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Space Man working on equipment in space A very smooth and magnificent transition is made between the ocean and space. From the darkness of the depths of the ocean, our vehicles begin to rise into the darkness of space. Stars fill the sky, we see a new space colony under construction, and, further on, a completed one rotating (to create artificial gravity) in the distance. An astronaut, floating upside down, is working on some equipment right before us. Another worker, the astronaut's captain, is inside a small mobile compartment. She can also work on the equipment using robot arms built into the compartment. Bellis' extraordinary piece, "Space," is played in the background. To download a clip from "Space," click here (888 K).

Space Woman (Captain): Easy ... easy. Don't rush it. We have plenty of time. Just let me guide it into place.

Space Man (in Spacesuit): No problem, Captain.

Space Woman: Easy does it. Easy does it!!

Space Man: OK, just relax, boss.

Space Woman: Don't worry about me, just worry about the connection. Get ready. (Laughs) You want me to come out there and show you how it's done?

Space Man: (Sarcastically) Yeah, why don't you. I could use a little on the job training.

The conversation repeats as we move on through space and approach the entrance to one of the space colonies.

Husband: These space colonies are out of this world. Let's take a quick look around.

Century 3 shuttle

Moving inside Brava Centauri, we see a one person shuttle (marked "Century 3 Intercolony") in the Bay 37 air-lock tube. As we move through this section, a series of dispatches are made including this one:

Male Announcer: Ground Control, this is Omega Transport. Request permission to launch from Bay 3-2.

Next, we pass a large window that lets us look out at the vast expanse of lights of the rotating space station. Looking carefully, we can see a few Hidden Mickey's along with Disneyland's Space Mountain, Main Street, and Town Square.

Wife: Now there's the new frontier.

Husband: Our son and his family wouldn't live anywhere else. Hey, maybe you and I ought to move up here.

Wife: Oh, what a wonderful idea!

Recreation center

We are now in the recreation center. Watching a video of an earth road, a woman (wearing an Omega shirt) is riding an upside down stationary bike. A rowing machine complete with a video monitor is set up in a similar way. It gives the user the option of which river to travel down by showing the different rivers and saying "Select Locale: Louisiana Bayou, Colorado River, Venice Canals." We can also see shadows from a zero gravity basketball game being played in a back room On the right is a "Health Scan" machine that monitors the body's systems during exercise.

Husband: Now, there's my speed. Sports and exercise in zero gravity.

Wife: It looks like fun!

Husband: It is, once you get the hang of it.

Brava Centauri - Space Colony©Disney

A family has just exited a space shuttle arriving at Brava Centauri. In the portal at the back of the scene, is a diagram of the shuttle that they just came off. One of their son Tommy's magnetic shoes have fallen off. Tommy, his dog Napoleon, his teddy bear, and his shoe are all floating around the room. He's still holding onto Napoleon by the leash. His father is walking along the ceiling trying to get the shoe. Both mom and dad are wearing their mag-shoes, so they aren't floating at all.

Tommy: Hey mom! Mom!!

Mother: What is it, Tommy?

Tommy: Look, mom, I'm flyin'! Why don't you try?

Mother: (Laughing) I don't know what I'm going to do with you. Don't let go of Napoleon! We don't want to lose him.

Tommy: Hey mom, what if he just floats away?

Mother: He won't.

Tommy: Hey mom, what if I just float away?

Mother: Then your father will get you as soon as he manages to get your shoe.

Tommy: What about Napoleon? (Dog barks) He needs mag-shoes, too. (Dog barks again)

Mother: Napoleon's fine.

The cycle repeats as we move next door where a woman is growing a large crystal for use on earth. She is using "Defractor Controller A." "Defractor Controller B" is below it and "Growth Support System" is on the other side of the room.

Crystal growing

Wife: Oh, now that's really lovely.

Husband: Practical too. Just think, materials from space for all kinds of industries back on earth. And that's .... (Buzzer sounds.)

Wife: Uh, oh. We gotta run.

Husband: Time for our grandson's party?

Wife: Uh, huh.

Husband: We'll catch up to you later.

The last room shows their son (the one who "wouldn't live anywhere else") and his wife along with Davey, our narrator's grandson, at Davey's birthday party. There are three video screens allowing members of the family to be at the party. The first one has our narrators, the second has their granddaughter from the desert farm (the one who "shouldn't be flirting with the beachboy") and the third one has Tom II, the "beachboy" from the floating city. It looks as though he didn't make it to be with his girlfriend in the desert, so he is calling from a separate video phone with his tools still in hand. The granddaughter is holding up the birthday cake her father and brother made earlier. They all sing "Happy Birthday" to Davey.

Party with 'holographic' video phone

All: Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Husband: Terrific kid.

Davey's Mother: Thank you. Don't you think he looks like his Dad? And his Grand-dad?

Granddaughter (Desert): And his uncle. And his cousin! (Davey laughs)

All: Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Boyfriend (Tom II): Cute little kid, isn't he.

Davey's Mother: Thank you. We kind of think so.

Granddaughter (Desert): Gee, we wish you were here. We made gallons of homemade ice cream. (Davey laughs)

All: Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Wife: Oh, he's a doll.

Davey's Mother: Thank you.

Husband: I think he looks a little like me.

