On www.savedisney.com is a photo essay concerning Tomorrowland that I'm sure most users on here have seen.
User merlinjones on these forums is also the writer of this photo essay.
I think that while it was obviously much more optomistic before, can we stop and think for one damn minute about what TL is about??? On the photo essay, they whine about new attractions replacing old, but WTF? All of Disneyland follows the procedure of taking out old for new every so often.
The whole point of Tomorrowland is PROGRESS. Why are we so willing to settle for some Yesterland attractions, especially in a land whose purpose is the future? Why should we be content with a dated (AND GLACIALLY SLOW) Peoplemover, an outmoded Skyway (okay, it was pretty, but almost no parks have these anymore, other than both Busch Gardens), and Rocket Jets.
I understand that Rocket Jets was more thrilling up high, but the elevator was kind of an eyesore. It was just plain metal. No, I don't like Astro Orbiter either. It blocks traffic. Perhaps put that ride (Rocket Jets, Astro Orbiter or w/e you want to call it) in the heart of the land.
Also, in the essay, it seems as though Merlin is sad when he says "The Circlevision building is currently closed to become a Buzz Lightyear ride." I don't like cartoon attractions either but it's better than an empty Rocket Rods queue!
I also think that maybe the essay exaggerates a bit. Mary Blair's murals were cute for history's sake, but they were irrelevant to the theme. Children playing has NOTHING to do with the future. I'm sorry, but I won't change my opinion on that. It's true. "Children are the future" is rubbish. While true in a sense, Mary Blair's murals had no futuristic touch to them. The current murals aren't good either, but more futuristic.
Also, the essay talks about how the Skyway, Rocket Jets, and Peoplemover created a sense of movement, fun, and wonder.
Okay, YES, they did create movement. I will agree that Tomorrowland is kinetically DEAD right now. Fun? How do little buckets, tram cars, and rockets make you feel fun when you look at them?? Wonder? They weren't futuristic at all! Except maybe the Peoplemover in its first decade or so.
Okay, I'm not bahsing the photo essay, it was well done, and the photos were SHOCKING. But why is it that in the old photos, MANY OF WHICH ARE POSTCARDS, there's always conviently a Monorail coming by if its track is in the photo, and in the new photos, they JUST HAPPENED to miss the Monorail *every time* it would come by? In other words, some things in the new photos aren't dead.
So those are my thoughts on the photo essay. Bash if you will. But Tomorrowland's about change. Merlinjones is smart in saying that these attractions added a kinetic flavor to TL, but it's stupid to say it should all stay like it was in 1967 just because it was the way Walt wanted it. WALT ALSO WANTED PROGRESS!