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Tomorrowland (Space Mountain, PeopleMover, TRON)

Tomorrowland (Space Mountain, PeopleMover, TRON)

Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow. Welcome to our guide to Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom!

Tomorrowland showcases Walt Disney’s vision of the future. It first opened along with Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

The land might not be the most vibrant or prettiest to look at, but there’s no denying it has two of the most thrilling attractions — we’re looking at you Space Mountain and TRON Lightcycle / Run.

And we can’t forget our beloved PeopleMover that just might be our most favorite attraction to ride on a loop, while taking in some amazing views of the land.

Now, let’s explore all Tomorrowland has to offer.

Tomorrowland Overview

tomorrowland panoramic photo
  • Location: Magic Kingdom
  • Restaurants: 9 Quick Service (Tomorrowland Terrace, The Lunching Pad, Joffrey’s, Cool Ship, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Energy Bytes, 1 Snack and Drink Cart)
  • Shops: Star Traders, Buzz’s Star Command, Tomorrowland Launch Depot, Ursa Major’s Minor Mart
  • Entertainment: None
  • Attractions: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Astro Orbiter, Space Mountain, TRON Lightcycle / Run, Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Characters: Chip ‘n Dale, Stitch
  • Popular snacks and drinks: Cream Cheese Warm Stuffed Pretzel (The Lunching Pad)
  • Not-to-miss: Space Mountain, PeopleMover, TRON

Tomorrowland Map

map of tomorrowland

Dining

While there isn’t any Table Service dining available in Tomorrowland, you can find a range of Quick Service options.

Quick Service Restaurants

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

cosmic ray's tomorrowland

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Sonny Eclipse entertains with his music, there was a generous fixin’s bar but it has not been available since the shutdown
  • Cons: The food isn’t super great, especially when you consider that there are so many Quick Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom, several of which have delicious food

Cosmic Ray’s is a popular place for many to grab lunch and dinner.

cosmic ray's tomorrowland

While the food is pretty mediocre, there are options that will please little ones or picky eaters. Because it does get busy, you should definitely take advantage of Mobile Order.

indoor seating at cosmic ray's in tomorrowland

Of course, you don’t want to miss “Sonny Eclipse,” the audio-animatronic singer from the planet Zork who plays an astro-organ.

fuelrod in cosmic ray's in tomorrowland

You can even find a portable phone charging station, where you can swap and purchase FuelRods.

The Lunching Pad

the lunching pad tomorrowland

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: A new take on standard hot dogs, frozen drinks available
  • Cons: No indoor seating, area can be very busy

The Lunching Pad is an outdoor Quick Service spot in the middle of Tomorrowland.

cream cheese filled soft pretzel the lunching pad

While a big menu isn’t offered here, you can purchase a popular snack — the Cream Cheese Warm Stuffed Pretzel.

Mobile Ordering is also available!

the lunching pad seating area tomorrowland

There is also plenty of tables with chairs, but this area does get quite busy and fills up fast.

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

tomorrowland terrace restaurant in magic kingdom

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, and frozen drinks offer a nice variety that will please most families
  • Cons: No indoor seating but lots of covered open-air seating (look for a table on the lower level for a good castle view), mediocre food, only open seasonally

When available, Tomorrowland Terrace offers standard theme park food.

tomorrowland terrace indoor seating

There is also plenty of seating, with some offering stellar views of Cinderella Castle.

tomorrowland terrace outdoor seating

It can get busy here, so we recommend utlizing Mobile Order.

Cool Ship

cool ship tomorrowland

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Snacks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Good spot to grab a snack and cool off with a mist
  • Cons: No seating

This Quick Service stand has a range of snacks, like cotton candy, popcorn (and souvenir buckets), and ice cream.

cool ship menu tomorrowland

You can also find fountain beverages and bottled water.

cool ship mister tomorrowland

This is a great spot to visit on a hot day, because there’s a misting system!

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

auntie gravity's galactic ice cream tomorrowland

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Snacks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Refreshing snacks like soft serve ice cream, smoothies and sundaes, indoor seating next door
  • Cons: Limited outdoor seating area that can be noisy

If you’re in the mood for ice cream, you should head to Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies.

auntie gravity's galactic ice cream tomorrowland

You can usually find limited-time treats here, like during Halloween or the holidays.

There’s even indoor seating attached to the restaurant, which is perfect since ice cream can be a messy treat for little ones, especially on a hot day.

