Disneyland’s Innoventions isn’t exactly a must see attraction. The building takes up a massive amount of space in Tomorrowland and sees very small crowds on even the busiest days of the year. I recently noticed Disney made some operational changes to the way the attraction loads. Admittedly, I have not been inside in over a year, so I decided to go in and take a closer look at the current state of Innoventions.
Originally after going through the entrance, Cast Members would gather guests in groups of about 20 people. They would then play a video introduction hosted by a robot named Tom Morrow (voiced by Nathan Lane). After the video pre-show, guests would enter the building and either view a demonstration by a cast member or be greeted by an impressive Tom Morrow animatronic.
After walking up the entrance ramp, you then make a hard right and walk across the second story of the building. This offers what ends up being the best part of the attraction, the beautiful sweeping views of Tomorrowland.
After walking across the outside of the second level, you’re finally at the actual entrance to the building. You enter through a door and find yourself on the inside of the second floor. Currently there is no pre-show.
One of the exhibits you’ll find on the second floor, the Honda Asimo Theater. A nice little demonstration featuring the amazing Asimo robot. Notice the homage to classic SMART 1 robot from the early days of EPCOT Center.
The final exhibit you see before heading downstairs is St. Joseph Hospital’s Healthy University. This exhibit has been a part of Innoventions for an astounding 12 years. Unfortunately, many of the features in this area sit broken or unused (as you can see in the picture above).
When you reach the first level of the building, you will see Innoventions Dream Home, which is somewhat impressive. It features mostly current-generation electronics such as touch screen computer monitors and electronic picture frames. The other half of the bottom floor consists of a lot of former exhibits that have now been curtained off.
Continuing around the bottom level, almost the entire outside bottom ring is covered up. The area pictured above is the former location of the Tom Morrow animatronic that would greet guests as they entered.
That’s the current state of Innoventions. Internet rumors have persisted for years that the attraction would be replaced, but so far nothing has come to fruition. At the very least I’m glad that Disney doesn’t just close the building and leave it empty for over a decade. This happened after America Sings was removed (America Sings closed in 1988, and Innoventions didn’t open until 1998). Do you think Disney should work on a replacement for Innoventions or focus on other areas of the park?