The first Idea that the Imagineers had for a 'New Tomorrowland' for Disneyland
was Tomorrowland 2055. Bruce Gordon and Tony Baxter (of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
fame) were to champion this grand rethemeing. It would be set in Disneyland in 2055. A time when quite of a few extraterrestrials have made the trek to Anaheim and have set up shop in Tomorrowland.
Many buildings would be redone, to match the new theme, such as what used to be the Carousel of Progress
. Which would be a full-sized flying saucer that's reminiscent of the Mother Ship from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind
." After walking up a gangplank, you could sample "Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Review.", an animatronic show. The aliens included this flying circus' three-armed ringmaster, P.T. Quantum, as well as some giant swamp creature that rose out of the muck and sang operatic arias with its multiple mouths.
Overhead, glistening steel catwalks would allow guests to access to a whole new level of Tomorrowland shops and restaurants. On the ground, mysterious crystalline shapes that glowed brightly and unusually shaped plants would have given this side of the park a truly unusual feel.
Also, Tomorrowland 2055 would be where The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
was originally planned to debut. An attraction that was then thought of as a franchise attraction, being at every Disneyland-style theme park. It would be situated in a building with a roof that appeared to be held up by statues of X.S, Tech employees.
"Tomorrowland 2055" would have become an elaborate showplace at Disneyland. It could have set a whole new standard for theming and storytelling at the Anaheim park by taking guests on a fantastic trip to the future. But all of this was stopped by Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who reportedly never truly wanted to build 'Plectu', because Animatronic-heavy shows like this are expensive to build and difficult to maintain. In meetings where the Walt Disney Imagineers would try and present to him various versions of the show, Eisner would allegedly say things like "A revolving theater full of singing aliens? How is that different from what they've got at Chuck E. Cheese
? We need a better idea for this show."