Shanghai Disneyland gives us a glimpse at the future of Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland


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With rumors of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland getting a major upgrade, many have wondered what it would look like. Well, earlier this week Disney unveiled details of their newest theme park, Shanghai Disneyland.

Here Tomorrowland takes on a look that has never been seen at a Disney Park before. The new futuristic look includes sleek, curved buildings with wide landscapes reminiscent of Epcot’s Future World. Gone are the traditional Tomorrowland rides, including Space Mountain, the speedway and the people-mover. Disneyland Paris features Discoveryland in place of Tomorrowland. While this Jules Verne-meets-steampunk-inspired land takes on a different look than the other Tomorrowlands around the world, it does feature similar rides.

The new Tomorrowland looks to draw inspiration more from the Disney flop of the year Tomorrowland instead of from the land in Anaheim. Large sweeping views, water features and covered awnings fill the new Tomorrowland. Gone is the alleyway design, mountain-shaped buildings and comedic relief aliens. Instead, this looks more like an updated version of the original. Clean white buildings, actual plants (instead of broken robotic ones like Magic Kingdom features) and elevated walkways are featured throughout the park. If Shanghai Disneyland ever hosted a Flower and Garden Festival, it would take place in this land. The renderings even show something similar to the lakeside ‘patchwork’ flowers that Future World features each year.

The new Shanghai Tomorrowland replaces Space Mountain with a Tron lightcycle roller coaster. A Buzz Lightyear ride is planned as well, and a spinner based on ‘jet packs.’ An interactive show, similar to our Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor or Turtle Talk featuring Stitch is also planned.

Jumping back here to Orlando, we can safely guess Space Mountain, the original, will stay. It looks like Disney is sold on the idea of Buzz Lightyear being in Tomorrowland, but with Monsters and the speedway gone in Shanghai we can guess that Disney might be willing to do the same here. The Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue is an updated version of the Space Ranger Spin ride that is found here in Orlando. Planet Rescue would likely replace Space Ranger Spin if our Tomorrowland is ever updated.

Monsters will likely end up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of that redo, and some have said that the Tron coaster might eventually make its way to Future World or Tomorrowland, though with Disney canceling Tron 3, their short-lived Tron love may be coming to an end. If it comes to Tomorrowland it would take up the Cast Member parking area and Carousel of Progress while the Future World rumor states that it would replace Mission: Space.

Oddly, the only Star Wars in the new Tomorrowland is Star Wars Launch Bay, a movie memorabilia exhibit. Marvel gets a small exhibit similar to the now closed Animation Academy attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both the Star Wars memorabilia and Marvel drawing attractions will likely not ever come to Orlando, though the Star Wars one has been rumored as a short-lived option for Future World or DHS during its redo.

So does a Tomorrowland inspired by a major flop and featuring a ride from another flop make you want to visit Shanghai? What do you think this new Tomorrowland means for our dated Tomorrow-circa-1994-land? 

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