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Tomorrowland – Magic Kingdom
This is my 2nd favourite land within Magic Kingdom after Frontier Land but that’s only because they have Splash and Big Thunder Mountain. Here you do have the Third Mountain in Magic Kingdom Space Mountain.
To find Tomorrowland you walk up Main St with Cinderella’s Castle in front you and Tomorrowland is located to the right. As you enter the first attraction you will see is Stitch’s Great Escape – tip: before you visit this attraction make sure you get a Fast Pass for either Space Mountain or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger ride.
This attraction uses the same Theatre that was the “Alien Encounter” and is still along the same lines you are new recruits who are escorting prisoners when something goes wrong……… It uses the Characters from Lilo and Stitch including Captain Gantuu and Pleakley, there are a few moments which may be frightening for younger children (ie if they afraid of dark) but this is no way as intense as the “Alien Encounter” and also has some very funny moments.
From here the next ride you will visit will be the Buzz Lightyear attraction, this is where brave Space Rangers (that’s you and I) enter into battle with Emperor Zurg in our XP-38 space cruisers which my little boy loves spinning around (really affects you score) each cruisers contains two ray guns which you use to shot at “Z’s” that are on various creatures that appear in the various scenes of toys you are taken through.
Now for the Third Mountain within Magic Kingdom Space Mountain this ride is hugely popular and lasts for three minutes. This ride is indoors and is completely in the dark except for flashes of light you glimpse of the other rockets as they sped through the outer reaches of space. The maximum speed you reach is 28mph so not fast by roller-coasters but as you have no idea what to expect it feels more thrilling. It’s like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but in the dark.
After Space Mountain the next attraction is the Astro Orbiter which sits on top of the Rockettower Plaza. We finally rode this on our last trip as the ride is slow loading you queue first to go up in the elevator and then you wait to be loaded in your space crafts. Once you are in your Space craft there are controls which allow you move the craft up and down. We got to ride at night and I would recommend you do this at night (as young children they will love it at anytime) but adults will love looking out over Magic Kingdom all light up.
A great tip for cooling off is to do the Carousal of Progress during the hottest part of the day as you are sitting in an aired condition theatre, which rotates around six stages showing the progress of Technology since the 1900’s. The show lasts approx 20 minutes and you will be humming the tune for the rest of the day "It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" by the end of it.
Unless you have young children I would miss “Tomorrowland Speedway” for a number of reason the ride is extremely slow loading. The other reasons is the ride itself which is quite boring as you do not really control the car as there is a guide rail for the car to follow and the car has only two speeds “stop” or “go”.
The final attraction within Tomorrowland is the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority) is a great way to relax and watch over Tomorrowland and see over the attractions. It’s a 10 minute ride which is very fast loading so queues rarely form. But the best bit is part of the track goes through Space Mountain and you can get a sneak peak at the attraction.
One thing I’m looking forward to on our next trip is visiting the Monster Inc Laughter Floor which is opening is spring 2007 so an update is follow. After Toy Story Monsters Inc is my favourite Disney-Pixar film and this shows uses all the main characters from the film.
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