The pods would first turn inwards slightly, gliding away from the loading area, and to the first scene/lab: The time travel/teleportation lab. Zylork’s voice would come over the pod audio system: “Here, our time-space experts are working on two areas of enormous benefit: teleportation, and time travel. As you can see, the work here at the Science Center is ongoing, as we look for new ways to connect distant planets, as well as learn more about the past in order to forge a better future.”
In the lab, propped against a back wall, would be a large triangular metal frame. Odd, swirling patterns would flow across it, changing the scenes from a prehistoric landscape, to the deck of a ship at sea, and similar views clearly representing periods in Earth’s history. In the center of the room would be a tall, cylindrical chamber, identical to the XS Tech teleporter from the Alien Encounter attraction. Two scientists would be standing before it, taking notes, and every so often, the tube would fill with smoke, then slide open, allowing it to dissipate, and reveal a third AA inside. This figure would alternate via a system of chambers that rotate under the floor. Depending on when guests passed by, they might see a human female lab tech, a insect-like alien in lab coat, or a stern looking bearded scientist taking notes. The figure would call out a greeting to the two AA’s on the floor, then say, “Ready to go again!” or, “Initiate next jump!”, and the tube would slide up, re-fill with smoke, and the figure would slide back down out of sight within the tube. This way, repeat riders would see either the arrival or departure of different figures likely every ride.
Next up would be the Space/Rocket program lab. Zylork would once again address guests as they moved by: “Here, you can view our top talent in the propulsion tech fields monitoring various projects we have going, both on and off planet.” This would be a very familiar set to some visitors, being a modified and tweaked version of Mission Control from the former Mission to Mars/The Moon attractions. 2 long sets of counters with seated technicians (alien, robot, and human) watching view screens or taking notes would face a high-tech video wall, with Mr. Johnson from the old attractions standing at the front. Newly created graphics would show views of various planets from space, along with some vintage shots of earth-based rockets taking off, and occasionally, even the “Intrusion alarm!” seagull footage would play out on one of the screens.
For the next segment, there would be no introduction by the Professor through the pod speakers. Vehicles would slowly swivel to look at a dimly lit lab, blue, shifting light being the main source, and very quiet. As eyes adjusted, guests would see three lab-coated workers, one looking in a microscope at a desk, two others peering into glass aquariums at the rear of the lab. Inside the back wall of aquariums would be strange, slowly moving deep sea plants and fish life, some glowing with bioluminescence. These would be very lifelike and sophisticated projection effects displayed in real water, allowing for the display of typical deep sea creatures, and would also vary in a 5-8 minute loop between rides, to showcase different sorts of animal life.
As the vehicles left the lab behind, guests would gradually become aware the wall they are passing by is in fact another, very large glass window into an aquarium. Peering out, once past the large tentacles, would be the dinner-plate sized eye of a giant squid. At this point, Professor Zylork would once again come over the speakers: “Oh, there you are...I see you are traveling past our giant squid habitat. There is no need for alarm, I assure you. Professor Mason makes sure Gertrude there gets plenty of krill and fresh sardines every day, she just wants to give you a quick hello before you head on to our next section: the agriculture development lab.”
My concept for the deep-sea study lab large aquarium scene.
This next section would prove to be a more open space, with large pots both on desks and plants hanging from the ceiling. One scientist would be in the process of picking odd, spiked, green fruit from a hanging vine, another slicing open some specimens of vegetables, a third in the process of unpacking a crate marked “SHIPMENT FROM MARS”, containing odd looking plant specimens. “As you can see, we are dedicated to being on the forefront of food development, and making sure all species get the nutrients and variety of diet they need for a healthy universe.”, Zylork would add as vehicles passed by.
