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A Journey Into The Past: Epcot's Future World

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by Jill Clinevell Shelton, PassPorter Guest Contributor
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Future World at Epcot is an adventure in technology and experimentation.


We can experience the thrill of blasting off into outer space in a space shuttle, play the role of crash test dummies as we participate in vehicle testing or find out just how powerful our imagination can be.

Although Epcot opened twelve years after its Magic Kingdom sibling, Epcot originated as an idea of Walt Disney's many years earlier. Walt believed EPCOT Center, as it was originally dubbed, to be the most important part of his Florida project. He envisioned EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, as a working city where the brightest ideas of science and technology came together. However, since Walt Disney died years before Epcot was to be built, Imagineers were forced to reconsider his vision and go forward with a revised plan. Epcot was to be divided into two "lands:" Future World, where the latest technology was displayed and where we were allowed glimpses into the future, and the World Showcase.

As technology has evolved and the future that had been envisioned was not coming to pass, some of the older, original Epcot attractions were viewed to be quaint but passé. So, several of Epcot's attractions were revised or completely razed to make room for newer, more thrilling attractions. As with most Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions, these original rides held a special place in the hearts of many fans that were sad to see them changed or replaced. But in true Disney fashion, the Imagineers have some nostalgic surprises “hidden” in plain sight for those of us who look closely.

Mission: SPACE is a thrilling simulated space flight that allows guests to experience technology never before offered to the general public. It not only displays state-of-the-art technical capabilities but also gives guests arguably one of the biggest thrills in the World. But before Mission: SPACE even dreamed of thrilling thousands of guests a day, Horizons was a headliner attraction at Future World.



Horizons photo
Horizons

Horizons as seen in February 1983. Horizons opened on October 1, 1983: one year to the day after EPCOT Center’s opening. Guests boarded omni-mover vehicles with side-mounted cabins. (Visitors faced side-ways instead of straight ahead.) Horizons, sponsored by G.E., explored the notion of life in the 21st century and the possibilities of living under the sea, in a space colony and on a desert farm. The ride culminated in the guests choosing the method by which to return to the 20th century: land, sea or space. Horizons closed on January 9, 1999 to the dismay of many loyal fans. Read more at http://www.passporter.com/articles/past-future-world-epcot-history.html - photo by Jennifer Marx

Horizons opened on October 1, 1983: one year to the day after EPCOT Center’s opening. Guests boarded omni-mover vehicles with side-mounted cabins. (Visitors faced side-ways instead of straight ahead.) Horizons, sponsored by G.E., explored the notion of life in the 21st century and the possibilities of living under the sea, in a space colony and on a desert farm. The ride culminated in the guests choosing the method by which to return to the 20th century: land, sea or space. Horizons closed on January 9, 1999 to the dismay of many loyal fans.

Today, however, fans who are searching for a fossil of this bygone attraction can find the old Horizons logo prominently displayed on the gift shop counter in the Mission: SPACE shop and also on the center of the gravity wheel in the queue. Interestingly, the gravity wheel itself is a set piece from the old film, Mission to Mars, also an extinct ride as well as predecessor to Mission: SPACE, at the Magic Kingdom. The mission control room at the end of the queue in Mission: SPACE is a tribute to a comparable set in Mission to Mars as well.

Another relatively new, but wildly popular Epcot attraction in Future World is Test Track. Guests enjoy riding along through vehicle testing grounds and racing around the partially exposed track. But before Test Track, guests explored the idea of traveling in vehicles inside the World of Motion. Also sponsored by General Motors, World of Motion was a fun jaunt through history with scenes depicting travel from walking, through the invention of the wheel and on to cars and motorcycles. There were two speed rooms in which the visitor felt as if he or she was speeding underwater, in the air and through the world of computers. The final sequence was a pass by a mirror in which the guest was reflected riding in a futuristic car, a tip of the hat to the Haunted Mansion ghost hitchhiker scene.

Inside the new Test Track queue you can find a car that was originally displayed in World of Motion, up on blocks and stripped down to its frame. A pig from World of Motion relocated to California in 1996 and took up residence in Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean!

