Today is the last day to use the Guest Assistance Card, a de facto Unlimited Front Of Line pass that Disneyland has been using since 2004. While Disney finally released some basic information around the new DAS Card that replaces it, in this update we’ll fill you in on all the secrets behind the new system and the huge amount of drama that’s been playing out in executive offices in Orlando and Anaheim. We’ll also discuss the latest changes to the plan to give Tomorrowland a heavy dose of Star Wars.

Kick up your fuzzy bunny slippers and hold on tight to your pumpkin spice latte, because this is going to be a wild, and only partially accessible ride. . .

DAS is the New GAC

We’ve been covering the coming demise of the Guest Assistance Card (GAC) since we broke the story in early summer that Disney execs were horrified over the embarrassing expose’ of the issue on The Today Show back on May 31st. The New York Post covered the story first at Disney World earlier in May, but Orlando execs felt the issue was contained to East Coast traditional media and not worth doing any major damage control over. But when The Today Show, and less savory news programs like Inside Edition, showed undercover footage of the rampant abuse taking place daily at Disneyland, the Burbank bosses got clued in to the issue and execs in both Anaheim and Orlando suddenly scrambled to fix the problem. Local theme park managers on both coasts had been complaining for years that the GAC was a broken system filled with growing fraud, but no executive wanted to risk career suicide by taking on disabled children and their protective mothers and so the pleas for help from local management went unanswered for years. The Today Show changed all that, and now the issue is so high profile that executives on both coasts have quickly jumped on the DAS ship to boost their office image. Their managers can only roll their eyes and smile bravely at these newly interested executives.

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The outcome of all this is the new Disability Access Service, or DAS, which is an acronym that has gone through a few wording changes in the last month and replaces the GAC system entirely. The exact phrasing on the DAS card was chosen purposely, to stress that this is a card specifically for disabled people to access a facility, rather than just “guests” receiving “assistance” as the old GAC stated. The DAS card has several security features built in, most notably a color photo of the card holder and a QR code that will instantly identify the user and their history in the parks. The DAS card also has “Terms and Conditions” sternly worded on it, and all DAS holders must sign and date the card to acknowledge they’ve read those conditions and agree to abide by them.

It’s hoped that the photo and information attached to the card will also weed out a growing group of fraudsters in Anaheim; otherwise healthy Cast Members or Disney employees from Burbank who have figured out the GAC was their golden ticket on top of the free admission passes they already receive. The QR code on the DAS can also be used via internal communication to alert a Disney employee’s supervisor of a potential disability that may put them at a health risk on the job, assuming that employee hasn’t already made their supervisor aware of the disability.

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On the back of the card is a spreadsheet with space for 40 attractions, where Guest Relations CM’s at kiosks around the park will issue boarding times for high-wait rides based on the current Standby wait at the attraction. Kiosks will be placed around both Disneyland Resort parks, and any member of the party can go to a kiosk and get a boarding time for any ride in either park. The disabled member of the party does not need to be present at the kiosk to get a boarding time, so Dad can run junior’s DAS card to the kiosk in New Orleans Square after riding Splash Mountain and get a new boarding time for Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land. But when it comes time to enter Racers via the Fastpass queue, the person the DAS is issued to must be present and must ride the attraction for the card to be honored. Only one boarding time can be issued at a time, and while they won’t allow you to use the boarding time early, unlike a Fastpass window there is no limit to how late you can be. But to get the next DAS boarding time, the current boarding time must have lapsed and that ride have been lined out by the CM’s at the ride. A spot on the DAS card will be used for a daily CM code word to start, while they await the arrival of infinitely variable ink stamps to use as another fraud prevention tactic.

The DAS program will work differently at WDW, where instead of kiosks staffed by Guest Relations the CM’s at the attractions themselves will administer and manage the boarding times given for each ride. The reason for most of the major differences between WDW and Disneyland is due to some shocking statistics that were compiled on GAC usage at the two properties earlier this year. While DCA heads towards an annual attendance this year of over 10 Million people, with the wild success of Cars Land holding steady after its first full year, Disneyland continues to pull in close to 15 Million per year for a total of 25 Million annual visitors to the Anaheim property. And at Walt Disney World, the combined attendance for all four theme parks per year is holding steady at 48 Million annual visitors. So you would think that almost twice as many GAC passes would be issued at Walt Disney World, right? Wrong.

On recent autumn Fridays, as attendance at both Disneyland and DCA quickly swells by 30,000 or more after 5:00 p.m. when the local Annual Passholders get off work, TDA asked Guest Relations to compile statistics on how many GAC passes were issued daily now that GACs were no longer being issued for months at a time. Meanwhile, Team Disney Orlando staff were compiling the same types of statistics on GAC passes issued out of the four WDW parks on their typical busy days. The answer was shocking to the execs in TDA, but not at all surprising to the Guest Relations CM’s who crank out hundreds of passes per hour from the desks at City Hall and Chamber of Commerce. On the average Friday in autumn, when few if any Annual Passholder blockouts are in effect, the Disneyland Resort was issuing just over 2,000 GAC passes per day, roughly split evenly between Disneyland’s City Hall and DCA’s Chamber of Commerce. On similarly busy days at Walt Disney World, the four theme parks combined were issuing just 250 GAC passes, with about 100 passes going out of Magic Kingdom’s City Hall daily, and the remaining 150 passes split between the Guest Relations offices in Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Since the average GAC in Anaheim is valid for 5 people, that means that 10,000 people out of an average Friday’s combined two-park attendance of 75,000 visitors is roaming the parks using a GAC to enter any Fastpass lane or ride exit they want with no questions asked. Assuming the average GAC party boarded 3 E Ticket rides during a four hour Friday evening visit, that’s 30,000 Fastpasses per day that couldn’t be issued to the tourists who got to the park much earlier in the morning. (No wonder the Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers are gone within two hours every morning) Out at WDW, barely 1,500 people using a GAC were creating vastly less impact spread amongst the 150,000 visitors roaming the four parks of Walt Disney World on a typical day.

The same type of GAC impact is repeated in Anaheim on Sundays, when few AP blockouts exist and the parks swell with 75,000 people from late morning through early evening. In short, the purely statistical take away was that the GAC problem in Anaheim was driven largely by Annual Passholders, and to a growing extent by Disney employees, and the Anaheim parks deal with a much higher percentage of visitors accessing attractions using a GAC than the WDW parks do.

Using those shocking statistics, which had TDA executives first wondering if the numbers were in error (they weren’t, and the tracking continued for weeks), it was quickly decided that the DAS program in Anaheim must be applied and policed throughout the process by Guest Relations CM’s. The other deciding factor was that Disneyland’s Fantasyland has twice as many rides as Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, and at Disneyland none of them have Fastpass and most queues aren’t wheelchair accessible, where at Magic Kingdom even basic spinners like Dumbo and Teacups now have wheelchair accessible Fastpass queues. Disneyland’s Fantasyland will have its own DAS kiosk to help manage entry to the five different dark rides, three spinners, two big E Tickets, the various Princess meet n’ greets, and the 1950’s era Storybookland Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Circus Train.

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The existing Radiator Springs Racers Kiosk

What will prove to be very challenging the first few weeks is issuing hundreds of DAS cards per day. The new reservation concept will take some explaining, the terms and conditions must be gone over and agreed to by each DAS holder, and then a photo must be taken and the info attached electronically to the persons Annual Pass account or ticket. The DAS cards will only be valid for a maximum of 7 days in Anaheim (14 days in Orlando), but once an Annual Passholder is in the system on future visits the QR code can be scanned on the old DAS and a new one printed out quickly.

Because of the increased transaction time a DAS card takes, lines are expected to be epic at Guest Relations, especially this upcoming Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. To combat that, every Guest Relations CM is working overtime for the next few weeks and a “task force” of TDA managers has been enlisted to roam the parks the first two weeks helping with problems. It goes without saying that it’s expected there will be quite a lot of upset people at first, especially this Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and Disneyland’s Security team has also quietly beefed up staffing to wait in the wings at Guest Relations in case things get out of hand with a specific person or group.

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The other bit of drama is also expected to play out primarily at California Adventure, where every line and facility was designed to be wheelchair accessible. Effective with the DAS rollout, being in a wheelchair or ECV while in DCA no longer means you can use the Fastpass lane. If you are in a wheelchair and want to go on Soarin’ Over California, you either need to get a Fastpass or wait in the Standby line, no exceptions. If a person in a wheelchair also has a DAS, then that can be used to access Fastpass in DCA using the DAS procedure. A few newer attractions at Disneyland with wheelchair accessible queues, like Star Tours and Winnie The Pooh, will also play by this rule. But it’s at fully accessible DCA where it will be a blanket policy. The DAS card will also be harder to get from Guest Relations than the GAC was, as they are using a new set of questions to weed out those with anxiety or stamina issues, which would trigger the instruction to use a wheelchair or cane, or to plan the day in advance using Fastpass.

This is obviously a huge change, and it didn’t help that the story got away from Disney once it leaked on the Internet. North American parks chief Meg Crofton attempted to gain some goodwill by releasing a letter last month to amateur Disney bloggers who use the GAC program primarily for their autistic children. It’s important to remember however that Meg Crofton didn’t actually write the letter at her kitchen table, but that it was crafted anonymously in an office cubicle by TDO’s Executive Communications team and Meg simply reviewed it and approved its use. The result of this fake olive branch extended to the bloggers was not constructive however, as most bloggers took even more offense to the sterile corporate letter than they did to the leaking info on the Internet. The TDO team was reported to be dismayed at how poorly the letter was received, but instead of backing off they continued with the plan by the Communications team and quietly released the letter again last Friday afternoon with some DAS info on the Disney Parks Blog in a stereotypical Friday afternoon bad news dump. They just don’t seem to understand how sterile and tone deaf they appear out there in Team Disney Orlando’s cubicle farms and executive offices.

