sounds like Disney is gonna visually overhaul WDW Tomorrowland in the next few yrs
I'm here to tell you why that's BULLSHIT and why the 1994 take on Tomorrowland is one of the most visually compelling places in ANY Disney park, despite Disney's haphazard changes since
Tomorrowland, one of the 4 themed lands at Magic Kingdom in WDW, originally looked like the classic Disneyland variant - a lot of concrete work, Jetsons-like architecture, and themes like the US space race, automation, etc.
then, some genius Imagineers went "LET'S MAKE IT LOOK LIKE AN ART DECO INDUSTRIAL FUTURE WITH INFLUENCES FROM STAR TREK TNG AND FACTORY POMO DESIGN"
and IT RULED
but that shit is low-hanging fruit. Disney went WILD with 1994 "New Tomorrowland", inspired by a lot of popular design at the time
90's Disney was one of its biggest propagators, and 1994 Tomorrowland was ground zero
(graphic by Froyo Tam)
Discoveryland used a steampunk aesthetic and was heavily inspired by Jules Verne, in proper Paris fashion.
Tomorrowland 1994 took inspiration from the ornate, retro-future design of Discoveryland, but instead, focused on infusing it with industrial themes
Together, this formed an INCREDIBLY unique look that went on to influence 90s museums/science centers/etc
The architecture is decidedly "old Tomorrowland" - space age brutalist concrete forms
The detail is SENSATIONAL.
this is the kind of stuff design nerds like me DROOL over
This ride was TERRIFYING, and has a famous history (I'm not gonna go into it rn)
(admittedly, the "future" as of 1994 is quaintly dated and charming now)
It makes the perfect centerpiece for Tomorrowland - colorful, but the elements of those art deco/factory pomo/50's space/cartoon sci-fi aesthetics woven in elegantly.
Lemme make something clear - Iger-era Disney really doesn't give a damn about park theming.
It's depressing and sad so if you don't wanna see that shit, tune out now. But here we go.
Stitch's Great Escape took the place of Alien Encounter in 2004.
also, stitch burps fucking chili dogs or something in your face and it's horrible and makes everyone want to throw up and it's bad
they threw off the thematic balance of Tomorrowland.
No regard for font, no regard for color palette, little to no regard for architecture. As is the case in most Iger expansions, loyalty to IP trumps park theming.
Disney doesn't really care anymore. The IP-based rides and shows contribute nothing to that, so the park feels aimless, muddled, aging.
Breakdowns to non-ride theming are common. It's kinda falling apart. Buildings are empty.
They're not really that encouraging. A stale, uninspired, Apple glossy white. Corporate. Consumerist, even.
-enjoy 94 Tomorrowland while you can
-Bob Iger Retire Bitch
-You're Next, Epcot
-(no I really mean it I will write all damn day about Epcot)