Horizons ~ By Joe Black

“Horizons” by Joe Black

Today we look back at an attraction that is still a fan favorite, Horizons at Epcot. Horizons was a journey into the future, and seemed to embody of all the themes of Future World. This attraction used communication, energy, transportation, creativity and technology to showcase a better life for all of humanity in the future.  Many considered this attraction a sequel to the Carousel of Progress, and in many ways it was just that.

Upon arriving, you find yourself in Futureport, a terminal of the future. Upon boarding your vehicle, you travel past scenes depicting thoughts and ideas of the future from the past, such as Jules Verne’s spaceship. After this whimsical vision of the future, guests are whisked away to twenty-first century living, which focus on quality of life for everyone.

Guests then view desert farms, travel with energy-efficient power, undersea cities and space colonies. My personal favorite is the orange grove of the future. I can almost smell the oranges now. You can actually still smell the oranges in Soarin’, perhaps a small nod to Horizons?Before returning to the present, guests are given the option of choosing three modes of transportation, which include a personal submarine, a desert hovercraft or a space flight.  This was an attraction that actually let you choose your ending, and many people would ride it more than once so they could sample all three.

Horizons has since been replaced by Mission Space, an excellent ride; however, I’ll always remember this beautiful structure that once stood prominently in Future World. I’ll also always remember the theme, which Walt Disney himself seemed to embrace…”If We Can Dream It, We Can Do It”.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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