Saturday, June 29, 2013

Meet Me at Disneyland Pt. 6: Tomorrowland

Of all the lands, Tomorrowland is the one I spend the least amount of time in. This trip proved to be the exception, as the light crowds permitted a walk-on situation for all the biggies. Despite that, the main reason I removed myself from the norm this trip was to get a few photos of the "Iron Man 3" exhibit at Innoventions, aka the former Carousel of Progress.

People playing video games.

Corporate advertisements.

Infomercials cleverly presented in the form of edu-tainment.

Semi-interesting displays.

And the main reason I came: the Iron Man exhibit, featuring costumes (or replicas?) from the movie.

This one shot made it all worth it. This kid was having a ball. Absolutely priceless.

A few more "Iron Man" shots, so that you don't forget the Marvel-Disney connection.

The Dream Home is still here, but now that it's over five years old, the "thrill" (and I use that term loosely) is definitely gone...or pretty much on the way out.

I didn't bother re-visiting the Dream Home; there were enough people milling inside that it extinguished the tiny bit of desire I might have had to go through once again.

Instead, it was onward and upward to Space Mountain.

Although this is one of my favorite "thrill" rides at Disneyland, I guarantee it wouldn't be half as exciting if the lights were on.

How dare that little girl attempt to cover my face!

Working my way back to the front of Tomorrowland, Star Tours was next on the day's to-do list.

One of the greatest comedy duos since Laurel & Hardy.

The doors group departs, and the next one begins to board.

Time to put the camera away as the journey is about to start...and photos of the 3D screen look like ca-ca anyway.

Final Tomorrowland attraction for the day was Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters.

32?!? Wow...I really need to work on my game.

One closeup of the Astro Orbiter gate, and then I was finished with the Tomorrowland portion of my day.

Tomorrow, we'll meet on Main Street—both of them!

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K. Martinez said...

I'd love it if Disney would create some really well thought out attractions based on the Marvel Universe characters and install them somewhere in the Disneyland Resort.

I was really disappointed with the redesigned queue area in Star Tours 2.0 when I went on it last summer. It was too static and I really missed the droid room.

As for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, it kind of lost its appeal for me after experiencing the much superior Toy Story Midway Mania.

All in all Tomorrowland really needs a major revamp inside and out. Nice update today.

Anonymous said...

I agree with KM-KS

Major Pepperidge said...

I like Iron Man, I like Star Wars, I like Indiana Jones. But throwing all of those different properties into Disneyland makes it feel less like Disneyland and more like a sort of "Universal Studios" kind of park.

It seems like the powers that be are more concerned about a short-term bump in popularity rather than seeing the park as a whole, well-designed place.

Now that they've read my comment, things are gonna change!

K. Martinez said...

I used to bother me having non-Disney properties in the park, but since a quarter century has passed when Star Tours debuted in the Park, it doesn't really phase me anymore.

The problem with "pure" Disney product is that it loses its appeal quickly to most boys at an early age who move onto other things like comic books and video games. Disney acquired Marvel to capture the age 6-14 boys market. They'd be foolish to invest that much in a company and not exploit it to it's maximum potential.