8 Best Things to do in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland
Walt Disney originally created Tomorrowland, one of Magic Kingdom’s six themed lands, as a look into the future. The concept was first created by Walt Disney himself for Disneyland’s grand opening in 1955. It opened in Disney World in 1971 and was refurbished in 1994 to more closely resemble the original Tomorrowland in Disneyland. The land brings guest into what could be, featuring sci-fi and futuristic attractions and restaurants with the ideas of progression and innovation. Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is home to eight truly immersive attractions and five innovative restaurants and snack shops.
Close in design to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Astro Orbiter takes guests on a spaceship ride though the sky. Guests are in command of their very own rocket spacecraft that orbits around a ring of planets. A lever found in each two-person spaceship controls how high or low guests fly. This spinning attraction is the centerpiece of iconic Tomorrowland.
Stitch’s Great Escape!
This attraction features experiment 626 in an encounter unlike any other. After entering a recruit check in process, a Sergeant briefs guests on the workings and concern of prisoner teleportation. Guests are then brought into a high security prisoner teleportation chamber and seated in a circular theater style room. Recruits will experience Stitch’s escape attempt first hand in this multi sensory and animatronic attraction.
Riding in small sports car, the Tomorrowland speedway is truly the attraction for guests with a need for speed. A two thousand foot racetrack allows guests to drive around and race against friends and family. Guests arrive at a racing pit and enter into their very own brightly colored racecar. These specially designed gas powered cars move at a speed of seven miles per hour around the track. Once the race has been completed, guests pull up to Victory Circle and leave feeling like a winner.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Based on scenes from the twentieth century, the Carousel of Progress takes guests though a story of innovation and technology. Audio- animatronics are used to bring guests though four acts, each describing how the world has advanced through technology. Walt Disney created this attraction himself for the New York World’s Fair in 1964, originally influenced by the idea of Progressland. The carousel includes the classic “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” song and presents guests the storyline in a rotating theater.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Created in 2007, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor displays an innovative take on comedy. Featuring Mike Wazowski as the main act, guests are challenged with laughing enough to fill a laugh meter and generating power for Monstropolis. To be truly engaged in the experience, guests can text in their own jokes. Some even appear on the big screen and are performed by Mike during the show. Mike talks with laugh floor guests, occasionally joking around or teasing them. This innovative attraction inside Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is very similar to Epcot’s Turtle Talk with Crush as it involves a digital screen and live voice performances behind the scenes.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The PeopleMover is a relaxing, ten-minute ride meant to represent a futuristic mass transit system inside Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The slow paced tour takes visitors indoors and outdoors along a transit path. Riders get a second story view into many of Tomorrowland’s other attractions, such as Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This ride also features an emission free motor making it safer for our environment.
This attraction is one of Magic Kingdom’s three big mountain attractions, and currently Florida’s oldest operational steel roller coaster. Space Mountain is an indoor coaster that takes guests through an outer space themed building. After boarding onto a six-person rocket ship, guests are launched into a pitch-black tunnel. Twists, turns, drops, and climbs occur as neon lights, strobe lights, and starry skies fill the surroundings. Starry-O Phonic Sounds are heard as the ship zips around the track in darkness until the train finally arrives at the unload station.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Help Buzz Lightyear save the galaxy from Evil Emperor Zurg in this exciting and commanding attraction. After meeting with Buzz and Star Command in the lobby, guests are transported to the loading dock. Riders board a two-person car equipped with astro blaster lasers. The objective of the attraction is to shoot your laser at as many “Z targets” possible. The cruiser is self-controlled and can spin around three hundred and sixty degrees. The more “Z’s” you hit, the higher your score will be and the higher star command rank you will earn.
Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland features five quick service and snack options. Each revolves around a common theme of a sci-fi future. Although there is no formal restaurant available in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, guests find a large selection of food options for each family member to enjoy. At Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, guests can find sweet treats and specialty drinks such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Soft serve is available as well as sundaes, ice cream floats, and smoothies. The Launching Pad is another snack stop found directly underneath the Astro Orbiter Attraction. Pretzels, potato chips, and hot dogs are offered, as well as soft drinks and frozen beverages. Cool Ship, the last snack shop in Tomorrowland, offers guests Mickey shaped soft pretzels, a Walt Disney World favorite. They offer souvenir bottles for sale that can be filled with a beverage of your choice. Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant offers salads, burgers, and classic children’s cuisine such as mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. At night, the restaurant turns into a fireworks viewing area to host the Fireworks Dessert Party. For an additional price, guests can enjoy endless specialty fruits, cheeses, and desserts while watching the Wishes nighttime spectacular from the Plaza Garden. The last quick service meal option in Tomorrowland is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. This restaurant gives guests the options of barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, or chicken nuggets with an assortment of sides. Guests can add toppings and sauces to their meal at a customizing bar before enjoying their food.
With 2018 prices recently released, it’s a great time to visit Walt Disney World. Don’t miss these iconic attractions inside Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland!
* Special thanks to Lexsie Ditter for writing this article.