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Coca-Cola Tomorrowland Terrace Stage
“The upbeat sounds of today are preformed on the Tomorrowland Terrace.”

What’s that futuristic, white planter doing? It’s rising! There’s a stage under that planter, with a rock band playing on it. The planter has now become the roof of the stage. Cool!

If it’s daytime, grab a Coca-Cola and a burger, and sit at a table in front of the stage. Nearby, the PeopleMover and Rocket Jets create a lively atmosphere.

Come back at night, when the tables in front of the stage are gone, forming a dance floor.

The Entertainment Committee on the Coca-Cola Tomorrowland Terrace Stage
Where else can you enjoy performances by the Entertainment Committee?

In Disneyland, the Coca-Cola Tomorrowland Terrace and its amazing ascending and descending stage debuted in 1967 as part of the “New Tomorrowland.” For over 30 years, the white Tomorrowland Terrace Stage ascended to reveal bands and descended to turn back into a stylish planter with fresh flowers growing from huge round bowls.

The bands had names such as Sunshine Balloon, Lazer, Polo, Krash, Sound Castle Ltd., and Voyager. They were usually cover bands. Many were quite good—and they tended to be quite loud.

In the latter half of the 1990s, the executives at Disneyland decided it was time to move forward with long-delayed plans for a massive makeover of Tomorrowland. The real problem was that Tomorrowland had so many shuttered attractions—America Sings (closed 1988), Mission to Mars (closed 1992), the Skyway to Fantasyland (closed 1994), and the PeopleMover (closed 1995)—that had not been replaced.

Unfortunately, the Tomorrowland 1998 makeover stressed style over substance—and the style involved decorating existing buildings in shades of brown, bronze, and gold, with dark color accents. The design was a supposed to draw upon the visions of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci, with a dose of Buck Rogers thrown in.

Clearly, the gleaming, white Tomorrowland Terrace Stage would not be welcome within a Tomorrowland dominated by dark, muddy shades.

The 1998 version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage
The 1998 version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in the “down” position

When the new “New Tomorrowland” opened in May 1998, Tomorrowland Terrace was still there. But the white walls of the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant gave way the 1998 Tomorrowland color scheme. The ascending stage survived, although its appearance changed substantially. A 19th-century, retro-futuristic sculpture replaced the 1960s-futuristic planters on the roof of the stage. Its new color palette was designed to go with the new look of Tomorrowland.

Coca-Cola no longer sponsored the Tomorrowland Terrace. The new focus for Coca-Cola was the Moonliner at “The Spirit of Refreshment hosted by Coca-Cola,” near Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. The Moonliner looks like the old Moonliner at Rocket to the Moon, although the newer one is only about two thirds as tall. Below the Moonliner, you can buy bottles of Coca-Cola, which are “launched” like a rocket and caught by a cast member.

The 1998 version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage only lasted a few years. Then came Club Buzz.

The Club Buzz Stage in the down position in 2001
The Club Buzz Stage in the “down” position in 2001

Not only was the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage now the Club Buzz Stage, but the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant was now “Club Buzz - Lightyear’s Above the Rest.” The apostrophe in “Lightyear’s” was puzzling. Did it mean, “Lightyear is above the rest,” or did it mean, “Above the Rest, owned by Lightyear”—or did someone make the common mistake of using an apostrophe when adding an “s” to make the word plural?

Papa Doo Run Run at the Club Buzz Stage in 2005
Papa Doo Run Run at the Club Buzz Stage in 2005

Maybe Club Buzz looked good on paper. It even had an homage to the House of the Future. In reality, it had neither the elegance and style of the original Tomorrowland Terrace Stage, nor the joy and charm of the Disney/Pixar features that insired Club Buzz, Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

In addition to being a venue for cover bands and other musical acts, Club Buzz was the home of an interactive show for children, Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure.

Toward the end of 2006, something amazing happened. Club Buzz once again became Tomorrowland Terrace; the Club Buzz decorations were removed from the stage structure; the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage received a new top that evoked the original 1967 design. In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland a couple of years earlier, much of Tomorrowland had already been redecorated in clean shades of white, blue, and silver. Nine years after the magic of the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage had been lost, it was regained.

Jedi Training Academy on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in 2007
Jedi Training Academy on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in 2007

By the way, “Terrace” is a popular name for restaurants at Disneyland. There’s not just Tomorrowland Terrace. In Frontierland, you’ll find River Belle Terrace, which used to be called the Magnolia Tree Terrace. And the Tahitian Terrace was a popular spot for South Seas food and entertainment from 1962 until 1993.

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Last updated April 2, 2007.

Photograph of the Coca-Cola Tomorrowland Terrace Stage: 1969 by Bill Nelson.
Photograph of the Tomorrowland Terrace with the Entertainment Committee: Frank T. Taylor, courtesy of Chris Taylor.
Photograph of 1998 Tomorrowland Terrace Stage on the down position: 1998 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of the Club Buzz stage in the “down” position: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Papa Doo Run Run on the Club Buzz stage: 2005 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Jedi Training Academy on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage: 2007 by Al Lutz.
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