One of the most iconic buildings of Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is Space Mountain. It opened in 1975, and was the first one Disney built.
Originally, Tomorrowland was a vision of the future. But as it became obvious that trying to keep the future up to date was an impossible task, Disney took a more science fiction approach to the land.
Now it is populated by alien creatures such as Stitch from the Disney animated film “Lilo and Stitch,” or Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg from the “Toy Story” movies, or even Mike from “Monsters, Inc.”
Other attractions are classics, such as the Tomorrowland Speedway, and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, which first appeared in nearly the same form at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Opening in 2021, in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, will be a domestic version of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run, which first appeared in 2016 at Shanghai Disneyland. The attraction will be a major addition to the land and will be just north of Space Mountain.
(Editor’s note: Short opinions from the writer, a former Disney Imagineer, appear in italics.)
Dining and snacks
Eating in Tomorrowland is more about speed.
There are two main places to eat in the area. The first is the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. It is a counter service restaurant and features burgers, premade salads, and even peanut butter and jelly at this quick-service facility near the entrance to the land.
The second is Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. This quick, counter-service restaurant also serves burgers, along with hot dogs, fries, chicken nuggets and more. While eating, diners might catch a live show on the elevator stage in the dining area.
The Lunching Pad sits underneath the Astro Orbiter rockets and the station for the PeopleMover. It features snacks, pretzels and beverages – important in the Florida heat and humidity.
Another snack stand is Cool Ship with snacks and beverages.