PHOTOS: New Tomorrowland 1994 “Gear” Floor Now Being Replaced with Generic Pavement at Magic Kingdom
We’ve been watching pavement be replaced throughout Walt Disney World, including in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Pavement work in Tomorrowland moved towards the land’s main thoroughfare a few days ago, which led us to speculate that the themed 1994 New Tomorrowland “gear” pavement would be replaced. Well, that replacement is now confirmed.
A large completed section in the center of the land is now just generic pavement. This coloring matches all of the ground that was replaced near the Tomorrowland Speedway recently.
With much of the ground around it already scored, we suspect it is only a matter of days until this grey pavement is covering all of Tomorrowland.
A few small segments are being completed overnight each evening.
Tomorrowland at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been through several major updates throughout their existence, but this is the first time we’ve seen it done in such slow phases and with so little actually being altered. It does feel like a budget-conscious update of the land just to allow TRON Lightcycle Run to fit in with the surrounding aesthetic (provided we still don’t even know if the proposed Wreck-It Ralph attraction will ever be put back on track thanks to the pandemic). All that we have really seen are a few signs getting replaced, some new pavement, a lot of white paint, and the removal of select props from 1994 that were easier to remove than others. What we are left with is a sad amalgamation of the 1971 Tomorrowland and the 1994 New Tomorrowland. Generally, the land feels confused as to what it is, and it feels like Disney is confused as to what it is too.
As usual with our exhaustive coverage here at WDWNT, we will update you on the pavement progress as it rolls along.