Opinion: Should We Be Picking On Tomorrowland?

Hey, folks!  Did you tackle yesterday’s re-imagineering challenge?  No?  Well, join in on all of the fun.  It’s a bit of a controversial one.  Please stop back at …

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

I’ll cover the results tomorrow.  In the meantime, I took a quick look back at some rehabilitation history.  My friends, I think I have been unwittingly picking on Tomorrowland!

Including this week’s TTA effort, over the years, we’ve completed ten Re-Imagineering “projects”.  Ten.  Of those ten, three of them involved Tomorrowland attractions!

Back in 2015, we dealt with Stitch’s Great Escape in decisive fashion.  Nearly 75% of you declared that the lovable(?) alien’s ride must be eliminated!  Only 6% of you suggested it be left completely alone.

To all appearances, Disney took our advice to heart as Stitch has reportedly closed – as of January 6th – to make way for a new, yet-to-be-announced, attraction.

Then, just last month, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin fell into our “gun sights”.  We surely love that little astronaut.  Only 11% of you declared for elimination.  However, the majority (over 65%) cried “rehabilitate”!

At first, I wasn’t quite sure why I chose two Tomorrowland rides in back-to-back months.  It was quite subconscious, I can assure you.  But, then, I started thinking about the land’s attractions.

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Depending on how you look at their various versions, five of these eight have existed in some form (or name) for over forty years!  Forty!  Oh, yes, I know that they’re all considered to be iconic.  But, come on!

Look, I understand that Carousel has to stay.  It is Walt, after all.  Yesterday’s voting demonstrated that you clearly love TTA.  In spite of unsubstantiated rumors of its demise, Space Mountain is an icon.  How can we deny that?

UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

Having said all of that, will Tron Lightcycle Power Run (if that’s what it’ll be called) be enough to rescue Tomorrowland from “Yesteryear”?  That’s my question, I guess.

Disney is rehabilitating, what seems like, every acre of Walt Disney World these days.  Should we be picking on Tomorrowland?  In my opinion, I think we should.  It’s long in the tooth.  Why shouldn’t we “target” it?  I bet that Disney already is.

What do you think, everyone?  Is Tron the end of Tomorrowland’s transformation?  Will there be much more to come?  Will some of these iconic attractions be rehabilitated or replaced?  Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

Before we jump into this provocative topic, let me ask … did you take a shot at Tuesday’s trivia “challenge”?  No?  Then, by all means, please stop back!  It’s a quick “quiz”, my friends.  Only four questions!

One warning, though … jump back before you scan past the picture below.  If you don’t, you’ll see the “beans” spilled all over the page!  Find that little “test” at …

Transport Yourself into TTA Trivia Tuesday!

So, when it comes to the answers, everyone, here they are!  Let’s take a few minutes to reveal some fun facts about the Magic Kingdom’s iconic PeopleMover!

First up, this beloved attraction was originally called the WEDWay PeopleMover!  I had said, “Let’s start with an easy one, shall we?”  This question lived up to that billing, as I fooled next to no one!  Good work!

The next question proved to be a bit tougher, however.  A lot of you responded that the TTA started its “cruise” on Magic Kingdom’s Opening Day.  In actual fact, it kicked off operations on July 1, 1975!

Having said that, you did very well on Question #3.  From a sponsorship standpoint, the ride is currently presented by Alamo!  Did you know that it was originally sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute?  Huh?  What was/is that?

Finally, I asked you how long this beloved journey through the land of tomorrow lasts.  The most-popular answer was 10 minutes and 3 seconds, and that was absolutely correct!  Wow!  Great job!

The last time that the TTA took an extended “time-out” for a refurb was in the Summer of 2009.  It was lined up with the most-recent major overhaul of Space Mountain.

That doesn’t seem like all that long ago, now does it?  Nevertheless, you have to admit … the “sky train” does have somewhat of a dated “1970s” feel to it.  It leads me to ask …

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the ride and theme alone, but give it yet another facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace the TTA with a new attraction altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your VOTE?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  In other words, what’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Reddit!  This is our “take” on Imagineering, folks.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  What say you?  Get to work!

YOU are the Master of Buzz’s Fate! What’s the Verdict?

Good day, my friends!  I truly hope that Disney has someone following our re-imagineering activities.  Our verdict was absolutely emphatic, after all.

When it comes to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, we say “Rehabilitate” … by a landslide!  Almost 65% of you feel that Buzz needs a bit of a facelift.

