->''"A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements.... A step into the future with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals: the atomic age, the challenge of outer space and the hope for a peaceful and unified world."''
-->-- '''Creator/WaltDisney''' dedicating the TropeNamer at Disneyland, July 17th, 1955

An inexplicably technologically-advanced area in a place where it's far more advanced than its surroundings -- for example, a far-flung ''[[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Jetsons]]''-esque metropolis in a game set during the modern day; or an advanced techno-dungeon in the middle of your MedievalEuropeanFantasy. Either way, expect to run through streets and buildings high in the sky, and to dodge cars -- of either the mundane or the flying variety.

Named after the section of several Ride/DisneyThemeParks dedicated to such things.

For the 2015 film, see [[Film/{{Tomorrowland}} here]].

See also SchizoTech, {{Zeerust}} and DecadeDissonance.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': As the great ocean Grand Line are made of small islands in between seas, with high difficulty to even move from island to island in the first place, islands are all but isolated from each other; some islands get to be much more advanced (read: looking like some place in the future instead of the 16th century technology like in the age of piracy) than others.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Academy City, which is said to have technology that's 20 years ahead of everyone else.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'': The titular city of Metropolis, which is the most advanced and wealthiest city in the world.
* Due to a comet made of [[{{Unobtanium}} vibranium]] crash-landing on the sight millions of years prior, the African-nation of [[Characters/MCUWakandaGovernmentMilitary Wakanda]] from the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse can be considered the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, having access to advanced technology like hover-vehicles, lasers, medical-tech capable of curing fatal (or at least permanently crippling) injuries in a matter of hours and have a much higher standard of living than even most first-world countries.