Back in Anaheim, thousands of Guest Relations and Attractions CM’s have now all had hours of classroom training on the new DAS program. The executive teams on both coasts have had daily conference calls on the rollout plans. And staffing at Guest Relations, Security and Attractions has been boosted through at least the first weekend of DAS. They’ve spent a huge amount of money, energy and human capital to get this rolling, and wise observers are now simply wondering how strong the executive team will stand behind the DAS program once the complaints start rolling in. It should be remembered that the GAC program started the same way with high hopes and strictly enforced rules back in 2004, to replace the rampant abuse of the Special Assistance Pass that came before it. It didn’t take long before Guest Relations caved in to the complaints and folks figured out the code words to use to get a card, and the GAC program was a sham by the time the 50th Anniversary was wrapping up in 2006.

A New Hope?

While the Disneyland Resort waits anxiously to see how the DAS rollout goes, there’s much happier plans being cooked up for Anaheim for the future. Last week TDA’s executive team held their first regularly scheduled meeting about the 60th Anniversary, as they plot out which new parade and fireworks show and marketing slogan gets chosen for the party in 2015. The 60th is also a bit of a speed bump for Imagineering, who have to figure out how to kick off two major construction projects during that time; Monstropolis at DCA and Star Wars Land at Disneyland.

The Star Wars project for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has the most logistical hurdles to overcome, as Monstropolis will be able to hide behind construction walls in an otherwise abandoned corner of the park. But the Tomorrowland project will require major reconstruction of existing E Ticket attractions, as things like the permanent moving of the Space Mountain entrance and queue must now be figured out. The aesthetic of most of the land will change to take on the appearance of the Star Wars universe, particularly in the back eastern half of the land.

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Disneyland fans will cheer when they learn that the Astro Orbiter will be torn out and removed from its current location at the front of the land, which only served to make that area of the park feel more congested and claustrophobic instead of kinetic and full of energy. The re-Imagineered Rocket Jets spinner is currently planned to land up on top of the Space Mountain Concourse, tying in with a repurposed Starcade upper level next door.

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And the old Rocket Jets spinner and PeopleMover platform gets an extreme makeover, as a landing pad in the Star Wars spaceport that forms the loose theme for the new land. And what’s a landing pad without a spaceship, right? The craft that will have landed there won’t be any old spaceship however, but will be the famous Millennium Falcon that will act as an elaborate walk-through attraction and meet ‘n greet location for your favorite Wookie co-pilot. In the shadow of the landing pad is the old Tomorrowland Terrace dining facility, made over into the rowdy Cantina on Tattooine where we’d told you previously that those tests in the Golden Horseshoe last month were for an interactive dining/entertainment concept using the Star Wars universe.

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The back of the land is where the big new headliner attraction sits, in the place of the existing Innoventions and Autopia. After abandoning previous attempts to utilize the existing PeopleMover track and loading area, the Innoventions building gets gutted and in its place is the pre-show and boarding area for the new Speeder Bike thrill ride. The majority of the track heads outdoors and to the north, demolishing the Autopia freeways and taking over most of that area for the new ride. The outdoor Speeder Bike course is set on the forest moon of Endor where the Ewoks live, and an Ewok village and walk-through attraction will house dining and shops as the Speeder Bike ride zooms nearby. Imagineering has had dueling proposals for this area; one that retains the 1959 looping course of the Monorail and disguises it amongst the forest, and one that cuts out much of that track and shortens the Monorail route to open up more of the Ewok forest visuals. It should be noted here that Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has an aging aesthetic with a sprawling and underutilized Autopia attraction taking up space.

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If Disney can avoid the worst of the press with the roll-out of DAS, the month of October should be remembered mainly for big announcements of exciting new things coming to Anaheim and Tokyo.

 


 

Oh-KAY, that wraps things up for this update. But never fear there’s always more news just around the corner. . . in a galaxy not so very far away or long ago.  Does it seem to you that perhaps the boy wizard does in fact still have something to fear from Bob Iger and his legion of Imagineers? What do you think will be the result of the DAS roll-out this week?

You folks are the real park experts, we want to hear from you.  If you enjoyed today’s update, please be sure to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and leave us a comment below.

  • JCSkipr79

    This update lost me at “Astro going on top of SM Concourse”. Ummmmmmmm…………

    • grrandram

      It confused me as well. it says the “re-imagineered Rocket Jets spinner” is supposed to go up on the concourse by Space Mountain. Does that mean the Astro-Orbitor or that stupid space junk thing where the Rocket Jets used to be? Then it refers to the “old Rocket Jets spinner”.

      • UnderCvrDisneyGeek

        I think it means the astro orbiter which is in the entrance if tomorrowland will be moved to around where the area that looks like a helicopter pad in the of the outside queue on space mountain. The article also says that a new entrance for space mountain is needed which I’m sure ties in with the helicopter pad looking area. I’ve heard that area isnt strong enough to hold anything then also starcade will be upstairs where I think now is storage. Then the old rocket jets ride will be turned into a spacepad where a millennium falcon will be with a walk through meet and greet inside. I think that’s what’s the article said.

  • JCSkipr79

    And if they are truly not going to use the PPLMover tracks whats the point? That was supposed to be the big fix!!

  • Orlando71

    Can’t wait till star wars comes to Disneyland, it will really make a difference. It will be awesome, and congratulations to Hong Kong for getting the first Marvel ride (Iron Man) in 2016! If you haven’t seen the concept art, go to http://behindthethrills.com/2013/10/iron-man-experience-e-ticket-attraction-confirmed-for-hong-kong-disneyland-in-2016/

  • Malin

    I have just returned from WDW and I have to say right now Disney has nothing to be concerned about with regards to Universal. Its offerings do not match the standard found at Disney. And I’m not surprised Universal is needing to spend millions a year on fixing its parks. Disney just need to continue on with its own plans by planning great new offerings for the 60th and beyond. The Star Wars plans sound great and would only continue to make the Disneyland stronger in my eyes. Quick question is construction on Monsters meant to start this year still?

  • JFS in IL

    I am so eager to see how Tomorrowland is transformed…also will watch closely how the DAS card gets tweaked between now and next spring when I bring my adult son with autism and hypotonia (muscle weakness) back to Anaheim (we live in Illinois). Our last two visits the GAC has indeed been (almost) a front-of-the-line pass, and made a visit to Disney, if not easy, at least do-able for me (I travel alone with my son, as we can’t all afford to fly out.) If the new DAS card weeds out the cheaters, I am sure I can get Joe to adjust to the new system, too. Now if only Disney still had McD fries on the parks for him, we’d be set! 😉

    • DobbysCloset

      We wish your family good luck negotiating the new system. By next spring it should have been tweaked into shape.

      Is Joe okay to wait alone? Keeping Joe company while you go to the kiosk sounds like a job for SuperServiceDog!

      Please let Joe know at least one other guest is also sad that there are no McD fries at the park. McD fries, hot and fresh, are the best fries ever! Dogs get excited a block away smelling those fries cooking! But I guess for that same reason people don’t like Disneyland smelling like McDonalds. Fortunately there’s a McD’s within walking distance.

      • JFS in IL

        Yup – we stay at the Tropicana right across from the resort entrance…and close to McD!.
        I can’t really park Joe for long anywhere in the park while I stand in line at a kiosk. If he saw a character go by he’d be following! I do have to tell him “WAIT HERE” when I use a restroom super fast – so far, so good. But I am not going to push my luck beyond that!

      • Jayce

        Ugh mcdonald’s ‘potato product’ fries have always been gross. They leave a funky film/aftertaste on your tongue too. Even as a kid could never stand them 😛

        What I don’t get is why even consider mcdonalds when In N Out exists? 😀

      • victoriaskitten

        Love the Mc D fries so hot and fresh they sizzle on my tounge. A rare treat for me.
        I too am sure that the DAS system will have all the kinks worked out when you make your trip.

      • The Lost Boy

        The same Twilight Zone moral about places that don’t allow dogs applies to the people that don’t like McDonald’s french fries.

  • airick75

    Whoa…hang on….is this for real? This is about the most understated update ever!!! A full Star Wars land? With tons of specific plans? How is DAS/GAC the bigger story?! I’m still not even convinced all the Star Wars business is even true. I feel like it’s April Fool’s Day or something!

    Breaking the news that Autopia is going away is presented like a tiny souvenir stand is being moved backstage. Isn’t Autopia one of Walt’s classic attractions AND still a huge draw? If the lines are any indication, it certainly is! I’m not defending it, but it does seem big with the kids.

    And, what DOES happen to the People Mover track then? Anything?

    I appreciate all the info and update, even if all the details aren’t sorted out, but I think it might be important to at least mention in the update that miceage doesn’t have any other info on certain things at this time. Don’t get me wrong – I love the work, but this update seems a little half-baked. I’m still looking for the “April Fool’s!” at the end.

