Disneyland Opens Expanded, Refurbished Tomorrowland

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 at Disneyland.

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 technology.

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 patterns.

Another new feature of Tomorrowland is a 550-seat restaurant called Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, featuring salads, pastas and pizzas.

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 environment.

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 hotel.

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 rafting expedition.

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 chapel.

Disney's California Adventure will be connected to Disneyland by a public esplanade of themed retail, dining and entertainment outlets.

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