Tip: Horizons Lives On
Horizons may be gone from Epcot, but parts of it still exist! For example, the woman in the Horizons space scene who directs the astronaut can now be seen over in Spaceship Earth -- she's the woman wearing a white lab coat in the computer room! - tip contributed by Jennifer

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Journey Into Imagination has a long-standing history in Future World. It opened in October 1983 with Dreamfinder, a happy, imaginative character who invents Figment, a little purple dragon-like creature with tiny wings and yellow eyes who helps us explore our imagination. There was a revision in 1999 in which Dreamfinder was removed completely and Figment only made two cameo appearances. This disappointed many Epcot guests who had fond memories of this classic attraction. So in 2002 there was a second revision and Figment was again center stage, but Dreamfinder was still absent.

In tribute to the beloved Dreamfinder, Imagineers have labeled a door in the attraction, immediately following the Smell Lab, “Dean Finder.” The Dream Vehicle in which Dreamfinder and Figment ride in the original attraction can be found now on a shelf near the ceiling in the MouseGear shop in Future World. And a large representation of the sheet music to the original theme song, "One Little Spark," is seen in the climactic scene of the ride.

As old favorites are revised or replaced with time, we can’t help but feel nostalgic about the ones that are no more. But most of the time, if we look closely, we might just find a surprise "hidden" in plain sight.


Epcot - Mission Space photo
Epcot - Mission Space

The gravity wheel inside the queue. The center of the wheel has the old Horizons logo on it! - photo by Dopey007




About the Author:
Jill is a former schoolteacher and a stay-at-home mom of two little Disney princesses. She and her family love learning about Disney secrets and history and are currently planning their next trip to the World, a Grand Gathering, for later this year.

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Reader Comments:


As you can probably tell I have Disney on the brain and kinda have been reminising bout the good ol days.

Do any of you have memories of doing things that are no longer available at Disney?

One memory that came to mind was in Epcot and going to make ADR's that day. THey had video screens that you talked into to make the ressie with the CM. I thought it was so cool and I remember telling my husband how she could see our just married hats and wondered how they did that...the lady on the screen told me to turn around and she was in the office behind us waving. Yeah I'm not that smart but it was so much fun.

Anyone else?

     materstater on February 18, 2009 @ 3:16 pm
I remember the old 20,000 leagues under the sea ride.

     Disneydiana on February 18, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
:rofl2:
This was too funny. I think that's just the kind of memory to put a smile on your face.
Hmm...I have a funny one.
We were waiting for our hotel bus as we were leaving DHS and my BIL must have been so tired because he decided to lean on the ropes and the rope came completely unattached and he fell flat on his rear. I waited a minute ( he tends to get crabby ) and once I realized that he was being a good sport about it I just about blew snot out of my nose I laughed so hard. We got a great laugh for a good day and a half about it.

     CastleWishes on February 18, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
Where to start? I have so many.

Riding the buses when they were color coded (Blue Flag was FW only) and didn't make so many stops. Now they're crammed too full and make too many stops so I don't enjoy them anymore.

When the busses dropped EVERYONE at the TTC instead of at the MK (this was a good change, but I still won't ride the busses anymore)

Riding the Swan boats, 20k Leagues, Mr Toad and Missin to Mars in the MK

I miss If You Had Wings too but Buzz Lightyear is a good replacement

Seeing the Circlevision in the MK

Seeing the double deckers buses in WS at Epcot

I miss the original Imagination ride, Horizons and World of Motion in FW

Staying at FW and swimming in the Bay Lake/Seven Seas Lagoon area

     CinderAbby on February 18, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
It wasn't a WDW trip until my sister and I went on "If I had Wings" at MK. This was during the days of using tickets to get on attractions and this was a "freebie." I miss Mr. Toad.:(

     MMMD on February 18, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
Delta Dream Flight in the MK where BLY is now.

     GoofEme on February 18, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
The cable car to Fantasyland

     jimmymac on February 18, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
Getting to meet Dreamfinder and pet Figment--remember when you could get your pic taken with him

     materstater on February 18, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
There are a few I miss. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mission to Mars were two of my favorite!

