Sunday, February 8, 2015

Horizons Models and Concept Art

By Keith Mahne

If Disney suddenly called me up right now, offered to fly me to their corporate office in Burbank, and sat me down at the desk of CEO Bob Iger for a meeting, you can bet your bottom dollar that at some point in said meeting I would beg for the return of the best Imagineering dark ride ever created, Horizons! As Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder, said in my interview with him for the Disney Avenue Podcast recently, "Horizons was flawless, it was a perfect ride. The ride system, the show, the story, the effects...everything about it just hung together and just transported you." His words surely resonate with fans who were fortunate enough to take a journey through this marvelous experience. I recently came across some old photos of the attraction's concept art and models and thought I'd share them with you here today. It's photos like these that keep the attraction's spirit alive, at least until I get that meeting with Bob...

Before you start reaching for the Kleenex, take a journey back in time to 1979 and the origins of Horizons, Century 3, Futureprobe, and a complete Horizons concept, design and construction segment in the video below titled Horizons - The Ultimate Tribute. It also includes ideas that never made the final attraction. Then walk through Futureport, before taking a full multi-angle ride through of the entire attraction:

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.

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