Over at Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland is slowly getting a makeover fit for the 21st century. The last time Tomorrowland received an update was for the 1994 New Tomorrowland project, which transformed Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland into a “Tomorrow That Never Was”. The first major change that has happened since the latest refurbishment was announced was the replacement of the Tomorrowland sign. Different shades of paint now grace the exterior of various buildings in the land, the Tomorrowland Speedway got a bit of a facelift, and Star Traders lost the Mickey (literally) with a full-on redesign. The current work being done for the new update is focused on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
The most noticeable work is on the beams lining the PeopleMover’s track. These posts were covered in some of the most distinct accents from the 1994 New Tomorrowland update. If you visit the park today, you’ll see the supports in various stages of the refurbishment process.
In some areas of the track, the steel (and rather rusty) supports are exposed. They look a little sad and grungy.
You can also see where some of the top metal layers with circular cutouts are also being removed. These attach to the posts currently under refurbishment, so you’ll notice that some sections still remain.
To make the appearance of these stripped posts a bit easier on the eyes, in central areas of Tomorrowland, the beams have been wrapped in a gray scrim material. This helps to camouflage the supports into their surroundings.
In strategically placed sections of the track, the 1994 New Tomorrowland accents are still attached to the posts. Our guess is that they were left to distract from the bare beams left in between.
We’ll keep monitoring the progress of the work happening in Tomorrowland. We know that many people have mixed feelings about the reimagining of the land. It seems Disney has been moving to a more contemporary, minimalistic aesthetic throughout all of the parks with the most recent change being the new sign at Hollywood Studios. How do you feel about the changes happening in Tomorrowland? Let us know in the comments.