    • poohmeg

      Same here – I’m a WDW person, so maybe it’s different in California, but the Speedway (as the little cars are called in Florida) is such a rite of passage for kids, and always has huge lines, that I would be SHOCKED if they ever took it out! I really can’t even see it being rethemed to a movie or anything, because the whole point is that you’re driving a “real” car on a “real” highway – if it were a spaceship on another planet, it wouldn’t be as cool. Heck, it was probably 30+ years ago the first time I went on it (and I probably haven’t been on it for 20+ years now – I don’t think I would fit!), and I still remember that feeling, and love seeing it in the eyes of my friends’ kids as they take their first Disney trips. So unless they’re planning on building a new version somewhere or it’s just not as big a thing on the west coast (and as far as I know, either or both of those could be true), I can’t see it going anywhere.

      • ericmryan

        I agree about the Autopia being a rite of passage attraction. When my kids were small, it was the attraction they would insist on riding again and again every time we were in the park and I know this is the same for many other parents with their own kids. While I’m fine with it’s removal from Tomorrowland, I would hate to see kids lose out on such a beloved experience. It seems to me the solution is to “relocate” the attraction to Cars Land.

      • Not My Real Name

        I weigh 270 pounds and if I can fit, most other people can, too.

        I’m going to miss the Autopia. After coming in by Monorail in 1976, Autopia was my second ride ever.

        So when is the destruction/construction going to start, anyway?

      • Rogermeyers

        Thats the problem, it was 30 years ago and youre old now. It is nostalgia talking to you that Autopia is still a necessary ride.
        Its outdated man.

      • billyjobobb

        Didn’t they lose the sponsor? And aren’t the cars polluting the environment?

    • You’ll have to wait for our next update for more details on Star Wars. That project is steamrolling ahead rapidly.

      Long time readers know that the Autopia and even the Subs have long been on the short list for Tomorrowland expansion.

      This is mostly a DAS update since that starts tomorrow and will have a major impact on the resort.

      • Jungle Trekkie

        Dusty, the last part of this update got somewhat confusing with Tokyo Disneyland popping into the discussion.

        Is all of this Star Wars stuff going into both California AND Tokyo Disneylands, or is some of it only going to Tokyo?

      • BrianLo

        I assume from the update we will have more specific announcement this weekend due to the D23 in Tokyo?

      • Tokyo and Disneyland Star Wars projects are closely linked. Which is a good thing from a budget point of view.

    • Big D

      I’m with you, I thought exactly the same thing, the Star Wars part sounds like an April Fools Joke. Endor in Tomorrowland? The Tatooine Cantina in Tomorrowland? IF these are true, then I would say this is the biggest news since DCA was announced in 1997. It does seem odd that it would be tacked on to another update as an aside, almost like oh yeah, and they’re painting all of the trashcans at DL white.

      • airick75

        It all sounds just like the miceage April Fool’s update when they said the Jungle Cruise was going to be rethemed to Avatar! Only this one sounds too good to be true!

      • It’s not an April Fools. But we’ve been covering many aspects of the Star Wars redo for many months now. We will have more detail for you soon and announcements and/or leaks from Disney could also come very soon.

      • airick75

        I know (not a joke), but I’m an everyday reader, never miss an update. I certainly knew there was discussion and ideas for Star Wars theming and a new ride, but this still blew my mind! And it seems I’m not alone reading over the rest of the comments. Amongst the comments was one also saying what an off-handed way the update was given. “Oh, btw, autopia’s going away.” And you can say this has been on the table for awhile, but everyone who reads this knows rumors are rumors, plans are subject to change, and we’ll believe it when we see it (well, most of us know this, anyway). Now that it’s happening, both the good (Star Wars) and the bad (losing Autopia), wow, big changes!!

        Still – thanks for the update and big news! Good luck to cast members rolling out DAS.

    • victoriaskitten

      I don’t look forward to telling my grands that Autotpia will be no more. So many kids love this ride so much. Sad to see this one go. I wonder why everytime we take that drive I ALWAYS get the ugly brown car.

    • Brie

      I completely agree! This is really shocking news to me…I know Tomorrowland needs some serious work, but this seems like an odd way to go about it. Will it still be Tomorrowland? Because Star Wars was set “a long, long time ago.” 😉

      This reminds me of an argument I heard along the lines of, “Disney’s attractions and lands are most timeless when they’re not tied to movies but new concepts and traditional ideas.” Sure, the Fantasyland attractions pretty much all tie in to those classic Disney films, but how about all the rides where a new story is told, or you create your OWN adventure?

      Not that I don’t love Star Wars, but this is Walt’s Tomorrowland, not Hollywood Studios. It just really bums me out to see classics like Autopia get shoved aside…sure, I could hardly reach its pedals the first time I rode it, but the look on my little cousin’s face when he got to drive one of the cars for the first time shows that this is *still* a great attraction. A revamp might help it, (can someone say “newer cars?”) but the thought completely removing the ride just makes me sad.

      And the Innoventions building still has that potential to hold a great show…is that efficiency going to be sacrificed? I think it’s such a great concept and it should be utilized. Being too young to have ever seen the PeopleMover, I’ve always wished they would bring some life to its track. I’m sure whatever turns out from this project will be great, but it still bums me out to see this. I thought Star Tours and the Jedi Training Academy were a good dose of Star Wars for the area, and a much better idea than a complete retheme. We’ll see what transpires. I hope my future kids will be Star Wars fans!

  • notlemc

    I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan, and I think the upcoming changes to Tomorrowland are necessary. However, I am concerned that they are too focused on Star Wars. Having Star Tours, the wookie meet-n-greet, Cantina, Speeder Bikes and Ewok Village, Tomorrowland will now have 5 attractions built around something that happened in the past (remember, Star Wars happened a long, long time ago).

    I’m sure the quality of the attractions will be great. But my concern is the clash between Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain (which the mountain will now be blocked by the Astro Orbitor – there goes those fancy halloween time ghost galaxy projections) and the Star Wars universe. I think the speeder bikes/cantina and ewok village are great ideas. But I’m not so sure about having the Millennium Falcon as the front and center and main focal point of the land. Plus, that ship is huge and it will definitely hang way over the edges of the current platform.

    As much as it pains me to say this, I wish Disney would focus more on new original ideas for tomorrowland, not those based on Star Wars, to give us a bright shinning look into the future.

    • Trevor

      Wouldn’t it be great if BLAB went away?

      • Or was rethemed. Both Space Mountain and Buzz would be cheap and easy to retheme. There’s essentially no reason for Tomorrowland to keep its name at all if the project is fully realized. Disney is in dire need to go big on this project to fix the Tomorrowland problem and to counter Wizarding World Hollywood, which is going to be bigger than folks think.

      • stevek

        I actually really enjoy BLAB but get where it might not be everyone’s favorite. If it stays, it almost has to be re-themed especially if Star Wars is taking over the land. Maybe Emperor Palpatine’s Stormtrooper Academy…where you miss every target much like Stormtroopers do.

      • martinjbell1986

        LOL stevek

      • Trevor

        Rethemed, as long as it goes away! Maybe it is my non-existent depth perception that gives me a bit of a bias, but I have no love for it.

        Don’t get me started on the issues I have with Monstropolis being fit into Hollywoodland. It makes absolutely no sense. While Cars Land and A Bugs Land can both fit the park based on cultural relevance, the proposal moving ahead here avoids forming even the most indirect link to the theme of the greater park.

      • airick75

        I like BLAB…always have, sort of the traditional first ride most visits. Short wait (usually) and I like the interactive element. And at this point, I’d hate to see it changed…although a Star Wars themed version does sound cool. Maybe BLAB could be moved to Pixar’s California Adventure, eh? Along with a Cars themed Autopia (that always made sense anyway).

        And yes, kids love Autopia. I have a niece and two nephews who could have been thrilled with their Disney experience even if it were only the Tea Cups and Autopia (I hang my head and weep…).

        While we’re consolidating themes and moving everything around, just bring the Mermaid ride over to the Magic Kingdom where it belongs.

        Rather than post again, let me just say one last thing b/c I’m pretty certain people at Disney actually read a lot of this: Endor and Cantina – awesome!! This is like something I’ve armchair imagineered…Anyway – to the bosses at Disney – Get this started NOW!

      • DobbysCloset

        stevek, I’m just glad the sputtering coffee missed the keyboard. Good one, sir!

      • notlemc

        I think having an entire land in Disneyland dedicated to Star Wars is a big mistake (and this is coming from a big Star Wars fan). While I think it will be overly popular, it does not simply fit with the tradition and aesthetic of Walt’s classic park. Yes, there are some exceptions of where the classic park has gone astray (BLAB, MMMP, TMAOWTP), but overall each land incorporates a diversity of rides based on a diversity of stories, but no single land revolves around one story (ie Star Wars). I would must rather see a Star Wars land be built in the future 3rd park where it can fit better with the Marvel franchise.

        And for the record, I am also opposed to Monstropolis coming to DCA.

    • grrandram

      It sounds like there will be a name change to the land if it is being re-themed to Star Wars. Yes, Star Wars happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but if you’ve been paying attention, Disney has given the green light to another movie trilogy as well as stand alone Star Wars films and an animated TV show. There’s plenty of Star Wars in the future. What do you mean clash between Buzz, SM, and Star Wars? It’s not a “do the shoes match the belt” type of thing. Back in the ’50’s and even the ’60’s, the year 2000 seemed like the future. There were things that had not been accomplished yet in the world. Television was still in its infancy. Technology was advancing quickly. Trying to keep Tomorrowland a vision of the future has been difficult to achieve. A re-theming of the land which has become so today might be just what it needs.

