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Connection Between Tomorrowland Movie and Disneyland Revealed (Possible Spoilers)

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Written by: Taylor Salan
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Perhaps one of the biggest secrets about Brad Bird’s latest film, Tomorrowland, may have may have just been inadvertently spilled by Disney themselves. A new Japanese trailer Tomorrowland has been released, and it includes some very interesting footage that was not included in the domestic version of the trailer. 

From it’s inception, Tomorrowland was the kind of production that was notoriously secretive about their film. From the onset, many — including myself — just assumed that the title of the film correlated to the actual portion of the disney park itself. A new Japanese trailer for Tomorrowland has been released, and it includes some very interesting footage that was not included in the domestic version of the trailer. This new footage might bridge the connection between the futuristic place in the film and the actual real life Tomorrowland that resides as part of a theme park, but more importantly tell us how the two actually correlate in the film itself.




While the trailer itself has been pulled by Disney, Slashfilm offers a nice written description of the footage:

The trailer starts with actor Thomas Robinson, playing the younger version of George Clooney‘s character Frank. He get on the It’s A Small World ride, likely at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. (In real life, the ride was later transferred to Disneyland in California.) The ride senses he’s wearing a Tomorrowland pin, and opens up a secret compartment, likely taking him to that world. We’ve heard rumors about this.

When Casey (Britt Robertson) learns about Tomorrowland, of course, she’s curious. The trailer shows her learning more about it from characters played by Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn. They work in a comic book store, or something to that effect, complete with Han Solo in Carbonite on the wall.

Key and Hahn’s characters explain that Tomorrowland, the theme park, is “a cover for the real thing.” They then ask, “What would happen if all the geniuses decided to actually change the world?” Photos are shows of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison over Tomorrowland. Then it’s added that “Walt was one of them.”

And boom, you have your Tomorrowland movie Disneyland connection. Tomorrowland in the movie is a real place, created by the world’s geniuses, and Walt Disney created a theme park to cover the fact they actually did that. It’s A Small World is a portal between the two.

Tomorrowland opens on May 22, 2015.

About the Author

Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan is a independent filmmaker who currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. Since childhood, Taylor Salan had a fascination with movies. Although he was an avid fan of film as a child, it wasn’t until his years as a young adult that his passion for the art of filmmaking truly came to fruition. A current student of the film production program at California State University Northridge, Taylor studies Cinematography but ultimately has plans to direct full time if afforded the opportunity. In his spare time, Taylor produces audio podcasts and blogs about film for He is also a longtime musician, playing drums for over 8 years.



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