Energy Bytes

energy bytes snack stand by tron

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? TBD
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Snacks and beverages, including a watermelon refresher
  • Cons: No seating and limited menu options

Energy Bytes is a small food and drink kiosk located near TRON Lightcycle / Run featuring items themed to the area.

menu for energy bytes

The menu includes a range of options, like Chocolate Cake Doughnuts Holes, Digital Dumplings – Buffalo Chicken, Digital Dumplings – Beef & Broccoli, Strawberry IceOform with strawberry ice cream mochi, and a Watermelon Refresher.

Joffrey’s

joffrey's revive tomorrowland

When you see the “Revive” sign in Tomorrowland, know this is a Joffrey’s stand, where you can purchase coffee drinks, those famous massive donuts, and other goodies. This line can get long, so be warned.

Snack and Drink Cart

snack and drink cart tomorrowland

Near Tomorrowland Speedway, there’s a snack and drink cart selling ice cream and bottled beverages.

Seating Areas

Tomorrowland has quite a few different seating areas, whether they be tables with umbrellas, indoor seating at a Quick Service restaurant, or benches.

You’ll find benches all around the land.

tomorrowland seating areas

There are plenty of tables at The Lunching Pad.

the lunching pad seating area tomorrowland

When open, Tomorrowland Terrace has great outdoor seating. Just look at that view!

tomorrowland terrace seating

This area can get quite busy, but Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café has a lot of indoor and outdoor seating.

outdoor seating at cosmic ray's in tomorrowland

Between Star Traders and Tomorrowland Speedway, there are built-in stone benches around the trees.

benches tomorrowland speedway

You can also sit at these tables along Tomorrowland Speedway.

outdoor seating in tomorrowland

At the Merchant of Venus (attached to Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies), there are several indoor tables.

merchant of venus seating area tomorrowland

This seating are next to Auntie Gravity’s also has a spot to swap and purchase FuelRods.

fuelrod merchant of venus tomorrowland

Shops

Star Traders

star traders in tomorrowland

Star Traders is situated between Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.

star traders tomorrowland

You can find all kinds of souvenirs, like T-shirts, spirit jerseys, bags, ears, and so much more.

Buzz’s Star Command

buzz's star command tomorrowland

At the exit of Buzz’s Star Command, there’s a small shop selling Toy Story-themed merchandise.

buzz's star command tomorrowland

From apparel, to plushes, to toys, to other accessories, there are a lot of fun items featuring Buzz, Woody, and other beloved characters.

Tomorrowland Launch Depot

tomorrowland launch depot store at magic kingdom

This is the former Tomorrowland Light & Power Company.

Now known was Tomorrowland Launch Depot (located between the entrances to TRON and Space Mountain), you can find a range of merchandise here, including TRON-themed items.

tron merchandise in tomorrowland launch depot

From apparel, to jackets, a backpack that holds a new interactive Identity Disc that doubles as an audio speaker, there are several TRON collections to browse.

tron identity program

Specifically, this is where you can try the retail experience known as the “TRON Identity Program,” which offers guests a customizable “Program” action figure and identity chip that can be used to “re-program” other merch like the interactive Identity Discs and Remote Control Lightcycles.

You can make reservations for the interactive experience online.

fuelrod in tomorrowland launch depot

You can also find a portable charger machine inside Tomorrowland Launch Depot. This is where you can purchase and swap FuelRods.

Ursa Major’s Minor Mart

Ursa Major's Minor Mart tomorrowland

In the center of Tomorrowland (near Joffrey’s), you’ll find this small merchandise cart.

Ursa Major's Minor Mart tomorrowland

You can shop for bubble wands, ears, hats, pins, and more!

Attractions

Tomorrowland has a lot of attractions that are perfect for all ages, including thrill-seekers.

Astro Orbiter

Although this ride looks similar to Dumbo, it’s much higher and faster.

astro orbiter
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Older kids and adults
  • Attraction length: About 90 seconds
  • Do we recommend? Only as a time filler
  • When to visit: First 2 or last 2 hours, Early Theme Park Entry
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): At night, you get a fantastic view 

Similar to Dumbo and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Astro Orbiter takes you above the park and offers fantastic vantage points of Tomorrowland.

astro orbiter tomorrowland

In order to board, you must take an elevator to the top.

astro orbiter elevator tomorrowland

This definitely isn’t for anyone who’s afraid of heights.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

This is a ride and game in one. You board ride vehicles and then aim at the Zs and earn points which appear on the screens in your ride vehicle.

buzz lightyear's space ranger spin magic kingdom
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 5 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: First 2 or last 2 hours, Early Theme Park Entry, anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): For maximum points, aim for the robot’s left hand in the first room and the top of the volcano in the second room.

