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Orlando Family Travel Guide 2015 - Tomorrowland Tips & Review

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland tips & review
The structure in Tomorrowland's entryway is so fun!

Tomorrowland in a Nutshell

Tomorrowland is Disney World's futuristic section, which is home to rides like Space Mountain and the PeopleMover. It is the area furthest to the east in Magic Kingdom and has a number of attractions and several dining options. We always feel as though this area is a bit smaller than some of the other sections simply because there's less open areas compared to some of the other sections. There are quite a few rides here, though.


Date VisitedMarch 3, 2015

Crowd Levels: low-moderate/moderate in the afternoon/evening

Age Range Appealprimarily juvenile ADHDers to adults depending on areas visited and what you're looking for

Special Note: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spins is a must if you have younger little ones that like Buzz. PeopleMover is a great ride to hop on if you want to give your feet/legs a bit of a break. Some parts move fairly quickly, but there are no dips. The audio part on this ride is really loud for some reason, so unless they've adjusted the volume since we were last there, be wary of this for sensory kiddos!


Tomorrowland Tips

  • PeopleMover is great for a break if you have sore/tired legs and feet. It's not super long, but it's an attraction we always find ourselves going on when our family is petering out in the evening.
  • BuzzLightyear's Space Ranger Spins can attract a long line so consider FastPassing it if your little ones really want to go on it. Last year we found the line early in the afternoon was about 35 min. This year, we found it was about 20 min in the early evening. Super cute ride and well worth going on in our opinions.
  • Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor is super great for little ones and adults in our opinions. It's actually quite a funny little child-appropriate comedy show that is somewhat interactive with the crowd. This year was our first year doing it and it was definitely worth it!
  • Tomorrowland Terrace is great when other quick service dining seating areas are full. It's actually great in general for a quick break! We took several breaks here this year, one to simply rest for a few minutes and one to eat dinner. There are several quick service dining options where Main Street USA and Tomorrowland meet (on the Main Street USA side) so you can easily walk with your food over to the Tomorrowland Terrace to eat. The cafeteria-style quick service restaurant here was closed when we were there and we're not sure why.
  • Stitch's Great Escape is stinky! There is one part during the ride where Stitch burps near your face and ... it's pretty gross! Definitely a bit much for sensory kiddos with touchy noses. That aside, it's a fairly cute attraction with moving seats if your little ones like Stitch. It isn't a ride we went on this year, but we did try it last year.
  • Space Mountain is not for super little ones due to height requirements. Those that go on must be at least 44" tall. Our youngest (nearly 7) was just shy of 44" when we went, but our oldest was tall enough. None of us ended up going on it because it's a roller coaster and our oldest was not up for a 4th roller coaster after his morning of coasters. He isn't a huge fan of super aggressive rides in general (our youngest isn't either), so we were surprised we were able to coax him to go on most of the others. 
  • Mr. Incredible hosts a dance party in the evening towards the furthest end of Tomorrowland. We didn't take part in it, but saw it from the PeopleMover and it looked like fun! None of us could remember if they were doing this last year or not.
  • View some of the Main Street USA parades from Tomorrowland Terrace if you want to avoid the crowds. You can't see quite as well as being street-side, but we found it was a nice break from the large groups of people that pack the streets during the parades.
  • The First Aid Station is located to the left of the area where Main Street USA and Tomorrowland meet if you're looking at the Magic Castle; around to the right of Casey's Corner if your back is to the Magic Castle.
  • Bathrooms are located between Tomorrowland Terrace and the Plaza Restaurant in the corner (at street-level) as well as to the furthest right-hand corner of Tomorrowland Terrace itself.


Tomorrowland Ride Tips & Reviews

Tomorrowland is an area that tends to get fairly crowded since there are fewer open areas in some bits and rides are close together compared to some other areas of the park. It makes getting from ride to ride easy, but also makes it very important to hold onto impulsive little ones that tend to run off when they see exciting things (like our youngest). 

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
This is the entrance to Tomorrowland, which is to the far right of the park if you're facing the Magic Castle at the end of Main Street USA where it opens up. To the right of this bridge is the Tomorrowland Terrace where you can take a break or bring your quick service dining if you can't find seating elsewhere. It is shaded and moderately temperature controlled, though open. Tomorrowland Terrance can be accessed both from Main Street USA as well as in Tomorrowland.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
This is part of the main walkway in Tomorrowland when you first pass through the entrance.
As you can see, the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant is to the right and several rides are on either sides after. This is a light crowd for this area, which can fill up very quickly since it's a bit more narrow than other areas of Magic Kingdom.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a cute, family-friendly comedy show that interacts with some of the crowd. Very cute, we all enjoyed it! I've never seen super long lines here, but you never know.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Before the show you can share your jokes via text with the attraction and some are chosen to be used. We didn't do this, but it's a cute feature!

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
It was really fun for our guys to see props made to look like things in the Monsters Inc. movies!

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
There were cute little details throughout the lobby where you waited to be seated for the show.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Several characters from the movie make an appearance to tell jokes and interact with the crowd. The screen is quite large and somewhat 3D looking.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
This was our view of the steampunk style Maleficent dragon during one of the parades from Tomorrowland Terrace. To the far left is the Plaza Restaurant (which we'll discuss in our next post) and to the far right is the Magic Castle behind those trees.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Another view of the steampunk Maleficent dragon.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
There goes steampunk Maleficent shooting out her flames again! Click for a larger view.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
We wanted to let the kids see Mickey in the hot air balloon (all our youngest wanted during our Magic Kingdom day was to see Mickey) so we moved down to the street level area near Main Street USA for a better look. This parade seemed to have a mix of characters including some from what we believe were Fantasia movies. This was the second parade we saw that day from what we recall.

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Here they come!
This area gets VERY busy during the parades and it's almost impossible to get from one side of the park to the other by passing through here. Thankfully, the parades don't last super long during the day though (nothing like the Electrical Parade, which is fabulous and long at night).

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
The dancers and costumes are always super fun at Disney!

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
And finally, we saw Mickey! Our youngest was thrilled :)

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
Dad managed to get this shot of the Magic Kingdom from the PeopleMover at night. It's fun during the day, but at night the lights are beautiful from here!

orlando family travel guide 2015 tomorrowland review & tips
We were moving pretty quickly so it was hard to get a good shot, but this was the Incredibles dance party we passed on the PeopleMover. You can see Frozone there in blue and white near the center and Mr. Incredible on the left close to the stage. There was a live DJ and it looked like everyone was having a really good time. If we'd had more energy and hadn't been heading back to ride a few rides in other areas before closing we probably would have joined in!

We didn't get a lot of shots of individual rides in Tomorrowland this year because our camera was dying by the end of the day. This area is fun and has a lot of cute attractions for both little and older ADHDers. It is a very busy area with a slightly more narrow setup in some areas compared to other parts of the park, so keep that in mind if you have impulsive, busy little guys.

I would assume the upcoming movie Tomorrowland was inspired by this area in the same way other movies (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean) have been inspired by Disney rides in the past. It'll be interesting to see what (if anything) they incorporate from this area!

Don't forget to check out all of our features from our 2015 Orlando Family Travel Guide:
Note: This trip was in no way sponsored. All opinions mentioned above are our own based on our experiences.

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