By Catlin Corsello
Of the different lands in the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland is one of the richest in small details and different experiences. Themed after an international space port, guests can explore the area and blast off into space, battle the Evil Emperor Zurg, laugh along with some monsters, and travel through time to see progress. With so many great experiences to be had, Tomorrowland seems like a real place thanks to the insane level of detail everywhere. Nestled in the details are plenty of hidden secrets for guests to discover on their days in the Magic Kingdom. These hidden details are what help to make Tomorrowland so amazing, and guests will love finding them. Here are seven hidden secrets in Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World.
7. Mixing Characters –
Guests who experience Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin are outfitted with laser blasters and asked to help score plenty of points to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg. After passing through many different rooms full of targets, guests exit the attraction into a gift shop called Buzz’s Star Command which sells items themed to Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story. In the gift shop is a massive mural all along the right hand wall which depicts Tomorrowland full of alien creatures enjoying the sights. In the sky above, there is a small ship rocketing away from guests, and those who look closely will recognize it as belonging to Stitch!
6. A Fitting Number –
Space Mountain is supposed to be the transportation hub for Tomorrowland where guests and aliens can blast off into space and ultimately return to earth. Guests who brave the indoor roller coaster attraction feel as though they are really launching off into outer space in near darkness. Throughout the attraction’s queue, there are several references to Starport 75 which seems like a random number for the location, but is a nod to the fact that Space Mountain opened in 1975.
5. TTA’s Hidden Mickey –
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover takes guests on a serene tour of Tomorrowland along the highway in the sky. Along the way, guests are offered beautiful views of Tomorrowland and Cinderella Castle and glimpses into nearby attractions like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. In addition to the views, there are also several scenes throughout the TTA which showcase life in the future. At one point, guests pass by a woman getting her hair done while waiting for her commuter train. Guests can look to the right hand side of their attraction vehicle for the woman and should pay close attention to her belt where a classic Hidden Mickey can be found.
4. Progress City –
Another small exhibit that guests pass by on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a massive model of Progress City. This model was originally developed by Walt Disney himself and it was his first vision of what ultimately became Epcot. Disney imagined a utopian city of the future where people both lived and worked, and guests who look closely at the model of Progress City can see examples of both home and work life. This model is a great piece of Walt Disney World history and is right at home in Tomorrowland.
3. A Christmas Hidden Mickey –
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is an attraction that was originally developed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The attraction brings guests into a theater which then rotates around several scenes. Guests are introduced to an American family and watch as they continue throughout the century to see how progress has impacted their lives. The final scene of the Carousel of Progress shows the family in modern times gathered around the tree celebrating Christmas. The scene features several Hidden Mickeys, but a great one to spot can be found on the left hand side of the stage. Guests can look for a mantel decked out with several nutcrackers, one of whom looks just like Mickey!
2. An X-S Reference –
Stitch’s Great Escape brings guests into the world from the animated film Lilo & Stitch and into an intergalactic prison. Guests ultimately end up inside a theater in the round where Stitch is at first captured, but then escapes, causing havoc everywhere. While waiting in the lobby and preshow area of the attraction, guests should look around for a sign referencing X-S. Before Stitch’s Great Escape existed, the space used to previously be occupied by the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter where guests entered into the same theater for a demonstration by the company X-S Tech. The name was obviously a play on the fast advances in science and technology, and guests can still find the letters X-S in Stitch’s Great Escape today.
1. A Historical Page –
Guests who are enjoying a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover can at one point hear someone come over the intercom and say: “Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow. Please contact Mr. Johnson in the control tower to confirm your flight to the moon.” This page might just seem like a random phrase to add some details to the TTA, but it actually pays homage to several different aspects of Walt Disney World history. Tom Morrow used to be the host of Innoventions in Epcot and Mr. Johnson was a character on the extinct attraction Mission to Mars which used to exist in the space where Stitch’s Great Escape is. In addition, Mission to Mars had previously been named Flight to the Moon which explains why Tom Morrow and Mr. Johnson are looking to fly there. With such a simple page on a great attraction, there is so much Disney history to be discovered! Hidden secrets like this are what make Tomorrowland and Walt Disney World so great!