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Thursday, August 2, 2007


Theming. This topic has been debated so many times, especially in regards to Tomorrowland, I don't even know what I am doing bringing it up. I think it is just something that I feel strongly about.

Tomorrowland in Disneyland has always been one of my favorite areas in the park. They had Star Tours, Space Mountain, and the Peoplemover. What else do you need? When Disney revamped Tomorrowland in 1998 they tried to find a theme that would not need constant updating. How can you possibly ever know what the fantasy future would look like? Everybody knows there will angled rocks in the future, right? So besides the given that there would be angled rocks they were free to design however they pleased. There was no more need to appear futuristic. They could look to the writings of Jules Verne. They could turn to sci-fi comics. They had released themselves from the confines of the true future and they had room to play.

Imagineers took to replacing the whites and silvers of Tomorrowland with coppers and browns. Peoplemover moved out. The subs dove and didn't resurface for years. Tomorrowland Terrace disappeared. On the bright side we had a spinning carousel building again, even if it is full of computer games. They also gave the paying public a two hour line for a poor man's test track. At least they were trying. After the Rocket Rods broke down for the last time the queue area, former home to Circlevision, was converted to Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters.

Ever since the 1998 makeover it seems that people have had a problem with the theming. Nobody liked the coppery brown future. People moaned when Buzz moved into the neighborhood. Now Star Tours doesn't fit either since it takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I don't recall anybody having a problem with the fact that America Sings didn't fit into Tomorrowland's theme.

There have been posts flying on message boards about the fact that Nemo doesn't fit the Tomorowland theme. I don't understand why you wouldn't be happy just to have the subs back and running. Would you have been happier if they would have moved the loading dock around the lagoon and over by Matterhorn? Tomorrowland is a place for the future and for forward thinking attractions but cut them some slack. I don't now, nor will I ever, have a problem with Buzz and Nemo in Tomorrowland. A good attraction is a good attraction.

I do like the changes that have been happening in the past couple years. Space Mountain is a top notch attraction again. The Tomorrowland Terrace has returned along with the much better looking stage. The whites are returning. You can tell that Imagineering and the park management really want to make the space special. When you look at Meet the Robinsons the brief moment you see Todayland doesn't look at all out of place in their vision of the future. I really think the whites and silvers will always look futuristic. Who would want to live in a world like that for real? It would get old fast. I am more than happy to visit whenever I can though.

If it hasn't already happened and it isn't happening now it fits in Tomorrowland. Who knows what tomorrow holds? I can't tell you, in 100% certainty, that toys will not save the galaxy, fish can't talk, or the Death Star isn't looming in the next galaxy over waiting for us to drop our guard. Tomorrow any of these could happen. That is why I love Tomorrowland.

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