Welcome to Big Castle Travel’s Saturday Stroll series! This weekly series takes you through each land in each park in Walt Disney World. Last week we visited Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. This week we will hand a right at Cinderella Castle and cross the bridge to Tomorrowland.
We have organized this in two ways. First, we have organized it into sections similar to how Disney organizes it in the My Disney Experience app: Attractions, Restaurants (Dining), Entertainment, and Shopping. Second, we listed them in order of appearance as if you took a counterclockwise path around the land, starting from the bridge from the hub to Tomorrowland.
Let’s get started on our Saturday stroll through Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World!
Attractions at Disney World include both rides and experiences. We have listed the permanent and daily attractions, but be on the lookout for seasonal attractions and special events while you are in Magic Kingdom!
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
The first attraction we stroll to in Tomorrowland is the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. This interactive comedy show is based on the Monsters, Inc. universe after the event of the movie.
Mike Wazowski will be your one-eye Monster of Ceremonies. Comedians behind the scenes voice live interactions and jokes with the audience. Don’t be surprised if someone in your party gets singled-out!
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Are you ready to be a Galactic Hero? Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is an awesome interactive shooter that lets riders control the direction of their ride vehicle and fire lasers at galactic enemies.
You and your partner will need to work together to aim toward the right targets. Look for the smaller targets around Emperor Zurg for higher scores. If you max out the score board you can get a Galactic Hero sticker.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is an original Magic Kingdom attraction. The slow moving tour around Tomorrowland was envisioned as a transportation option of the future.
Even though the PeopleMover is an afterthought for most visitors, it can be a relaxing way to get off your feet on any park day. For the next few months it will also be a great way to get a view of the TRON Lightcycle coaster construction.
If guests are looking for a classic, themed carousel, we will usually recommend Dumbo in Storybook Circus. But the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland does have a unique factor that most of the other carousels do not have. The VIEW!
Astro Orbiter is the highest point in Tomorrowland and is visible atop of the PeopleMover station. The altitude gives you a beautiful vantage point of Tomorrowland, part of the Enchanted Forest, the hub, and of course Cinderella Castle.
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Based on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair venue, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is an embodiment of Walt’s spirit and the spirit of technological progress. While it is not quite an original attraction, most regular guests consider this attraction an integral part of Magic Kingdom.
Most regular guests will also comment on the declining quality of the attraction. It is pretty clear that it is need of a serious refurbishment. Whether or not Disney actually changes the scenes or simply updates the animatronics, we hope the Carousel of Progress remains in Magic Kingdom as a testament to Disney World’s technological progress.
It’s time for the first Disney mountain in our series! As long as everyone in your party is over 44″ tall (and likes roller coasters), Space Mountain should be on your must-do list. And if it’s on your must-do list, it needs to be part of your FastPass+ strategy as well.
Once you board your rocket ship you will blast off on a rip-roaring thrill ride through outer space. This ride is almost completely in the dark, so be aware that you will rarely know which way the twists, turns, and drops will go!
Tomorrowland Speedway is simultaneously one of Big Castle Travel’s most nostalgic rides and most disappointing rides. The slow moving gasoline cars are great for kids over 32″ tall. But therein lies the disappointment: they are still gasoline cars.
As we head into 2020 it is incredibly surprising that there have been no efforts to convert the Tomorrowland Speedway to electric vehicles. In a land all about the future, changing the ride vehicles is a necessary step in the right direction.
Say it with me, “Disney World food is more than just pizza and hamburgers.” Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland area has four permanent restaurants in addition to various stands and roaming vendors.
The Lunching Pad
The Lunching Pad is a casual, snack-focused spot underneath the PeopleMover station. You will find theme park classics here like Mickey Pretzels, churros, and hot dogs. It’s worth stopping by The Lunching Pad to see their special stuffed pretzel selection. Recently they have only served a pretzel stuffed with sweet cream cheese, but in the past they have served a delicious jalapeño cream cheese stuffed pretzel.
A combination of a cooling station and a snack stand, Cool Ship is the go-to spot for the classic Magic Kingdom churros. Despite the large spaceship, this can be an unassuming snack stand so be sure not to miss it!
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
This quick service restaurant is yet another nostalgic but disappointing spot for those who visited Magic Kingdom as a kid. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café serves standard lunch and dinner options. It’s the type of food most people complain about for low quality and high price in the parks.
But don’t let the food snobs stop you! Cosmic Ray’s is an easy spot to get kid-friendly food. The caveat there is that ordering isn’t always easy, as they have multiple food “bays” that serve different types of food. You may have to order from multiple bays to get your full family’s order.
Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies is the final snack spot in Tomorrowland. Auntie Gravity exclusively serves sweet treats, and often has seasonal specialties as well. The Pumpkin Spice Milkshake has been a big hit for the fall 2019 season!
Entertainment at Walt Disney World encompasses most shows, parades, and character interactions. We list the entertainment offerings that are available daily in each land. Tomorrowland does not have any permanent entertainment, and rather hosts numerous characters and events over the course of the day. Be sure to check a local times guide and ask Cast Members for any special entertainment options while you are in Magic Kingdom.
One thing to remember about Walt Disney World is that each shopping experience is unique in some way. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that each shop has the same merchandise and clothing or you might miss out on your new favorite item!
Here are the permanent shops in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Photos
We don’t make up the store names, Disney does. There is a discussion to be had if the this ride gift shop is actually called Buzz Lightyear’s Star Command, but according to Disney it is officially called Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos.
This name is partially due to the fact that you can add ride photos from Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin to your My Disney Experience account here. But otherwise this gift shop is the perfect spot to get Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story themed merchandise.
Ursa's Major Minor Mart
Ursa’s Major Minor Mart is a simple kiosk near the outdoor event venue in Tomorrowland. It sells a smattering of relevant merchandise from nearby rides and attractions. You can usually find some of the standard Disney souvenirs and clothing items here.
Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
The original place to build your own Star Wars Lightsaber, the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. mostly functions as the ride gift shop for Space Mountain. It is relatively large and holds a lot of merchandise, so take a stroll through to see unique Space Mountain, Star Wars, and other Tomorrowland-themed swag.
Mickey's Star Traders
Be sure to look up when you enter Mickey’s Star Traders and wave to the guests on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority’s PeopleMover as they pass. Over the past year this shop has catered to more of the fad merchandise as well as new and experimental swag designs. Otherwise Star Traders has a solid selection of Tomorrowland merch.
Merchant of Venus
Merchant of Venus is the final shopping option in Tomorrowland. What used to be the defacto gift shop for two different Tomorrowland attractions that have since closed, this shop currently carries most of the same Tomorrowland-themed merchandise. Disney will always surprise people with their distribution of apparel and toys, so it’s still worth walking through to see if anything unique catches your eye!