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The vehicle turns the corner into the OmniSphere theater. Here, on a pair of hemispherical screens 80 feet in diameter, we see what is possible for our future and what is being worked on now. The powerful music and huge screen makes this ride sequence one of a kind. In fact, it is. No other theme park attraction utilizes an Omni screen (really two screens) for just one small sequence of an attraction. (Universal's "Back to the Future ...The Ride" uses an Omni screen for the entire attraction.) (2.8 MB) The entire Omnisphere sequence can be downloaded in one file or in three smaller files listed below.
A computer image of a DNA chain appears and zooms in, spinning around for a dizzying closer look. Then we see smaller pieces that spiral around and form a sphere. The sphere turns into the sun.
A space shuttle takes off throwing dust into the air filling the screen. Then a computerized image shows the shuttle docking at a space colony.
The computerized view of earth changes to the New York City skyline.
The city changes into a closeup of a computer chip.
Crystals begin to grow off one another filling the screen.
The screen fills with water as we see fish and divers below the ocean's surface.
The cycle repeats itself returning to the DNA chain. A similar wall like the one before the OmniSphere with blue and pink lights at the top is now in front of us as we make the transition from the OmniSphere present to the 21st century. Often it takes a few rides through to see all of the Omni cycle.
We have now entered the futuristic city of Nova Cite in the "Tomorrow's Windows" segment of the attraction. Through the windows in the back of the apartment, we can see the odd shaped buildings and mag-lev trains that populate the city. The zooming lights in the background show the trains zipping around town. It's getting dark outside, and according to the clock, it is 6:28 PM. Dialog is now shifted to the characters on-stage. Here, we get our first glance at the husband and wife we have been listening to. The husband is playing an "Aeolean Harp." See the Horizons Fact Sheet for more details. Like most of the on-stage talking characters throughout the ride, he says basically the same thing twice with slight variations between the two. His wife is talking to their daughter on a holographic phone (it is not a hologram).
The conversation repeats. Back on the vehicle speakers:
By now, the balcony (where futuristic hybrid plants are being grown aeroponically and hydroponically) has passed and we turn to a desert farm scene. A "smellitzer" machine fills the air with the scent of fresh oranges. To get the full effect at home, go get an orange, slice it open, set it near you, and then move on to the desert farm scene
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