Usually here on Disney Darlings, we like to primarily stick to Disneyland Park news and happenings, but this piece is a little different.
There’s this thing called The Optimist game. It’s difficult to put simply what this game exactly is due to its complexity, but I’ll try. The Optimist is an alternate reality game that took place through social media, Disneyland, and various locations in Los Angeles in the months leading up to the 2013 D23 Expo to create hype for the movie Tomorrowland. If you want to read more about what happened in 2013, Inside the Magic did a great job following along and gathering information. You can follow in order by clicking here, then here, then here, here, and finally here.
Since then, The Optimist game has not developed any further and anything pertaining to the Tomorrowland movie has been pretty hush-hush besides trailers and the new preview in Disneyland Park.
Speaking of that new preview, we received some information over the weekend that changed that. A visitor found a piece of paper at the theater that mentioned directing potential recruits to the Plus Ultra Society site.
Upon looking at the site, you’ll see a message written in Morse code at the top. Deciphered, it provides the geographic coordinates of Flushing Meadows, NY, the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. More specifically, it is the site of the pavilion of It’s A Small World. For those of who have seen the preview at Disneyland, you’ll know exactly why this is significant to the movie. For those of you who haven’t, go see it! Or just wait until the movie comes out. 😉
Well, someone actually went to the exact location provided on the website and found a brick with a code on it that unlocks the website. Want to know the code? It’s WED4221964.
The site is full of some really awesome stuff. Of course, some of it is fabricated for the movie, but it’s so fun to read and look at different “evidence” while trying to gather what this movie is all about. A lot of work has gone into stringing this story together and it seems like a waste if those who love Disney history (fabricated or not) don’t have access to the clues to solve it.
Check out the site and do some digging of your own! This is an intricate web that the creators of Tomorrowland have woven, all for you to explore and discover.
Let us know what you think of The Optimist game, the website for the Plus Ultra Society, or just the movie in general. The more voices in the conversation the better.
P.S. “Destroy After Reading” refers to the messages sent out about recruitment of the Plus Ultra society. You can find copies of these on the website on page 5 and 6.