Prompted by the MC thread regarding the 'cleaning up' of Tomorrowland, I was wondering how all felt towards an issue that has a bit more impact on Tomorrowland: the more recent tendency to avoid looking very far into the future (if at all) and a dependecy upon 'box-office momentum'.
Used as comic device in "Meet The Robinsons", 'Todayland' is amusing. When faced with this being a conceivable reality, it loses its charm, IMO. It is certainly a high standard that was set for Tommorowland:
"A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements.... A step into the future with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure, and ideals, the atomic age, the challenge of outer space and the hope for a peaceful and unified world."
- Walt Disney's Tomorrowland Dedication Speech - July 17, 1955
and this from an audio tour of Tomorrowland:
Now it is time for a preview of the World of Tomorrow. We step into the future and find fantastic atomic-powered machines working for us. The world is unified and peaceful...outer space is the New Frontier. We walk for a time among the strange mechanical wonders of tomorrow, and then blast off on a Rocket To The Moon."
- 1958 Audio Tour of Disneyland by Walt Disney
Certainly there have always been TL attractions that have pointed more towards the 'Present' than the 'Future', but is Tomorrowland straying too far from its purpose? Are we seeing more 'present day fantasy' than we do 'wonders of tomorrow'?
Many attractions past and present have been considered to hold a dubious place in the TL panthenon of attractions; to name a few:
America Sings--showcasing a 'social ideal' for the Future of America--a small look at the evolving nature of America through song and verse. A thematic stretch, but to many, an enjoyable attraction.
Autopia--a 'Highway of the Future' that requires no license, or particular driving skill. Not a quintessential 'futuristic' theme, but satisfactory to most.
Submarine Voyage--showcasing the Atomic Age of transportation, and the 'future' of underwater exploration, affording Guests a look at a more 'near' future, but, to some, reflected more of a 'present day' feeling.
BLAB--the adventures of a space-themed toy, set in present day. Not as much 'thematic latitude' has been given to BLAB; probably because of the main character's solid link to the present, and him being a 'toy'.
Finding Nemo--really a sub refurb with the addition of another main character who is solidly linked to present day. Criticism also follows the 'Nemo' attraction for its close adherence to the movie's storyline, and its tenuous claim of employing 'futuristic technology'. Some see the attraction as a mere extension of the old subs, and therefore, at the very least, acceptable.
Star Tours--some argue the "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" disqualifies ST as a 'futuristic' attraction. To others, the presence of space travel, advanced technologies, robots, and other alien races makes ST a viable TL-themed attraction.
What are your thoughts on the current direction of TL? Is it living up to the standards set before it in 1955? Does the rumor of a PeopleMover themed to another 'present day' animated feature, give you pause, or encouragement?
I am particularly interested to know the thoughts of our younger MCers out there, as well as the 'old guard'.