  • Barbossa

    I’ll honestly say this: not pleased with these proposed changes to Tomorrowland. It’s completely losing it’s intended purpose. Star Wars, Buzz, and Nemo? Must be the weirdest thematical mash-up.

    • swrdfghtr

      What was it’s intended purpose? Exhibition (Monsanto chemicals, Aluminum Hall of Fame)? Transportation (Autopia, PeopleMover, Submarines)? Outer space (Space Mountain, Star Tours, Buzz, Rocket jets)? It never had much of a “tomorrow” theme anyway. “Science Fiction” seems to have been its closest pass at a unifying theme.

      Granted, “cars on a highway” were slightly futuristic in the 1950s, but Autopia lost its connection to the future almost instantly. PeopleMover, sure, as a forward-looking thing. But T’lans has always suffered from identity crisis.

      • toonaspie

        If one has to go, I’d say it would have to be the Nemo subs. Yes I know that Finding Dory is in production but it’s the odd attraction out in the newly planned Tomorrowland. BLAB, Space Mountain, and even Autopia can be easily rethemed to fit into the new Star Wars style theme.

      • grrandram

        Buzz Lightyear does not have a futuristic connection. People say “he’s a space ranger” as their reason why they think he fits in Tomorrowland. Just because they use the words “Space Ranger”, that doesn’t make him futuristic. He’s a toy. That being said, they don’t need to re-theme Space Mountain or Buzz Lightyear. It’s not a big deal.

  • eicarr

    I might just pass out if I go in one day and see the millennium Falcon up there. That might be too amazing/overwhelming to take in for sci-fi fanatics like me. It would be cool to make the falcon a Micky Mouse house/house of the future type of walk thru attraction.

    Everything sounds PERFECT, including the easy Starcade access to the rockets. It’ll be fun to soar next to the mountain and above Tomorrowland. Would have thought the cantina was going in Mission to Mars though.

    Glad the autopia is going(hopefully an electric California TESLA version goes in Carsland behind Luigi’s). The monorail could loose a few loops and gain more stations and trains.

    Hope the bulldozers move in soon!!!!!

    • DobbysCloset

      Having dreamed of living aboard the Falcon for decades, and thinking about getting a hug from Tall, Dark & Hairy himself, I KNOW I’ll pass out…I might even pass out now!

      • BradyNBradleysMom

        Tall, Dark & Hairy = Harrison Ford?

  • Congdor

    “The QR code on the DAS can also be used via internal communication to alert a Disney employee’s supervisor of a potential disability that may put them at a health risk on the job, assuming that employee hasn’t already made their supervisor aware of the disability.”

    Is this something they are planning on doing or just something that could be done given the technology? I’m not a lawyer but that seems questionable from a legal and/or ethical point of view.

    • Trevor

      I wondered that too, but seeing as they are signing in to the park as an employee benefit under the terms of their employment and the park, there is no reason that Disney couldn’t track that an employee is claiming a disability and linking that information on the employee database.

      That said, while sharing that information shouldn’t be a problem, acting on it might be a bit more difficult. Even if the employee claims a disability that prevents them from standing in a queue, I am not sure how the legality of going after them either through their job, or by trying to stop them from receiving the assistance would go over, or the legality of it.

    • JFS in IL

      I think it is to prevent cast members from cheating and claiming a disability they do not have to get the pass.

      • Westsider

        Bingo. And these conversations are already happening. But now it’s more casual. I know girls in Guest Relations and when they see a CM they know going in to City Hall for a GAC claiming they have some elaborate disability that prevents them from waiting in a line, they tell management. I have heard of several CM’s that have been pulled in to management for “a little chat” about the disability they just claimed on their weekend.

        After all, if you can work in Attractions for 8 hours a day standing and interacting with crowds of people, why can’t you wait in a 45 minute line at that same attraction on your day off? Any company would be stupid to not investigate that for the health and safety of both the employee and the employer.

        It sounds like the QR code will make the notification of that issue to management more streamlined and automatic.

  • stevek

    I also am a major Star Wars geek and can honestly say I’m not overly enthusiastic about this. Will the new Astro Orbiter be high or low? I certainly don’t want to see it blocking the view of SM’s peaks. No Autopia? That would be a major bummer for many who will no longer get to experience their first time “driving” at Disneyland. Conceptually, pieces of it work fine i.e. a Cantina…but I’d put that at Redd Rockets, not TL terrace. Which makes me wonder if RR will go away?

    Overall, just feels kinda strange, devoting most if not an entire land to one property. Could see it working in DCA or Disney Studios but not Disneyland. It completely kills the original concept of the original themed lands. But, being in Disney’s shoes I can see where this is incredibly attractive. You’ve got arguably the largest movie franchise in history and Uni building a Potter land up the road. This won’t be a Potter killer but would likely be the closest thing to it.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      A Cars Land version of Autopia should be built in DCA. Have it themed like it’s a nursery for little newborn cars. Make it gorgeously themed and have it replace ‘A Bug’s Land’, with a few other complementary rides for kids also in the Cars theme.

  • LoveStallion

    Hong Kong is getting an Iron Man attraction, btw. Just announced.

  • Baloo

    I really hope they tear out the looping part of the monorail to make room in that large piece of property. I have been saying that for years it is a no brainer. removing that piece of the monorail track along with the people mover track would open up a huge chunk of land for better use.

    Using the old Innovention building for a queue and load zone is one of the two parts of the idea i don’t care for. That building is huge, I wish they would just tear it out and build something that uses the property better and is designed to fit the attraction better without wasting so much property for just a queue. Hopefully they do a very immersive queue though and loading area.

    The interesting bit will be the moving of the rocket rods, it will sure change the look of space mountain from ground level

    • pineapplewhipaddict

      They are completely demolishing the current Innoventions building for the speeder bike attraction.

      • pineapplewhipaddict

        Or at least, that’s how I read it the first time. “Gutted” does mean removing the internals…so, sorry, I retract my statement ^_^

        I’m confused. In all of the other talks about what was supposed to replace Innoventions, the building was to be fully demolished and the attraction would push all the way up to Harbor Blvd. But now that I think about it, with that whole expansion that is happening for Main Street using current backstage areas, perhaps Imagineering had to abandon those plans.

      • BradyNBradleysMom

        To: Pineapplewhipaddict —

        What expansion is happening for Main Street? I have not heard anything about this!!!! It’s exciting scoop if this is true. I think I saw plans ones for adding a ChinaTown street off Main Street. Can something like that be happening?

        Please give us the scoop!!!!

    • Golden

      I think the opposite – if they can build the Endor forest around the monorail rails, they are no longer using up space – plus a trip through the endor forest while on the Monorail will be cool. That section of the Monorail track is the real reason for using the monorail, to get a nice scenic view of the park – take it out, and it will only be of any particular use if they create a station at California Adventure.

      I love the idea of going through the endor forest in the monorail.

      I also love the whole idea of these changes, everything sounds amazing… but I would be very sad to see Buzz go, as that is also one of my favourite rides. And there are a lot of people who feel that way, it just seems to be polarising as they are also many who see it as a waste of space.

      Perhaps, to keep the “Tomorrowland” theme going, a Mission:Space like ride would be awesome as part of the expansion, although given the problems they have had with that one they may not want to recreate it.

      I also wonder if they will be able to take in some of the backstage space between Tomorrowland and Main Street that exists currently for additional Tomorrowland expansion.

    • grrandram

      They’re moving the Astro Orbitor, not the Rocket Rods. The Rocket Rods have been gone since 2000?

  • jb91

    Wow this is awesome thank you for the updates. Im excited for the future of the resort. Will you be offering any updates on Wizarding World Hollywood?

  • LoveStallion

    Seriously, just tear down the Innoventions building and build something proper. So tired of the cost-cutting moves that just result in aesthetic band-aids. You could house an entire attraction in that building. Why waste it all on a queue?

    Probably the biggest issue with it is that it blocks Harbor Blvd. quite nicely, and that’s not something management wants to give up.

    • pineapplewhipaddict

      I think it might have to do with the Main Street expansion using backstage areas.

  • mcow1

    Wait, Autopia is going away? Seems like that should be a big story not just an aside. When I was at the park over the weekend we were in the Monorail with some smaller kids that were so excited to be able to drive a car. That is Tomorrowland for them. A shame things like that are being taken out.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      They can ride go-carts at their local amusement park. Most states even have go-cart tracks with putt-putt courses. It’s an experience you can have anywhere. Maybe they can build a Cars-themed go-cart track for kids over at DCA.

      • TodAZ1

        My thoughts exactly, Brady.

  • Sparky

    My thoughts are with the Cast Members as they deal with the rollout of DAS. A couple things about the possible Tomorrowland plans bother me. First, I’m not keen on the idea of the Rocket Jets up on the Space Mountain concourse deck. Space Mountain is such a spectacular and iconic piece of architecture. I’d hate to have something impeding the view of it. They messed with Space Mountain for the 1998 TL redo and that didn’t work out so well. Further, I believe that the kinetics of a Rocket spinner is really needed in the center of Tomorrowland, where it was before. The designers of the 1967 Tomorrowland knew what they were doing! I also think it would make more sense to have the “spaceport” with the Millenium Falcon (and, maybe the Cantina) where Pizza Port is. I’m just not feeling the Millenium Falcon as the “showpiece” in the center of “Tomorrowland”. I’m ok with the Speeder Bike attraction. I’ve long suspected that it would be a better attraction taking the Autopia acreage rather than using the PM track. From what has been revealed of these possible plans for Tomorrowland, though, I don’t see it as coming anywhere close to Wizarding World as a “Potter swatter”. I am a bit concerned about so much of Tomorrowland being given over to Star Wars.

