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Tomorrow At the Movies - Will We Have a Tomorrow?

Updated on May 27, 2015
Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California | Source

Tomorrowland is present in several different global locations where Disney parks flourish. The five tomorrows feature different aspects of the future to spur visitors to think and dream. The ideas of futurist Jules Verne are present in the Paris edition. Hong Kong highlights UFOs.

World of Wonder in 1955

In the middle of a hot California July in Anaheim, 1955, Walt Disney opened his own Wonderland.

The Wonderful World of Disney - the TV series title that confirms Disney's construction of his own world - and Disneyland have mesmerized millions of people throughout the Cold War, Viet Nam, the Gulf Wars, 9/11, bad politics, and the Internet Phenomenon.

Disneyland made up for Walt's overworked childhood and made his daughters' dreams come true. It has spurred thousands of people of all ages to develop dreams and work to see them flower. We see all that in the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the beginning of every one of Walt's films, especially in 3-D where it comes out to meet you in your seat; and it is an icon of America that the rest of the world recognizes.

Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.

— Walt Disney, 1955 opening of Disneyland

Global Reach of Disney

To some nations, the Princess Castle is a symbol of rampant (evil) capitalism, but to many people, it is an icon of joy and wonder and good cheer. Disney parks are overwhelmed with visitors in several countries.

Today, some good career planners attend Disneyland in California as children, work part-time for Disney in high school, serve an internship with Mickey, work full-time in a career at the park, and come back to work part-time in retirement. A dream is a wish your heart makes and for these few happy workers, their dreams are a life-long reality. Their dream careers are likely the closest modern approximation to our near ancestors' 40 years of work life at one company and receipt of a gold watch at the end. The happiest Disney cast members (workers) seem to have a new gold watch everyday in their edifying experiences.

Tomorrowland is a Vision of Hope

Before Star Trek: The Original Series began a decade later, Tomorrowland represented a hopeful vision for humanity in the future during the Cold War. Walt Disney was a decided futurist as well as a journalist and entertainer. He was always looking forward.

Tomorrowland is a favorite neighborhood of the Disney parks for thousands of space-minded adventurers who want to live in a space-age city, but will not live to see that day.

\Why, we were to be all space-agey by the 1990s, with flying cars and jet packs, but no go -- Too complex and the things were too bulky and expensive to fly. We do have drones however, a new multi-billion dollar business that will fill the skies.

We space enthusiasts are not going to Mars with the NASA astronauts assigned that mission, but we will spend as much time in the future as we can, in theaters and television viewing, futurist novels, sci-fi conventions, virtual reality, our dreams, and Tomorrowland.

New York World's Fair, 1964

Forms in Transit, Mercury-Atlas & Gemini-Titan rockets, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows; Corona Park, Queens, NYC 1964.
Forms in Transit, Mercury-Atlas & Gemini-Titan rockets, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows; Corona Park, Queens, NYC 1964. | Source

Dreams of Tomorrow During the 1960s

Tomorrowland, the 2015 film, begins with an episode at the 1964 NYC World's Fair. The props department was brilliant in recreating the venue and costumes, especially in duplicating the Greyhound electric carts that ferried visitors. The alleged last such cart surviving 1964 was actually only half a cart and sold on eBay a few years ago. The future was the icon of the 1960s, because of the US-USSR Space Race and the period artwork and trinkets are valued memorabilia.

The film takes a metal pinback emblem T for Tomorrowland and makes it a virtual reality gateway for space-time travel.

At the World's Fair, some of the Imagineer geniuses designed futuristic exhibits and this is where we find the connection to Disneyland. We are probably 100 years away from the space age cities we envisioned in the 1960s with Walt's help, but we can dream and wish upon a star - the third star on the left and on towards morning (in a new world), as Disney's Peter Pan

The Tomorrowland Pin

Funko Tomorrowland Pin 1984 Action Figure
Funko Tomorrowland Pin 1984 Action Figure

The pin is from the 2015 film and probably did not appear at the 1964 World Fair in Queens.

NASA Space Park, 1964 World's Fair
NASA Space Park, 1964 World's Fair | Source

Positive Attitudes Only Need Apply

The 2015 film thrusts several dark sequences at the audience concerning the major problems of the 21st century, showing brief TV images of wars, protests, police actions, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and melting ice caps.

We are supposedly doomed and much of Earth's population seems to enjoy the depressive thoughts of Doomsday Future (in 58 days). They love to shriek and run and look doomed.

Tomorrowland is not on Earth and we need to get there.

However, we are blocked by the Mayor of that place. He does not want humanity's negative thoughts to destroy his building of the Space Age. His Tomorrowland was not completed in the 1960s, because human negativity prevented that event.

Hugh Laurie as Mayor Nix is as hilarious as much as he is as negative as his former character, Gregory House, M.D. Nix means "no", after all, in old American slang.

