Rides I Miss

Epcot – Horizons

One of the rides that I miss seeing is Epcot’s Horizons. Above is a link to see a youtube video of the actual ride through. This is about all we have left of some of those things. It was one of the original Epcot rides that made it to 1998 I believe and then was torn down to make room for Mission Space. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mission Space, but there is so much nostalgia with the old Horizons ride. For those of you who never had the pleasure, it was high on animatronics showing how our future could be with space travel, and under water adventures. It started out by showing you the visions of the future in around Jules Verne’s time period, how we would all be traveling by hot air balloons and bicycle powered vehicles to robot butlers and valets in the early 20th century.They even played the Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow song from the Magic Kingdom. It moved on to early science fiction ideas from George Melee’s From the Earth to the Moon and the movie Metropolis to many of the short films from the 40’s and 50’s about home automation. Many crazy “Jetson’s” ideas about how we will be living in the future. It moved on to a giant curved screen showing a space shuttle launch and wire frame graphics of a space station. The video onscreen moved on to underwater exploration and then back to animatronic sets showing how a future city may look and inside an apartment. Then it moved on to a large orange grove in the desert using forced perspective to make it seem like some of the things were far away. This was the first time they made use of the smell of orange blossoms. Most people think it was in Soarin’ but it was Horizons that did it. You then moved on to a lab that was above ground with a woman taking to a man on a video screen that was deep under the ocean working on a submersible craft. When you came around the backside it was his view talking to her. Under him was a classroom under water where the kids were learning about seals. They were all in wetsuits and sitting around in a circle. The ride moves on to space and shows what it would look like to live and work in space, with a giant city sized space station. At the end of the ride, you got to choose from 3 different ways to return to Epcot, Space, Underwater or over the Desert. A screen would come up in front of your cart and you would do a flyover in the manner you chose. It was very 1980’s and sometimes a little cheesy, but I loved it.

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