    • DobbysCloset

      Your first sentence, 100%. 200% even.

  • stitch1085

    I am wishing the Cast Members the best of luck tomorrow! I am just confused why the DAS card has a bunch of lines for writing when they could just be utilizing the QR codes to verify check in times and return times at attractions (Universal utilizes QR codes with great effect!) I also find it interesting that as money loving as Disney is they haven’t yet offered an up charge for front of line access to attractions. I guarantee people (especially tourists) would pony up the extra cash for that, I certainly would if I was visiting with family or friends who don’t go very often. One size does not fit all but hopefully guests will keep their cool and realize that yelling or screaming at a power less Cast Member is going to do nothing but potentially have them forcibly removed from the parks.

    The Star Wars land sounds incredible I just hope they don’t call it “Star Wars Land.” I still don’t like how they call cars land “Cars Land” I would much prefer it to be called Radiator Springs because that is literally where you are stepping into when you reach that land! But anyway here is hoping changes come soon and Disney sees even more money rolling in. It seems that Iger realizes that if you build QUALITY attractions and experiences then the investment will be well worth it so keep investing money into quality. New Fantasyland was done on the cheap (sorry WDW).

    • swrdfghtr

      I think the write-in lines are more for the guest’s benefit, so they have an easy “when to return” reference. Kennywood in PA does exactly the same thing, and it worked very well for us on a trip there.

      It’d be refreshing to see people being patient. Sadly, I imagine most folks with actual disabilities (or accompanying family members with them) will be the politest. It’ll be the folks used to scamming the system that get the loudest.

      I think a lot of folks aren’t taking a moment to appreciate that much of this new system goes far, far, far above and beyond what the company is legally required to do. The recent statements that (for example) families with an autistic child might be given a pass to experience to a certain number of attractions without having to wait for a return time… that’s WAY in excess of what’s required. Even if Disney’s system isn’t what everyone wants it to be, they clearly seem to be making an effort. Yes, it’s a bit of a blundering effort, but they’re a giant company and these things do take time to sort out.

      • stitch1085

        I completely agree about the loudest people being the scammers. People need to bring their patient pants and just work together WITH Disney, not against them on this. I hope the new system is rolled out with no (or very few) hiccups.

  • lighttragic

    Two points questions will Finding Nemo be now llisted under fantasy land once the conversion is complete . I think that would help thematically . Also Autopia could be re purposed over to California Adventure in Carsland . Thoughts?

    • stevek

      I had the same question on Nemo…though I’ve read other places that it could go away as well. As for Autopia, seems like it would be a good fit for Carsland phase 2. Rip out Bug’s Land completely, build new Autopia with electric vehicles themed to the many Cars vehicles. I don’t think it will happen though, just my gut.

  • The Lost Boy

    It’s less that there are a “bunch of whiners and complainers,” it’s more that it’s the same whiners with the same hackneyed complaints.

  • CaptainCM

    I was front and center in 2004 with the revamp of the SAP -> GAC system and it was BRUTAL. That first day in City Hall it was pretty much a constant line from 8AM until I left at 7PM after some overtime. I got all sorts crying people, screaming people, people who just gave up and walked away. I’m sure it will be more of the same for this roll out, and my hat’s off to the current generation of GR CMs out there holding the front lines.

    I really don’t see anything new or revolutionary with this system, and after 6 months or so, I’m sure all the usual suspects will figure out how to defeat the system more or less. I’m glad that the “GREEN LIGHT” passes are in the hands of Make a Wish though, you never know what people will do. Although, as a CM, I only issued 3 or 4 green lights and they were in very specific circumstances.

    It’s a little bittersweet to see the star wars stuff taking over Tomorrowland. On the one hand it’s great theming and insanely popular, sure to bring excited crowds back to Tomorrowland, like in it’s hayday of the late 1980s. But part of me is sad that we won’t be likely seeing anymore original designs like “Rocket Rods” or “Circlevision” etc now that the Go-To is Star Wars. Overall, I am glad for remake, as the Tony Baxter/Tom Fitzgerald 1998 Tomorrowland has been waiting on it’s deathblow for a while now. REALLY happy to see that Rocket Tower is coming back, especially now that my kids are approaching Disneyland attendance age! 🙂

    • ScottOlsen

      Well, Tomorrowland’s heyday was the late ’60’s, not the late ’80’s.

      • Not My Real Name

        No, I agree that it was the late ’80s. The subs were running, PM was running, there were two Autopias, America Sings was there, the original Star Tours was there, Captain EO was cutting-edge… I spent half my visits in TL back then. Now, it’s just SM, ST, Autopia, the Monorail and the Railroad as the last ride of the day.

  • Gregg Condon

    Thanks for the update. Hopefully the DAS will be better than GAC. I’m sure there will be some kinks to work out.

    As for Autopia, it’s sad that it’s likely going but it’s likely time for it to go. It takes up far too much real estate.

  • DannyB

    Disney is reluctant to release details of the re-imagined Tomorrowland, for two reasons: Plans call for Speeder bikes to enter the Matterhorn (re-themed to represent Hoth), using the (reopened) holes once used by the skyway. Meanwhile, down below, the submarines take you to Naboo and the underwater cities of the Gungans. Your onboard narrator is, of course, Jar Jar Binks. 😉

    (Sorry, Nemo, but there’s always a bigger fish…)

    • JFS in IL

      If Jar Jar is the narrator there is no way you could EVER get me on that ride!

  • martinjbell1986

    Earlier this year when I saw some things Disney was doing to invest in their Parks and Resorts division, I picked up some Disney stock (DIS) and i’m glad I did. News like this is great for the company, park goers and investors. Prices WILL eventually go up again due to the crowds that this expansion will bring in.

    • The Lost Boy

      Ditto.

  • StevenW

    The long term solution is fixing the queues to allow wheelchairs. Fantasyland seems to be the biggest problem, but rides like Snow White and Pinnochio should be quite easy to update since their queues don’t fill up as frequently.

    I wonder why they didn’t bother incorporating DAS with Fastpass. For non-Fastpass rides, they need to add DAS machines that dole out return times. Take the human out of the decision making process to decrease abuse.

    • stitch1085

      I was thinking the same thing! Why not issue a card that can be used at a “DAS” machine that spits out a return time based on the number of people in your party? And utilize a touch screen where you can pick ANY attraction within the park you are in to receive a return time for. That way even if you are in Tomorrowland grabbing lunch you can go up to the DAS machine and get a return time for Splash Mountain. Since the person with the disability doesn’t have to be present when receiving the return time it makes the most sense to me, and I’m sure having an automated machine do the work is much cheaper than having a person doing this.

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  • DobbysCloset

    Kevin, it is great to have a level, Disney-lovin’ head give us a sober perspective on the new disability access system. Personally I like the little booklets — what an incredible souvenir!

    But Kevin, I hate seeing the joy of discovering new Disney trivia replaced by level-headed and sober. It rubbed off on your Star Wars Land info. I was still so busy worrying about cast members that “they’re gonna redo TL, take out the Autopia…” felt so matter-of fact. The Autopia? I was so looking forward to letting The Chihuahua pretend to drive…

    • daveyjones

      kevin? this is al’s column.

      • DobbysCloset

        Oops, sorry…I was getting my columns confused before coffee. Where is that Starbucks again?

  • judymark

    I represent the Autism Society of Los Angeles and we are very concerned about the new changes to how Disney will treat individuals with disabilities. While many people, particularly the elderly or those in wheelchairs might be able to handle the new system, there are many children and adults with autism who will have great difficulties. We will be at the park tomorrow and the weekend to monitor any issues that arise and plan to share our concerns with Disney guest assistance executives. Please feel free to contact us directly if you would like to become involved in our monitoring efforts. Thanks. [email protected]

    • JFS in IL

      Could we get word out that although Disney can’t ask for proof, that parents of kids with autism and adults with autism get a doctor’s note or something and voluntarily show it when requesting the DAS? Let Disney see how many otherwise “normal” folks really do have a “hidden” disability and can neither wait in long lines OR understand waiting at all!!!!

      • DobbysCloset

        You would be violating federal law designed to protect adults with non-visible disabilities by doing that, and hurting other folks who don’t want it to be a practice be presenting doctors’ notes to anyone or reading anyone’s intimate health details.

        The humans with the phony “Service Dogs” are the quickest to present “Certification Papers.”

        You want to advertise your autism — wear a shirt that says “Autism Speaks” or some other organization slogan. Labeling the kid with a similar shirt smacks of Munchhausen by Proxy. I most certainly am not wearing a shirt that says, “PTSD — Explodes Without Notice.” Unless it has a picture of Goofy on it.

      • Not My Real Name

        No, a PTSD – Explodes without Notice” shirt would have Donald Duck on it. (Now we know why Donald has a problem with expressing his anger!)

    • swrdfghtr

      These seems like an awfully informal venue for an official representative to make such a statement.

      But, Disney’s also specified that additional accommodations may be made on an individual basis, such as allowing for immediate access to a number of attractions for individuals who can only spend a limited amount of time in the park environment.

