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Topic: Tomorrowland or Galaxyland?

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ExpDave
Sat 1/19/2013 8:57p
When I was a kid Tomorrowland was all about, well tomorrow and science. With attractions like Rocket to the Moon (this was Disneyland BTW), Rocket-Jets, House of the Future, the Monorail, the People Mover, Carousel of Progress, Adventure Thru Inner Space (still one of my all time favorite attractions), and Circarama, etc. It was wonderful, plus later Space Mountain too.

But Walt said the park should always be changing and tomorrow is very hard to keep up with. Especially now that Disney owns Star Wars, even as much as I loved Tomorrowland as a kid, I think they should rename and retheme it in all Magic Kingdoms to Star Wars. Perhaps Galaxyland would be a good new name.

At most parks I believe Star Tours is already there, at WDW it shouldn’t be that hard to move. Space Mountain could easily be rethemed, and new attractions based on the franchise added.
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just another guest
Sat 1/19/2013 9:53p
I would miss "Tom Morrow Land." But I get what you are saying. It is really hard to predict tomorrow and a lot of rides and themes there now kinda represent more of what people thought would be "tomorrow" in the 60s. For our time, Autopia should be flying cars, the Rockets should be time machines moving through wormholes, and the Larry King Special is... well still the Larry King Special.

Ha! I got you Larry!
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oc_dean
Sun 1/20/2013 12:15a
Lets not forget ... that many of the imaginative ideas that creative types conjure up over at WDI get pushed aside ... in favor marketing brands ... from Pixar, to Marvel, to Muppets, to James Cameron/Avatar, to Lucas Film, etc!

Or even "Meet The Robinsons" .....

https://picasaweb.google.com/ocdean/TomorrowlandInGeneral#5668313893485620450
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oc_dean
Sun 1/20/2013 12:18a
I don't doubt original ideas that come up all the time - but pushed aside by "marketing robots" other known as .. the executive branch at the Burbank offices!
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disney pete
Sun 1/20/2013 1:37a
not for me keep it as it is
TOMORROWLAND
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FerretAfros
Sun 1/20/2013 3:54a
I think the place where it would make the most sense to completely rebrand it would be WDW, since it is already home to several attractions with no connection to the future (Buzz, Stitch, Laugh Floor). Unfortunately (or fortunately), that's the only place where Star Tours is in a different park, making it quite difficult to get the Star Wars overlay. Yes, they could theoretically move it, but it really just wouldn't be worth the expense of essentially building the entire attraction again. Additionally, it would be really tough to tie the existing attractions (especially the ones tied to other franchises) to the Star Wars theme. Disney always works with a budget, and it seems like this idea would likely be too grand to fit in the budget they'd be willing to spend on it.

I think I'd rather just see them give TL the love that it needs and do a good job with maintenance there. DL's needs some serious theming work (and as much as I hate to say it, take out the old PM tracks/tower), and WDW's just needs *something*. The international ones seem to have a pretty good handle on things, though they each interpret the TL concept in an entirely different manner.
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ExpDave
Sun 1/20/2013 1:34p
Don't get me wrong with my initial post I'd love to see Disney really do Tomorrowland the way Walt envisioned it,

"A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements... a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come.

"Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure, and ideas: the Atomic Age, the challenge of outer space, and the hope for a peaceful and unified world.

"Walt Disney
July 17, 1955

I'd especially like more science based attractions like Adventure Through Inner Space, it just seems like the company has totally gotten away from Walt's vision for this part of the park already, and I (sadly) don't see them going back to it, so why not just change it altogether and theme it after the Star Wars franchise? Apart from the location problem with Star Tours in WDW it should be fairly easy Buzz, Stitch, and Laugh Floor will get old, if they aren't already and could be replaced by Star Wars themed attractions when they need to be replaced.

BTW, I'd still love to see Walt's vision for EPCOT built too, but I know it will never happen, just have to live with that. Sigh.
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HokieSkipper
Mon 1/21/2013 9:00a
No. Sorry, but I think an entire land dedicated to one property in a Disneyland style park is a mistake.
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fkurucz
Mon 1/21/2013 9:41a
>> It is really hard to predict tomorrow<<

I don't think that it's hard to predict ... it's what is changing that is sort of ho hum. The future used to be about rockets, space stations and trips to Mars. Now it's about gadgets.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 1/21/2013 9:43a
I think a Star Wars themed Tomorrowland would be great. No question that it would be a huge improvement over what's there now.

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