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Innoventions

Innoventions is a giant commercial. Located in the rotating building formerly occupied by Carousel of Progress and America Sings. After a decade sitting unused, the building reopened as part of the New Tomorrowland of 1998 and was immediately met with derision by many Disneyland fans. After entering through one of four themed doors, you'll see a presentation offering a vision of the near future and then it is into the main part of the building where various companies present their cutting edge technology. Unfortunately, cutting edges tend to dull quickly and some initially interesting presentations quickly lose their wow factor. Honda's walking robot, ASIMO, is the current main attraction.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: Large spinning building at the back of Tomorrowland.
  • Date Opened: 7/4/1998
  • # of Ride Units: Just one large building. There are four entrances into the building, though generally only one or two are in use.
  • Ride Capacity: Many hundred at all the activity stations.
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: B Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Sponsor: Innoventions as a whole does not have a sponsor, though many of the exhibits inside to have sponsors.
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Generally opens one hour after the rest of the park and closes one hour earlier.
  • Wait Times: Guests are allowed into the Innoventions in groups, and it is rare to have to wait more than one group to get inside. The greater source of delay is on days when only one or two of the doors (out of four possible) are being used and it is necessary to wait for an open door to rotate around.
  • Length of Ride: Self-guided and depends strongly on how involved you get with the displays. Anywhere from a 15 minutes to a couple hours.
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: No queue, you just line up outside the building and then watch an introductory video hosted by Tom Morrow before entering the building.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: None
  • Ride Access: The queue for Innoventions is wheelchair and ECV accessible. Getting on to the loading platform requires moving onto the rotating part of the building, which is moving only a few inches per second but can be a problem for those with balance problems. Once inside, the second floor is reached using an elevator. To exit, return to the ground floor and exit out the indicated door.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: Transferring is not required to access any part of the building. Particularly on the second floor, however, many of the interactive elements are only minimally accessible from in a wheelchair or ECV.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: Varies from station to station but is generally spoken by cast members. No assistive devices are available.
  • Weight and Size Issues: None
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: Innoventions is a wide-open environment once inside and it will be easy to lose track of children as they roam from station to station. It should be noted that there is no restroom inside of Innoventions.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: This part of Tomorrowland was first put into use in 1967 with that year's New Tomorrowland. The Carousel of Progress theater was built to house the show originally developed for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Built for General Electric, the rotating theater moved through four scenes that showcased how electricity had changed our lives and would continue to do so. The second floor of the theater added a fifth scene: a model of Progress City, a preview of what Walt Disney hoped to built as EPCOT. In 1973, the Carousel of Progress closed and was moved to Walt Disney World. Replacing it was America Sings, which continued the rotating theater, moving the audience through period musical acts. In 1988 the theater closed for what would end up being almost a decade until construction began on another New Tomorrowland and Innoventions came into being.
  • The Attraction's History: Since opening in 1998 the slate of exhibits and exhibitors and seen an almost complete turnover.


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