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  • Is Tomorrowland's Entrance Work More Than Just "Project Stardust" At This Point?

    This week, I was surprised by the new work that has appeared in front of the metallic Mitsuo Natsume murals. When the shells popped up, many fans hoped it would be a return of the fountains but for the meantime they appear to be an homage of the planters that were used from the 70s to late 90s. I understood that the "french fry" rocks were being cleared and a new entrance put in its place to ease up crowd flow, but are these new decorations a sign of more retro things to come for Tomorrowland?

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    I agree, it's an homage. With xeriscaping and water conservation being our 'future' I can see them not installing a water feature at the TL entrance.
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    • #3
      WDW had basically been confirmed for some heavy work at Tomorrowland. Meanwhile, staircases and some planters look to be the extent of our future.

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      • #4
        Looks like the 99 cent store.......
        lol
        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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        • #5
          I think Disney is making the entrance to Tomorrow nice, in preparation for construction walls going up in the future. Or I can only hope.

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          • #6
            The new entrance is lipstick on a pig.

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            • #7
              I am glad to see the FF rocks gone and am glad to see the entrance was not completely reimagined and still pays homage to classic TL. I still hold out hope they will go the full campy neofuturism route as that styling is timeless as it's pure sci-fi fantasy and does not reflect actual real world timelines. Now if we can just get the Rockets back to where they belong that would be stellar.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by tarheelalum View Post
                The new entrance is lipstick on a pig.
                LOL.............but nice looking lipstick
                Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OptimistMover View Post
                  This week, I was surprised by the new work that has appeared in front of the metallic Mitsuo Natsume murals.
                  I'm so happy that I am not the only one who knows the genius of Mitsuo Natsume. A a Modeler myself as a hobby, I've always appreciated his detail.


                  http://mitsuonatsume.com/


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                  "While he was seldom, if ever, boastful of his work, Mits was particularly proud of the bench design that doubled as a raised planter bed. Note the clean, uncluttered look of the original entryway to Tomorrowland."

                  Obviously something lost on the current generation of WDI.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stovk View Post
                    Obviously something lost on the current generation of WDI.
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                    Looks like ""WATER FOUNTAIN's"" got lost with current generation of WDI

                    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stovk View Post
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                      WOW! I have never seen that concept model before. It's a very close representation of Herb's concept art. Gotta love the old school talent.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Eagleman View Post

                        LOL.............but nice looking lipstick
                        It is.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stovk View Post
                          After seeing this Natsume concept this makes me now want to see the entire SM queue re routed through the TL theater allowing the Starcade area to be used for something better maybe another Restaurant that leads out on the to the TL terrace since there will not longer be a queue up there.

                          This would free up the Starcade/Trader/Tours building especially if they are moving ST to SW:GE or rennovating it into something else like has also have been rumored.

                          I know for a lot people who are older the hike up and down ramps to get to and from the ride are something they would love to see removed. I believe if they used the theater area for the queue it would package the queue in a more condensed fashion for the attraction and be a near level entrance exit.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tarheelalum View Post
                            The new entrance is lipstick on a pig.
                            What should they do then?
                            "And yes, we implore EVERYBODY to follow the park rules. Having off-ride footage is great, but any still photo's or video's taken ON the coasters at SFMM are strictly against the rules. They are there for your (and everybody's) safety." "Six Flags doesn't allow ANY loose articles on their coasters, and they don't allow video taping on their coasters. " BUT, "​ This is not true. Six Flags does not allow ANY On-Ride video or pictures on the rides. The ONLY way is if you get explicit permission from Park Management." ???

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TacAlert View Post

                              What should they do then?
                              What they should have done a decade ago. Remodel Tomorrow Land.

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                              • #16
                                Well
                                Still glad the French fry rocks is nor longer in the front.......
                                and does look cleaner ,
                                new entrance ease up crowd flow.
                                IMO
                                Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                • #17
                                  I have been following TL construction at WDW, and even made a thread in the forum, it appears they are partially returning back to pre-'94 TL. Maybe not all but a good amount. With the fixing up DL's TL entrance and adding the planters, and eventually the new retro additions, I think they are also partially returning to pre '98 TL.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by mondo View Post
                                    I have been following TL construction at WDW, and even made a thread in the forum, it appears they are partially returning back to pre-'94 TL. Maybe not all but a good amount. With the fixing up DL's TL entrance and adding the planters, and eventually the new retro additions, I think they are also partially returning to pre '98 TL.
                                    I am all for this and if they were to magically figure out a way to bring back PM and ATIS I believe the hardcore fans would rejoice and forums across the web would celebrate.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Starcade View Post

                                      I am all for this and if they were to magically figure out a way to bring back PM and ATIS I believe the hardcore fans would rejoice and forums across the web would celebrate.
                                      But it needs to be done using new technology.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by mondo View Post

                                        But it needs to be done using new technology.
                                        Yes of course, no need to for a giant plywood snowflakes with sparkly paint.

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