Autopia. It’s one of those rides at Disneyland, not unlike Peter Pan, that always seems to have a line. Hot or cold. Rain or shine. People are always in the queue for their opportunity to get into a go-kart that features possibly the stiffest gas/brake pedal in existence. What makes us love this classic attraction so much? Well, it helps those of us who drive remember that driving is fun. For kids, it presents that exciting prospect of something they’re not yet old enough to do. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in Disneyland.
We all know that Tomorrowland really comes alive at night, glowing in all of its neon glory. One of the other things that’s really unique about Tomorrowland, aside from those lights, is the multitude of interesting, unusual shapes. Everywhere you look, there are curves giving way to lines, coming to points, juxtaposed with any shape your geometry teacher can throw your way. As you trace the shapes with your gaze, they are often accentuated by those neon lights, making Tomorrowland feel like, well, tomorrow. This Tomorrowland Terrace sign is one of my favorite examples.
I don’t know about you but I love listening to theme park audio from Disneyland. Tomorrowland is host to some of my favorites, particularly “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” by the Sherman brothers. It encompasses so well the idealism and hopefulness of Tomorrowland which I think stem from the unending goal to keep moving forward and making things better. Just thinking about it gets me excited for what the future holds for Disneyland and the memories to be made there.
Whenever we think of Tomorrowland, the first things that come to mind are always Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and, of course, Star Tours. But there is certainly a lot more to this land where every growing thing is eatable… edible… nibbleable. The Monorail Queue provides a unique view of the Nemo subs through what feels like a prehistoric forest. If you fancy some popcorn, you can have it roasted for you by the Rocketeer. The recently remodeled Star Trader store dazzles with scenes from out of this world and a prominent location for a Star Wars fighter. Yes, that’s right friends, there are lots of neat things to find in today’s Tomorrowland!
As the sun sets on Summer, it also sets over Space Mountain, which is about to undergo its Halloween transformation into Ghost Galaxy. It won’t be long now before our beloved space coaster is haunted by an extraterrestrial apparition. As if barreling through space with epic music in tow wasn’t thrilling enough. I really do enjoy Disney’s holiday ride makeovers. They not only serve to keep things fresh, they help you to appreciate the originals. With that in mind, I keep hoping they will do a retro phase with Dick Dale’s original Space Mountain soundtrack.
The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage certainly adds a beautiful punch of color at the border of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. The bright yellow submarines always make me think of sunshine as they pop against the many shades of blue and cyan in the lagoon. The Tomorrowland Monorail platform is a great place to see it from above for some unique perspectives.