      That said, I’d think your Society would at least recognize the company’s initial efforts to far exceed what ADA requires (co-equal access, not special accommodations), and perhaps offer some constructive suggestions for how the program might be improved, while still helping prevent abuse. Your Society in particular should be concerned about non-disabled individuals abusing any accommodation program, since it makes the program harder to access for those who truly need it.

      There’s been a lot of anger and concern directed toward Disney, but precious little actionable, constructive commentary on how they might improve, while still protecting the program for those who need it, and without creating unnecessary disruption or inconvenience for other guests.

      • DobbysCloset

        Sweet. But apparently when micechatters squeak, Disney listens.

    • Westsider

      Hi Judy,

      Are you also “monitoring” Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Sea World San Diego, and Six Flags Magic Mountain? Because all four of those SoCal parks, run by various corporate owners, use exactly the same type of DAS boarding time system as Disneyland.

      Do your staff at he Autism Society of Los Angeles also send “monitors” into those local parks (most of which are closer to Los Angeles than Disneyland is) and complain about their legal processes? Or is it only Disneyland Resort that you monitor?

      • stitch1085

        Very good question Westsider. I would like to know as well, Universal has been using a similar system and I have never heard any uproar from any organization about their policies so why is Disney being singled out?

  • Esmeralda

    We have varying opinions on Star Wars within our family, me being somewhere in the middle – I enjoy it, but am not a fanatic. The whole family agrees that Tomorrowland should not become Star Wars land. The lands of Adventure, Fantasy, Frontier and Star Wars? Please put Star Wars land in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios where it belongs and bring new and original ideas to Disneyland!

    Thanks for the update; it will be interesting to see what happens!

    • martinjbell1986

      I think the new theming will be a big improvement over what’s there now. Your trading Autopia and Innoventions for a speed bike thrill ride AND an Millenium Falcon! I’d take that any day. My prediction is more people than when Cars Land opened.

  • Hawaii Disney Fan

    As much as I like the nostalgia of Autopia, I’ve always thought that it was really outdated for “Tomorrowland”. I’ve been feeling the same way about the Submarine Voyage. I love the thoughts of Star Wars having a broader impact in Tomorrowland.

    However, I can’t believe that no one has thought of a great way of saving Innoventions. Especially with all the Marvel ammunition that Disney has. Two words. STARK INDUSTRIES. Rename it, keep going with injecting the Marvel meet-ups in there, and watch the fanboys flock.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      I think the Marvel stuff should go in DCA. It’s Disney California Adventure. And the Marvel stuff could be the “Adventure” of that park.

  • Algernon

    Hardly the World of Tomorrow. Too bad…

    • knightrider22

      No… it will be the world of A Long Time Ago…

  • JFS in IL

    Just rename it LucasLand and be done with it. 😉

  • pineapplewhipaddict

    To all Cast Members, the best of luck to all of you. To all those that do actually need cards, I think you will be fine – just have a little patience while the kinks get worked out. Disney wants everyone to have a good time, which is why they are doing this in the first place.

    I am very disappointed that WDI has clearly given up on doing anything with the Peoplemover track. That’s the very thing we’ve all been waiting for, what will make the whole land feel TIED TOGETHER and positive. Tomorrowland’s themes are all over the place with all of these different franchises.

    That said, I’ve been a major Star Wars fan since I was a little girl. Probably the most exciting Christmas present I ever received from my parents was my Millennium Falcon playset to use with my Star Wars action figures. So…I MIGHT be willing to forgive this. But the Falcon is huge, and quite frankly, that Platform just isn’t big enough…and if they do indeed need to make it all much larger, the Falcon will block and dwarf Space Mountain, which isn’t a good idea.

    Cantina? YES PLEASE! But wait…does this mean that Jedi Academy, live bands at the Terrace etc. are going away? Why can’t the Cantina replace Pizza Port instead? And then any major Pizza Port favorites could end up at the Tomorrowland Terrace instead.

    The speeder bike attraction sounds amazing, but why not just demolish the Innoventions building? I really think it’s time. A whole Endor village would make my fangirl dreams come true…could we PLEASE get a Wicket meet and greet too?

    Autopia does take up a lot of real estate, but I feel that it should be re-located…the kids really do love it.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      I wonder why they went with Ewoks. My sons (DS9 and DS12) don’t know what Ewoks are. They barely remember them and don’t care much for anything that was in movies before the year 2000.

      I think Autopia needs to go away and that a mini-cars ride should be built in DCA themed to baby Cars that kids can drive.

      • DobbysCloset

        I think there’s some exploitation left in Ewok Land. There may be gentler small souls who need a choice other than Princess or Fighting Guy. Your kids are a bit too old to see the fun in little teddy bears.

        As long as there’s a “kids can drive” ride somewhere on the property I won’t mourn the loss of Autopia if it means a new Tomorrowland. I dunno about driving “Baby Cars,” sounds like a ride for babies.

        But what do your kids — who are the right age for Autopia — think?

      • LoveStallion

        My guess is that Ewoks will factor into the new Star Wars movies. The prequels will become less relevant as all future movies build on Episode 6 and beyond.

      • BradyNBradleysMom

        To: DobbysCloset —

        My sons had no interest in riding Autopia at Disneyland or at WDW. I suggested it to them, but they thought it didn’t look exciting and they wanted to go on other things instead. DS12 has discovered that he loves Space Mountain, so my husband takes him on that. DS9 wants nothing to do with Space Mountain…so that’s the part of the day where DS9 and I go on the TeaCups and other rides that my husband doesn’t like (he has this inner ear thing and does not do well with the spinning rides).

        We live in Illinois and we have a go-cart track and putt-putt place by us. My sons love going on the go-carts with their dad. I think during the summer we might do that like five or six times. And then we play putt-putt. I get coupons for this place in the mail all the time. It’s a cheaper family outing than going to the movies where we live.

        So, Autopia doesn’t excite by boys as much as going on things that we don’t have near us does. They actually like the Go-Carts at home better than Autopia because they are not on a track. I forget how old they had to be to go on these. My husband might have taken DS9 on a car with him before he could get on one himself. This place has a big-kids Go-Cart area and a little kids Go-Cart area and both boys can be in the big kids one now.

        I know that a lot of people have these strong emotional attachments to Autopia but that was never true for my family. I wonder if this is because we have those Go-Cart places near us.

  • dlandjimmy

    So Tomorrowland will now be themed “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”. So it’s the Tomorrowland of the past? Are they going to change the name to Presentland?

    • DobbysCloset

      Presentland is actually in Downtown Disney, where you can pretty much buy presents for everyone on your list who loves Disney (and if they don’t, why are they still on your list?)

  • martinjbell1986

    My 10yo daughter loves Autopia but was never able to press down the petal. Made for a good Father / Daughter ride. It will be missed except for the exhast fume smell that you can’t escape when your down in that area.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      Take your daughter to a go-cart track. My husband takes my sons all the time. It’s not expensive and they have go-cart places everywhere.

      • DobbysCloset

        I do not want to go to a go-kart place. The theming isn’t any good and you just go round and round.

        Maybe if it were a Hello Kitty go-kart place…

      • martinjbell1986

        I agree, we knew it was on the chopping block for a while now too. I will miss it but I think the newly planned speeder bike ride will be far superior. I’m sure i’ll be there maybe the month after it opens when hopefully the crowds die down. Has anyone ever looked at the resort on Google Earth? Autopia takes up a huge chunk of space. They have a lot of room to play with now.

  • jose92397

    Yeah I can’t believe this will be in the time of my birthday and I graduate that year too!!! Going to be wonderful year for me. Wait does that mean that Autopia is going bye bye 🙁

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  • scarymouse

    Wow , Great update. It sounds like the new DAS is a improvement on GAC that’s for sure. Anything is better than the old, in my opinion.Great News….and Star Wars land wow , It all sounds really great, The Autopia has needed to go for a long time, And its awesome that it will be more developed in the eastern area . Very excited to hear and can’t wait for more….walls up sooner the better! They should let Darth Vader blow up the innovations building announcing the new land….then move the Ironman and new Thor exhibit to a temporary building to help amuse guests while construction moves along. Move it around as needed. Love it Love It Love it ! With the Potter/Starwars battle starting this can only be GREAT for us……..Let the games begin…Go ahead outdo one another…..This is going to be Awesome!

  • jasonk5

    I’m as big of a Star Wars fan as they come–my basement can attest to that–however, I think some of these proposed changes are terrible.
    Maybe they don’t want to spend that much, but Star Wars deserves it’s own land, not repurpose-ing Tomorrowland. Autopia is such an iconic attraction that it would be a shame to take it down. My children love it and I love it even as an adult. Also I was glad the Subs came back because I have such a fond memory of that ride as a child. It really helps to fuel the imagination on what is possible when you can take a submarine ride and see fish, mermaids, and a large crazy octopus. Nemo has been a great addition. Tomorrowland needs to stay Tomorrowland and Star Wars can move into some of the free backlot areas or Toy Story parking lot with an Imperial Shuttle-like ride to take us there.

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  • Not My Real Name

    The only thing i dread about Star Wars Land are those repulsive Ewoks.I can’t stand those little… thintgs. They’re my least favorite part of ROTJ.I always cringe when Lucas goes cute. And they have a creepy factor: They were planning to EAT Han, Chewy and Luke! And how those little fuzzballs were able to defeat the Stormtroopers was just ridiculous. One 20-member squad of troopers should’ve been able to wipe out the whole village before lunch-time.How is a slinbgshot a better weapon than a blaster? How can a an arrrow penetrate armor? How is a rock on the head going to hurt someone wearing a helmet?

