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Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

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  • [Idea] Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

    Should Tomorrowland have the city feel that Main Street does? The lived in feeling? With shops, transport, games, and movies only in a futuristic town. I think it could solve many thimatical problems as well as give it a whole new feel.
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    Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

    Yes. I've said a number of times that this would be my favorite direction for TL to take.
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      Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

      Yes and no. I think that "lived-in" feeling is a crucial quality that Tomorrowland has always lacked, in every single one of its many incarnations. I'd really like to see that become a tangible part of the experience. However, I don't think it'd be a good idea to go too literally like Main Street. I'd rather see the place take on a spaceport/research center theme than a literal Main-Street-of-the-future theme. It would still afford plenty of opportunities to make it clear that this is a real space where real people work and live, not just some place with vaguely futuristic buildings containing rides and restaurants.

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        Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

        Originally posted by Datameister View Post
        Yes and no. I think that "lived-in" feeling is a crucial quality that Tomorrowland has always lacked, in every single one of its many incarnations. I'd really like to see that become a tangible part of the experience. However, I don't think it'd be a good idea to go too literally like Main Street. I'd rather see the place take on a spaceport/research center theme than a literal Main-Street-of-the-future theme. It would still afford plenty of opportunities to make it clear that this is a real space where real people work and live, not just some place with vaguely futuristic buildings containing rides and restaurants.
        Wasn't Walt Disney's original idea for Epcot to a be a future utopia for people to live and work?

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          Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

          More or less, yep.

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            Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

            Definetly! Tomorrowland DEFINETLY needs a more "lived in" city feel. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a movie because of the plastic-y coverings.

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              Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

              As long as you don't mean literally a street lined with shops, then yes. TL definitely lacks the 'lived in' quality that the other lands (IMO) have.
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                Re: Should Tomorrowland be a Main Street of the future?

                Yes, Walt originally envisioned EPCOT as an actual place where up to 20,000 people lived, not just a theme park or land. The company abandoned Walt's original concept of EPCOT after his death, and went ahead and built EPCOT as a theme park only. They also founded the development of Celebration, Florida, an unincorporated community near WDW, but the company has since divested most of its control over it.

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