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WoM pavilion at night
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Approaching the wheel-shaped, stainless steel pavilion from Future World, we see the World of Motion sign in the middle of a circular flower garden. Beyond the sign is a wedge-shaped open area in the front part of the building. Two smaller World of Motion signs adorn the red walls on each side of the entrance area. We can see other guests as they are riding along an elevated track area moving into the ride building. Lights that run along the base of that track blink forward at the same speed as the vehicles. Entering through the doors on the left, we proceed through the queue, up the ramp, and onto the moving platform.

Male Announcer: Your vehicle doors close automatically. Please keep your hands and arms inside your vehicle and remain seated while traveling. Thank you.

WoM Sign
© Disney

Once seated in the six passenger, two row blue omnimover vehicles, the doors close, and Gary Owens, our narrator, welcomes us aboard.

Gary Owens: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the wonderful World of Motion. General Motors now invites you to travel the open road; to discover that when it comes to transportation, it's always fun to be free.

Our vehicle leaves the building and travels slowly up the ramp around to the right. We can look down and see guests entering the building and look out at Future World including a view of Spaceship Earth.

View of Future World from ride

Gary Owens: Throughout the ages, we have searched for freedom to move from one place to another. In the beginning, of course, there was foot power. But with our first wandering steps, we quickly discovered the need to improve our basic transportation.

Moving into the ride building, we view two early human beings on the left. One of the humans is using his mouth to blow air on his foot to cool it off from so much walking. The other is waving his hand like a fan also to stop the burning. The sounds of growling and echoing through the caves are heard.

Gary Owens: After years of stumbling around, we launch a new idea. Our first safe highway: water.

Projected on a nearby screen are several types of watercraft from rafts to canoes to Viking ships.

Gary Owens: On land, our animal friends give us new freedom. And we test drive many new models.

To the right, there is the world's first toll booth as the drivers of the animals must pay before entering the gates of the city. In the back right, is an elephant carrying a man and an ornately decorated, covered seating area where a wealthy woman rides. Closer to the front is a man riding a bull. It doesn't seem too interested in moving or carrying the load it is supposed to be pulling. Behind the bull to the left is a man riding a camel. And next to that is a man riding an ostrich. The man is trying to keep a basket of food away from the ostrich but the animal keeps turning his head and neck closer. Nearby is a small donkey with two or three times its weight piled on top of it including a man with his arms folded on top of that. In the distance is a smiling man holding a gold ball while hovering about ten feet above the ground on his flying carpet. The final part to this scene is on the far left. The toll collector is standing inside a small hut. An elderly man is giving him a sack of coins and is complaining about his zebra that he is holding by rope. His boy is desperately trying to get a zebra to stand back up. The poor zebra, all tired out (breathing heavily with its tongue out), is carrying a large, heavy bag on its back. Throughout this scene, the tune "It's Fun to be Free" is first heard.

Gary Owens: A revolutionary turn of events: the wheel! Now things really get rolling. It's fun to be free!

The words to "It's Fun to be Free" are now heard. On the left, is a group of three inventors. They have attempted to invent the wheel, but unfortunately, failed. The first invented a square wheel, the second, a hexagon, and the third, a triangle. All are spinning their "wheels" but one of the King's men is pointing towards the door to get them out with a stern look on his face. Beyond them is the fourth inventor who created the round wheel. The inventor pushes his large wheel back and forth demonstrating how well it works. The King, sitting on his throne, laughs with delight at this new invention.

We then enter what Disney calls a speedroom. Projected on all of the walls in the room are numerous wheels spinning round and round. Nearing the exit to the room, Gary Owens continues his narration.

Gary Owens: With our new found freedom, empires expand, cultures flourish, trade and commerce grow.

