tour - Disneyland #2 Tomorrowland

"It's something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing...and adding to."

 This is what Walt said about Disneyland and in no area of the park is this quote more applicable than in Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is truly something that will never be finished because time always keeps progressing and theres always a new future ahead of us. This presents a dilemma for Disney because to make an area that is themed on the future would require constant updates to stay ahead of the curve. To overcome this dilemma imagineers created Tomorrowland at Disneyland as a retro view of the future. Tomorrowland is a celebration of the future we once imagined.

Our first stop on the tour is at the tomorrowland monorail station where you can arrive into Disneyland from downtown disney traveling aboard Disney's "Highway in the sky". These sleek trains fit in well with the decor of tomorrowland and are not only a great way to travel to and from the park but they are fun to ride and don't cost a penny to use.

Upon arriving at tomorrowland guests are usually drawn to one of many high profile attractions in the area but perhaps the most prominent is the giant white dome of space mountain which is a fan favorite and a classic that is seen in many other Disney parks. Space Mountain is a high speed roller coaster through deep space that provides just enough thrills while still staying family friendly and at the same time showing that a thrill ride can have a great storyline and theming.

I reviewed the Magic Kingdom version of Space Mountain a while back and it got a very high score but I think that Disneyland's version may be even better with a very cool queue line and improved visual and sound effects that will really make you feel like you are blasting through space. 

Across the way another highlight attraction takes you not to the depths of outer space but instead the Finding Nemo submarine voyage is a journey through liquid space. This ride offers guests a very unique experience of being able to board a submarine as you travel underwater following the story of Nemo and his friends. And although your submarine isn't actually ever completely immersed this is still a fun attraction for guests of all ages.  

Orignally this lagoon was home to the 20,000 leagues under the sea submarine voyage and while that attraction was a classic fan favorite the updated version with finding nemo is well done and has proved very popular as well. Finding Nemo is a ride that is best visited as soon as the park opens or else you might face wait times of an hour or more.                                     

After a long day standing in line the people mover used to be one of the best ways to relax and take in some great views of the park. Unfortunately the Peoplemover is now closed but you can still see the track that once took people on a tour around tomorrowland.
As you're traveling around tomorrowland you are likely to notice a big rocket that stands in the back corner of the area. This rocket used to mark the entrance to rocket to the moon and mission to mars but even though it still no longer has a ride under it this rocket is one of the many eye-catching icons of tomorrowland that show the area's retro view of the future.

A tour of tomorrowland will also show you some very interesting details and themeing. Tomorrowland is small when compared to other lands of Disneyland but like the other lands there is a lot to look at. If you take time to slow down and look at everything that the area has to offer you will notice tons of great "Disney magic"!

As our tour comes to a close we can't help but mention the huge mountain that forms the boundary between tomorrowland and fantasyland. This mountain is home to the Matterhorn bobsleds, an attraction that was originally dreamed up by Walt Disney himself and although it was built in 1959 it still is very popular with guests today.

As the sun sets on the Matterhorn mountain we bid tomorrowland goodbye and move on to the next exciting adventure on our tour of Disneyland!

I hope you enjoyed our tour of tomorrowland! Stay tuned for more tours of the park and ride reviews from all the disney parks in the near future. If you like the site become a follower so you can instantly see when I post new stuff.
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