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Tomorrowland is perpetually troubled. So why is it so popular?

Discussion in 'Disneyland Resort' started by Kramerica, Aug 4, 2017.

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Why is Tomorrowland both troubled and popular?

  1. It's not crowded! It's called a bottleneck, Bozo!

    16 vote(s)
    22.5%
  2. Thrill rides, mostly Space Mountain.

    41 vote(s)
    57.7%
  3. We're all crazy, Tomorrowland is actually amazingly done!

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. It's the first land on the right, just the way the traffic flows

    13 vote(s)
    18.3%
  1. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    They were literal bells and whistles. In his dedication speech, Michael Eisner hoped these bells and whistles he picked up at the dollar store on his way in would inspire a new generation of dreamers to pursue their dreams.
     
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    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    Yea they ll have to modify the original vision a little bit. I mean it's Science Fiction/ Pixar cartoon/ anything goes land now but the marquee still says TL. At least make the place look futuristic and the more into the future or "fantasy" they go the less often they would need to renovate. That's the least they could do and then stick to one science fiction theme. Replace Buzz with Wall E. Nemo with something more ambitious.

    At what point does Tomorrow become Science Fiction? 10 years into the future? 20? 50?
     
  3. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    It's not changing. To your average Disneyland guest, it's amazing.

    Buzz Lightyear is a competitive laser tag game appealing to video gamers, Space Mountain is a top thrill ride, Star Tours is Star Wars. Even the slow miniature car ride on a track remains incredibly popular to this day.
     
  4. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    It's kind of like Fantasyland 83 was the renovation that TL never got. Imagine if Fantasyland still looked like pre 83? Sorry but it looked pretty ugly in the pics I've seen.
     
  5. Dr. Hans Reinhardt

    Dr. Hans Reinhardt Well-Known Member

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    So then they should just go with Science Fiction Land or something. There was that SciFi City redo of TDL's Tomorrowland that was proposed way back when that looked pretty cool. Instead of clinging to the nostalgia of one of Walt's preoccupation with an attainable future a land like this would be perfectly aligned with the entertainment company Disney is today.
     
  6. Dr. Hans Reinhardt

    Dr. Hans Reinhardt Well-Known Member

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    You can still see elements of it in Florida and Tokyo.
     
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    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    I think the name Tomorrowland is too nostalgic to ditch. They need to split the difference. Make the place look futuristic, put in one thesis attraction and have all the other attractions disguised as "Tomorrow."
     
  8. Hatbox Ghostbuster

    Hatbox Ghostbuster Well-Known Member

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    I think (and whether this is Disney's fault or not, I don't know), that the public will always associate "future" with space. Tomorrowland was (and still is) a look into the "future", and the unifying theme of the land's three big attractions is space.

    There's nothing "tomorrow" about riding in go-karts. There's nothing "tomorrow" about going in a submarine.

    Maybe they could just rename the area Spaceland, cut ties with the lagoon and replace Autopia with something else.

    And if they're dead set on keeping those rocks out front, at least make them look like moon rocks or something from another planet.
     
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    Names are powerful though and you don't just throw away 60 + years of branding. You can do everything you just said but still keep the name TL as Space still qualifies. None of us common folk are flying to space yet or taking vacations to different Moons.

    They should stick to the space stuff (except Buzz) ditch Nemo, replace Autopia or update it somehow ( probably not possible in any meaningful way).
     
  10. Hatbox Ghostbuster

    Hatbox Ghostbuster Well-Known Member

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    I'll only allow a replacement of Buzz if that means they bring in Alien Encounter 2.0.
     
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  11. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    They will never, ever have anything remotely resembling Alien Encounter or the Alien scene from The Great Movie Ride in a Disney theme park ever again. I mean that.
     
  12. Hatbox Ghostbuster

    Hatbox Ghostbuster Well-Known Member

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    I know....but...::sigh::...it was so cool!
     
  13. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I remember. But Disney isn't in the business of appealing to people like, say, me.

    They want:

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  14. Hatbox Ghostbuster

    Hatbox Ghostbuster Well-Known Member

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    You're right. And I'm way more in your camp than you probably realize.
     
  15. mickEblu

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    As long as you keep buying one of these they re interested in you...

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    lol. As long as you have money in your pockets, they're interested in you.
     
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    Which reminds me, they need to redesign these damn APs already! Alternate every year with different classic characters from the park. Elephant from Jungle Cruise, hitch hiking ghosts, Auctioneer etc.

    I know I know, there's no business case for it. Well here's one. They can upcharge 10$ for these.
     
  18. Hatbox Ghostbuster

    Hatbox Ghostbuster Well-Known Member

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    In total honestly, it shocks me that they haven't thought of this yet. Customized AP's for an additional charge...really? That's EASY money.
     
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  19. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    It's kind of like how all my family knows I'm a huge Disneyland fan so they keep buying me Mickey Mouse everything. It's like "guys I'm a fan of the park, I don't need 9 different Mickey Mouse shirts." In fact anything with Mickey n the gang is probably the least desirable for me when it comes to merch.

    These AP cards are so basic and designed for the lowest common denominator.
     
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  20. Hatbox Ghostbuster

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    Totally agree. The fact that I can't have a Haunted Mansion AP card is sad. I'd gladly pay for one.

    YOU HEAR THAT DISNEY??? I'LL GIVE YOU MORE MONEY!

    Sorry...no more shouting for me.
     
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