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Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park: Then and Now…

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re continuing our special image series “Then and Now” with a look at how Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort has changed over the years. Scroll back and forth to see both views.

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Over the next few years, other attractions were added, including Star Jets, Space Mountain and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

The Timekeeper, etc., as well as a new Tomorrowland entrance marker.


  • The terminology gets dicey when the more futuristic Tomorrowland is referred to as vintage and the retro vision of the future is the Tomorrowland we have now. Anyway, the pictures are worth a thousand words – bring back the future, everyone prefers the bullet train to AmTrak.

  • Andrew you are absolutely, positively correct. The original Alien Encounter was great I visit every year and the people I go with are tired of me saying that the should bring it back and put a warning sign up for those who do not want thrill that it provided. I understand that the Magic Kingdom is geared toward the kids but one scary ride that the adults could enjoy would not hurt at all. Besides half the tween and teens love the scary stuff.

  • I’ve been coming to WDW since the early 80s, and yesterday’s Tomorrowland just made more sense to me, like others have stated – felt grander, seemed to reflect more of Walt’s vision and progress. The Peoplemover is the saving grace of that land, in those respects – still my favorite attraction in the park.

    I hope Bird’s film does well enough to push a transition of this land back into what it was meant to be.

  • Vintage Tomorrowland was the best. It was a representation of Walt’s love of progress and the future! Now, it’s just movies, more or less.

    Also, Flight To The Moon didn’t open until December, 1971! 😉

  • The original Tomorrowland entrance can still be seen at Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Wow. The newer version of Tomorrowland is nice, but I’d take the original anytime. It’s the one I visited as a kid, and it just feels a lot grander than the current version. Today’s is busier, but it’s almost too much.

  • Oh yea- DreamFlight was another awesome attraction- but I do love Buzzlight year! 🙂 I remember being a little girl excited about the GrandPrix raceway cause I felt like i was actually driving. 🙂

  • We have been going to Disney since 84′, when I was 2. I’m 33 now and tomorrowland has always been one of our favorites. The Timekeeper was an amazing attraction and one of our favorites- especially since Robin Williams was my favorite and due to his untimely death- I wish it could return. We have it on actual “vhs” from one of our trips. My brother still wants Alien Encounter to return. I would also love to see the moving trashcan again. Still a great area of the MK.

  • I’d just like to say that I really, REALLY miss Alien Encounter… the original version that opened in 1995, not the slightly less scary version that was there just before the attraction was replaced by Stitch’s Great Escape… Hopefully there are others that agree with me…

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