It’s a bit sad to me, but these days it seems that the primary reason why many people visit Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom is to visit Space Mountain or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and then to make a beeline over to Fantasyland.
That’s too bad! Folks don’t seem to take the time to enjoy all that Tomorrowland and has to offer – and it really does have a lot to offer.
Let’s take a look at seven reasons why you might want to spend a bit more time in Tomorrowland the next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom.
1 – Carousel of Progress
The Carousel of Progress is one of my all-time favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. The fun of this attraction begins before you even enter the theater. Take a few minutes to watch the historical video showing Walt Disney himself talking with the Sherman Brothers. The video explains how Walt was very involved in the development of this groundbreaking attraction. Once inside, you are treated to a classic Disney show that is both interesting and educational. The dialogue, music, changing scenes, and unique rotating theater design make this a one-of-a-kind experience that I recommend to everyone. Sadly, the Carousel of Progress is rarely busy. I know that Disney is all about change, but I truly hope the Carousel of Progress will be with us for a long time to come!
2 – People Mover
Where else at Walt Disney World can you enjoy a relaxing attraction that gives you a preview of an entire land as well as the chance to sit down and enjoy both cool breezes and a bit of air conditioning? As a bonus, there’s almost never a wait. Sometimes called the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, sometimes called the People Mover, I always call this attraction a must-do in Tomorrowland.
3 – Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Humor meets amazing technology in this interactive show. The audience helps to create the material by texting jokes while waiting in queue. After you arrive in the theater for Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, you are treated to a hilarious show with animation technology that is amazing but seamlessly blends into the overall experience. The characters who appear live on the screens from Monsters Inc. interact with the crowd and have a good time doing it. This comedy club is family-friendly and gives you a chance to help supply the energy needs of Monstropolis. How cool is that?
4 – Astro Orbiter
I have a confession to make. For many years, I walked by the Astro Orbiter looking up and admiring the beauty and energy of this attraction high above Tomorrowland but never taking the time to actually experience it. That was a mistake. Yes, the Astro Orbiter is a basic spinner ride at its core, but experiencing this ride high above the treetops of Tomorrowland makes it both unique and thrilling.
5 – Cosmic Rays’ Starlight Café
Where else can you enjoy a fun meal and take in some snarky alien entertainment at the same time? Cosmic Rays Starlight Café is a great example of how Disney tells stories and makes all its experiences unique. Choose your meal from one of three bays that serve a nice variety of choices. Have a seat while you listen to the lounge act-style entertainment stylings of Sonny Eclipse.
6 – Occasional Live Entertainment
The stage that sits between Space Mountain and the Carousel of Progress occasionally hosts some fun entertainment including nighttime dance parties. While you can experience similar parties led by a DJ at Disney Springs, the unique and fun thing about the parties that take place in Tomorrowland is that you get to party down with Disney characters like Stitch, Chip and Dale, and the Incredibles.
7 – The Lights At Night
I think all of the parks at Walt Disney World take on a very different look and feel like night. The lights come on, and the buildings and walkways become simply beautiful. This may happen most dramatically in Tomorrowland. The glowing neon colors and illuminated metallic palm trees make for beautiful sites. If you’ve never taken a few minutes to wander around Tomorrowland after the sun goes down, be sure to check it out during your next visit.
Where is your favorite place to spend time in Tomorrowland?