Tomorrowland 1994, Where Art Thou?

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    While compiling photos and writing my 1984-2001 "Forgotten Years" Trip Report, I found myself longing for the Tomorrowland of 1994(ish). The land was a powerhouse then: it had the current "Power Three" of Space Mountain, the TTA (I still prefer this name over the PeopleMover, sorry), and Carousel of Progress, and Alien Encounter (although it didn't really open permanently until 1995). There was basically no weak attraction in the entire land, plus, it had the same beautiful aesthetics it has now.

    Dare I say that it was the perfect Disney Land? Best ever? Better than Future World circa 1984?

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    1. PhotoNut2010 49 months ago | reply

      Alien Encounter was awesome and scary. Stitch not so much. I remember "if you had wings" I think before Dreamflight.

    2. Matt Pasant 49 months ago | reply

      I wish I had seen Alien Encounter and Timekeeper - before my disney time.

    3. Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1 49 months ago | reply

      Great color and lighting.

    4. Katie Marino Hansen 49 months ago | reply

      I'd be happy if they just took Stitch away. I don't think I ever saw Alien Encounter- that was during my "Disney drought" but I remember liking Mission to Mars.

    5. Jeff.Hamm.Photography 49 months ago | reply

      And again, the master shows his skills! I never got to stay past closing last trip since I was touring with nine people. But next trip I will get shots like this with no people! I loved shooting tomorrowland at night! Fantastic shot! Instant fav!

    6. Victoria*G 49 months ago | reply

      Fabulous colours! I never got to see Alien Encounter, probably not enough time.

    7. Kiki FL 49 months ago | reply

      I go back even farther in my longings for Tomorrowland. I miss the tile waterfalls. I loathe the rocks...

    8. Disneydad 49 months ago | reply

      Ah, the memories.

    9. imagine3b 49 months ago | reply

      The rainbowed reflection on the pavement is brilliant. I look forward to reading your trip report since this was in my middle school/high school time where Disney wasn't my family's destination as it was before then or even now.

    10. Photogineer (Doug) 49 months ago | reply

      I guess we take the good with the bad. Some I like and others not so much but I guess that just keeps me coming back.

    11. Don Sullivan 49 months ago | reply

      While I enjoyed Alien Encounter, I never really thought it belonged in the Magic Kingdom.

    12. Gregg L Cooper 49 months ago | reply

      Dang...missed this one earlier...The foreground is awesome, with the reflections and texture on the pavers...the gateway above puts this over the top!

    13. Kristi, The Mrs. [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      I looked at this shot as it was pulling up info and knew it had your trademark of capturing Tomorrowland at night & itches yours....oddly, I had the same thing occur with one of Cory's photos. Funny.

      Love this capture & I enjoyed reading one of your trip reports the other day from when you were very little :)

    14. CodyWDWfan 49 months ago | reply

      This shot is pretty wild.. liking it!

      I agree with Steve, don't forget Dreamflight :) Tomorrowland was my favorite when we visited between 1990-95. I remember catching a soft opening of Alien Encounter on the last night of our last family vacation in '95.. so awesome.

    15. Tom.Bricker 49 months ago | reply

      Don't worry, guys, I'm not forgetting Dreamflight...because I don't remember it in the first place! Since it was there until 1996, that probably just means my parents didn't like it, so we didn't do it!

      I was always short for my age (an issue I'm sure you never had, Cody!), so around the time Alien Encounter debuted was probably when Tomorrowland became the "cool" land for me. I could ride Space Mountain then (although I could ride it before age 10), Carousel of Progress was rockin' as always, and Timekeeper was still around. Plus, the place looked awesome!

    16. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 49 months ago | reply

      Alien Encounter scared the crap out of me. And I was 19 when I experienced it! haha Can't say I miss it...but I don't like Stitch either. As far as I'm concerned when I am there, nothing exists in that location.

      CANNOT agree with you about the Peoplemover name. I'm so happy they changed it back! Now, if only they would BRING it back to Disneyland!

    17. -Jamian- 49 months ago | reply

      I prefer TTA over peoplemover as well. I'm glad someone else is on board with me! Pretty bold claiming that mid-90's TL trumps 80's Future World. I've only seen 1996 TL so I can't make a judgement but from what I've seen, I would have been all over 80's FW. Oh yeah, and I love that you consider COP a powerhouse. Love that attraction.

    18. Tom.Bricker 49 months ago | reply

      19 and you were scared of Alien Encounter? Dude...

      From a personal perspective, 80s and early 90s Future World is my favorite land ever, but I think that it was incredibly lopsided. The edutainment aspects were awesome, but it was seriously lacking as far as variety went. It was Omnimover, Omnimover, and more Omnimover (plus Wonders of Life!). Tomorrowland had the perfect balance, plus great aesthetic, giving it appeal for a wide range of guests. It's a bold statement, though, I know.

    19. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 49 months ago | reply

      Tom, I was being silly. However, I do remember elements of that attraction giving me a good jump, and I don't care for attractions designed to startle guests.

    20. Tom.Bricker 49 months ago | reply

      ^phew. I figured you were probably kidding, but you never know. Sarah is scared of some attractions!

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