When Walt Disney Studios revealed that coming to theatres this summer was a movie called Tomorrowland, a feeling of dread (equaled only by my level of anticipation) welled inside of me. Tomorrowlandâ€”the park, not the movieâ€”was a place that, even in my teenaged visits to Walt Disney World, I would hold my breath, make a wish, and lose myself in science fiction come to life. Tomorrowland was not just a special place, it was sacred. I remember visiting Walt Disney World when Space Mountain was under construction. (Iâ€™m old. Shut up.) I remember when their first spaceflight simulation â€œA Voyage to the Moonâ€ convinced me had launched from Orlando and were en route to Tranquility Sea. Yes, I knowâ€”Walt Disney World is an amusement park. An expensive amusement park. Walt Disney World, Iâ€™ve always believed, has been less about the rides and more about the experience; and for me, nowhere else in the park embodied that more than Tomorrowland.
Now, it was a movie with George Clooney at the helm. And all I could think about was The Haunted Mansion.