    Good grief!

  • johntodd

    I’m sorry… this whole DAS thing seems so very poorly thought out and executed.

    For example, the article states: “the terms and conditions must be gone over and agreed to by each DAS holder”.

    My son is 19 with the cognitive function of a 7-year old. There’s NO WAY he’s going to be able to understand the terms and conditions, what “terms and conditions” means, much less being able to legally agree with them.

    • DobbysCloset

      They mean you, as the cognitively functioning adult Though when it comes to understanding all the fine print these days, I just click “I accept.” You would never let your son wander the park alone at that “age.”

      Something I know about dogs is that emotion travels “down the leash.” Any anxiety on your part gets picked up by the finely tuned antenna of “special folks.”

      Believe in the pixie dust, it’s our best shot.

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      I think there is this big pressure in our society to grant secular sainthood to anyone who has a “special needs” member of their family. And that sainthood comes with it the pressure to never, ever say that someone caring for a special needs person is wrong about anything. As a nation, I think people want to go out of their way to compensate for someone having a disability…and look the other way if disabled people get perks (like being able to ride many more rides than other people), because they are disabled and people feel sorry for them…and people want to reward the families of disabled people because it’s so hard to care for them.

      Anyone who says that disabled people shouldn’t have unlimited fast passes or perks to get ahead in lines becomes a villain for saying that. But, I think businesses need to stick to what the laws say. The laws were put in place to grant equal access to the disabled, so that no one is barred from going on something at a park like Disney. But the law didn’t say that disable people should be given perks and unlimited fastpasses to make up karma-wise for them being dealt the bad hand of a disability. And the law does not declare the family members of disable people to be unquestionable and unfallible saints.

      I think the attacks on Disney for the GAC/DAS changeover has been really over the top and pretty selfish from certain corners of the “disabled community”. And that rancor seems to be coming from the “caregivers’ of the disabled and not from the disabled themselves. That’s a point I think people are afraid to make because, once again, these “caregivers” are de facto saints to many people…but every disabled person I’ve ever known (and I used to work for the city government before I had my boys and I encountered a lot of disabled citizens) has only wanted to be treated equally…and not be given extra things to make up for being disabled.

      • The Lost Boy

        What many people don’t want to want to realize is that reasonable accommodation is not perfect accommodation,

      • billyjobobb

        but it becomes a problem when up to a quarter of the capacity of a ride like radiator springs racer is taken up by people who aren’t waiting in line. And they ride it over and over.

      • johntodd

        So nice of you to pontificate on the vast bevy of perks and benefits that the disabled enjoy as compensation. Your tone suggests that you are not disabled, or a caregiver for disabled persons. You must have gotten all this insight from when you “encountered a lot of disabled persons”.

        If you’ve never cared for a seriously disabled person, you have no idea… NO IDEA what we and they deal with every single day. You speak as if we should go back to the 1800s and let everyone live equally, no matter what the situation. I’d like to think we’ve grown as a country and can offer a little compassion when it’s needed. That’s why we have the ADA.

        The law asks for a “reasonable accommodation”. Asking disabled people to run back and forth between kiosks and rides all day, I believe, is unreasonable. And it’s an easy fix… just put a cast member at the entrance to each attraction. They’re doing it at WDW, but apparently because of the rampant abuse by Disney Executives, Cast Members and AP holders, DLR merits special treatment.

        As I’ve said before, we ask for no special treatment. If Disney offered a front-of-line pass, I would gladly buy them for my family… but they don’t.

        As was predicted in the article, I think this is going to be an epic disaster, the system will be neutered within 6-12 months, and I fully expect to see a couple of lawsuits before the end of the week.

      • stitch1085

        johntodd I don’t believe you fully read the process for the new DAS system. The person with the disability is not required to go back and forth to obtain return times if they can’t or don’t want to. You, as the caregiver, are able to do that, but the person with the disability must be present when you board the attraction. I applaud you BradyNBradleysMom you basically are saying what many people are probably thinking. I agree with everything you said, those with the disability often just want to be treated like a “normal” person, it’s their caregivers who rush to cry foul when things don’t go the way they want them to. I firmly believe Disney will handle this as best they can.

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  • Nland316

    Can’t we switch attractions with Hong Kong? I’d much prefer a Marvel clash in the land vs a complete Star Wars overhaul. Although I know the execution would turn out flawless, I just feel that Tomorrowland is supposed to be based on futuristic ideas. Not just the general sci-fy genre.

  • The Lost Boy

    I don’t think Harry Potter’s future relevance will have the same durability as the Disney franchises. While Harry Potter was a big deal in the 90’s – 00’s, even the Harry Potter kid doesn’t want to be Harry Potter any more.

    • DobbysCloset

      It’s dormant…the librarians think it will stick because the books go over so well. But I’d let the attendance figures tell the story.

  • MrTour

    Sad to see the concept of a “Tomorrow-land” go away. Seems like we no longer have any imagination to what the future may hold.

  • victoriaskitten

    I, being 20 days away from being 58 have never ever seen a Star Wars movie and know nothing about it other than Star Tours so don’t really care. It is sad for me that they are taking out the Submarine’s that my dad helped build way back when. We will have to get some photos before their demise. Maybe I can buy a submarine for my yard to keep it in the family. Sentimental reasons you know.
    I ride Autotopia with the grands, they love it. Me not so much because it is so hard for me to enter and exit the ride with my broken old worn out body and it’s hard for me to press down on the gas pedal the whole time. I know that the kids get such a kick out of driving a car and get such pleasure out of bouncing off the track when grammy isn’t expecting it. the sounds of their laughter sort of makes it okay.
    As with the attractions that have disappeared from DL over the years it is sad to see these go. I understand the need to keep things fresh. Star Wars and Marvel what does that have to do with Disney? This is a real question so any answeres would be appreciated.
    I really am glad to see the details on the new DAS system we are studying it carefully so we are prepared. I plan on taking a picture of my handicap car license plate and registration with me to prove I have a disability just to make it easier. We have noticed so much abuse over the last year or so. All of the sudden the lines at Space Mountain and Splash got sooooo long for us we would have been faster in the standby line. I just hope that the abusers are not nasty to the Cast Members it isn’t their fault this change is happening. Put yourself in the CM shoes and see if you would like to be yelled at and cursed out. They deserve a bonus for what they will be enduring in the coming weeks.
    These updates are important to me and I am greatful to read them.
    Can’t wait for my happiness!

  • juhlian

    Monstropolis will be cool, But I’m sad that Muppets are being neglected. They could make a new movie for it.

  • jacobeee

    Hate hate HATE the new Star Wars Land theme. I think they should try to re-imagine a world of tomorrow instead of using popular movies. If they were to put a Star Wars Land, maybe it could go into a third gate. Instead of advertising a movie series almost the entire American population has seen, try thinking of creative concepts like before.

  • kindagoofy

    I sure wish I could buy everybody at City Hall a Pumpkin Spice Latte from the new Main Street Starbucks. A most sincere “Good Luck” and a profound “Thank You” to the front line Cast Members that will roll out the DAS.

    Per ADA, Disney is not required to provide an “assistants program” (ADA addresses HOW you get on a ride, not how long you WAIT for a ride), so I applaud Disney for finally wrestling with the abuse without shutting down the program completely. I’m really quite dismayed how many people abuse a system that was set up with such great intentions.

    • DobbysCloset

      I wish I could buy everybody a churro to go with it.

    • Westsider

      Don’t forget, Judy from the Autism Society of Los Angeles is still looking for volunteers to go to the park this weekend to “monitor” Disney on the new DAS and report back. You can bet they’ll be happy to provide some sound bites for the local news, too. Judy’s contact info is on Page Two of the comments here, if you’d like to be one of her “monitors”.

      Judy doesn’t need you to monitor Knott’s, Six Flags, Universal or Sea World and their similar DAS systems for the disabled. She only wants to “monitor” Disneyland. Email her, it sounds like fun!

  • 3rdGateFan

    Why weren’t these things announced at D23 , something tells me TL will be renamed Star Wars Land , and the tomorrow land name will be placed in the 3rd gate!

  • DisneyFan1

    As a huge Disneyland fan, I HATE this plan, bring back the people mover, return the astro orbiter to the top of the people mover loading dock, and then leave tomorrowland alone. Disneyland is built from nostalgia and should stay that way. Star Wars may be owned by Disney, but that does not make it Disney Park material. Star Tours is the only ride from star wars that is okay in Disneyland. Go take this idea to WDW!

    • ScottOlsen

      I agree but they should get rid of Innoventions and put something there and open the upper level of the Starcade.

  • StrikeYerColors

    RIP Tomorrowland.
    I was hoping for a really spectacular, brand new, split park third gate, half Star Ward, half Marvel universe. Something with a real crowd draw. And I am still excited about all this weird stuff going on with the Tomorrowland movie. I do not know how WDI can still be planning to shoehorn this stuff in when right under their nose the alternate reality promotion for the Tomorrowland movie has been so damn cool. Oh well.

  • crmwed

    I may take some heat for this, but am I the only one who is not stoked about Tomorrowland becoming Star Wars land. I don’t particularly like Star Wars. I mean I understand the need for an update (badly), but to pigeon-hole everything into one franchise seems risky. What if they want to add something from another franchise at some point? Are Buzz lightyear and Nemo getting the boot? Will Iron Man never be welcomed? I’m not upset by any means, just nervous. I understand there is a HUGE number of Star Wars fans out there but there a lot of Disney fans who aren’t so much. I guess I can get behind it if it is really well done. Fingers crossed!