Traveling past more closed doors, vehicles would then turn slightly and spin to face a wide-open room, decorated like a surgical suite. Soft beeping and electronic noises would be heard. Two green-smocked figures would be viewed standing over a patient draped in white, face/head not visible, the doctors looking up at a large rear-projection map against the back wall. Intricate yellow pathways would twine through the outline of human body, with a small grey object moving along with purpose clearly visible on the large-format display of the patient. In one corner, a full-sized Atom-Mobile vehicle, painted it’s trademark blue, would be standing, and taking up one wall would be the infamous “Mighty Microscope”. Professor Zylork would chime in: “This is what we call the ATIS project. Originally started in the late sixties, it uses the latest technology and techniques to fight disease from within the afflicted person. Truly, the world inside the body’s inner space is the next frontier in medicine.”
At this point, the transport pods would enter the final scene of the tour. Passing through open glass doors marked ZOOLOGICAL STUDY AREA, guests would find themselves in the same lush jungle environment glimpsed on the introduction video, behind the Professor. The temperature would be slightly noticeably warmer, and sounds of animals moving about very apparent. Strange, larger than Earth-sized insects would be perched in trees, wings flapping slowly. The track would rise slightly, as guests passed by a large, furred creature on the right, head poking out of a group of bushes, insectile fly like eyes and a curving pair of tusks adorning it’s face. As the pods went by, the head and shoulders would move slightly forward, head tilting, as if curious about the guests and vehicles.
Next, a small pond would be passed, with vaguely-froglike, winged creatures poking their heads out of it, squeaking in unison to form a odd soundscape, sort of like music. As guests headed into a slightly cavelike formation of rock, an announcement would come over the pod speakers suddenly, spoken in a businesslike female voice: “Attention all Tomorrowland facility staff and guests: we are currently experiencing a minor issue in the Zoological Lab. A recent arrival, a rare predatory reptilliod from Sector 8 of Andromeda, has seemingly gotten free of it’s enclosure. Do not panic, trained animal-handling staff is en route now, and there is no need for alarm. The Tomorrowland Center is officially now on Alert Level Beta-Proxy-Six.” At these words, a low, gentle buzzing alarm would be heard, repeating at 3 second intervals, as the pod went deeper into the rock structure before emerging next to a waterfall pouring from overhead and circulating back up from a clearly artificial pump-enclosure below.
As the vehicles moved past more foliage, slightly upwards, a low growl would be heard: slowly gaining in volume, and the sound of heavy footsteps and something like a tail swishing through undergrowth, nearing the pod. Just as guests would tense up, expecting the imminent arrival of some horrible alien predator, the bushes would instead part to reveal....Professor Zylork, and with him, a slightly catlike creature with six legs and scales, slitted eyes half-closed as the Professor stroked it under the chin. “Ah, my esteemed guests!”, he would say, as the cars moved past, the speakers picking up his words as they went. “Nothing to worry about...our friend from Sector 8, here, is perfectly harmless. I am having them end the alarms now. Now, the female of the species...she is something to be worried about”, he would chuckle. “Come to think of it, if the enclosure door was open...hmmm....maybe better not cancel that alarm after all. Oh well, thank you for visiting...that ends our tour, I fear. But come back again soon....I’ll see you, in the future!”. As this last message would come through, guests would move silently in the pods out of the jungle area and back through a set of doors, to a hallway of the institute, heading for the unload area.
Observant guests at this point might notice, slightly to the side, down the end of a darkened lab office hallway, a pair of glowing, yellow catlike eyes slowly blinking at them, directly before the unload area was reached. Cast Members would be waiting to help guests disembark as a instrumental version of Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow played once more, and then it would just be a short walk back to the main hub of Tomorrowland for the happy visitors, already doubtless talking about their next visit to the Science Center.
Well, that about wraps it up...I feel this would be a very interesting and unique family attraction, delivering a experience that adds to the theme of Tomorrowland as a spaceport and hub for technology from across the universe, as well as paying respectful homage to several dearly departed attractions from this area of the park in an appropriate and interesting way. Thank you all very much for reading, I very much hope you enjoyed, and remember...there's a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day...