Remember back in the day when Tomorrowland at Disneyland was a bustling center of activity? It seemed like everywhere you looked, there was something to do — especially if you looked up.
But then the Skyway to Fantasyland closed. And the Rocket Jets were taken from their perch high above Tomorrowland and moved down the lane, much closer to Earth. And the PeopleMover, with its winding track that took us over and through Tomorrowland’s attractions, was killed off and replaced by the short-lived Rocket Rods, which never really got off the ground, so to speak. And the land of Tomorrow became just a bit dimmer.
Today, if you’re in Tomorrowland and look up, you’ll still see the empty, unused track of the PeopleMover. It’s a piece of real estate that just begs to be used again, and, with Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” getting a big promotional push from the studio, now is the perfect time to bring back the old attraction.
What does “Tron: Legacy” have to do with the PeopleMover? Well, if you remember way back when, images from the original “Tron” were projected onto the surrounding walls as the PeopleMover glided silently through the Carousel Building, which housed America Sings at the time (and is now home to Innoventions). When the PeopleMover shuttered, so too did any references to “Tron” in the park.
So far there is no plan in place to resurrect the PeopleMover, but the Disneyland Resort is planning to celebrate “Tron: Legacy” by retheming its nightly “GlowFest” celebration at Disney California Adventure (working title of the event: “ElecTRONica”). There will be drinks, dancing and a “Tron”-inspired video arcade set up in the Hollywood Backlot.
It’s a mildly interesting concept, but I still hold out hope that “Tron: Legacy” is so successful it will make a permanent home at Disneyland, bringing back an old favorite with it.