If you like Toy Story Mania! at Hollywood Studios (or really anything Toy Story-themed), you should love this.

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Since it stars Buzz Lightyear, while also being both a game and a ride, the attraction can acquire long waits. It’s popular for good reason.

buzz light year space ranger spin score

Don’t forget to check out Buzz’s Star Command, a gift shop you’ll exit into after getting off the ride. Non-riders can also browse the shop.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

A comedy show using interactive animation where characters from Monsters, Inc. tell jokes and interact with the audience.

monsters inc laugh floor tomorrowland
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 10 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: Anytime standby, anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Audience members are invited to text in jokes that might be used during the show so think of one beforehand if you’d like to submit one.

It’s not a must-visit attraction, but it’s a fun way to take a break or fill time while you’re at Magic Kingdom.

monsters inc laugh floor tomorrowland

The interactive attraction is perfect for all ages, including those who love Monsters, Inc. and telling jokes.

Space Mountain

An indoor roller coaster that takes place in the dark. The ride doesn’t go upside down but has lots and lots of drops and quick turns.

space mountain sign
  • Height req: 44 inches
  • Suitable for: People 44 inches and taller who love thrillers
  • Attraction length: About 3 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: First or last hour, Early Theme Park Entry, anytime with Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): Use the Play Disney Parks app to play interactive games while waiting in the queue.

Space Mountain is an oldie, but still very much a goodie.

interior of space mountain at magic kingdom

This is certainly a thrill ride, but one you should ride with caution.

While it doesn’t go upside down, it is very rough and jerky. Plus, the roller coaster operates in the dark, so you can’t see where you’re going.

Space Mountain might not be the best ride for kids.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

A 10 minute long laid-back tour of Tomorrowland.

peoplemover sign in tomorrowland
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: 10 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Not a top priority but it is a nice break that most people seem to enjoy
  • When to visit: First 3 or last 3 hours
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): Although the line can sometimes look long (especially after Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor lets out), the line usually moves quickly

PeopleMover might not look exciting at first glance, but it truly is one of the best rides at Magic Kingdom.

peoplemover ride vehicles in tomorrowland

It’s relaxing, offers amazing views (during the daytime and nighttime), and is just all-around awesome.

space mountain views from the peoplemover

This is the best and most unique way to see Tomorrowland. It’s one of our favorite rides that usually has a low wait time – or a line that moves quickly.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Most kids seem to love boarding these gas-powered cars and driving them around the track at the super fast speed of 7.5 mph. There are far better rides than this one, but the track is so big that kids are often very drawn to it and want to ride. Because of the lines that build throughout the day, this is a good one to ride at the very beginning of 1 of your Magic Kingdom days.

Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Height req: 32 inches
  • Suitable for: Anybody 32″ and taller
  • Attraction length: 4 to 5 minutes
  • Do we recommend? If you can get away with not riding it, then I wouldn’t recommend it but kids will likely want to ride
  • When to visit: First 3 or last 3 hours, anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): Ride at the beginning of the day or don’t ride at all (lines can get long and are in the sun).

While not our favorite attraction, there’s no denying kids love being able to say they “drove” a car around the track on the Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom.

tomorrowland speedway in tomorrowland

Be warned: the fumes here aren’t exactly pleasant.

TRON Lightcycle Run

A coaster-style attraction that allows guests to hop on a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles, just like in the movies.

tron lightcycle / run in tomorrowland
  • Height req: 48″
  • Suitable for: Anyone who meets the height requirement and loves thrill rides
  • Attraction length: About 2 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: Anytime with Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane selection
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes
  • Eligible for Early Entry: TBD
  • Tip(s): The only way to ride is by joining the virtual queue or purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane in the My Disney Experience app. There’s also a complimentary locker system riders are required to utilize to store any loose items. Ride vehicles have smaller compartment for items like cellphones, glasses, and wallets.

TRON is a new roller coaster that Tomorrowland so desperately needs. Even though there aren’t any inversions or spinning ride vehicles, the roller coaster is intense.

The coaster gets up to speeds of 60 mph. It’s one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world!

TRON seats

While the cycles aren’t the most comfortable (both your back and calves are strapped in, while your chest lays flat), they definitely add to the intensity of the ride and make it super thrilling.