On the right is a large animated horse pulled Egyptian chariot. The Egyptian man is set to attack the enemy with his bow and arrow. Next to that is a piece of Chinese architecture with two columns, a tiled roof, and a hanging round animated picture of a Chinese man pushing another man in a cart. The third section is of a Grecian temple. Projected on two vases on each side of the temple are different animated drawings. The first depicts a half-man/half-horse pulling a woman in a chariot. The second shows a horse pulling a soldier in a chariot. In between the vases and in front of the temple is a life-size half-man/half-horse. A woman is holding the chain that is attached to him. She looks up at him and then quickly turns away giggling while he looks very seriously back at her. The final part in this scene is a Roman used chariot lot. Many chariots have signs that show original prices which are slashed to cheaper prices (listed in Roman numerals of course). One chariot is a little damaged with a few spears sticking out of its sides. Two salesmen assist two elegantly dressed Romans by showing off their best model. The sparkling chariot features an enclosed area so they won't get hot in the sun.

Salesman 1: (with a high-pitched voice) Lend me your ear, friend. This is a colossus bargainus! It's just like new!

Salesman 2: (with slick voice) This is beautius maximus. Loaded with extras! Power reins, marble floorboards. Four speed whip. Ah, suitable for the throne of Venus!

Salesman 1: Fly on the wings of Mercury! Pass anything on the Appain Way!

Salesman 2: This colosseum cruiser is fit for the Gods. Truly glorious. Caesar's wife has one.

Salesman 1: This was driven by Caesar himself!

Gary Owens: With proud new ships, we sail forth in search of new worlds undaunted by age old myths and silly superstitions.

Ahead on the left is a large projection showing the Old World and two giant faces blowing strong winds across the ocean. A ship is blown by the winds and falls off the edge of the Earth. In front of the map we see the humps a large sea serpent. It's head rises from the water right next to a sailing ship. The explorer on the ship, Columbus, is using a telescope in search of land. However, all he sees is the giant eye of the sea serpent looking directly in the lens.

Columbus and sea serpent
© Disney

Gary Owens: The age of the Renaissance. Great minds are turning from works of art to flights of fancy.

Moving into the next scene, we see Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop on the left. Mona Lisa is sitting, frowning, and tapping her foot impatiently for da Vinci to return to painting her. We see the painting is only half finished. He is more interested in watching how his human flying contraption is working out. He stands watching it and taking notes while a man hangs from the ceiling operating the wings and another man holds him by a rope so he doesn't crash to the floor. Two pigeons watch man's attempt to fly from the window sill. Following the workshop is a man riding in the basket of a hot air balloon above the rooftops of London. Riding with him are some barnyard animals including chickens and a pig.

Gary Owens: From hot air to the power of steam. Now nothing stands in the way of progress on the open road.

We approach a steam powered carriage on the right. A man and his son inside are sticking their heads out the windows to see why they are stalled. It appears that an angry bull (blowing smoke from its nostrils) is pushing and even lifting the carriage stopping it from moving. The operator is at the back of the carriage trying to get the carriage to move. Another operator sits atop it at the front yelling and waving a stick while a third operator sits atop the back and is blowing a long horn. A projection on the wall behind it shows a variety of other forms of steam powered vehicles. Horns honking and bells ringing can be heard.

Passenger: Hark, what goes on? Why are we stopping? I should have ridden me horse!

Operator: Get thee gone, fat bullock! Move to yon pasture. You art a bull-headed beast. Begone!

Gary Owens: Great boilers of steam change our sails to paddle wheels.

On the opposite side, we see a large Mississippi paddle boat. It is dimply lit as it sits at the dock at night. Through the windows of the boat, we see the shadows of the passengers dancing. In front of the boat is yet another battle between man and animal as a donkey is sitting down while a man tries to get it to stand up presumably to load things onto the ship. Further ahead, a boy sits on a crate watching the steam ships ply the river. A two horses drawn cart sits nearby while two men (one playing a banjo) and a dog sit on the cart.

Gary Owens: Beyond the Mississippi, passengers enjoy the scenic west with the freedom and adventure of the open road.

The next scene on the left depicts a western settlers camp and a stagecoach. Projected on the wall behind are a tribe of Indians moving on horseback through the area. They are quickly followed by the Cavalry. A few settlers (man and woman) keep a low profile behind a wagon. The man raises his arrow-pierced hat up (balanced on a stick) so it will be shot by arrows instead of him. When the Cavalry ride by, a man peers out of the stagecoach to see if everything is all right. Arrows are seen sticking out of everything throughout the camp.

Gary Owens: Another kind of horse arrives. A steam powered, iron horse bringing fast, dependable, safe travel to the new frontier.

