Walt Disney was known for having a desire to produce a more Utopian city in which to live. He had ideas on every part of city planning. In fact, it was from those very practical ideas that Epcot in Florida was born. I could go on all day talking about the many details of Walt’s vision, but instead I want to focus on something that is part secret, and part history. This Disneyland secret is that nearly everything growing in Tomorrowland is edible, also known as the Agrifuture of Tomorrowland.
Theming you can eat
It’s not obvious to the casual eye, and that was by design. It was though that in the future, both space and food would be scarce. The solution would simply be to eliminate landscaping that was not functional and utilize available space for growing produce that was both edible and looked good. The word used in Disneyland to describe this idea is “Agrifuture.” I don’t know if this is a term Disney coined though, as my research didn’t provide any origins for the word.
So what can you find in Tomorrowland? At ground level, most of the vegetation is the kind that grows beneath the ground. I don’t know what these are officially, but some look like lettuce, while others are probably spices. You can find some really good examples of these by Star Tours or Astro Blasters.
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Then you have the good stuff, like grapes, oranges and strawberries!
There are also other fruit trees. Again, I’m not sure what the heck those fruits are, but they they look pretty edible to me!
Disneyland Secret #5 | Agrifuture of Tomorrowland
Awesome, right? As I mentioned before, the most obvious place to see these is in line for Astro Blasters or across the way by Star Tours. But there are many other cool locations. There is the section that splits Tomorrowland Terrace from The Star Trader. You can find fruit trees at the entrance to Tomorrowland, or along and around the old People Mover structure.
There’s another great section along the path to Autopia or on the way to the Tomorrowland train station. Just keep your eyes open, you can’t miss them! Once your eyes have been trained, you’ll see fruit everywhere.
There’s a fantastic website called Plants of Disneyland that provides a pretty good breakdown of all the plants found in Tomorrowland. According to the site, there are also banana, avocado, apple, persimmon, and papaya trees as well artichoke, sweet potato, and pomegranate plants.
I don’t know about you, but I find this Disneyland secret to be fascinating. It’s one more example of how the park gives, and yet we barely notice it. But they do it anyway, because that is how we separate Disneyland from other average parks.