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Disney (5/21) – Tokyo Disneyland Upgrades and Talk Like Yoda Day

Episode 8

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In this week’s show, Chris gives us a sneak peek into the updates on Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland, and Kelli introduces us to Talk Like Yoda Day and explains his specific syntax. Nerd alert!

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10 Best Yoda Quotes

  1. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
  2. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” — Yoda
  3. “Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” – Yoda
  4. “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.” – Yoda
  5. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” – Yoda
  6. “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” 
  7. “Just disconnect. Once in a day sometime, sit silently and from all connections disconnect yourself.”
  8. “If in anger you answer, then in shame you dwell.”   
  9. “The greatest teacher, failure is.”
  10. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda’s most memorable quote, This is a line from the X-wing sequence on Dagobah, and are the last instructions the Jedi Master gives Luke before he attempts to raise his fighter from the swamp. 

Show Notes:

Talk like Yoda Day:

This week Tokyo Disneyland broke ground on a massive $400m renovation of Space Mountain and the surrounding area that will effectively update all of tomorrowland at this park.

The information here was provided by the fantastic folks at Disney Tourist Blog

A really interesting note about this move is that it follows directly on the heels of a $3b that just next Spring will bring Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan attractions to Tokyo Disney Sea (Fantasy Springs) has continued to move forward with no delays or budget cuts.

It also created an expanded Fantasyland, and high end, adjacent resort

According to the Oriental Land CO (the actual owners of the Disney parks and resorts in Tokyo) and Disney Tourist Blog, this new Tomorrowland plaza will express the connection between Earth and the universe, representing an image of a future where humans are in harmony with nature. Guests will be able to enjoy moments of rest and relaxation in this plaza where various icons and other design elements create a sense of hope for the future.

The groundbreaking wd on May 16th and enveloped in traditional Jinshinsai ceremony:

It pays respect to the land and gods, future prosperity, and to ward off evil spirits

Then the actual groundbreaking happens with the use of traditional wooden tools

Space Mountain in Tokyo is a duplication of the California version (which as you know we feel is the superior of the US versions). Although it does have some different aesthetics. This will close at some point in 2024.

The new version will continue to be an indoor coaster. But everything about the immersive aspects and special effects are going to see a significant upgrade.

So the rumor is that this is going to use a similar ride system that used in the new GOTG: Cosmic Rewind attraction at EPCOT. That’s not official, but there was supposedly a larger than normal delecgation from the Oriental Land Co. and Walt Disney Japan Attractions touring EPCOT during the launch of Cosmic Rewind.

Of course we wouldn’t expect it to be a replica of that ride, just the same technology.

No one knows if the actual Space Mountain structure will be demolished and rebuilt or if it will just received a refreshed expeterior. It really could go either way. The amount of refreshing the exterior will receive based on the concept art is significant.  And if the rumors are true about the ride system, then the entire interior will need to be gutted and overhauled. If your keeping score, I just described a gutting of the exterior AND the interior – maybe it would be cheaper just to tear it down and rebuild.

It is likely going to expend out into what was once a parking lot as well, much like EPCOT had to do with Universe of Energy when they built Cosmic Rewind. You might not have even noticed the enormous building that houses most of that ride because it’s painted to blend in with the Florida sky most days.

Speaking of the concept art – it’s a truly beauful design. Swooping, curving architecture that harkens slightly to the Tron canopy – with more subtle lighting. Todays version is rigid, angular, with harsh lines. This will appear undulating, almost in motion.

The question posed, in not so many words, by Disney Tourist Blog is whether the new Tomorrowland design will maintain the same optimism that is invoked by the current entrance to Tomorrowland in Tokyo.

Their essay made me realize that so many of the changes that MKs Tomorrowland has been through in recent decades might have fallen short of invoking optimism.

Often, for me, it’s rather invoked nostalgia for how we used to think the future would look. Nostalgia fine. But that’s not optimism.

The beautiful twin spires that mark the TL entrance in Tokyo – to the writers at Disney Tourist Blog are reminiscent of the original spired at MK, and do just that – inspire optimism about the future – without simply looking futuristic. Having taken a look online, I get their point.

So, will the new tomorrowland, with the re-imagined Space Mountain as the land’s weenie, be able to maintain that feeling.

Now supposedly once inside their TL, you get some of the same issues we have in the US parks – inconsistent theming and a hidgepodge of attractions.

Star Wars – futuristic elements but in some ways it’s old a decrepit. It’s a space western with space samurais.

Monster’s Inc attraction

Just all kind of random

Maybe the remake will manage to tie it all together a bit more.

One thing I think – but many accounts Tokyo Disney Sea is the best single theme park in the Disney pantheon. Disney Tourist Blog believes Tokyo Disneyland is the second best.

Don’t forget this includes the The Fantasyland expansion that includes the The Enchanted Tale of B&B attraction that blows people’s minds right out of their heads.

 It sounds like the new updates to Tomorrowland are in good hands.

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