Tomorrowland Transit Authority vs. Spaceship Earth

16 Oct is continuing its Walt Disney World attraction tournament, and this week one of the matches we’re asked to vote on is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority vs. Spaceship Earth.This nostalgic fan was sent into a tizzy by the decision. Two attractions from the retro-future! How can you compare the two? The TTA is a close cousin to the Peoplemover, a now-extinct Disneyland attraction which once stood for the future of transportation, and which played a significant role in the public transit scheme for the city that never was to be, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCoT, not to be confused with Epcot). How can I possibly compare that to Spaceship Earth, one of the world’s largest geodesic domes (though not truly a sphere), and of course the symbol of Epcot, the symbolic heir of the experimental prototype community?

In the end, I had to vote for the TTA. Nostalgia dictated that I vote with my heart. But I’m betting it’ll be Spaceship Earth in a landslide.

2 Responses to “Tomorrowland Transit Authority vs. Spaceship Earth”

  1. thatoneguy October 26, 2006 at 5:46 pm #

    Comparing TTA and Spaceship Earth isn’t exactly the best idea–the rides truly are different. Spaceship Earth focuses more on communications and how they have changed and how they will continue to change. TTA, to me, is more about Walt’s vision of the future. Comparing the two is very weird…but I’ll continue to look into it, maybe even doing a feature on the subject :D.

  2. Kitty-chan October 26, 2006 at 5:55 pm #

    I agree, it’s like apples and oranges . . and that’s one of the maddening yet awesome things about this tournament. How can I compare live shows to roller coasters? Transporation to dark rides?

    Maddening, yet fun fun fun.

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