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Rumor Siemens is going to end their sponsorship with the parks - Spaceship Earth and IllumiNations

Think Tink

Premium Member
Same here. My favorite used to be Millennium Force but it has lost some of it's mojo for me over the last few years. I mean, I'll still ride her a couple times every trip, but Maverick is just unstoppable fun for me. Pure awesome sauce...
I agree about MF. My husband's favorite is Maverick while I prefer the classic Magnum. It's not the tallest or fastest, but I love the view of the waterpark.
Heck I still miss Geauga Lake. lololol.
 

HauntedPirate

Premium Member
Horizons has been closed longer than it was open. It might be time to move on.
Yeah, better to forget the history of the park and great rides that were replaced by lesser rides. Can't have the rubes expecting greatness out of today's TDO. Anything else you think we all should "move on" from, since you obviously think you know better?
 

Kamikaze

Well-Known Member
Yeah, better to forget the history of the park and great rides that were replaced by lesser rides. Can't have the rubes expecting greatness out of today's TDO. Anything else you think we all should "move on" from, since you obviously think you know better?
'The history of the park' is longer without Horizons. So the people 'forgetting' that history are the ones sticking to Horizons.

Was it superior to M:S in a lot of ways? Sure. Doesn't make it any less true that its gone and been gone for almost 20 years now.
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
'The history of the park' is longer without Horizons. So the people 'forgetting' that history are the ones sticking to Horizons.

Was it superior to M:S in a lot of ways? Sure. Doesn't make it any less true that its gone and been gone for almost 20 years now.
And that fact it’s still so revered after so long speaks volumes for how good it was.
 

BoarderPhreak

Well-Known Member
Horizons has been closed longer than it was open. It might be time to move on.
Sorry, no. Horizons was one of those attractions of EPCOT Center that epitomized the message when it opened. I for one, will always remember it fondly.

Does it make sense to bemoan its loss anymore, now that WoM, UoE, JiI and TLS are all essentially shells of their former selves? No, probably not. All of Future World is circling the drain, and has been for over a decade.
 

Kamikaze

Well-Known Member
And that fact it’s still so revered after so long speaks volumes for how good it was.
Fair point, but that doesn't make it any less gone.

Here's the problem - everything that is 'gone' gets the same treatment. It literally doesn't matter what it is. It takes away from when actual good attractions close when people complain about bad/outdated attractions close.
 

Kamikaze

Well-Known Member
Sorry, no. Horizons was one of those attractions of EPCOT Center that epitomized the message when it opened. I for one, will always remember it fondly.

Does it make sense to bemoan its loss anymore, now that WoM, UoE, JiI and TLS are all essentially shells of their former selves? No, probably not. All of Future World is circling the drain, and has been for over a decade.
Thats my exact point. I didn't say it wasn't a good attraction. Just that its time to stop focusing on how they should have saved it. We are far passed that point. Same with calling it EPCOT Center, tbh. It hasn't been called that in 25 years.

If Horizons was the epitome of 'EPCOT Center' then it should be gone, since EPCOT Center is as well.
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
Fair point, but that doesn't make it any less gone.

Here's the problem - everything that is 'gone' gets the same treatment. It literally doesn't matter what it is. It takes away from when actual good attractions close when people complain about bad/outdated attractions close.
No, those who aren’t sensationalists properly catorgorise past attractions. Horizons - and a few others - were the pinnacle of theme park attraction design and deserve the fond memories they still attract.

Symbiosis obviously isn’t in the same league. For example.

Or did you not enjoy Horizons?
 

P_Radden

Premium Member
Sorry, no. Horizons was one of those attractions of EPCOT Center that epitomized the message when it opened. I for one, will always remember it fondly.

Does it make sense to bemoan its loss anymore, now that WoM, UoE, JiI and TLS are all essentially shells of their former selves? No, probably not. All of Future World is circling the drain, and has been for over a decade.
I was lucky enough to experience Horizions once on my trip in 1998. I will never forget the feeling of inspiration, wonder and excitement I left out of there with. Maybe it was the futuristic theme. Maybe it was the murals, physical sets, or maybe it was the suspended omni-mover system.. All I know is, it left a mark on me. It was the absolute epitome of what EPCOT Center stood for (even in 98). I miss that feeling. A lot. Perhaps that's why I dearly love SSE and LwtL. Both still give me those good ol EPCOT Center "feels". Even in it's current state, Epcot can be emotionally overwhelming for me when I'm there because of how much it affected me as a kid.
 

montyz81

Well-Known Member
I was lucky enough to experience Horizions once on my trip in 1998. I will never forget the feeling of inspiration, wonder and excitement I left out of there with. Maybe it was the futuristic theme. Maybe it was the murals, physical sets, or maybe it was the suspended omni-mover system.. All I know is, it left a mark on me. It was the absolute epitome of what EPCOT Center stood for (even in 98). I miss that feeling. A lot. Perhaps that's why I dearly love SSE and LwtL. Both still give me those good ol EPCOT Center "feels". Even in it's current state, Epcot can be emotionally overwhelming for me when I'm there because of how much it affected me as a kid.
+1 to this reply. I feel exactly the same way.

