Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Backstories: Tomorrowland (Magic Kingdom)

This piece, circa 1993, gives the background story of one of the many Tomorrowland variations. You can tell it's trying hard to tie together the futurism Walt intended and the sci-fi influence that developed. On the subject of Tomorrowland, my Dissecting Disney's Lands piece on it shouldn't be too long away.

Tomorrowland - Headquarters for the League of Planets

At the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland is a community where everyday living is made better through science, invention and inter-galactic influence. Inhabited by robots, space aliens and a few humans, this amazing Earth community is so world-renowned, it was selected as the universal headquarters for the League of Planets.

In Tomorrowland, robots perform household chores, ice cream comes from the Milky Way, and a trip through time is as common as a spin around the solar system. Tomorrowlanders keep up with the latest on and off-world wonders and technologies by visiting the exhibits presented at their neighbourhood Interplanetary Convention and Science Centers.

Those who work and play in and around Rockettower Plaza, the bustling heart of the community, live outside of town in the hoverburbs. They cummute via the Tomorrowland Transit Authority's Superskyway Blueline Express. Locals get all the news before it even happens by subscribing to the Tomorrowland Times.

Today, in this fantasy community of Tomorrow, the future that never was is alive and well.

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