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‘Tomorrowland’ Creators Share How Walt’s Vision of the Future Inspired the Film

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney’s interest in progress, technology and making strides toward the future has always been something that has shaped Disney Parks, and has inspired new attractions and experiences since day one. During his lifetime, Walt led the charge in developing Audio-Animatronics technology, planned a Tomorrowland for Disneyland park that would allow people to taste what the future may be like, and dreamed of showcasing an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” in his plans for Epcot.

According to “Tomorrowland” Director/Writer Brad Bird and Writer Damon Lindelof, it was Walt’s vision of the future that provided them with a lot of inspiration when creating their “city of tomorrow” for the film. Check out the video below to learn more.

The film “Tomorrowland,” opens in theaters nationwide on May 22, 2015. (Guests visiting Disneyland park and Epcot will be able to watch an exclusive sneak peek from the film starting this weekend, as well as see props and images from the movie. The Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland park will host their sneak peek starting Friday, April 17, and the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot will open its doors on Saturday, April 18).


  • Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Was an Idea Where the Employees of Walt Disney World would live and have fantastic futuristic items, among these Microwave ovens, Computers, and many more. This idea was so far ahead of it’s time (1955).that after Walt’s Death no one could fathom it to fruition .Years later…EPCOT was born …and these were everyday. so it became the International World. and even though it’s not what Walt foresaw, is an amazing concept in it’s own right.
    Thanks Walt for Your Imagination, And Thanks Imagineers for Adapting .

  • This video gave me goosebumps. I really cannot wait to see the movie. I want to live in Tomorrowland!

  • I REALLY can’t wait to see this! Walt was such a positive futurist. We need that again now. Also, I hope they release that BEAUTIFUL copy of the Epcot preview that’s in this video. I love watching my dvd copy from the Tomorrowland Disney Treasures set, but I’d love Blu-Ray copy. 🙂

    • I’m counting down the days, Jeremy!

  • I’m looking forward to Tomorrowland 2, where pieces of the city are re-themed to Frozen.

  • Is it true that “Experimental Prototype COMMUNITY of Tommorow” (rather than “City”) was dubbed into Walt’s Epcot film in the 80’s, back when there was debate over whether the Epcot park lived up to Walt’s city blueprints?
    I’ve heard it said, and sure sounds like it in the clips.

  • am I the only one pumped that Space Mountain is in the clip?

    • I am! I am!

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