What did you have to say?  Let’s see …

“They just need to make it work better!  So many issues with guns and spinners not working.  It’s frustrating waiting in a queue to not be able to enjoy the ride properly because you got the broken buggy.”

“Rehab to upgrade the firing systems and repair all of the malfunctions!  This attraction has far too many non-functional vehicles and guns.”

“It’s still a great ride, but I prefer the versions in California and Paris.  It would be great to have blasters that detach from the ride vehicle like those rides.  That, a fresh coat of paint, and maybe some new effects, and it will be great for years to come!”

“Rehabilitate it!  The Shanghai version is great.  The technology exists.  It just needs to be updated.  It’s a fun attraction when it works!”

Of course, Buzz got plenty of love too.  Check it out …

“Keep it!  It’s a family favorite and a Tomorrowland staple.”

“Please don’t remove it!  It was my dad’s favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom.  My youngest has yet to be able to ride it!”

“This has to be one of my top favorite rides!  I have so many good memories riding it and competing against family and friends.”

Wow!  It’s really clear that, in your minds and hearts, the Space Ranger still has a place in Walt Disney World!

Frankly, I tend to agree.  For me, however, I’d love to see the attraction moved over to ‘Toy Story Land’ in Hollywood Studios.

Of course, I know a full relocation of that sort is pretty impractical.  That being the case, I’ll take the refurb … especially if the guns don’t work.  Geez!

How Well DO You Know Tomorrowland’s Hyperactive Space Ranger?!

What a week, eh, folks!  Re-imagineering.  Trivia.  Nostalgic ride-through videos.  And, who was, more or less, at the center of all of it?  Buzz!  What a “hyperactive” Space Ranger, he is!

Before we move on to revealing Buzz’s re-imagined “fate”, if you haven’t participated in this week’s frivolity, please stop back and join in at:

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin!

Space Ranger Spin TRIVIA “Dash”!

Feeling Nostalgic, Folks? Take a “Dreamflight” at Disney!

Having said all of that, today, I’d like to pass along the answers to our trivia questions.  How well do you know Buzz?  Let’s see!

Trivia #1:  Magic Kingdom’s Space Ranger Spin officially opened on November 3, 1998.  So far, that has been your second-most popular answer.

Trivia #2:  Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin replaced Take Flight.  The most popular response received was Delta Dreamflight, but, in reality, that popular version of this dark ride was actually followed by both Dreamflight and Take Flight.

Trivia #3:  In the rides, Evil Emperor Zurg is attempting to steal Crystallic Fusion Cells … or batteries!  The majority of you got that one right, although Power Discs was a popular response as well.

Trivia #4:  Even though all share the same plot and major characters, the rides are named differently across Disney’s parks world-wide.  Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters was the name used twice.

In fact, Both Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland offered their guests rides on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters!  Most of you “scored” on this one too.  Great job!

Trivia #5:  In 2017, Disney closed the aforementioned Hong Kong Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.  It is currently being replaced by a ride themed after the Marvel character … Ant-Man?  Really?  Like me, most of you were hoping for an Iron Man attraction.

Finally, I asked you to register your opinion – of Buzz and its various predecessors, your favorite is unquestionably Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin itself!  What a landslide!

Stop back tomorrow, my friends, and we’ll render your decision.  Rehabilitate?  Eliminate?  What say you?  We’ll discuss your verdict … as well as cover your comments!

Feeling Nostalgic, Folks? Take a “Dreamflight” at Disney!

It certainly has been “Buzz Lightyear Week” this week, hasn’t it, my friends?  We’ll wrap up our Space Ranger Spin activities tomorrow, but in the meantime, let me divert your attention a bit.

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin! [Poll]

Space Ranger Spin TRIVIA “Dash”!

Where to, you ask?  One of the comments we received as we’ve been voting to decide Buzz’s re-imagined fate was, “Bring back Dreamflight!”

That got me to thinking.  Mrs. All in WDW and I never had the fortune to experience either version of the Dreamflight attraction.  Well, thank goodness for ResortTV1!  

Yes, my friends, courtesy of Josh and Jenna, take a few short minutes to enjoy one of Buzz’s predecessors – take a “Dreamflight” at Disney.  Delta Dreamflight!

Click the links in ‘red”, above, to go back and vote in the re-imagination and trivia polls.  Then, click the picture, below, to watch ResortTV1’s ride-through video!  Have a great Friday, folks!