Let’s Rock in Tomorrowland
Music can be heard practically everywhere at Disneyland. For me, it is part of the reason that it is special. Music relative to each of the lands helps create an atmosphere you can’t get at your local amusement park. I find certain areas of the park overly musical. New Orleans Square is filled with jazz and dixieland while Main Street USA has a barber shop quartet and a marching band, however there is one venue that host bands with a bit more depth, history, and a sense of rock and roll.
The Tomorrowland Terrace is a staple to the Disneyland park and was so popular that Disney Imagineers updated the Terrace to look somewhat like it did when it originally opened after having changed so much over the years. So lets jump back to when it opened. Tomorrowland was redesigned and reopened in 1967 and along with the new look came the Tomorrowland Terrace, a spot to grab a quick lunch with a very elaborate planter filled with flowers. This elaborate planter wasn’t only a great “weenie” (or eye catcher) but also doubled as a stage for live acts. The planter, set up on a pedestal, rose up from the ground and revealed itself to be a wonderful canopy for the stage below it. The interesting and unique design not only brought guests over because of it’s impressive stage, but also because this was the one spot at Disneyland where you could hear rock and roll music, whether it was a cover band or an original band.
Let’s not forget that this was also a great spot to grab a bite to eat during the day. Sponsored by Coca Cola, the Tomorrowland Terrace had a great amount of outdoor seating around the Terrace stage where guests could, and still can, enjoy an ensemble of burgers, sandwiches, and salads, not too mention a great cup full of Coca Cola. The terrace stage served as a way to bring guests to the restaurant and that is still true to the this day. By nightfall, the Tomorrowland Terrace seating would be pulled away and the restaurant would close, but the stage would still be open for dancing however, which led to many guests returning who had a chance to see the bands earlier during lunch or dinner.
The Terrace remained the same for quite a few years until 1998 when Tomorrowland was again redesigned to represent a different future. This future was that of Jules Verne. With the new changes in atmosphere, came some structural changes to the Tomorrowland Terrace. Gone was the white building and the large planters with flowers. The overlay was a scheme of darker colors along with gold and copper tones, and the new top to the stage was a futuristic looking sculpture. The stage still remained however and the bands still came to play. By the 1990s, rock and roll had also changed and the Terrace wasn’t playing those Beach Boy classics anymore. Newer up and coming bands were taking the stage and the cover bands were playing hits from the 1980s and 1990s. It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to hear a Prince song or a Foo Fighters song coming from the stage, keeping the restaurant and atmosphere feeling fresh and new.
By the early 2000s, more changes came to the Terrace, but this time, in a big way. The Tomorrowland Terrace ceased to be and the building and stage were renamed Club Buzz to go along with the new Buzz Lightyear attraction. The new top to the stage was a simple logo design made up of blue and purple. (Stragely no green or white despite the Buzz Lightyear theme.)
During the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in 2005, much of the Tomorrowland reverted back to it’s original white color scheme which caused the “new” Club Buzz to stand out as somewhat of an eye sore. With so much nostalgia happening at the park, Disney imagineers decided to bring back an old classic. The club buzz sign was taken down and once again the Tomorrowland Terrace lived. Imagineers brought back the white scheme for the building and created a planter top to the stage reminiscent of the original 1967 look, giving the newer Tomorrowland, and the Tomorrowland Terrace, a retro futuristic look, similar to that of the Jetsons. The current stage at the Terrace now doubles as a venue for live music and a spot for the Jedi Training Academy Show.
This special place has hosted a number of bands over the years with the best known being Suburban Legends, No Doubt, and The Police. Will it continue to bring us great music, from Disneyland to the pop charts? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we still have a great place to grab a bacon cheeseburger and watch some live rock and roll music at Disneyland. Long live the Tomorrowland Terrace!
Posted on December 12, 2012, in Articles and tagged Club Buzz, Disneyland, music, New Tomorrowland, No Doubt, Suburban Legends, The Police, Tomorrowland Terrace. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.