What is sad is that the "Instant Gratification Society" doesn't want inspirational rides, they want something that provides them with that feeling of fun. God for bid they feel inspired by a ride and then go out and do something about it.

The inspiration that existed coming out of Horizons and many of the messages sent from the 50's through to the 80's have been a huge influence on the lightspeed advancement in technology we have seen in the last 1/2 century, in my opinion. Now all we want is to be instantly gratified by our electronic devices in front of our faces.

Just sad!
 
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montyz81

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I read it as it'll get a refurbishment in the next decade, not so much a coaster.

With Guardians being so close by, another coaster seems unnecessary. I could see a new ride system, but I'd predict it'll be slow.
You mean unnecessary like putting a rollar coaster in next to something like Space Mountain?
 
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BoarderPhreak

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Thats my exact point. I didn't say it wasn't a good attraction. Just that its time to stop focusing on how they should have saved it. We are far passed that point. Same with calling it EPCOT Center, tbh. It hasn't been called that in 25 years.

If Horizons was the epitome of 'EPCOT Center' then it should be gone, since EPCOT Center is as well.
They should have... Along with the other attractions. Modernized, updated, maintained. But that's a dreamer's folly. Indeed, the whole concept of EPCOT Center was only relevant for a decade after its construction because it wasn't kept up-to-date - left stuck in the context of the 80s. That's a huge problem for a park concept such as that.

They decided to go a different route. Replace WoM with a coaster. They're timeless, right? Except they're now on a second iteration. Different rabbit hole, that. But I guess it's better than the sad state of affairs that is (Lack of) Imagination! and Nemo and Dusty Friends™.

There are no easy (or cheap) answers. Those of us who remember the original park have strong nostalgia for so many aspects of it. People seeing Epcot for the first time today just have no idea, and instead see a hodge podge of... Weird, incongruous "stuff." SSE is the last of the originals in its true form (granted, several minor iterations removed). It sticks out like a sore thumb these days and I fear what Disney's planning, given their track record with the park.

And, I called it EPCOT Center because we were talking about Horizons in that context. To me, it will always be EC.
 

smile

Well-Known Member
Letting things languish right up until a replacement is ready to go is quite usual for WDW. Why spend money to remove the signs that say sponsored by Siemens and put up generic signs when the generic signs will have to be removed to put up the signs with the new sponsor?
correct - heck of a lot more umph to get them up than down. no particularly good reason to until there is.

Horizons has been closed longer than it was open. It might be time to move on.
unless it's your intent to just wedge this in out of nowhere, it doesn't even really relate to the context of what was said...
the post you're referencing was merely the poster stating how there's precedent to an attraction being ran bare bones and left to rot for a spell before being removed under 'justification' that it didn't draw crowds anymore; horizons being one example of many.

Horizons - and a few others - were the pinnacle of theme park attraction design and deserve the fond memories they still attract.
damn. right.
the work of legends, simply put.
 

smile

Well-Known Member
We are far passed that point. Same with calling it EPCOT Center, tbh. It hasn't been called that in 25 years.
i don't see people who know better doing that in the way you're alluding to, tbh

They decided to go a different route. Replace WoM with a coaster. They're timeless, right? Except they're now on a second iteration. Different rabbit hole, that. But I guess it's better than the sad state of affairs that is (Lack of) Imagination! and Nemo and Dusty Friends™.
agreed -
and while i now understand the whys and wherefores, my heart broke the day an attraction that had creative direction from 22% of the NINE OLD MEN, almost 200 robots (60+ in one glorious scene!) , and 3k+ hourly cap was shuttered for a more commercially blatant glorified convertible drive on the freeway - add the fact that WoM never saw its 14th birthday while test track is approaching 20 and my heart still breaks a little every time i glance at that beautiful building, regardless of whatever gaudy crap is plastered out front
 

matt9112

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Horizons has been closed longer than it was open. It might be time to move on.
it's never time to move on. I genuinely feel my childhood was stabbed because I missed it. (my first Disney trip was during that wierd period before it reopened)
 
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