WoM Postcard
World of Motion postcard © Disney

Ahead on the right, we see a stopped steam powered locomotive. Bandits have stopped the train and are demanding valuables from the passengers. One bandit sits atop some rocks in front of the locomotive with guns in each hand. Further back, another orders by gunpoint three passengers on the ground and the engineer on the platform to keep their hands in the air. He also instructs them to put their valuables in his hat which he holds with one hand. In the back car, the conductor unloads some of the goods the train is carrying to the ground while a robber points two guns in his face. Standing a short distance away on some rocks is the local Sheriff who will be sure to round up the bandits within no time.

Bandit 1: Keep your hands up! This means you! This is called passin' the hat. (Laughs) Drop it in the hat, Mister. Come on, come on...

Bandit 2: Hold her steady, Grandpa! Or I'll blow your head off! (Fires shot with gun) I said hold that box steady!

Gary Owens: Ah, the peaceful countryside. What more romantic way to enjoy it than with that infallible combination of man and machine: the bicycle!

To the left is the peaceful countryside the narrator was speaking of. First, we see a man who was riding a large tricycle. He is now standing on a fence holding onto a tree branch while a dog is leaning on his tricycle barking loudly at him. In the middle of the scene is a man sitting in a pool of mud surrounded by two pig friends. The bike that he fell off is nearby. The woman he was riding with stands with her bike on the road above the puddle. She is trying to cover up her laughter while seeing him look so disgusted. A projection behind them shows all kinds of cycles from the familiar to the odd. Moving on, a man is riding a unicycle while lifting his hat to a passing lady. She is standing next to her bicycle. A man is pumping up a tire for his bike in the foreground.

Man on Fence: Beat it dog! Scram! Leave me alone, you mangy mutt! Go on, get out of here! Get lost!

Man with pig friends in a mud

Gary Owens: The call of the open road brings us a new wonder: a carriage without a horse. Yes, with the horseless carriage, we thunder full speed into the twentieth century.

Moving along into the turn-of-the-century, we pass a small garage where a mechanic is at work repairing an engine. To the left is a man showing how the roof on his convertible goes up and down by crank. Another man with his horse looks on at the demonstration. (The horse appears to be smiling with approval.) A projection behind the convertible shows a busy street with a trolley line, horse-drawn vehicles, and motorized cars running up and down it. Pedestrians are careful where they step. To the opposite side is a city trolley about to head up that street. The driver rings the bell.

Up ahead on the left is perhaps the most famous scene from the ride. On a busy streetcorner, a collision has caused the world's first traffic jam. It appears as though a motorized has collided with a horse-drawn carriage. The horse was pulling a cart with fruit, vegetables, and chickens on it. The cart has turned on its side spilling its contents. The horse's owner is trying to calm him down. Fruit and vegetables are strewn all over the street. Chickens are clucking and looking out of their crates. A police officer is writing a ticket while a boy and a girl overlook the scene from their wagon and bicycle respectively. A man working in the sewer sticks his head out of the man hole to peer at what is going on. A tomato is balanced on his head. Behind the cart, a man in a red convertible that hit the carriage is covering his ears while his wife is shouting and waving her umbrella and their dog is barking. Off to the right behind the horse is another red car and beside that a green, double decker jitney bus (labeled "City Transport"). Riders (two men and a boy) on top of the bus are getting a good view of the commotion below. The driver is peering out the left side of the bus ringing a bell. Facing the horse is a blue Crystal Ice truck. The driver is honking while his assistant is standing next to the truck with his hands on his face shaking his head in disbelief. Unfortunately, he's not paying attention to the two kids at the back of the truck as they chip off ice for themselves. Another vehicle is behind the ice truck. This carriage is carrying a horse who is scared to take to the streets again.

The following can be heard by various characters in the scene: "Move that hay burner!" "We don't have time for horseplay!" "Do something with that relic!" "Control that horse!" "Get out of the way!" "Get a set of wheels!" "Come on, get going!"

World's first traffic jam

Gary Owens: Our newest tradition: the Sunday drive. Now we quickly get away from it all to the beautiful carefree countryside.

