Photo of 1998 Tomorrowland Mural
1998 Tomorrowland Mural
 “BEYOND THE GREATEST STAR OF ALL LIES OUR FUTURE”
Yesterland
 

Take a look at the mural above the entrance to The American Space Experience. At first glance, it’s just an Art Deco design with bold shapes and an unusual color palette. But look more closely and you’ll see all sorts of Yesterland park attractions, as well as a few attractions that aren’t in Yesterland (yet).

Identify the attractions that inspired the artist

Instructions:

  • The next two images are interactive.
  • Click on an image to activate (darken) it.
  • Highlight the attractions in each mural with your mouse pointer.
  • Look for a total of fourteen attractions across the two images.
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Interactive Image (requires Flash): Left side of the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural.
 


Interactive Image (requires Flash): Right side of the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural.

Did you find a total of fourteen attractions?


The 1998 Tomorrowland Mural premiered at Disneyland as part of the 1998 redo of Tomorrowland, which also included Rocket Rods, The American Space Experience, Innoventions, Astro Orbiter, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!” and retro Space Mountain and bronze/brown paint elsewhere in the land.

From 1967 until 1986, Tomorrowland guests had been greeted by a great work of art, consisting of two huge Mary Blair Murals facing each other. The south mural was a victim of the Star Tours attraction (1987). At that point, the north mural looked out-of-place. And, strangely enough, although the north Mary Blair mural was over three decades old, it was somehow too modern for the “future as seen from past” look that the designers of the 1998 Tomorrowland redo were trying to achieve. So the north mural became a victim of the 1998 redo. (The Star Tours mural was even more modern, but it was allowed to remain because it matched the attraction.)

The caption for the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural, an homage to Tomorrowland’s past, was  “Beyond the greatest star of all lies our future.” However, the mural didn’t have much of a future.

Photo of Submarine Voyage
In 2005, this mural replaced the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural.

When Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters went into the CircleVision building in 2005, the north mural became a space-themed companion to the Star Tours (south) mural. The two murals, both with space travel themes and a similar style, go well together. The rest of Tomorrowland lost its bronze/brown look, as painters applied shades of blue and white. The American Space Experience also disappeared. It was replaced by Store Command and the FastPass distribution area for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

There’s wit to the north mural, with its Space Mountain-esque space stations and the spacecraft reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear’s box in the first Disney/Pixar feature, Toy Story (1995).

Photo of construction fence
If the circular space stations look familiar, there’s a good reason.

Here are the attractions you should have found in the interactive images.

Left side of the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural:

Right side of the 1998 Tomorrowland Mural:


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Last updated March 11, 2014.

Photo of 1998 Tomorrowland Mural: 2000 by Werner Weiss.
Interactive Flash image of left side of Mural: 2006 by Karen Weiss, based on a photo by Werner Weiss (2000)
Interactive Flash image of right side of Mural: 2006 by Karen Weiss, based on a photo by Werner Weiss (2000)
Photo of Astro Blaster mural: 2006 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Astro Blaster mural detail: 2006 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Space Mountain: 2005 by Allen Huffman.