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Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

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Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2000

Tomorrowland takes you to the future—but some things never change. People still have to eat. It’s good to know that future generations will find pizza at distant spaceports.


This place is run by Redd Rockett. It’s said that he’s a space pilot and entrepreneur, but it seems nobody knows much about him.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2009

The restaurant with a tailfin

Okay, this is really a theme park restaurant. Grab a tray and help yourself to pizza slices or order a whole pie. If you wish, make it a full meal, perhaps with pasta, caesar salad, a sparkling beverage, and dessert. Find a table inside next to vintage Disneyland Tomorrowland posters or go outside to dine at the base of mighty Space Mountain.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2017

Proudly displaying the name of the proprietor, Redd Rocket

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Goofy eats here too

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

What’s for lunch and dinner?

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Pizza by the slice

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2009

Add a salad to pretend it’s a healthy meal

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Food stations and round tables

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Decorated with vintage Tomorrowland posters

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

TWA Moonliner from the 1950s—much like the Moonliner at Redd Rockett’s

Who would have thought that a space entrepreneur of the future would decorate his restaurant with Disneyland posters of the past?

Perhaps Redd Rockett reads Yesterland archives.


Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port opened at Disneyland on May 22, 1998.

It was part of the “New Tomorrowland” of 1998, which also included Rocket Rods, the American Space Experience, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and a copper-with-a-green-patina paint scheme for Space Mountain.

The idea for a “pizza port” with a fictional proprietor probably came from Tokyo Disneyland’s Pan Galactic Pizza Port Restaurant (1989-to-present). There, Audio-Animatronic chef-owner Tony Solaroni prepares pizza on his elaborate pizza-making machine.

If there were ever plans for similar Audio-Animatronic entertainment at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, such plans did not survive the tight budgets of Disneyland’s 1998 New Tomorrowland.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Charles M. Lympany, courtesy of Chris Taylor

Same building when it was an attraction

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port reused the building that had been Flight to the Moon (1967–1975) and Mission to Mars (1975–1992). It was sad to see an attraction replaced by a quick-service eatery—but, then again, Mission to Mars had been closed for almost five years, so it was good to see the building once again open to guests.

And it was good to see the Moonliner rocket return to Tomorrowland, even if the replica was substantially smaller than the TWA Rocket to the Moon original.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port at Disneyland in 2005

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Chris Bales, 2019

Alien Pizza Planet at Disneyland in 2019

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port changed its name to Alien Pizza Planet on April 13, 2018. The new name and an accompanying interior overlay were billed as temporary for Disneyland’s 2018’s Pixar Fest promotion.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2018

Temporary banner

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Chris Bales, 2019

Permanent signage

The change wasn’t temporary. Pixar Fest ended September 3, 2018, but Alien Pizza Planet remained. In mid-2019, new permanent exterior signage replaced the overlay signage—which had been a banner literally overlaying the Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port signage.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

© Disney-Pixar

Pizza Planet in Toy Story from Disney-Pixar

The change made sense. In fact, it’s surprising that it was ever Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. It’s not as if Redd Rocket is a beloved Disney character with a memorable Pizza Port.

Walt Disney World had Disney’s Toy Story Pizza Planet from December 15, 1995—slightly more than three weeks after the release of Toy Story—until January 18, 2016. (It’s now PizzeRizzo.). The building at the Studios park bore no resemblance to the “space age” eatery in the groundbreaking Disney-Pixar movie.

Toy Story (1995) quickly became an established hit with beloved characters and memorable scenes—including the events at the movie’s Pizza Planet. In 1998, Disneyland would open a pizza restaurant in a “space age” building that, while different from Pizza Planet in the movie, also had Mid-Century Googie architecture. Yet Disneyland went with Redd Rockett.

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2018

Custom posters featuring the “Little Green Men” Aliens in place of attraction posters

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, Disneyland

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2018

Updated ceiling decor

As they say, better late than never.

The changes in 2018 and 2019 sent Redd Rocket to Yesterland. But, to tell the truth, his eatery is still going strong at Disneyland, with just cosmetic changes.


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