Tomorrowland


This is semi OT but, i pose to all of you a query.... We all know that the "NEW" Tomorrowland was a big flop. Not ONE real new attraction. Here's the question... IF Disney opted to bring back an attraction....or two ...by public demand (ala Mr. Lincoln (1973) and the forthcoming NEMO attraction.... which would it be...and should it's original musical score...if it had one...be included with the show or ride updated. ??? I ask that question for a reason....the Tomorrowland that we all loved at Disneyland was the Tomorrowland of 1967...a world on the move... The Peoplemover had elevator music that fit that type of attraction perfectly....The Carousel of Progress...if brought back HAS to have Rex Allens singing (maybe a sound a like for updated dialogue?)...as i have said...his version was near perfect.... I could not imagine Inner Space without Paul Frees. Disney has shown spectacular erroring in changing some soundtracks...Small World (gawd i hated that version they had for a few years) The carousel of progress is awful at WDW.... or they prove genius with others...haunted mansion and small world holiday..... lastly....i know it didnt have music... but id love to get the skyway back...its depressing seeing the fantasyland chalet covered in trees
 

Eric

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dizneydomenic, I think many would disagree with you; the Carousel of Progress at WDW is just as good as the original, and definitely keeps the spirit of the original COP alive without altering any aspects of it. The genius of the 1994 update was that they didn't "modernize" any part of the ride to include, for example, rap/techno music or put in ill-fated pop culture references; instead they kept it as it was and simply updated the last scene to include the "updated" view of the future...and the return of "It's a Great big Beautiful Tomorrow" was clearly a smart choice on Disney's part.
 
I guess its all in ones perspective.....i grew up with the Disneyland version...and i gotta tell you...aside from still enjoying the concept....i was very dissappointed in the characters singing voice at the WDW version...Rex Allens version was fun...i find WDW's version...well kinda raspy sounding when he sings. The show itself is still wonderful...i just dont really care for its current music arrangement.
 
Let me clarify something.. Theme Song "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" sung by Rex Allen was sung by a real singer....and it showed...thats what im saying.....the current version sounds like a guy trying to sing.
 

Eric

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I always thought that was what gave the show realism...the narrator isn't a performer or a singer; just an "Average joe" going through the years talking about progress. He's supposed to be reminiscent of your father/grandfather..and has a similar singing ability to that of probably most of our fathers/grandfathers lol. The backup singers and the lead singers at the end scene provide great performances, and the various arrangements of "Beautiful Tomorrow.." are done fairly well, IMO.
 

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