Considering it’s named after a land at Disney’s theme parks, it’s no surprise that Tomorrowland is packed full of little nods to the company’s history and projects.
Here are 8 big Disney easter eggs and connections we’ve found so far:
1. Cinderella’s Castle
The iconic “castle” logo that plays before most Disney movies gets a futuristic update for Tomorrowland. The connection becomes even more relevant in the film itself though, as the Tomorrowland cityscape was actually inspired by the shape of Cinderella’s Castle in the theme parks.
2. A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
The song we hear as Frank Walker arrives at the World’s Fair is “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. The attraction actually premiered at the real life World’s Fair in 1964, before being moved to Disneyland a few years later.
3. Is That You Wendy?
Athena’s outfit during the World’s Fair resembles the look of a famous Disney character. With the blue dress, blue bow, and similar hairstyles, Athena looks a whole lot like Wendy from Peter Pan, a movie that had a similar theme of the power of positive thinking.
4. It’s a Small World After All
It’s not exactly an easter egg given how prominently the ride is featured in the movie, but it’s worth noting that It’s a Small World really did debut at the 1964 World’s Fair, alongside other future theme park attractions like the Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Portions of the movie were even shot at the actual Disneyland ride, which remains very similar to the original World’s Fair version.
5. Michael Giacchino’s Cameo
Michael Giacchino, who composed the music for Tomorrowland (as well as The Incredibles, another Brad Bird/Disney movie) gets a small cameo as the operator of the Small World ride.
6. Space Mountain
You can see Disneyland’s Space Mountain dome in the background of Casey’s Tomorrowland tour. Here’s what it looks like in real life:
7. Tons of Toys
In the Blast from the Past sci-fi collectibles shop, you can spot a ton of little easter eggs, including Mr. Incredible and Iron Giant action figures (from two other films by Tomorrowland director Brad Bird). Star Wars, acquired by Disney in 2012, is also featured in a few not-too-subtle moments; while Emperor Zurg from Toy Story 2 can be seen in front of a TV.
The robots in Tomorrowland are called “Audio-Animatronics.” This term was coined by Walt Disney himself to describe the robots he developed for his theme parks. Since then, “animatronics” has become a common way to describe similar types of robotics.
Did you find any that we missed? Let us know in the comments!