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Tomorrowland

Disney Description from June 2016:

The new Tomorrowland, created especially for Shanghai Disneyland, is a place of limitless possibilities. With imaginative design, cutting-edge materials and programmable spaces, it blends the best of mankind, nature and technology. Tomorrowland celebrates the hope, optimism and potential of the future – themes from the original Disneyland – now for a whole new culture and the next generations.

Disney’s innovative use of technology has produced a fresh land where guests will go to infinity and beyond on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a new target-shooting adventure; break the bonds of gravity on Jet Packs; and step into the worlds of the Star Wars galaxy. With the world premiere of TRON Lightcycle Power Run, guests will board two-wheeled Lightcycles for one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park. It’s a coaster-style attraction with high-speeds, an indoor-outdoor track and rich storytelling.
 
Guests of all ages, especially teens and young adults, will enjoy the atmosphere in Tomorrowland. On the lower level, Pepsi E-Stage hosts Baymax Super Exercise Expo by day and serves as a play space for bands and DJs by night. A winding ramp to the upper concourse takes guests to TRON Plaza and the Stargazer Grill restaurant, which has spectacular views of Shanghai Disney Resort as well as the stage below.
 
The land’s aerodynamic design, technological edge and bright promise of tomorrow make it attractive for guests seeking new worlds of adventure. They will learn that Shanghai was chosen by Sam Flynn as a location for the permanent portal between Earth and his computer world of TRON; that the United Galactic Federation selected Tomorrowland as the ideal location for their Stitch Monitoring Station; and that Buzz Lightyear chose Tomorrowland as his Earth-bound Star Command station for the recruitment and mounting of planet-saving missions.
 
TRON Lightcycle Power Run
With the world premiere of TRON Lightcycle Power Run, the future world comes to Tomorrowland, through the inspiring story of the Disney film TRON: Legacy. Riding atop individual, two-wheeled Lightcycles, guests are launched across a canopied section of track – the Upload Conduit – before diving high-speed into a mysterious game world of lights, projection and sound effects. Guests waiting to board will have fun imagining the future world as they listen to the evocative soundtrack and watch the Lightcycle trains twist and turn all around them, all under a color-shifting canopy. Even at a distance, guests will marvel at the massive, undulating canopy. Covered in a translucent material, it reveals the pulsing glow of Lightcycle trains as guests zip through the attraction. The entire canopy is edged in a dramatic, blue-green ribbon that changes color as it rolls across, over and around TRON Plaza. The canopy draws inspiration from many Chinese references, from an elegant calligraphy line to the tail of a dragon, and allows one’s imagination to take flight.
 
Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue
Guests join a mission to help save the day on Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, an interactive adventure inspired by the DisneyžPixar Toy Story films. The immersive, new storyline combined with a new, interactive targeting system will make this one of the most engaging attractions at a Disney park. The attraction features cosmic visuals, animated targets, LED screens and real-time feedback from the targeting system. As the story goes, the Evil Emperor Zurg is threatening to destroy the home planet of the Aliens. Buzz is a Space Ranger who recruits park guests to board new vehicles – Space Cruisers – to help him fight Zurg. Shooting on-board blasters with individualized colors, guests will aim at more than 100 targets, the most in any Buzz Lightyear attraction worldwide. With each target hit, they rise higher in the ranks of Buzz Lightyear’s elite squadron.
 
Jet Packs
On Jet Packs, guests will become sky pilots, taking off on transportation of the future. Strapped into individual Jet Packs and with legs dangling, pilots will enjoy the thrill and wonder of flying. At the center of the attraction, the energy sphere will spin faster and faster as the ride progresses. Guests will be able to control how high their Jet Pack lifts into the air. From their sky-high vantage point, pilots will have a breathtaking view of Tomorrowland and the rest of Shanghai Disneyland.
 
Star Wars Launch Bay
In this celebration of the Star Wars galaxy, guests may encounter heroes and villains of the saga, visit iconic intergalactic set-pieces, view props and memorabilia from the most recent Episode, and be immersed in the Skywalker story through a state-of-the-art cinematic experience.
 
Stitch Encounter
With new humor and content for the Shanghai Disney Resort audience, Stitch – known as “Experiment 626” – engages in unrehearsed conversations, plays games, makes jokes and takes guests for a spin around the galaxy in “Stitch Encounter.” Guests will see whimsical depictions of Stitch on his many adventures – both in outer space and around China and he plays with pandas, eats Chinese dumplings. This real-time, interactive, live animated show takes place in one of two intimate theaters in Tomorrowland. It stars Stitch, the mischievous, animated alien from the Walt Disney Pictures animated film, Lilo & Stitch.

Stargazer Grill
From the upper concourse of Tomorrowland, Stargazer Grill will offer some of the most spectacular views in Shanghai Disneyland. From the outdoor deck, guests will be able to see the Enchanted Storybook Castle and beyond as they enjoy Chinese and Western food, including a variety of burgers. The largest restaurant in the theme park, Stargazer Grill celebrates the architectural forms of Tomorrowland with a rippled sculptural design and a mix of futuristic comfortable seating positions. Natural light, sleek technology and the gracefully curved ceiling creates an understated sophistication, while glass orbs of light twinkle from the ceiling like stars in the sky.

 

Attractions
Current Attractions:
  • Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • Jet Packs (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run (FP) (Opened: Jun 16, 2016)
Dining
  • Stargazers Grill
  • Spiral Snacks
  • Outdoor Corndog Cart
  • Outdoor Popcorn Cart

 

Quick Facts
  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run is one of the fastest roller coaster attractions at any Disney theme park worldwide, as of opening day. The first attraction of its kind at Disney Parks, the thrilling coaster transports guests into the computerized world of TRON from the Disney film, on a 966 meter-long track–756 meters inside and 210 meters outside. The cable and wiring for this attraction could circle the city of Shanghai 37 times.

 

Geek's Thoughts
From April 2018:
  • Took a look at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland.  Star Wars is not overly popular in China.  The bay was a near ghost town with more Cast Members than guests moving about.  Characters were at the end of their Meet and Greets interacting with anyone that walked by.  So I was able to see several with no wait. 
  • The Buzz Lightyear attraction in Shanghai is a next generation compared to what the other parks have.  It feels much more like a video game with targets that are screens and change as you shoot them. Also the guns have colored lasers so you can see which is yours a lot easier.   The ride experience is the same in terms of an omnimover that you can control direction and blasters to shoot targets with a score.   We really enjoyed the game.  One note it felt darker than the other Buzz games. Not sure if this was to make the targets more visible or just a darker planet we were visiting.
  • Stopped by the Pepsi stage in Tomorrowland for the Baymax Super Exercise Expo.  The show featured Baymax on stage doing some exercises with the support of others from Big Hero 6 on the video screen.  It was in Mandarin so I did not understand it but was able to follow along.  The kids in the audience were dancing/exercising along.   It was sort of a mix between a dance party and character show.  The kids seemed to love it.

 

 

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