“Tomorrowland” films in Tomorrowland as Walt Disney World welcomes movie studio crew to shoot in Carousel of Progress

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Brad Bird’s highly-anticipated film “Tomorrowland” has landed in a filming location that couldn’t be more fitting: Tomorrowland. Today at Walt Disney World, film crews have descended upon the classic Carousel of Progress attraction to shoot interiors with some of the movie’s stars.

George Clooney isn’t on set, but Thomas Robinson is there along with a crowd of extras donning ’60s style costumes. Though there is a shroud of mystery surrounding exactly what “Tomorrowland” is about, it’s clear that it will, at least in part, take place at the 1964-65 World’s Fair and the shots filmed at Walt Disney World today will likely be used to portray the Carousel of Progress as it first appeared there.

The first days of shooting of “Tomorrowland” in Vancouver brought a thorough recreation of that World’s Fair. And the Carousel of Progress played an important role in The Optimist, the alternate reality game Disney used to promote the film.

Guests at the Magic Kingdom today can’t see too much of the filming, hidden by shrubbery and taking place inside the temporarily closed attraction. But some of the extras and crew have been spotted (and photographed) throughout the day, including folding chairs for the movie’s stars. In addition to Robinson, other celebrities who may be in attendance include Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, and/or Tim McGraw.

The official plot synopsis of “Tomorrowland” is:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’

It seems the film will bounce between present day and the past, and perhaps even an alternate timeline depending on how much the story of “The Optimist” game fits in (likely a lot). Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof didn’t reveal much else, remaining quite cryptic on stage at the 2013 D23 Expo.

Just a few days ago, Disney moved the release date of “Tomorrowland” back to May 22, 2015, so fans will have to wait even longer to find out what it all means. Filming continues in Central Florida this week in New Smyrna Beach.


  1. jamie clelland

    Anyone want a bet that defending the stairway in the final scene will detour from the progress city model into a secret club entrance.

  2. Angie

    Calm down, ladies and gents. It’s only for a day.

  3. Jamie Symons

    I was there last week! 🙁

  4. ke2alto

    I remember seeing it at the World’s Fair in 1964-65!! “I was there when…!”

  5. I guess I shouldn’t be upset about this… but I am. Not just upset, but angry. I mean like gritted-teeth, red-faced angry. Why is it that I have to learn that a film I’m SERIOUSLY psyched for was filming, TODAY, at the place WHERE I WORK from a shared link on FaceBook instead of from the company intranet? There wasn’t word one about this today at work. I’m furious.

    1. Nick

      Do you seriously think they would post information about filmings? It’s difficult to maintain crowd control for planned events and unannounced filmings, I can only imagine the chaos if they announced it on the Hub. It would take only one CM posting on Facebook for all chaos to break loose. The more under the radar the better! It’s nothing against the employees just to maintain the sanity and integrity of the filming and the poor CMs working crowd control.

  6. AnotherCast

    I work there, and I knew. Of course unlike you, I had the NEED to know. You didn’t miss anything. The trucks were in Park One, and the entire shoot was done within Carousel of Progress. Even if you DID know, you would have been kept back at the same distance as the rest of the people in the park.

  7. One of the prop guys came in and bought stuff from my army store, GEAR-UP on Hwy 50, in Tiusville today! So COOL!!

  8. Eric B. Freeman

    Pretty nice. I wonder what’s that going to be about.

  9. Ryan R

    I was so upset to read that the movie is moving back to 2015 and in December. I really want to see it.

  10. Little Bird

    There are a couple of unofficial trailers on YouYube.

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  12. Dean Luke

    This wasn’t featured in the movie. Only the 1964 world’s fair version of “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” I am disappointed. I hope they might release some deleted scene or in an extended version.

  13. Andrew nelson

    Some day i hope Disney will reslease more tomorrow land speacil featchures of a tomorrow land blue ray dvd. I wish Disney world resort whould exspan the monorail to i_4 and celibration Florida.


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