Wednesday, August 12, 2009

People Watching: Tomorrowland

Continuing the People Watching theme…let’s consider the Tomorrowland area. You’re probably thinking: “Tomorrowland? Yeah, right. It’s so crowded and small...and loud.” That may be true, but there are a few fairly quiet spots to sit down, relax and oh, I don’t know, have a snack or something.

Crossing the bridge from “the hub” into Tomorrowland, you will see the Tomorrowland Convention Center on the left, and on the right is Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. Before these two buildings, though, on both sides are shaded walkways, with sparsely placed benches. If it’s not too crowded and if the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station is closed, these areas can be VERY relaxed. What I like to do is grab a Mickey bar from the vendor in the hub and sit down here in the shade and listen to one of the best background music loops in the Magic Kingdom.

If it’s too crowded around this area, head on back towards the Carousel of Progress. As you approach the Carousel’s entrance veer to the left towards the restrooms located in the now defunct Tomorrowland Skyway Station.

Photo of Tomorrowland Skyway Station courtesy of

In a very quiet corner is an area with covered tables. This is a designated smoking area, but if no one is there smoking, this can be a great place to relax and listen to the sounds of Tomorrowland…the Tomorrowland Transit Authority moving above you and the occasional pass of the Walt Disney World Railroad next to you.

Speaking of the TTA…this is a great attraction for some R ‘n’ R!

Photo by Jeff B at

This attraction rarely has a line, so loading is quick. It’s roughly ten minutes of a slow-moving, almost one mile ride around and through the attractions of Tomorrowland. Originally known as the WEDway PeopleMover when it opened on July 1, 1975, this attraction was based on the PeopleMover at Disneyland. Truly futuristic, the ride vehicles are propelled by use of linear induction motors. In the spring of 1994, Tomorrowland underwent a massive refurbishment and the name was changed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

The TTA gives you a great overview of Tomorrowland and along the way you will get a sneak peek into Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Stitch's Great Escape and Space Mountain. Then, next time you ride those attractions, try to figure out where the TTA passes by and give a wave! You'll also get a glimpse of a large, beautiful model for EPCOT as Walt Disney envisioned it...a real blast from the past.

These are the best locations in Tomorrowland for some quiet spots. As we move towards Fantasyland, the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway is fairly loud, so not too many good R 'n' R spots here. If you have a favorite spot, let me know. Please leave a comment or email me your idea for more ways to enjoy some R 'n' R @ WDW.

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