Professor Tom Morrow is a character from the Disney Parks, originating from the attraction Rocket to the Moon.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearances and allusions
- 3 Connections
- 4 Trivia
- 5 References
History[edit | edit source]
Tom Morrow was a professor and expert in rocket-science and space-travel who had been active since 1938 at the latest. By 1986, Tom Morrow became the Spacecraft Missions Director for Tomorrowland in California. In this position, Tom would oversee flights to the moon with the Moonliner rocket.
While originally seeming to be an average human male, he would through unknown circumstances come to be a robotic being. At some point prior to 2002, Tom was employed by the League of Planets to give a lecture titled "MISSION TO MARS: HISTORY OR HOAX?" in the Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Centre. Around this time, Tom was elected as mayor of Tomorrowland.
As mayor Tom was highly interested in innovation to the most recent of technologies and frequently used his power to promote the newest tech and tech-companies. He went on to have a robotic successor in the form of Tom Morrow 2.0 who was sent to the Tomorrowland sister-location of EPCOT to promote said groups and tech.
Appearances and allusions[edit | edit source]
Tom Morrow was referenced in the queue for this attraction where he was mentioned as giving a lecture for the League of Planets titled, " MISSION TO MARS: HISTORY OR HOAX?" in the Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Centre.
Flight to the Moon/Rocket to the Moon[edit | edit source]
Tom Morrow first appeared in the pre-show of of this attraction as Spacecraft Missions Director for guests' flight from Earth to the Moon.
Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT![edit | edit source]
Innoventions[edit | edit source]
A reimagined, robot version of Tom Morrow was the host of this Disneyland attraction where he was identified as Mayor of Tomorrowland. He frequently sang the song There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow from Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress and served to guide guests through the Innoventions Dream Home.
In the EPCOT version of Innoventions, the show is hosted by another robot called Tom Morrow 2.0.
At-least one book explicitly stated to have been written by Tom is in the library of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Said book is titled Mission to the Stars which references Flight to the Moon but also possibly EPCOT's Mission Space. Another book in the library is titled Mission to the Red Planet by Morrow, likely having been written by Tom or at-least a relative of his. Said book alludes to Flight to the Moon's successor attraction, Mission to Mars.
Within the original Star Tours incarnation, a Star Tours agent at the Tomorrowland space-port said on the overheads, "Mister Morrow, Mister Tom Morrow... please check with the Star Tours agent at gate number four". This allusion was removed in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in-favour of referencing him with a character named Mot Worrom, Tom Morrow's name spelled backwards.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover[edit | edit source]
On the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, an operative of the Space Mountain space-port 75 is heard saying, "Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow. Please contact Mr. Johnson in the control-tower to confirm your flight to the moon". Mr. Johnson is a character from Mission to Mars who was that attraction's stand-in for the original Tom Morrow. The original version of this spiel had the announcer bringing up Morrow having a party arriving on Earth from Saturn who he needed to give a ring.
Connections[edit | edit source]
America Sings[edit | edit source]
Tom Morrow's Innoventions expo in the Tomorrowland Expo centre featured a mural that showed a landscape of Tomorrowland. In this mural was a gazebo containing Sam the Eagle and Ollie the Owl, the two hosts of the defunct Tomorrowland attraction America Sings.
House of the Future[edit | edit source]
Innoventions contained multiple allusions to the defunct House of the Future attraction of Tomorrowland.
Tom Morrow's allusion on the PeopleMover occurs when passing through Space Mountain where his flight is presumably being arranged by space-port 75.
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress[edit | edit source]
In Innoventions, Tom Morrow sang the song, There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow from Carousel of Progress.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Tom Morrow from Innovention's audio-animatronic was repurposed from that of the Timekeeper.
- The Timekeeper is also referenced in the Skipper Canteen with a book called Keeping Time by Williams (the Timekeeper's actor being late-comedian Robin Williams). It is however unclear if this book is intended to in-lore connect to the Timekeeper or if it is simply an easter-egg.
References[edit | edit source]