If you miss DATA from Star Trek, Tomorrowland is full of androids. Earth is full of Men in Black, who encompass all the mythology and rumors of the MIBs, except that they wear black T-shirts under their jackets instead of white shirts and ties - and there are some women.

Ray guns are everywhere.

The flying cars and jet packs are fun, too.

Can a once-optimistic boy turned cynical middle-aged man (George Clooney) and a teen girl (Britt Robertson) who is still optimistic, even when the last US Space Shuttle retires, save the Tomorrowland that can someday exist?


Perhaps, but they need your help.


Are you willing to dream?

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© 2015 Patty Inglish


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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I think these futuristic kinds of stories and movies will always be popular. I am thinking of the radio show where the announcer staged the landing of the Martians!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty - Mr. Disney certainly inspired and entertained us as children. Some of the best animation on the planet came out of the Disney Studios. There is so much imagination packed into Disneyland - I have not been to Disney World.

      I hope Tommorowland is a success and the movie also.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Tomorrowland, the Movie sounds very interesting. Thanks for the historical backdrop and the invitation to participate in this dream.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I was going to pass on viewing this film, Patty, but after reading your expansive review may give it a try. Will let you know.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Patty.......Fabulous work. I suddenly feel like a wide-eyed child filled with wonder. It's all so amazing to me. You should be receiving a big fat commission check. I'm eager to see the movie and all Tomorrowlands!!

      UP pinned & tweeted........Peace. Paula

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @rebeccamealey - I think you are right. These type of films have always enchanted me, anyway.

      @Mike - Hello! They say that Florida's Disney World/Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. That's some record! I used to have family that lived right in Anaheim. Lucky them.

      @MsDora - The film is a bit heavy on environmental issues, but coming from Hugh Laurie, it seemed to fit - like Dr. House berating his fellow doctors.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @drbj - I expected more aliens and fewer environmental comments, but I liked the film. The MIB made me laugh.

      @fpherj48 - I remember being wide-eyed every time I saw one of the Disney reruns on the early space program. I still think we're 100 years away from flying cares and wheel-shaped space stations and really living off-planet. But imagination is fun! Thanks for posting and pinning!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patty, this is awesome, makes me want to see this.

      Voted up, UABI and shared

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I live about two hours from Disney in Orlando. One of my daughters got a job while she attended college; she was the character, Bashful.

      I think of Michael Jackson when I think of Tomorrowland. He was such a child, himself.

      I have not seen the movie, but I intend to. I like George Clooney!

      Voted this UP, etc.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I love your intro to this exciting movie. I was at the 1964 World's Fair and I've been to Tomorrowland at Disney World. Though I should be forward thinking, I'm having some good memories here!

      I wanted to see the film before reading this hub, now I have to!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I've seen the trailers for the movies but it was reading this hub that made me want to see the movie.

      As for not seeing the things they promised on our future, now lets see, I'm typing this on a device that was dreamed up in Star Trek, its using a system that was not even thought of in 1955. And as for driverless cars, they're a reality (Google built them!)

      Ok maybe the spaceflight hasn't happened but most of the rest has!

      Awesome hub.


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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Shyron E Shenko - Thanks for the nice comment! I want a Tomorrowland in Ohio, but I think the Air Force Museum is pretty close to one - and it's free.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @mary615 - How fun to live where you are! I bet your daughter had some fun. I hope you like the film!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @tillsontitan - The 1964 World's Fair must have been awesome!

      A new building at the USAF Museum near me is opening this late-summer-fall to house the Space Age and future exhibits. I'm going to go as often as I can.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Simply put, it was amazing!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      It was awesome! They introduced microwave ovens at the Fair! I'm sure your new museum will be great.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Microwaves! I so wish there was a film of the whole fair. What wonderful years those were for our imaginations.

      I'll post pictures of the new museum addition as soon as it opens!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patty,

      Tomorrowland at WDW in Florida was most enjoyable. I have always enjoyed science fiction and this movie certainly looks and sounds interesting. This is the first time that I have viewed the movie trailer. Thanks! Up votes and will share this.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @Peggy W - Same here, I've always enjoyed the sci-fi and always watched reruns of Disney shows on the space program and the research going into our first flights - especially the sleep studies and the loss-of-sensation studies. The image of the wheel-shaped space stations from Disney and 2001: A Space Odyssey are stuck in my mind.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Last night I watched George Clooney and Hugh Lawry being interviewed about the movie. It was interesting as George said when showing him the script the director took along the original model of Walt Disneys concept for tomorrowland. That was never built but they put it together for the movie. I really want to see it now!

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      Michelle Simtoco 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      HI Patty!! I will watch this movie. I love George Clooney and I love the idea of Tomorrowland. Blessings always.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @lawrence01 - I did not know that is what I was viewing - I MUST see this film again!

      @ripplemaker - Hi! I am so glad to see you :) and hope you like this film. How have you been?

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