On our right we see a couple enjoying a peaceful afternoon picnic. The man is playing a banjo. Their car is nearby. Behind them is a projection of rolling hills, a covered bridge, and a bi-plane. "It's Fun to be Free" is heard again. Moving along is another projection showing a family watching planes fly by from their automobile. To the left of that is a sign that says "Air Show, April 30, Country Fairground, Admission 25." Behind the billboard is a police officer watching us go by. His motorcycle is running so he'll be able to catch us in case we get going too fast.

Gary Owens: Dashing heroes of the wild blue yonder. Now, the sky's the limit!

On the right, we see a car stopped and a man watching the planes pass overhead through the use of binoculars. Another car in front of him contains a family watching the projection of planes doing their stunts. The boy is standing on the running boards of the car holding his model airplane. An aptly dressed pilot (scarf, goggles, and cap) and a female admirer pose for a picture before he takes off in his "Barnstormer" bi-plane which sits in front of a small wooden hangar. A woman dressed in purple takes the picture.

Gary Owens: Mobility is the byword of modern transportation. A way to move from here to there, for every need and every care. Now it's really fun to be free!

Ahead on the left, we pass four cars from the 1930s to the 50s. The cars appear to be moving along side us since their wheels are spinning and turning. Behind the cars are projections of pictures from magazine covers and video clips throughout the time period that illustrate the changes in times. These images include dancing, seaplanes, riding bicycles in two feet of water, a Chevrolet ad, highways crisscrossing over each other, a rocket taking off, and man on the moon. The first car is covered with decorations and signs that say "Just Married" and "Just Wed." The second car, a convertible, belongs to college students and has little phrases such as "Hop Inn" (a reference to another use for cars), "Ladies Entrance," and "Engine Room" written on the side of it. Members of a little league team ride in the third car, a station wagon. One member is waving a pennant out the window. The final car has a family on their way to (or from) a vacation. The family dog is sticking his head out of the front window. All of their luggage is stacked on the roof.

Now we enter a series of three speed rooms. First, we fly over a mountain, then float down river rapids, then go under the ocean to a coral reef, and then we ski down a snow covered mountain. In the second speed room, swirling lights spin past us, white circles fly in all directions around us, and we appear to be lost in a swirling cyclone of clouds. The third speed room surrounds us with computer generated images of outer space and the evolution of a space vehicle traveling through the stars.

Upon exiting the speed rooms, we see the gleaming buildings, streets, and vehicles (from giant airships to PeopleMovers) of a miniature futuristic city. This scene was called Center Core because it filled the center core of the wheel shaped building. The lighted city is full of activity as lights whiz from one part to another.

Gary Owens: Yes, our world has indeed become a World of Motion. We have engineered marvels that take us swiftly over land and sea, through the air, and into space itself. And still bolder and better ideas are yet to come. Ideas that will fulfill our age old dream to be free. Free in mind. Free in spirit. Free to follow the distant star of our ancestors to a brighter tomorrow.

Leaving the city, we move into a dark tunnel. Fast moving blocks of light move by on our right. Ahead to the left, we see a reflection of ourselves riding in a futuristic looking vehicle.

Gary Owens: Ladies and gentlemen, General Motors now invites you to share the challenge of the future. We need you to help us shape tomorrow's mobility. Just ahead is General Motors' exciting TransCenter. Join us behind the scenes where we are working to ensure that tomorrow's world will continue to be a World of Motion.

Female Announcer: Your vehicle doors will slide open automatically. Please collect your belongings and step out to your right. The moving platform is traveling at the same speed as your vehicle.

Male Announcer: Your vehicle doors will slide open automatically. Please collect your belongings and step out to your right. The platform and your vehicle are moving at equal speed.

At the end of the tunnel, the doors to our vehicle open and we step out onto the platform. We then walk towards the TransCenter.

Breakdown/Motion Stop Spiels:

Female Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, please remain seated in your vehicle. we've had to make a brief stop, but will continue our travels momentarily. Thank you.

Female Announcer: Please remain seated. Your vehicle will begin moving immediately. Remain seated please. Our travels are resuming now.

WoM/TT Introduction | World of Motion Script | TransCenter | Test Track Script
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