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Things To Do At Disneyland: Tomorrowland
Even though Walt Disney originated the idea for Space Mountain in the 1960s, it didn’t open until May 27, 1977. NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper was a consultant on the project to help make it as realistic for guests as possible. Cooper’s input was invaluable to the project as Space Mountain has been a guest favorite since it opened. Guests sit in a rocket as a countdown leads them up a steep hill before plunging into a star filled darkness. Traveling at speeds up to 34.8 mph (56.0 km/h), guests wiz around all the twists, turns, ups and downs of the 3,035 ft (925 m) before having their photo taken. The photos are available for guests to purchase at the exit.
All though in its current form has been only been in Tomorrowland since 1997; there have similar versions of the Astro-Orbitor since 1956. The current silver, blue, red, and gold trim color scheme and look of the Astro-Orbitor were inspired by centuries-old astronomical designs. Guests can sit up to three in a rocket and can change the height of the rocket as they soar above Tomorrowland. If only one guest is in the rocket they may find it difficult to raise and lower the rocket by itself as they will be asked to sit all the way back in the seat.. When lifted to it’s full height, the Astro-Orbitor offers stunning views of both Tomorrowland and the main plaza of Disneyland.
Favorite Ride In Tomorrowland
What is your favorite ride in Tomorrowland?
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Having replaced the Rocket Rods in 2005, the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters allows for some friendly competition. Guests introduced to Buzz Lightyear as they walk up to the ride. Buzz explains that the Evil Emperor Zurg is stealing batteries from toys to power a weapon in order to take over the Gamma Quadrant. Guests sit in their ship and fire space cannons at as many of the “Z” insignias as they can. Guests travel through space to find and capture the Evil Emperor Zurg before seeing their scores and given a rank. During the ride a photo is taken of the each cart and when exiting Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters guests can look at their photo and email it to themselves for free.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster Score
After the Carousel of Progress was moved to Walt Disney World and America Sings closed in 1988, Innoventions opened its doors ten years later in 1998. Guests walk up a ramp and enter on the second story of the building. Currently, as of February 2014, the second level houses: Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, Thor: Treasures of Asgard and the Honda ASIMO Theater among other exhibits. The Iron Man Tech includes several of the Iron Man suites from the Marvel films as well as an interactive Iron Man game. Thor: Treasures of Asgard, allows guest to see and photograph props from the second Thor film Thor: The Dark World before being taken through the Bifrost to Asgard to meet Thor. The Honda ASIMO Theater allows guests to meet ASIMO, the worlds most advanced humanoid robot. The first floor houses a more permanent exhibit, The Dream Home. This home allows guests to interact with newly available technology from the participating companies including Microsoft, HP, and Taylor Morrison, as well as experiencing up and coming technology.
More Photos from Innoventions
Star Tours—The Adventures Continue
With over 50 different story combinations, Star Tours—The Adventures Continue is easily one ride that guests can ride over and over again. Having been updated from the original Star Tours Ride, Star Tours—The Adventures Continue incorporates all six of the current Star Wars films and allows guests to be part of the adventure. Guests start off by wandering through a Star Tours terminal and where they’ll see some of their favorite characters including C-3PO and R2-D2 working on repairing ships. Before boarding, Guests see C-3PO enter their StarSpeeder ship in order to perform some maintenance on it. The StarSpeeder begins to take flight as C-3PO and R2-D2 argue and from there, guests are taken on a rough ride in this 3-D simulator. The ride is full of bumps, twists and turns which with the 3-D glasses can make some guests feel ill.
There are two places to eat in Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Terrace and Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port. Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port is next to the entrance to Space Mountain and offers guests a selection of pizza, salad, and pasta, in a cafeteria style setting. Guests have the option of three seating locations, inside, outside on a patio or the open area next to the line for Space Mountain. Guests who choose to sit inside can admire the original posters advertising Tomorrowlands past attractions as they enjoy their meal. Tomorrowland Terrace on the other hand only offers outdoor covered seating after guests order and pick up their food from this quick service-dining establishment. Tomorrowland Terrace serves breakfast in the morning and cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, a Portobello sandwich, salads, a fish sandwich and desserts during the rest of the day. Tomorrowland Terrace also has a Jedi Training Academy for children ages 4 to 12 during the day and on some nights a live band that performs.
The Disneyland Monorail
Tomorrowland is the only location within Disneyland where guests can get on the Disneyland Monorail. Having been a staple at Disneyland since it opened in 1959, the Disneyland Monorail allows guests to take a sightseeing journey over Tomorrowland, out of the Disneyland to travel through Disney’s California Adventure Park before heading to it’s only other stop in Downtown Disney. The 2.5-mile journey takes approximately 13 minutes to complete, which offers guests a nice rest as they enjoy the view. For guest who would like a special treat, they can ask a one of the Cast Members at the Disneyland Monorail Station if they can ride in the front or the back of the monorail. If no one has already requested to sit in the front or the back of the Monorail, Cast Members are usually allowed to fill these spaces. The front and back areas of the Monorail only hold 4 to 6 people so larger groups may not be able to sit together. The Disneyland Monorail temporarily shuts down before the Disneyland Fireworks go off and again before the park closes for the evening. The Disneyland Monorail system does not admit any exhaust or pollutants because it runs on a 600-volt DC power source.