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a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" Lyrics
Formerly Presented by
Horizons was presented
by General Electric from October 1, 1983 to September
30, 1993. It remained open without G.E.'s sponsorship
until Fall 1994. The pavilion reopened in December of
1995 without any company's sponsorship. Horizons closed
forever January 9, 1999. Site work began on August 5,
1981 and actual construction began in January of 1982.
Deconstruction of the pavilio began in April 2000.
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Horizons Fact Sheet
- Horizons was developed under the working name
Century 3. The name referred to the United States
entering its third century of existence. A reference to the Century
3 name can still be found in the attraction written on
the small yellow space shuttle in the beginning of the Brava Centauri
section. The second working name was Futureprobe.
More information about this can be found on the Horizons Concepts and Construction
- The Horizons pavilion covers three acres.
- In the desert farm scene, a machine called a smellitzer fills
the air with the scent of the fresh oranges.
- 177 miles of fiber optic strands were utilized in Horizons. That
equals a total of 932,425 end points of light. 21,000 of those points
are in the cloud wall at the beginning of the ride. Behind the sand-blasted
acrylic clouds, the fiber optics were placed into hand-drilled holes.
The majority of the fiber optics were in the transition walls before
and after the OmniSphere Theater. Unfortunately, those haven't worked
- 3,700 tons of steel went into the pavilion. That's MORE than the
amount of steel in Spaceship Earth. The steel support
columns are 78 feet high and 24 inches in diameter. The roof of
the building is made of a 5-ply turncoated steel.
Alex Taylor - Designer of Futuristic Plants ©Disney
- With biotechnology now a reality, Imagineers had the challenge
of creating the plants which would be present in the future habitats.
Alex Taylor was put in charge of dreaming up the new plants seen
on the Mesa Verde balcony and in the desert farm. "Circuit
Egg Ivy" grows in a kinked and twisted pattern resembling an
electronic circuit. "Pepcumbers" are a cross between peppers
and cucumbers. "Flavor Grapes" grow in clusters of different
colors and flavors. "Pinanas" are a combination of pineapples
and bananas and "loranges" are a lime/orange hybrid. In
the desert farm scene, the theoretical fruits being grown are loranges,
which smell like oranges and grow towards the outside of the trees
to make it easier for the robots to harvest.
- The highest point that the ride vehicles reach is in the Space
sequence when they are about 65 feet off the ground.
- Each ride vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds.
Horizons Ride Vehicles
- Two examples of WDI-created futuristic technology are the "Aeolean
Harp," which catches the wind to produce music, and the "Golden
Glow," which uses bioluminescence like a firefly to produce
a neon glow.
- The scene with the rocket sticking into the side of the moon is
based on a scene from French filmmaker Georges Méliès' "Le
Voyage dans la lune" (1902).
- OmniSphere Theater:
- The projection systems for the OmniSphere presentation utilize
large-format 70mm film. To further increase the quality of the
images, the film is run horizontally to allow for an even larger
- Theater walls are 3 feet thick.
- First use of computer animation (DNA chain, space shuttle
docking) in Omni format.
- First use of computer animation of Earth (Landsat) in Omni
- First Imax micro-photography of crystals and computer chips.
- The film was created by Eddie Garrick.
- First time two Omni screens were connected together. This
combined screen is 240 feet wide and 80 feet high.
- Music by George Wilkins
Synthesizer played by Michael Boddicker
Pipe Organ played by Richard Bolks
- The man who plays the "beachboy" on the video screen
and provides the voice for the Audio-Animatronic "beachboy"
is Tom Fitzgerald, one of Imagineers on the Horizons design team
(and now VP of Theme Park Productions). The character's name is,
appropriately enough, Tom II.
- Original plans called for announcements like "Will the owner
of a blue and white Hovercraft, License number 204413, please return
to your vehicle. You are in a no hover area." to play in the
background along with the "New Horizons" song in the FuturePort.
Also, the narration at the beginning of the ride originally was
going to be from Mission Control and then the ride would meet up
with the family.
- The model built for the rotating Space Colony film (the one where
the Wife says "Now there's the new frontier.") was constructed
as an 8 foot sphere. 8,000 miniature lights were built into the
model. A 19mm Kowa lens was used to film the interior of the model.
- The "Choose Your Tomorrow Finale":
- The model used in the filming of the desert finale scene was
32 feet wide and 82 feet long. 5,000 miniature trees were produced
and placed on this model. It was the longest continuous sequence
ever filmed with miniatures. The film was produced in an empty
hangar at the Burbank airport.
- The scale of the models for the three finales varied from
1 inch to 1 foot (1/12th scale) down to 1/100th scale.
- Each film is 40 to 45 seconds long. The 35mm film was transferred
to videodisc for rear projection on the GE Talaria PJ-5055 video
- Each individual screen that moves along with each vehicle
is 6 feet wide and 5 feet high. These move along in front of
the real screen which is in an arc with a 34.5 foot radius.
It is mostly composed of Lexan - a polycarbonate of clear plastic.
- The underwater sequence was show "dry for wet."
This means that smoke filled the set and created the illusion
of moving through water.
- The space sequence was filmed on Stage 3 at The Walt Disney
- GE technology was used throughout the pavilion.
- GE's Talaria® light-valve TV projectors are utilized for the
finale movie sequence.
- The ride vehicles are made of Lexan® polycarbonate.
- The vehicles are powered by GE motors and drive systems.
- GE control devices are located throughout the building.
- There's GE lighting inside and out of the pavilion.
- GE's Gemlink® video transmitter system, GE mobile radio applications,
and new uses for GE silicones are also used.
Horizons Postcard ©Disney
|Maximum Number of Vehicles:
|Seats per Vehicle:
||1,346 feet (410.3 m)
||1.5 Feet/Second (0.457 m/s)
|Pavilion Square Footage:
||approx. 37,000 ft2
This information courtesy "EPCOT Field
Guide" (© The Walt Disney Company) and "EPCOT
Center: A Profile" (© 1982 Walt Disney Productions)
among other sources.
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