Yesterday while at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, I had the chance to see a special preview of Disney Picture’s Tomorrowland! The preview, which started a few weeks ago, gives a sneak preview into what Tomorrowland is. Before I saw part of the preview, I really didn’t know what Tomorrowland was except for a land of progress located at the Magic Kingdom. Luckily, Disney Pictures sent out this video to show us just what Tomorrowland really is before the movie hits theaters May 22nd!
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
Here is another sneak preview into Tomorrowland!
So how did Tomorrowland (the movie) come about? During a press conference Damon Lindelof, the producer of Tomorrowland said that it all started during lunch with Sean Bailey who is the president of production at Disney. During a discussion about Marvel movies and princess movies, Lindelof stated that he wondered what the next Disney Movie should be. The last thing out of his mouth during that conversation was, “I don’t know what it’s about, but I would see a movie called Tomorrowland.”
This movie embodies the foundation of not only Disney parks but Walt Disney himself. The movie pays homage to Disney by utilizing key attractions from the 1964 World’s Fair that Disney showcased such attractions as Carousel of Progress and It’s A Small World. I also learned that the movie was to be much longer than the final cut. The longer version featured Disneyland, Walt Disney himself and Tomorrowland (the actual land) but was cut for two reasons. The first is the fact that the movie was already 2 hours long and adding more could possibly lose people’s interest. The second was that they didn’t want the viewers to feel like they were pushing a Disney park on them.
Lindelof said the feeling was that by directly referencing Disney and Disneyland in a movie that is a Disney movie, it just suddenly felt like, “Oh, are we trying to sell tickets to go to the theme park,” when the theme park should be selling tickets to go and see Tomorrowland.
Also during the press conference there was discussion of a possible attraction coming to Disney Parks for the Tomorrowland movie. After laughing about the possible update of one of my favorite attractions, Carousel of Progress they confirmed that no attractions were planned at this time for Disney parks.
I will be at a preview of Tomorrowland on Tuesday and cannot wait to do a full review. If there is one thing I know, it is that I am excited to see Tomorrowland! Make sure you check out Tomorrowland’s official website here.
Are you ready to see what Tomorrowland is for yourself? Comment below and let me know what you are most excited for!