* Gault's Gulch from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' was created by John Gault to be a utopia built on [[Creator/AynRand Ayn Rand's]] philosophy of UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} - a community built on the self-interest of exceptional people (mainly captains on industry and high-grade employers held down by the socialist shit-hole the USA has turned into). Because of this, Gault's Gulch has access to resources and technology more advanced than anywhere else, allowing it to remain hidden and sustain itself while the rest of the world collapses.
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': A small town from Virginia in the year 2000 is teleported 300+ years into the past. To Germany.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Golarion setting:
** The city-state of Alkenstar doesn't share in Golarion's ready access to magic, thanks to the [[YourMagicsNoGoodHere interference of the Mana Wastes]], so it dedicated itself to scientific advancement instead. Its most famous achievement is the invention of firearms, and in addition to monopolizing that market, its engineers and alchemists are in very high demand.
** The Numerian city of Starfall is a downplayed example: access to the nearby Silver Mount, a gigantic ancient starship wreck, has provided it with many relics of the AncientAstronauts' powerful technology, but the nation's Technic League is mostly stuck in an ArchaeologicalArmsRace and has managed very little actual scientific advancement.
* The "dungeon" beneath the Barrier Peaks in the world of ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' is actually a crashed spaceship with {{Robot}}s, keycards, {{Ray Gun}}s and PoweredArmor, as seen in ''Expedition to the Barrier Peaks''.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The Alaborn cards from the ''Portal Second Age'' expansion have guns. Given that Magic features numerous different worlds, it wouldn't be a problem...but supposedly, they really do come from Dominaria, the same world as most other sets released prior to 2003. Where exactly they were during ''[[CrisisCrossover Invasion]]'' has never been answered, although it's debatable whether the guns would have been of much use.
** Card art during the ''Invasion'' block featured {{Magitek}} laser guns, planes, and HumongousMecha. Not everyone was happy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'': Dr. Tomoki's ''Tomoki City'' level in ''3''.
--> I have seen the future, and it is [[SinglePaletteTown BLUE ON BLUE.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'': Unusual for a sports game, Quantum Field.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': The underwater city of Rapture, which has automatic doors (made a few years earlier than in real life), genetic modification, and [[DieselPunk diesel-powered]] robots and {{SentryGun}}s in the 1950-60s.
* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': The flying city of Columbia which has robot {{Sentry Gun}}s, mechanical presidents, and cyborgs in the year 1912. This is to [[spoiler:them taking ideas from the Tears that open]] which is why the Vigors are suspiciously similar to [[spoiler:Plasmids]]. [[spoiler:Fink learned about them and built upon the failed tests of drinkable plasmids]].
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'': The Dead Sea is a fragment of alt-1999 A.D., and Chronopolis is supposed to have originated in the year 2300. (Just [[NewspaperDating look at the plaque!]])
* Any of the "future" stages in ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'', though there it's justified -- the game's major theme is TimeTravel.
* Most of ''VideoGame/{{Elona}}'' is set in a vaguely Medieval-ish setting ([[DecadeDissonance though it is hinted that Yerles and possibly the other continents are more advanced]]), but then you come across a town called the Cyberdome filled with computers and high technology.
* 2010's release, Creator/{{Disney}} and Junction Point's ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', has this has one of its early levels. Including TronLines everywhere in the latter half of the level, including the boss, the walking ''{{Franchise/Tron}}'' homage Petetronic.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'': The city of Esthar. Amongst other things, it has a cloaking device which keeps it hidden from the rest of the world, is the only city in the game shown to have a functioning space program, and is home to Odine Laboratories, one of the finest magical research institutes in the world. The tech difference can be partially justified in that they're also very isolationist, so their advancements wouldn't have spread to the other nations - yet even so, said isolationism is less than twenty years old. Esthar is full-on CrystalSpiresAndTogas while the rest of the world is early 20th century. Not to mention that isolationist cultures are typically ''less'' advanced, due to the lack of external competition.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': The Industrial District is a stark change to what has come before. Loads and loads of mazelike, mile-high catwalks; a strange power plant which wouldn't look out of place in ''Sonic the Hedgehog''; a Ripley Scott aesthetic in the Russian-owned factories, etc.
* [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Deep Space]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Somewhat justified, as it's a galactic spaceship that merely happens to be crossing through TheMultiverse back to its proper dimension... a fantasy-dominant multiverse.
* Most of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' is ancient ruins. Then comes the Tower of the Goddess, a ''spaceship'', complete with futuristic lighting, mysterious monitors, and scaffolding.
* Area 66 from ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', an Area51 type place... in the middle of a city.
* Sanctuary Fortress in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes''. After having just beaten the quiet, tropical [[BubblegloopSwamp Torvus Bog]], the Sanctuary Fortress, which is about as technological as possible, snuck up on players.
* A staple of the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, where each game (except the ninth) has some sort of sci-fi location, most often the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* Omnitopia from ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore''.
* [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Metropolis Zone]], [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Scrap Brain Zone]], [[VideoGame/SonicRiders Metal City]], [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Grand Metropolis, Power Plant]], [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Eggmanland]], and many more, all from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they are presumably the work of [[MadScientist Robotnik/Eggman]], except for Grand Metropolis. The ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' subseries has a high level of technology far above the rest of the Sonic games. ''Zero Gravity'' has a pair of courses set in what looks like modern-day Japan, but the game explains that this is an artificial construct.
* ''VideoGame/SoulHackers'': Amami City, where every home has a networked computer, and there is a virtual city, all in 1997.
* Robotica Farms from ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage''. Another example is from a level not too far from Robotica Farms: Metropolis. It's an even bigger example of this trope because it's a domed robot city, perhaps the urban counterpart to Robotica Farms.
* A lot of levels in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' are like this, since the game takes place in [[SpaceZone outer space]].
* "Future Fuckballs 2010" in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'', which is based on science fiction and other "futuristic" elements that have appeared on [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd the Nerd's show]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has anything built by [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent the Dwemer]]. They combined their abilities as master enchanters with their SteamPunk engineering prowess to build {{Magitek}} machines far more advanced than anything the other races could create. They were also known to tamper with the laws of time and physics to ensure that their creations [[RagnarokProofing were built to last]]. Even 4000+ years after their disappearance (the cause of which is unknown, but very likely involved their attempt AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence using the literal heart of a [[GodIsDead Dead God]]) their cities and machinery are still up and running, making them inviting (if extremely dangerous) targets for scavengers.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the Great Bay Temple, an underwater factory of sorts with a very complex pipe and drain system.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has the Lanayru Mining Facility, with what seems like the only place in all of Hyrule history so far to have electricity.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Gnomeregan, and anything gnomish.
** Also any area built by the Titans, such as Ulduar.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has plenty of tongue-in-cheek SchizoTech, but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0964.html Tinkertown]] stands out as a SteamPunk [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnome]] city-state with advanced technology like LightningGun artillery, in a world that's mostly in MedievalStasis.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'': [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the [[AffectionateParody parody]] short ''[[https://youtu.be/IptvSQY9Qa8?t=1m4s Every JRPG Ever]]'' right before the "weirdly high tech [[EvilEmpire empire]] from one town over" destroys the hero's hometown.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The art of Nick Kaloterakis, as seen on the covers of ''Popular Science.''