Wife: He does not. He's beautiful! (Davey laughs)

They start singing "Happy Birthday" again as we move on. In front of us are signs that say "Explore the New World. Omega Centauri - Now Open" (Space), "Come Have Sun With Us. Mesa Verde" (Desert), and "Ride Our 'Subway.' Sea Castle Resort" (Undersea). Each one shows a scene from that area and has a shuttle that appears to move from one side to the other as we pass it. We will be able to choose one of the three destinations to get back to the FuturePort. The ability to choose our way home is not only a unique ride feature, but it reinforces the idea that in the future, we will have many options in how we live our lives. Other signs that say "Launch Sequence Initiated," "Systems Check Complete," "Air Lock Open," and "Launch" flash on and off.

You may be asking "Where did 'Omega Centauri' come from? I thought it was 'Brava Centauri?'" Remember the three paintings on the entrance ramp before the ride? Well, at the one that shows the space colony the announcer says this: "Brava Centauri, the newest of the exciting Centauri series of space stations ..." meaning that there are several Centauri stations including one called "Brava" (the one we ride through) and another called "Omega" (the one we see in the movie at the end).

Female Announcer 1: Attention please. Horizons 1 Earth Shuttle. Now available for boarding at Gate 22. Final boarding call for Horizons 1.

Another example of a dialog change occurred here. A male announcer originally said:

Male Announcer: (Beeps) Attention Horizons passengers, this is Mission Control. You are invited to choose your flight plan back to the FuturePort. Please look down at the lighted panels in front of you. Press one of the three ride choices: Space, Desert, or Under Sea. Everyone can choose, majority rules. All passengers, make your selections now.

That was changed to the following in 1984:

Female Announcer 2: (Beeps) Attention Horizons passengers. You are invited to choose your own flight path back to the FuturePort. Please look down at the lighted panels in front of you. Press one of the three ride choices: Space, Desert, or Under Sea. Everyone can choose, majority rules. All passengers, make your selections now.

Dividers separate ride vehicles so we can't see what the people next door chose. On screen, our shuttle takes off or dives on its way to the FuturePort. Depending on which flight plan we chose, we hear a different departure announcement.

Finale Movie: Omega Centauri/Space
Omega Centauri - Space ©Disney

SPACE - Male Announcer: Horizons Intercolony. You are clear for departure.

Finale Movie: Mesa Verde/Desert
Mesa Verde - Desert
©Disney

DESERT - Male Announcer: You are clear for takeoff.

Finale Movie: Sea Castle/Sea
Sea Castle - Undersea ©Disney

UNDERSEA - Male Announcer: Dive Chamber 4 is clear for descent.

When you arrive, depending on which method of travel you took, this message is heard:

SPACE - Male Announcer: Horizons Intercolony, this is Omega Control. Hold for Omega transport.

DESERT - Male Announcer: Landing sequence complete.

UNDERSEA - Male Announcer: Stand by for pressure stabilization.

The screen and dividers go away and a starfield appears in front of us. Our hosts bid us farewell.

(403 K) Husband: Well, we're almost back from the future.

Wife: Oh, it went by so quickly.

Husband: Yes, but one of the nice things about traveling into the future is that the journey's just beginning.

Wife: That's right.

Husband: And I'll tell you something ... if we can dream it, we really can do it. And that's the most exciting part.

The starfield used to build its way up to the G.E. logo, but since G.E. doesn't believe in the future anymore and left Horizons, the logo has been covered over. The vehicle turns toward the unloading area. When GE sponsored the ride, there were two final announcements. The original one went like this:

Female Announcer: All of us at General Electric thank you for exploring Horizons. Please take small children by the hand and watch your step onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are traveling at equal speed.

In 1984, that was changed to:

Female Announcer: All of us at GE look forward to bringing good things to life for you - today and tomorrow. Now, please take small children by the hand and watch your step onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are traveling at equal speed.

When GE ended sponsorship of the ride, the final announcement was changed to:

Female Announcer: From all of us, thanks for exploring Horizons. Now, please take small children by the hand and watch your step onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are traveling at equal speed.

This announcement is heard along the unload platform:

Male Announcer: Please look down and take young children by the hand as you step out onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are traveling at equal speed.

One more section of dialog is sometimes heard when riding through Horizons. Whenever the ride stops because a guest needs assistance boarding or disembarking, or there has been a problem, the following announcement is made:

(572 K) Male Announcer: Attention Horizons passengers. Our travels will be briefly delayed. Please remain seated. Your vehicle will begin moving again at any moment. Please remain seated. We will resume our journey shortly. Thank you.

And then when the ride is about to start up again:

Male Announcer: Please remain seated. Your vehicle will begin moving immediately. Remain seated please. Your journey is resuming now.


(Horizons Exit Music - 1.3 MB) While exiting the pavilion, brightly colored lighted panels cover the walls and ceiling. An instrumental version of "New Horizons" is heard. Turning the corner, we see a multi-colored circle (where the G.E. logo used to be) on the wall. Passing through turnstile-like dividers that count each guest, we then exit through the automatic doors back out into Future World.

Original Exit Area and Mural

The original post-show didn't have the lighted panels. It featured a huge, detailed mural called The Prologue and the Promise. For more information on the mural and its artist as well as a larger look at it, check out the Horizons Exit Mural page.


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