When Tomorrowland reopened as “New Tomorrowland” in 1998 at The Happiest Place On Earth, its entrance was marked by new signage in addition to huge bronze “french fry”-shaped rocks in front of the Astro Orbitor attraction that welcomes guests into the futuristic land. And today, it seems that Disneyland has decided to do away with the monuments that some guests have considered an eyesore for the past two decades.
According to images coming out of Disneyland this morning and a report in the Orange County Register, construction walls have gone up around the rocks, which are being removed as part of the park’s continued “Project Stardust” effort. The long-term project is intended to reduce congestion in the wake of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, maki the process of getting around a lot easier for guests, and includes the lowering of nearby curbs for smoother stroller and scooter access, according to the report.
In the video below from the Astro Orbitor’s return after its refurbishment this past spring, you can clearly see the rocks in question.
Watch Astro Orbitor returns to Disneyland after refurbishment:
While many long-time Disneyland fans and regulars are sure to cheer for the removal of these rocks, others will surely lament the loss of themed decorations at the Tomorrowland entrance. And it might be worth questioning the necessity for more Project Stardust changes to the park, especially when considering the lower-than-expected turnout for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Disneyland in general this summer.
Regardless, Disneyland officials have confirmed the removal of the rocks along the north side of the entrance, in addition to the “Tomorrowland” marquee sign (which has come and gone a few times in recent years). According to the OC Register, the remainder of the rocks will continue to be removed over the coming months.