Sunday, January 27, 2008

If We Can Dream It ...

There was a time when EPCOT Center made you believe that "if you can dream it, then you can do it." And to remember those times, there can be no better than the Horizons ride tribute that "Century3Horizons" posted to YouTube. Whoever you are, Century 3, thanks for an incredible and wonderful reminder of why we loved EPCOT Center so very much. All three parts of the ride-through are below.

(Apologies for the double-post today. You can find my earlier Sunday post below or by clicking here. It's not nearly as hopeful or wonderful as this video, though!)





9 comments:

sdav10495 said...

Wow...this is indeed a magnificent tribute. Thanks so much for pointing it out.

And how can you apologize for two posts in one day?? This post is a treat, and your earlier post was pretty on-the-ball. I had no idea about Lucasfilm's fan relations directors, and I can't believe--OK, sadly I can--that Disney doesn't do the same thing. So no, the double-post is nothing to be sorry about. It's refreshing to see such a good balance of tones in a single day from a single source. Whether I agree with you or not (and mostly I do), I eat your blog up. Thanks for a thought-provoking Sunday.

Name Naymo said...

Yours Truly produced the Horizons Tribute video as well as the Body Wars and Soarin' tributes you'll find on that youtube channel.

Epcot82 said...

Awesome job, Name Naymo! Fantastic! Hope it's OK with you that I've drawn attention to them here.

Name Naymo said...

I'm tickled pink that you did bring attention to it in your blog and I'm
also very glad you and all else are enjoying that Horizons tribute so much.

I'm also glad I've found your blog and I will make point to check into here
daily.

G Bevier said...

How depressing. A great ride that is sadly missed.

dean said...

Thanks for making these videos available to everyone!! They go a long way to show how incredible an attraction Horizons was. It didn't need to be torn down....just freshened a bit with updated films, costuming, and special effects. The revamped Spaceship Earth is a good example of the attention they could have given to Horizons. Let's hope that the managers of Epcot have learned their lesson.

Anonymous said...

Not to sound totally mean, but do you think its time to throw in the towel? Epcot is not going to be what it was. The Disney company has new vested interests and Epcot has been evolving over the past 20 years. It will never again be like those videos. That doesn't mean its worse. I just feel that your honest efforts to capture the past may fail because your dreams are at the mercy of a corporate entity. Simply showing the future in attractions is only feasible if they can market or sell the ideas to consumers.

I'm not saying you should give up this blog or your efforts, but I do think you should look towards the future. The very essence of Epcot is about the future. Shouldn't this blog be pushing towards a pavilion that looks into biotechnology or new discoveries in space? The future is still being changed. Those videos are static.

Epcot82 said...

By looking at the past we can see our future. That's why we study history.

I don't plan to throw in the towel.

Name Naymo said...

Those videos serve two purposes. One is to be a reference point for those interested to see what a show like Horizons should consist of, and the other is to allow folks who didn't get chance to experience that great attraction firsthand to still have opportunity to see what it's all about and why it is so popular, as well as to offer folks who have experienced Horizons to see that show again.

Incidentally Horizons is so abundant with detail that even avid, Horizons fans, folks who have ridden Horizons numerous times, still can notice different and new things about the show that perhaps weren't noticed on prior rides.

I'll add a third function I feel those videos can serve viewers, that's to inspire those who might be capable to either demand or request that a fresh, new Horizons-styled show be built, and what better place for a show like that than Future World at Epcot, also those videos can serve to inspire imagineers to work towards creating a new show like Horizons for FW because, face it, Horizons was the one WDW attraction that epiomized the very purpouse for FW visitors, and that was to inspire folks to be creative, curious and optimistic about our future.