ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disneyland of Southern California opened its
renovated and expanded Tomorrowland themed area.
With the theme "Imagination and Beyond," the new Tomorrowland is
designed to transport visitors on a journey into the future.
Although a number of additions anchor the experience, many of
the classic Tomorrowland attractions such as Space Mountain and
Star Tours remain and now feature updated designs and features.
The new attractions at Tomorrowland, which debuted May 22,
include a simulated high-speed rocket ride, an unusual sculpture at
the entrance, a 3-D experience and an interactive pavilion of
technology and imagination.
The Astro Orbitor, Tomorrowland's signature attraction standing
64 feet high, is a sculpture in constant motion with orbs that
represent the planets and constellations.
Beneath the sculpture, guests can pilot their own spaceships and
soar through a simulated space world.
Behind the Astro Orbitor is a ride called Rocket Rods, which
features open-air rockets that provide the fastest, longest journey
A 3-D adventure called "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" is staged
in the former Magic Eye theater.
The show boasts the latest in 3-D film techniques and special
effects, with surprises such as a floor that moves in coordination
with the film.
Innoventions is a two-level interactive pavilion of
Highlights include presentations on technology in the home,
workplace, education, health and fitness, transportation and
entertainment, and interactive areas with hands-on displays.
In front of Innoventions, a fountain enables guests to play in
mazes of water that shoot from the ground in synchronized
Another new feature of Tomorrowland is a 550-seat restaurant
called Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, featuring salads, pastas and
In addition to the new features, Tomorrowland's building
facades, guest areas, landscaping and existing rides and
attractions have been redesigned to suggest a futuristic
Beyond Tomorrowland, Disneyland is working on its largest
expansion to date -- Disney's California Adventure, a 55-acre theme
park scheduled for completion by 2001.
The 55-acre facility, Disneyland's second park, will reflect the
diversity of the Golden State and include an entertainment center
with shopping venues, theaters and restaurants, as well as a deluxe
Among the experiences at the park will be a studio district
featuring rides and attractions with Hollywood themes.
Another district of the park will reflect California images of
palm-lined boardwalks and sunsets over the Pacific and contain
rides, street artists and musicians.
In another area of the park, guests will be able to soar in hang
gliders and participate in other adventure-oriented activities such
as exploring forests, deserts and caverns, and taking a white-water
The 750-room Grand Californian will be located directly inside
Disney's California Adventure park.
The property will reflect a residential style and feature a
complex of swimming pools, banquet and meeting rooms, and a wedding
Disney's California Adventure will be connected to Disneyland by
a public esplanade of themed retail, dining and entertainment
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