Innoventions (Disneyland)

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For the Epcot attraction, see Innoventions (Epcot).
Innoventions
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Entrance to Innoventions
Disneyland
Area Tomorrowland
Status Operating
Soft opening date July 3, 1998
Opening date November 10, 1998
Replaced Carousel of Progress (1967-1973)
America Sings (1974-1988)
General statistics
Attraction type Interactive exhibits
Music "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow", written by the Sherman Brothers
Hosted by Tom Morrow (Nathan Lane) (former)
Audrey Wasilewski (former)[1]
J.A.R.V.I.S. (Paul Bettany) (Stark Industies exhibit)[2]
Ring show Honda (Transportation)
Taylor Morrison (Home)
Southern California Edison (Information)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available

Innoventions is an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It opened on July 3, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, and focuses on near-futuristic technologies. Since 2013, its focus has mainly shifted to character meet-and-greets featuring superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It occupies the Carousel Theater, a round two-story building in which the outer half of the first floor rotates. A similar attraction of the same name exists in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

History[edit]

From 1967 to 1973, the building housed the Carousel of Progress. This attraction was moved from Disneyland to its current location in Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1973, at the request of its sponsor, GE. America Sings occupied the building from the following year until 1988. Audio-Animatronics from the show were used in Disneyland's Splash Mountain. The upper level of the building continued to house the Tron SuperSpeed Tunnel segment of the PeopleMover until that attraction eventually closed in 1995.

Attraction[edit]

The first floor currently hosts the Dream Home in alliance with Microsoft, HP, and Taylor Morrison.[3] Keeping with Walt Disney's vision of bringing cutting-edge, inspiring ideas to Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home introduces Disneyland guests to newly available technology from the participating companies that will enhance their lives today, while providing them a glimpse of the emerging digital advances they may find in their homes in the future. The attraction provides guests with a "high-tech, high-touch" opportunity to experience technology in an entertaining, low-risk environment showing them how the power of technology can connect them to the people and things they care most about.

The technology companies showcase a wide range of technologies and products in the exhibit, including PCs, digital music and gaming. The Innoventions Dream Home demonstrates how home technology can be simple, intuitive and fun while helping guests understand how to seamlessly interconnect their home, the surrounding community and the world, helping consumers stay closer to the people, places and entertainment that are most important to them. The alliances also help ensure that the Innoventions Dream Home remains on the forefront of technology with the newest devices and products as part of the exhibit.

Guests actively engage in this experience as the fictional Elias family hosts an open house to show off their new technology. Elias family members rotate throughout the house, randomly interacting with guests in the various rooms. Upon exiting the house, guests can learn more about the companies that collaborated to create the Innoventions Dream Home, exploring the technologies for themselves first-hand.[4]

Guests who entered the Innoventions building were greeted by Tom Morrow, an Audio-Animatronic, who is the fictional mayor of Tomorrowland. He explained Innoventions in a comedic style and performs an updated version of the Sherman Brothers song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from the original Carousel of Progress. He was voiced by Nathan Lane. As of 2012, the Tom Morrow Audio-Animatronics were removed from display and are no longer part of the attraction.

Current exhibits[edit]

  • 2014–Present — Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage, a promotional exhibit to commemorate the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[5]
  • 2013–Present — Thor: Treasures of Asgard, a promotional exhibit to commemorate the release of Thor: The Dark World.[6]
  • 2013–Present — Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, a promotional exhibit to commentate the release of Iron Man 3.[7] Paul Bettany provides the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S.[2]
  • 2005–Present — Honda ASIMO theater, a 15-minute presentation on the state-of-the-art ASIMO robot
  • 2007–Present — Siemens AG Project Tomorrow, featuring some of the same games as its counterpart at Spaceship Earth (Epcot). Currently, Project Tomorrow features:
    • Power City, a large digital "shuffleboard-style" game that has guests push "power pucks" into targets to provide energy to neighborhoods and create the largest city possible. The more neighborhoods that are powered, the higher the city's population becomes. The largest city attainable is Tokyo, which requires the population to reach 10 million.
    • Body Builder, a 3-D game allowing guests to build a digital human body. It features the voice of Wallace Shawn as "Dr. Bones."
    • Super Driver, a driving simulation video game featuring vehicle accident and avoidance systems.
    • A large glass globe with digitally projected images coming from within it. Below it are consoles that take photographs of guests, ask a series of questions about each guest, and superimpose the automatically cropped images of their faces onto an animated vision of the future. These consoles utilize the same system as the one used during the descent of Spaceship Earth
  • 2008–Present — Taylor Morrison / Microsoft Innoventions Dream Home (sponsored by HP, Microsoft, and Taylor Morrison), a house filled with the latest technology that is either on the market or soon to be available. The house is inhabited by the fictional Elias family, which is hosting an open house to show off their newly acquired technology. Gadgets include
    • Four Microsoft Surface tables which are connected in a single dining room table
    • A 100-inch, 1080p rear-projector screen
    • Control4 panels in every room connecting to photo frames, lights, window shades, and speakers (previously Life|ware)
    • A "Magic Mirror" that places virtual three-dimensional pieces of clothing on a body-mapped subject
    • A bedroom that comes to life with the story of Peter Pan
    • A kitchen featuring a countertop voice-activated cookbook, an internet-connected bulletin board, and Siemens appliances, including the Liftmatic Oven
    • Michael Jackson: The Experience and video games in the party tent

Gallery[edit]

Former exhibits and sponsors[edit]

  • 1998-2000 - Honeywell sponsored playground
  • 1998-2004 - General Motors simulator attraction
  • 1998-2007 - Hewlett Packard-sponsored (formerly Compaq) free computer game arcade
  • 2000-2007 - AT&T- Hyperlink Hopscotch, previously an interactive cartoon show.
  • 2000-2007 - Pioneer "Virtual Resort", guests experience a virtual reality vacation
  • 2000–2013: St. Joseph Hospital's Healthy University, where guests visit different stations themed as part of a school that promotes healthy living. Guests can calculate their BMI, learn about exercise on a stationary bike, play virtual sports games, and have a chance to see themselves 50 years in the future.
  • 2004-2005, 2007-2008 - Segway track, where guests 16 and older could ride a Segway
  • 2005-2007 - VMK Central (closed on June 3, 2007, scheduled to be a limited time only )
  • 2005-2009 - Talk to Stitch, an interactive experience in which guests could talk to Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch using technology similar to that of Turtle Talk with Crush at Disney California Adventure
  • 2008-2011: The Neighborhood at Innoventions, where guests watch and sometimes participate in live shows about Taylor Morrison homes, Yamaha musical instruments, ABC multi-format programming (in the form of a trivia game show), Honda, or Southern California Edison, depending on which of the five zones into which they enter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full Voices of the Disney Theme Parks presentation from D23 Expo 2011". YouTube. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b Goldman, Eric (12 April 2013). "Disneyland Introduces Their First Marvel Exhibit with Iron Man Tech". IGN. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "innoventions (disneyland) - Articles and posts about innoventions (disneyland) from the best blogs". Beverages.us.splinder.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Disney Newsroom | The Walt Disney Company". Corporate.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ Slater, Shawn. "Meet Captain America from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ This Spring at Disneyland Park in Anaheim". 10 January 2014. The Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Graser, Marc (August 20, 2013). "Thor Is Headed to Disneyland". Variety. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ Glover, Erin (28 March 2013). "Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries Coming to Innoventions at Disneyland Park". The Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′43″N 117°54′59″W / 33.812°N 117.9165°W / 33.812; -117.9165