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Innoventions
Innoventions.JPG
Entrance to Innoventions
Disneyland
Land Tomorrowland
Attraction type Interactive Exhibits
Soft opening date July 3, 1998
Opening date November 10, 1998
Hosted by Tom Morrow (Nathan Lane)
Music Sherman Brothers
Audio-animatronics 1
Ring show Transportation
Sports
Home
Information
Entertainment
Previous attractions Carousel of Progress (1967-1973)
America Sings (1974-1988)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning symbol.svg Closed captioning available

Innoventions is an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It opened on July 3, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, and focuses on near-futuristic technologies. It occupies the Carousel Theater, a round two-story building in which the outer half of the first story rotates. The building originally hosted the Carousel of Progress from 1967 to 1973, and America Sings from 1974 to 1988.

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History

The first floor is currently being redesigned into the Dream Home in alliance with Microsoft, HP, Life|ware, and Taylor Morrison.[1] Keeping with Walt's vision of bringing cutting-edge and inspiring ideas to Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home will introduce Disneyland guests to newly available technology from the participating companies that will enhance their lives today, while providing them a glimpse of the emerging digital advances they may find in their homes in the future. The attraction will provide guests with a "high-tech, high-touch" opportunity to experience technology in an entertaining, low-risk environment showing them how the power of technology can connect them to the people and things they care most about.

The technology companies will showcase a wide range of technologies and products in the exhibit, including the latest in mobile phones, PCs, digital music and gaming. The Innoventions Dream Home demonstrates how home technology can be simple, intuitive and fun while helping guests understand how to seamlessly interconnect their home, the surrounding community and the world, helping consumers stay closer to the people, places and entertainment that are most important to them. The alliances also help ensure that the Innoventions Dream Home remains on the forefront of technology with the newest devices and products as part of the exhibit.

Guests will actively engage in this experience as they help members of the fictional Elias family prepare for a trip to World Soccer Championships in China, where their son is competing. Elias family members rotate throughout the house, randomly interacting with guests in the various rooms. Upon exiting the house, guests can learn more about the companies that collaborated to create the Innoventions Dream Home, exploring the technologies for themselves first-hand.[2]

Current exhibits

  • 2000 - Present - St. Joseph Medical Center's Healthy University, where guests visit different stations themed as part of a school that promotes healthy living. Guests can calculate their BMI, learn about exercise on a stationary bike, play virtual sports games, and have a chance to see themselves 50 years in the future.
  • 2005 - Present - Honda ASIMO theater, a 15-minute presentation on the state-of-the-art ASIMO robot
  • 2007 - Present - Siemens AG Project Tomorrow, featuring some of the same games as its counterpart at Spaceship Earth (Epcot). Currently, Project Tomorrow features:
    • Power City, a large digital "shuffleboard-style" game that has guests push "power pucks" into targets to provide energy to neighborhoods and create the largest city possible. The more neighborhoods that are powered, the higher the city's population becomes. The largest city attainable is Tokyo, which requires the population to reach 10 million.
    • Body Builder, a 3-D game allowing guests to build a digital human body. It features the voice of Wallace Shawn as "Dr. Bones."
    • Super Driver, a driving simulation video game featuring vehicle accident and avoidance systems.
    • A large glass globe with digitally projected images coming from within it. Below it are consoles that take photographs of guests, ask a series of questions about each guest, and superimpose the automatically cropped images of their faces onto an animated vision of the future. These consoles utilize the same system as the one used during the descent of Spaceship Earth
  • 2008 - Present - Taylor Morrison / Microsoft Innoventions Dream Home (sponsored by HP, Microsoft, Taylor Morrison, and Lifeware), a house filled with the latest technology that is either on the market or soon to be available. The house is inhabited by the fictional Elias family, which is hosting a party celebrating their 10 year-old son's victory in the national soccer championship. Gadgets include
    • Eight Microsoft Surface tables, four of which are connected in a single dining room table
    • A 100-inch rear-projector television
    • Life|ware panels in every room connecting to photo frames, lights, window shades, and speakers
    • A "Magic Mirror" that places virtual three-dimensional pieces of clothing on a body-mapped subject
    • A bedroom that comes to life with the story of Peter Pan
    • A touchscreen coffee table containing an interactive original copy of Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures Under Ground"
    • A kitchen featuring a counter top voice-activated cookbook, an internet-connected bulletin board, and Siemens appliances, including the Liftmatic Oven
    • Karaoke and video games in the party tent
  • 2008 - Present - The Neighborhood at Innoventions, where guests watch and participate in shows about Taylor Morrison homes, Yamaha musical instruments, ABC multi-format programming (in the form of a trivia game show), Honda, or Southern California Edison, depending on which of the five zones into which they enter.

Gallery

Former exhibits and sponsors

  • 1998-2000 - Honeywell sponsored playground
  • 1998-2004 - General Motors simulator attraction
  • 1998-2007 - Hewlett Packard-sponsored (formerly Compaq) free computer game arcade
  • 2000-2007 - AT&T- Hyperlink Hopscotch, previously an interactive cartoon show.
  • 2004-2005, 2007-2008 - Segway track, where guests 16 and older could ride a Segway
  • 2005-2007 - VMK Central (closed on June 3, 2007, scheduled to be a limited time only )
  • 2000-2007 - Pioneer "Virtual Resort", guests experience a virtual reality vacation

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