  • Wyatt Hertz

    The Speeder Bikes are supposed to go ON the People Mover track, that was the whole bloody point! This was supposed to mean they finally came up with the idea of rebuilding the damned track! Now we are going to lose Autopia AND they may seriously screw up the Monorail?! Dafuq guys?

  • billyjobobb

    With all the positive comments, all the excited positive comments, I fear this will never happen? Tomorrowland is a throw away waste of space.

    Build international alley (it would be pure profit from all those shops)

    Then totally gut tomorrowland. I love the idea of Darth Vader blowing up the innoventions building. Standing room only and a GREAT photo op that would tell the entire world that something great is coming!

  • Tinkerbell

    Well, this is the most nauseating update I’ve ever read. I’ve been disappointed in Disney many times before, but eliminating Tomorrowland and turning it into Star Wars Land?? Well, that’s just the end. What a spectacularly BAD idea. Putting it in DCA is a much better idea. Overhauling Walt’s original land with something easy and film-based because they lack creativity and innovation to make a successful Tomorrowland is just plain transparent, imo.

    • billyjobobb

      but even from the beginning tomorrowland has never really been up and running. It’s never “fit”

      It was a mistake. Fix it and move on.

  • disneylike

    How about “Tomorrowland 55” for Tomorrowland? Themed to reflect the ideas and ideals of what tomorrow might bring as seen from the perspective of Disneyland’s opening year. This would not only be unique to Disneyland but also finally give Tomorrowland a theme that makes sense. I’m sure that the majority of the paying public would be far more interested in a cool, retro and nostalgic look at Tomorrow circa 1955 (both real and creatively re-imagined) then just catering to a smaller demographic of Star Wars fans.

  • airick75

    I’ve always had an idea that Disney could create a “3rd gate” or maybe even a museum space for all its old attractions – maybe just a museum space. Maybe a few of the rides could be rebuilt or relocated, but mostly old ride vehicles – a way for people to connect with what is no longer there. You could probably, without too much trouble, reinstall something like the Country Bear Jamboree. Walt said Disneyland would never be a museum so it shouldn’t. But he didn’t say anything about building a museum separately!

    But I also lament the loss of too much of the original tomorrowland. I, for one, from what I’ve seen in pictures, think it looks awesome. And a “Tomorrowland 55” idea sounds pretty good too. I like the Star Wars things, but I also love the design aesthetic of Tomorrowland – the space age architecture left over from the 50s-60s. I hate to see that go away forever. Maybe go the way of Dland Paris and call it Discoveryland.

  • DZNY LVR

    I HATE this idea! Autopia is one of the most popular rides as it always has a line that lasts for at least 30 minutes. Disney needs to take a look at what happened to Knotts- it used to be super popular all year long not just in October and then they gutted all the great family rides and put in thrill rides. There is a reason Magic Mountain has almost gone belly up a few times. Disneyland has never been about thrill rides it has been about a mix of family entertainment & exciting rides. I can understand taking out the Inoventions because that is a big waste of space -but Disney is always complaining about their ride capacity how will taking out 2 attractions and putting in 1 help with that- oh wait it won’t. Why not utilize the track that you already have in place and just fix it. I have been a passholder for a long time (I know Disney doesnt care about that) and I am just becoming more and more disappointed in the decisions that the management team is making at the Parks and if your hardcore fans are becoming disappointed what about your average guest? Yes Disney has been the giant in the theme world and dont get me wrong I hope they stay that way but with some of the choices they have been making I don’t see that continuing on for another 60 years.

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  • JiminyCricketFan

    I have mixed feelings… This could be great if they spend enough money to really create an immersive environment. Tomorrowland particularly has had a history of going the “cheap” route and “reusing” buildings and track designed for other attractions. Now if they do it right it might be the best thing that has happened to Disneyland in 20 years.

  • RX-24

    WOW! Disney finally presents new ideas for upgrading areas into fun themed attractions that capture the imagination and plans to spend big bucks and its mostly complaing going on. I f we want to ensure that Walts park stays original lets back it up to 1955. Tear out Indiana Jones (its a film franchise right?) dosent seem to fit. Lets abandon Big Thunder ( a roller coaster built over a gentle attraction cant have change) and let people smoke wherever they want (Walt smoked everywhere he went so why not?).

    Progress means change and yes Autopia was an advanced idea for an America that was just getting all its Interstates in line back in 1955 but the concept is dated and no longer a promise for tomorrow, Its a reality we live with. The Carousel of Progress talked of how one day the TV was going to be in color(!). Things change and the promise of tomorrow isn’t decades anymore its a few years. Tomorrowland was intended to showcase science so why not science fiction? In my opinion the Marvel and Star Wars franchises do exactly that. They deliver adventures of the imagination to places I cant see in a real world.

    • ScottOlsen

      Actually, the Carousel of Progress did not talk about “one day the TV was going to be in color” because color TV was nothing new, and as a joke used a color western to show how little thing have changed.

      They did, however, mention that TV shows will some day be able to be recorded for viewing at a different time.

  • ssaamm

    If Tomorrowland becomes more or less Star Wars land how much longer until we get Cinderella Land, Princess and the Frog Land, Woody and Jessie Land, The Jungle Book Land and Winnie the Pooh Land

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  • Kimura

    I’d hate to see the original Monorail track shortened. Hopefully, there will be a way to integrate the current beamway configuration with whatever is going into the Autopia area.

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  • TRONAlex

    Star Wars land sounds like fun. I am a big Star wars fan and I hope Disney hasn’t bitten off more then they can chew.
    I am still not happy about the new DAC. My trip with the family is hard enough with 2 autistic children. This will make it harder. Since the People Mover is no more,what will happen to the Peoplemover ramps?
    I am suprised that Space Mountain will not get the Star Wars makeover.
    Buzz will be sadly missed. That’s my sons favorite ride. When he doesn’t have a meltdown, he goes on this ride the most. The Muppets will be sorely missed as well since that’s going away too. It’s sad,Disney bought all of these companies just because they can and have not utilized them to their full potential. For example the Muppets, I was thrilled when I heard that Disney finally bought the rights. Sadly, all that they have done with them is make an okay Muppet movie and a rip-off Muppet Caper. No other attractions besides the Mupets 3-D with Jim Henson as his final movie. I expected more out of it. Maybe a new Muppet Show ,
    a Muppet dark ride. Same for Marvel, They bought the rights and Hong Kong’s getting the first Marvel ride, not DCA, not even Disney studios in WDW. They bought the rights to all these great companies and are using Avatar land.
    Avatar, really. Disney should have send Cameron a check to go away quietly, ditch
    Pandora and make an Endorland in the Animal Kingdom.
    Disney can still do the Love thy planet with the use of Endor.
    When DCA opened, I expected to see the a ride similar to the Great Movie ride.
    All we got was SuperStar Limo.
    Sorry for the rant. That’s how I roll.

    • Golden

      It hasn’t been announced that Buzz is closing, and none of the plans discussed here specifically mention utilising that space. Hopefully Buzz survives.

  • NorCaldisneylander

    It is about time that TDA got their act together to fix the GAC system. I have high hopes for DAS as long as it is strictly enforced. I cannot stand to see people at the parks abuse a system meant for people with true disabilities, people who do that should feel ashamed of themselves. Also the Autopia should have been replaced years ago, as it is about time to add an attraction the fits the Tomorrowland theme. I cannot wait to see the new attractions the Imagineers come up with!

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  • whamo

    I know Autotopia is a popular ride, but I’ve always hated it. I would love to see them replace it. Who wants to ride autotopia when you can ride on Radiator Springs instead? In essence, Radiator Springs is a big upgrade to Autotopia. There’s no story behind Autotopia. There’s nothing to it, really.

  • sjkobriger

    The biggest shock to me in this article was the difference in GAC use at DLR vs. WDW. TEN TIMES more GACs issued at two parks in CA versus 4 parks in FL on a daily basis. I have a son with autism and we used a GAC at WDW last year and it was a god-send. I didn’t really understand the abuse concern as it didn’t seem as if very many people were using a GAC there, let alone “rampant” abuse. Turns out they weren’t. In a day only 100 people using a GAC at MK and maybe 50 at EP, DHS and AK. That’s near zero impact to standby users and suggests that in Florida only people needing the GAC obtained one. Seems to be a massive overhaul and penalty to vacationers in Florida due to unscrupulus CA locals.

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  • MikeK

    Until Disney officially announces something, these are rumors, or blue sky ideas at best.

    Didn’t this site previously say they were going to rip out the subs and Autopia, replace Innoventions with Iron Man, put Tron cycles then Speeder Bikes on the old People Mover tracks, replace Eo with a 3D Star Wars movie, and so on. Now this?
    I’m not sure what to believe?

    All I know is Disneyland needs a new Tomorrowland, not a Star Wars land. The only idea I like is the speeder bike concept.

    I’ll believe it when Disney announces it.

  • animatronic

    As equal part disney fan and star wars fan, I am excited. I hope this all comes true. Autopia, really doesn’t say much about “tomorrow” with it’s gasoline-powered cars blowing exhaust in your face on a warm day… So, that has always bothered me a lot. I don’t see how they can do away with “tomorrow land” as a name or concept however. It should not be renamed as a land.

    Excited to go to ride a speeder bike through ewok village and put to use the space that used to be a boat ride!

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