You know how old this idea is here on micchat?
So old, that I think it was one of the earliest things I have ever posted on. Way back.
To be honest, I think that Tomorrowland in general needs a complete re-do, but the starcade is a waste of space. No clue what can be done. Most ideas I have read sound good, but only one plan can rule them all.
Actually I like the idea of a 3D Printer exhibit as part of a larger Future Tech rotating exhibit, whether it's a smaller, continued version of Innoventions, or part of the (sometimes tossed about) Stark Expo, or something entirely new; but there are a number of 3D Printer technologies out there and you'd have to probably focus on just one, simple, easily, & cheaply run machine for making items to be taken home. I'd like to suggest either the MakerBot Replicator, a plastics-based machine from MakerBot Industries, or the Candyfab 6000, a candy-based machine (!) from Evil Mad Scientist Labs (!!). How many people would like to have their own designs printed in sugar to take home & eat?
Oh, and I've gotta add this article of a miniature exoskeleton that was 3D printed for a toddler with a rare muscle disease, the exoskeleton allows her to lift her arms above her head for the first time in her life! http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/3d-print/
They could always do what they should have done with the Starcade and Pizza Port to begin years ago... make it a replica of Pizza Planet from Toy Story.
How about making it something like DisneyQuest?
And thanks for sharing that link btw! Pretty amazing stuff that technology can do.
I thought the same for years. Though pizza port is very nostalgic for me :)
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They should do something reminiscent of the house of the future. I think that was one of the greatest past attractions they had. Plus it really showed the innovation of disney because people couldn't believe that you could cook a meal in 10 mins a-la microwave oven. Gone are the days of monsanato and the franken-fruit, and I fear with that Tomorrow land has lost its cutting edge. I still love tomorrow land. its arguably one of my favorite lands. However I'm sure they will start looking to update a few of the attractions.
Doesn't sound like it would draw a lot of people. A major rehab of that area I think should include (upstairs), a bar type restaurant over looking tomorrowland
with the outside wall all glass for easy viewing.
I couldn't agree more with JneratorX. Although I understand and revere Walt's intent for Tomorrowland to represent the best and brightest of the future yet to come, it's going to be forever dated. With as advanced as technology is today, it's hard to envision things being any more advanced without spilling over into pure imaginary sci-fi. ....and so we should. Just take that leap into the imaginary because the age of the 50's and it's wonder about the future and space are here and already the norm.