Tomorrowland Introduction

by josh on May 12, 2010

Tomorrowland’s theme is the “future that never was” and Disney designed the area based on how science fiction writers from the 1920s and 1930s imagined the future.  In practice, Tomorrowland doesn’t feel particularly futuristic, but it’s unlikely visitors will care much because there’s so much to see and do.  Tomorrowland is the largest section of the Magic Kingdom and features several of its most popular attractions.  You’ll also find seven shops and a half dozen dining locations.  Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is the best counter service in Tomorrowland and one of the top three at the Magic Kingdom, offering the largest selection of food and plentiful indoor and outdoor seating.  For those on the Dining Plan, the most expensive counter service meal can also be found here, in the form of the $14.19 half chicken and rib combo plate (currently only available after 4pm).  Below is a quick breakdown of the eight rides and attractions in Tomorrowland.  Full reviews follow.

Must visit: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain

Visit in the afternoon or whenever you need a break from walking: Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc Laughing Floor, Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Visit only with young children: Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Easily Skippable: Astro Orbiter, Stitch’s Great Escape

FASTPASS Available: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain.

Morning Extra Magic Hours: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Stitch’s Great Escape, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Authority People Mover, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Walt Disney Carousel of Progress

Evening Extra Magic Hours: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Stitch’s Great Escape, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

The two best and most popular attractions in Tomorrowland are Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain.  You’ll want to ride these as soon as possible in the morning, in the last hour the Magic Kingdom is open, or during the last 90 minutes of evening Extra Magic Hours.

In the afternoon, visit the sit-down theater shows (Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Stitch’s Great Escape, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress) for a break from walking around or to kill time while waiting for a FASTPASS to come due.

Stitch’s Great Escape is not a priority and the Astro Orbiter and Indy Speedway should only be ridden if you have plenty of time, there is a short wait, or you have kids begging to ride.  Try the Astro Orbiter and Tomorrowland Indy Speedway during the last 90 minutes of evening Extra Magic Hours if possible or before 9:30am.  They both have lousy capacities, which equate to long waits even when relatively few people are in line.

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