Disneyland's Tomorrowland

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    As I've indicated here numerous times in the past, Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland is my favorite land in any of the parks. While the current incarnation of Florida's Tomorrowland is far from stellar, I still love it.

    Needless to say, I found the most disappointing land in Disneyland to be Tomorrowland. I knew almost from the beginning that it would disappoint, when I saw this small sign and some little rock formations rather than the long walkway leading through the futuristic archway and Avenue of the Planets. The architecture was not as good, the lines not as fluid, and the key attractions inferior to those of Magic Kingdom. To be fair, Space Mountain was very cool, and very different, from Florida's, but to me, the land left something to be desired. I don't expect the same attractions between the coasts (quite the contrary, actually), but there were no big “time killers” that really made me want to soak in the ambiance of Tomorrowland like Florida's TTA or even the Carousel of Progress, which we find pulling us to Tomorrowland frequently to avoid the crowds.

    Adding to that, the night I chose to photograph Tomorrowland, we were a bit pre-occupied, and I was rusty, resulting in mostly subpar images. I think when we next visit if I'm able to “get in the zone” shooting in Tomorrowland, my opinion of it might be higher.

    Don't get too excited about this “victory,” Florida fans. Adventureland, Fantasyland, and New Orleans Square absolutely trounce the respective lands in Florida's Magic Kingdom.


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    1. lawrencechua 56 months ago | reply

      You came. You saw. You conquered. Seriously great stuff from dlr.

    2. DugJax 56 months ago | reply

      Even with all your thoughts and sentiments, this is still a pretty darn nice shot!

    3. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 56 months ago | reply

      Tom, I am really enjoying these posts from your trip. I find hearing from someone with a natural bias for WDW to be VERY interesting. Naturally, I'm the same way when I visit WDW, except with Magic Kingdom being the foreign park. Fascinating the different perspectives, eh?!

      As I indicated in a response to you under one of my photos, Disneyland's Tomorrowland underwent a lot of changes in 1998. Tomorrowland is not the same place it was when I was a kid. The sights, the sounds, the overall atmosphere I remember as all...gone. Perhaps that's because things have changed a lot, or perhaps I was just younger and entertained more easily back then. It's probably a combination of both, but whatever it is Tomorrowland isn't where I spend the majority of my time anymore. The Peoplemover, Carousel of Progress, Circlevision 360...all former DLR attractions... The one thing they REALLY need to bring back is the Peoplemover. That track has been there, unused since the (FAILED) Rocket Rods closed in 2000. What a failure that was...they should never have taken out the Peoplemover in the first place!

      And I'm just a 28 year-old who recalls the time period of 1985-1995 as the "good old days"... Imagine what someone of an older generation who experienced Tomorrowland when it was the futuristic view of - brace yourself - 1986!! must feel...

      (sorry if this is a tough read...not easy to gather thoughts and type from my iPod Touch)

    4. Disneyprophotographer [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      Very nice Tom.

    5. Corsey21 56 months ago | reply

      It seems the Tomorrowland in Disneyland isn't themed as "futuristicly" as the one one Florida which kind of defeats the purpose of a Tomorrowland. Even the trees make a good example from your beloved metal palm trees. So I will give the advantage to WDW there as you stated. However, I love the scenery with Autopia, the Monorail, the Subs, and the Matterhorn all in that tight area. WDW may have the theme down better but I'd take the rides in Disneyland. Like what Ryan said though, they NEED to bring back the Peoplemover!!!

      Very unique shot by the way. I like it.

    6. Eugene1959 56 months ago | reply

      Personally I like both versions of tomorrowland. But I have to agree with you I think the one in Disney World is definitely better. Great shot.

    7. {kidnurse} [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      This is great.....the yellow lighting is great!!!!! Nice work!

    8. Scott Smith (SRisonS) 56 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!!!! Great compo.

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    9. Tom.Bricker 56 months ago | reply

      Matterhorn belongs to Fantasyland and the Subs belong to Tomorrowland, right? In my evaluation, I don't consider either of these attractions in any land. I guess you can make a case for Matterhorn being Fantasy, but the Nemo Subs, as incredibly awesome as they may be, don't fit anything.

      "Our" Tomorrowland had an awesome 1994 (I think it was 94) refurbishment and thereafter two awesome attractions, Timekeeper and Alien Encounter, were brought in. I would say WDW's Tomorrowland peaked right before Alien Encounter was removed. It's been improving in the last couple years (sound on Space Mountain this week!) but still has a ways to go. I will admit my bias for WDW, but I try to be somewhat objective (hard, obviously). I will readily admit that some aspects of DLR absolutely thrash WDW. The difference between the respective Fantasylands and Adventurelands is far greater than the difference between the Tomorrowlands.

    10. Peter E. Lee 56 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot! I really like the juxtaposition of the Tomorrowland sign with the long exposure Astro Orbiter.

      While I agree with you about the theming of Tomorrowland in DL vs WDW, I much prefer the DL versions of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. Jedi Training was also much cooler than the Orlando version when we saw it, because there's more space for it in Anaheim, plus Vader's entrance and exit on the rising stage is just too cool.

    11. Express Monorail 56 months ago | reply

      I like it... but the yellow glow on the right side of the frame is slightly distracting. Nice long exposure work.

    12. Tom.Bricker 56 months ago | reply

      Yes, Buzz is MUCH better in DLR! I prefer WDW's Space Mountain, but I know I'm in the minority on that one. We only saw a bit of Jedi Training and Star Tours was already down.

      What do you mean? Main Street?

    13. -Jamian- 56 months ago | reply

      Great shot! I agree with Peter though that while the theming is better at WDW, the E tickets take it at DL. The lack of COP & TTA, however, even things out.

    14. Burnsland (Steve Burns) 56 months ago | reply

      While Disneyland's Tomorrowland may not be as great as WDW's, this is still a fantastic shot!

    15. Kiki FL 56 months ago | reply

      I really like the motion blur and the vibrant, saturated colors.

      To be honest about our T-Land, though, I really miss the tiled waterfall entrance that used to be there. I really, really dislike the rocks that are there now, but it's not enough of a hindrance to spoil the overall experience.

    16. Jeff.Hamm.Photography 56 months ago | reply

      Awesome PoV and sense of motion. Great shot!

    17. Express Monorail 56 months ago | reply

      I initially thought the "Tomorrowland" sign and structure on the right side detracted from the subject of the photo, which I assume is the Astro Orbitor. Looking at it again, maybe it adds to it in the sense that it's a storytelling composition. Either way, I think the photo would be better suited to desaturate the yellow over on the right. This would help to not distract from the subject, IMO. And, maybe I'm off and the subject is supposed to be the "Tomorrowland" sign, which in that case you did the job. But my eye still wanders back and forth and I can't decide.

      I've been drinking and when I drink I think about these things way too much LOL!!!

    18. Express Monorail 56 months ago | reply

      Oh and I wanted to say I echo your sentiments about the lands in your description. New Orleans Square is amazing and is probably, no it is, my second favorite land in the US Magic Kingdom parks.

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    20. Studio 2707 14 months ago | reply

      I really have enjoyed this whole set. Thank you for posting these because it has brought back a lot of really fun memories. Great shots! :-)

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