As a kid, Tomorrowland was my favorite land in the whole park. I was captivated by the idea of the future and today, I still am. However, the current version of Tomorrowland falls well short of what I think it could be. A ride that features gas powered vehicles?? You don't have to be a genius to see that combustable engines will soon be a thing of the past. Innoventions? I'm not really sure whats going on there. Some of the technologies featured in the house of tomorrow exhibit are already making their way into current households and in my opinion many of these luxuries are not too far off from becoming widely affordable and available.
So that leaves Space Mountain which is a classic and should not be touched as well as Star Tours, Buzz and Nemo which are all based off a movie. I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to get tired of this whole "ride the movies" craze. I want something new and original. Something cutting edge that really wows.
I've been thinking recently that if I were a creative mind in charge of the Imagineering department, I'd gather up the Imagineers, lock 'em in a board room and propose this question: What will the future look like in 25 years? or 50? How about 100 years? I'd request a budget to extensively have these folks research the subject and use what they come up with to develop new, original and educational rides, exhibits and shows. Something that's exclusive to Disney that people will have to come out to the park to see. These attractions will not be based off a movie, only reality. So, since I'm not a bigwig at Disney Imagineering, I've decided to do some research into the subject myself:
The Future of Transportation
What will transportation look like 50 years into the future. Flying cars? How about public transportation? Maybe cities and communities will be designed so that there is no need for private or even mass transportation.
Something that came up a lot when I was cruising the Interweb was the idea of frictionless vehicles. Vehicals that don't have wheels but hover or even fly. BBC Future page has an article about it here BBC - Future - Why everyone may have a personal air vehicle
Also, how about battery powered cars. Many automakers are pouring a lot of money into researching smaller batteries that can hold a longer charge. Toyota and Honda seem to be going big with Hydrogen fuel cell cars. Maybe Disney can partner with a company to develop the Autopia of tomorrow. Hydrogen or electric? Showdown over the fuel of the future set for 2014 - Chicago Tribune
Space and The Universe
If the Milky Way galaxy were the size of the entire San Francisco Bay Area, from Santa Rosa to San Jose or somewhere thereabouts, our solar system (the Sun all the way out to Pluto) would be somewhere about the size of a grain of sand. Incredible! Our Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars and there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the observable Universe each with hundreds of billions of stars contained within them. Mind boggling! Think of the potential for discovering intelligent life outside of humanity! Or the possibility of space travel.
Companies like Space X are currently trying to achieve commercial space travel. Maybe an E ticket ride based on space travel, one thats not already based on a movie. We must think about Mars having a permanent human presence sometime in the future. I'm just throwing out ideas here, I'm sure many of you could come up with better ones…
Nanotechnology and Biomedicine
Its hard for me to imagine taking nanotechnology and creating some sort of groundbreaking attraction that wouldn't cost an incredible amount of money but large advancements in these fields definitely seem to be in our future.
A common theme that pops up is the fact that humans are going to have to adapt when it comes to energy needs and dependancy. Batteries, Hydrogen, fusion energy, ethanol…the list goes on and on.
So anyway, you see my point. With just a few minutes of browsing the Internet I was able to find many good platforms on which to design a futuristic ride or attraction. Just think what Disney could do if they put their minds to it. Original, exciting and educational rides and attractions are just what Tomorrowland needs and deserves.
If you have any comments or ideas that fit this theme, please share them below! Put your creative minds together and think of some great futuristic attractions that could make Tomorrowland the land it should be!