I was sent on an all expense paid trip to LA by Disney in order to cover the premier of the movie Tomorrowland. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
When I went to LA at the beginning of the month, I never in a million years thought I would get the chance to do something I had only dreamed of — and that is visit Disneyland. Since we are promoting the movie Tomorrowland, it was only fitting to visit the spot it all started — and of course ride the rides in Tomorrowland.
It was so awesome to walk on the lot of a place I have only dreamed about my entire life. Our tour guide explained to us about the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration and the Tomorrowland Sneak Peek special effects theater, and then told us to have a great time experiencing the Tomorrowland portion of the park.
Of course to get to Tomorrowland, you have to take a ride on “It's a Small World. When you go to see the movie on Friday (and I am SURE you are going to see it with your family right?) you will understand the significance of the ride.
I got to experience the ride with my two besties on the trip — Carlee from Fun and Frugal Mom and Olivia from This n That With Olivia.
I really didn't know what to expect going through the ride, but it was awesome! It's not scary at all. In fact, you are mesmerized by all the little dolls and nationalities of the world.
And of course, you will never be able to get the song out of your head after this ride.
Once we got through the ride, it was time to get off and experience the land of Tomorrowland. We split up into groups — roller coaster fanatics (MY group), and then the easy riders group, and then a group that did not want to ride but just experience everything the park had to offer.
Our first stop was Star Tours. Now — if you are a Star Wars fan, then this ride is FOR you!
The Star Tours ride is a simulator ride which means, you are not really going anywhere, but you experience it as if you were RIGHT there.
You are thrown right into the world of Star Wars and you are driven in a spaceship driven by none other than C-3PO.
This ride was amazing. I have motion sickness pretty bad and even though this ride moves and shakes you, it did not bother my motion sickness at all.
I cannot wait to take my family to ride this next year!
After visiting the Star Tours, we decided to take out Emperor Zurg in Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster.
So, you get in this ride and throughout the whole thing you are fighting your friends for top score by shooting all the targets — while Buzz encourages you to help him save the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg.
You get to spin around and shoot and try like the dickens to beat your friend's score. I think I did pretty good — I got to level 3. My Buzz loving son would have been proud of his mom!
After riding Astro Blasters, we stopped for lunch and while we ate, we got to watch Jedi training going on. It was seriously the coolest thing EVER.
After lunch and visiting the Tomorrowland Sneak Peek, it was time to conquer Space Mountain. I was really nervous about this ride because I have heard things — all my Disney friends were telling me — you should not go on this ride. It will probably mess with your motion sickness, but I was not one to be deterred. I wanted to ride this ride!
The lines were long, but we had gotten fast passes (which if you visit Disney, they are WORTH the investment). Our wait went from 65 minutes to 20 which was not bad at all.
The ride is done in complete darkness and was one of the BEST thrill seeking rides I had ever been on. And no — my motion sickness did not kick in because I could not see anything.
We totally kicked Space Mountain's BUTT!!!
Of course, we had to ride Big Thunder Mountain as well, because hey — we are roller coaster junkies,right?
I LOVED it! It was fast paced and the perfect roller coaster for someone who desperately wants to ride one but can't because of the motion sickness.
It is very smooth and doesn't have any loops but is crazy fast!
No trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld would not be complete without trying a Dole Whip, so me and the girls got in a LOOOOONG line to grab one.
It was worth the wait.
The majority of the rides that we rode that day could be found in the Tomorrowland portion of the park. All those rides are in some form or fashion built around progress toward the future — space travel, inventions, innovations, and more.
After riding each of those rides, it brought back memories to things I experienced when I watched the movie Tomorrowland (you'll be able to find out WHAT those things are tomorrow!)
Honestly — this was the perfect start for this Disney newbie to experience one of the best things in the world. I truly enjoyed myself and NOW I understand what all the fuss is about when it comes to all things Disney.
We ended the night watching the new Disneyland show The Color Blue which was one of the most amazing things to see in the world. You will have to catch it for yourself to experience the beauty of it all.
Tomorrowland Hits Theaters TOMORROW!
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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!