The ride is all about Team Blue racing against the Grid’s menacing Programs, Team Orange. Your goal is to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates and secure victory. 

TRON on-ride storage compartment

Upon opening, TRON will have a virtual queue (no standby), an Individual Lightning Lane, and a complimentary double-sided and digitized locker system.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

This 20 minute attraction is a rotating carousel theater that takes you through decades to show how technology has changed over the years.

Carousel of Progress
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 20 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Only as a time filler
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: Yes
  • Tip(s): Look for 4 hidden Mickeys in the final scene 

This certainly isn’t the most exciting attraction at Magic Kingdom, but definitely a nostalgic one.

carousel of progress magic kingdom

It also has a catchy song. There’s no doubt you’ll leave singing, “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow.”

carousel of progress magic kingdom

This also makes a great spot to escape the rain, high temperatures, or if you need a rest (for both your feet and your eyes).

Characters

In addition to spotting Stitch around the land, you’ll also be able to meet Chip and Dale in space-themed outfits. Buzz Lightyear used to make appearances, but no longer does at this time. You can usually find appearance times posted in the My Disney Experience app.

Chip

chip and dale in their space costumes in tomorrowland
  • Location: Tomorrowland – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Space costumes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip(s): You can find for traditional meet and greets at the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Exit Courtyard.

Dale

chip and dale in their space costumes in tomorrowland
  • Location: Tomorrowland – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Space costumes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip(s): You can find for traditional meet and greets at the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Exit Courtyard.

Stitch

stitch roaming in tomorrowland at magic kingdom
  • Location: Tomorrowland – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Roams or appears on Rocket Tower Plaza Stage for distanced meet and greets
  • Costume: None
  • Autographs: No
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip(s): You can also find Chip and Dale nearby for traditional meet and greets at the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Exit Courtyard.

Activities

Coin Press Machines

At Buzz’s Star Command (the shop attached to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin), you’ll find a pressed penny machine.

coin press machine buzz's star command tomorrowland

You can pay $1 for one single penny or $5 for the complete set of 8. These pennies are themed after the ride and feature Buzz, the Aliens, and Zurg.

coin press machine tomorrowland

Near the Tomorrowland Speedway, you’ll find another coin press machine, where you can purchase racing-themed pennies featuring Disney characters for $1 each or $4 for the entire set.

coin press in star traders at tomorrowland

Inside Star Traders, there’s a coin press machine that has Space Mountain pennies. You can get a coin for $1 or 8 for $5.

coin press machine in tomorrowland launch depot

Inside Tomorrowland Launch Depot, there is a TRON-themed coin press machine. You can purchase one coin for $1 or all 8 for $5.

Tomorrowland Speedway Driver’s License Photos

tomorrowland speedway driver's license center

This is a great activity for little ones and it also makes for an inexpensive souvenir.

tomorrowland speedway driver's license center

Near the exit of the Tomorrowland Speedway, you’ll find several driver’s license booth. You simply step inside, pay $6, and a license prints out as your keepsake!

PhotoPass

If you’re in Tomorrowland, you should definitely take time to get PhotoPass here.

This location is off of the bridge that leads into land. The castle makes for the perfect backdrop.

tomorrowland bridge photopass
tomorrowland bridge photopass magic kingdom

While not officially listed, sometimes you can find a PhotoPass photographer at the famous Purple Wall in Tomorrowland.

purple wall tomorrowland

If not, you should still get a photo here!

purple wall location in tomorrowland

Remember: unless you have Memory Maker, Memory Maker Day One, or a PhotoPass entitlement with your Annual Pass, you will have to pay to download or print these photos.

Restrooms

Tomorrowland has several restrooms, including…

Next to Space Mountain and behind the Rockettower Plaza Stage:

tomorrowland restrooms magic kingdom

Inside Tomorrowland Terrace:

tomorrowland terrace restrooms

Outside Tomorrowland Terrace and near The Plaza Restaurant:

restrooms between tomorrowland terrace and plaza restaurant

Next to Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies:

restrooms auntie gravity's galactic goodies

Near TRON:

restrooms by TRON

There are also restrooms inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.

Water Refill

water refill station cosmic ray's tomorrowland

There is a water refill station inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, along with a water fountain.

water refill near TRON

Near TRON, you can find two water fountains, along with a water refill station.

Animal Relief Area

animal relief area tomorrowland

You can find an open outdoor relief area for guests visiting with service animals between the Tomorrowland restrooms and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Tomorrowland Checklist

tomorrowland checklist

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