After moving through the OmniSphere, we came to the main focus of the ride. This was a series of scenes showing what life would be like in the future. We would see visions of city life, the desert, under the ocean, and outer space. Like every good attraction, Disney did a great job of telling a story in Horizons. In fact, it is believed to be the sequel to Walt Disney's Carrousel of Progress. The Horizons story utilized a futuristic family to show guests what might be coming in the 21st century. They featured technologies such as video conferencing and holograms, as well as hovercrafts and space stations.
Originally, Horizons was going to be called Century III, to recognize the third century of America. However, Disney didn't think that the name would appeal to international guests, so after much debate they settled on the name Horizons. Many Walt Disney World attractions have corporate sponsors and Horizons was no different. General Electric sponsored this attraction from the beginning and was involved in much of the decision making, including the name. Unfortunately, GE ended its sponsorship in 1994 and the ride temporarily closed. It reopened in 1995, however, due to other Future World attractions going down for refurbishment.
Horizons remained open until Test Track was ready to open to the public in early 1999. On January 9th of that year, Horizons closed forever. In July of 2000, demolition began on the attraction, which marked the first time an entire ride building was demolished to make way for a new attraction. Mission Space opened on this site in August of 2003. It is a fun and unique attraction, but nothing could ever top Horizons, which will live forever in the memories of Walt Disney World fans.
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