     KMB733 on February 18, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
I miss Mr. Toad and the original POTC before it became so "PC". Sorry, but it was a good ride back then. I'm sure it still is, but I liked the original version too.
I also miss Horizons and World of Motion at Epcot. Oh and the Superstar Television I think it was called at MGM. Where they picked people out of the audience and they got to act in TV shows like I Love Lucy and Cheers. That was always fun.

     NicNoc12 on February 18, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
Mr.Toad's Wild Ride :( I loved that one.

     mojjo on February 18, 2009 @ 4:41 pm
Getting to meet Dreamfinder and pet Figment--remember when you could get your pic taken with him

I forgot he used to be out and about carrying Figment.

Another thing I miss the is the old Figment plush - when he wasn't so plush. Instead of being http://www.lostepcot.com/images/figmentbigold.jpg he's now this http://i3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/331/170/61/e433_1_b.JPG

     CinderAbby on February 18, 2009 @ 4:46 pm
I miss the Electrical Parade! And If You Had Wings!

     Colexis Mom on February 18, 2009 @ 7:11 pm
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea......:(

     cdnmickeyfan on February 18, 2009 @ 7:21 pm
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and a great memory I have is seeing Captain EO with a group of my best buds from High School.

     WDWJAMBA on February 18, 2009 @ 7:40 pm
I miss Mr. Toad's Wild ride. It was my favorite ride. I even wrote letters when i found out they were closing it down.:(

     tylerdylansmom on February 18, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
1/ I miss when you used to be picked out of the crowd at MGM studies, My DB(1) was gilligan steering the "boat". DB(#2) rode on the leg of the bee/bug in Honey I shrunk the kids. I got to perform in the folley sound stage ( sounds dangerous' current local).
2/ I miss alot of tomorrowland from my childhood, can't remember what the rides were called now.
3/ world in motion and horizons were great.
4/ 20,000 leagues was awsome.

sigh........I miss the Disney of my childhood:(

     Disney Dream'n on February 18, 2009 @ 7:53 pm
Wow...let's see....
River Country!!!!!!!!!!!:(
Miss original Pirates of the Carribean
Sky lifts from Tomorrow Land to Haunted Mansion ( gone, right?)
There was a CS near Tom Sawyer's Island that served cold fried chicken , watermelon & real sweet tea:facelick:
World in Motion (the orange-smelling one, right?)
Mr. Toad's Wild ride
20,000 Leagues
River Country....man, I have great memories from there!!!!
Though I think most of all...
sitting on my Dad's shoulders watching the night parade!

     jblondie1999 on February 18, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

     materstater on February 18, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

     jblondie1999 on February 18, 2009 @ 11:11 pm
Mr. Toads Wild Ride, I'm not sure if I'm remembering it from WDW or DL!! I used to go to DL when they had the tickets, The E ticket was all the good rides, Space Mtn, etc.

     Sue M. on February 18, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Mission To Mars.

The Painted Desert Mining Train(Is that the right name??)

20,000 Leagues under The Sea.

The Submarine ride(AKA the leaky boat ride)

And what was the name of the one where you were

shrunk down and went under a giant microscope???

     scottjs on February 19, 2009 @ 12:12 am
20,000 Leagues, Mr Toad, and If You Had Wings ahhhhh
But I also miss when I USED to be able to ride the teacups with no ill effects!:crazy:

     bitterchickey on February 19, 2009 @ 12:59 am
Sky buckets, Mr. Toad's, Captain EO, like someone else mentioned, the original un-PC POTC. I like the new stuff too, but I do miss the good old days.

     Tink'sMom on February 19, 2009 @ 1:32 am
I still miss 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. :(

     chezp on February 19, 2009 @ 2:05 am
"If You Had Wings" I still can hear the tune in my head. Also the sky lift that would take you from one side of the park to the other side. The very first Imagination Pavilion and ride.

     Princessdreamer on February 19, 2009 @ 8:12 am
scottjs;2590053 >Mission To Mars.
The Painted Desert Mining Train(Is that the right name??)
20,000 Leagues under The Sea.
The Submarine ride(AKA the leaky boat ride)
And what was the name of the one where you were
shrunk down and went under a giant microscope???



Adventure thru Inner Space--how fun can you see the giant eye?

     materstater on February 19, 2009 @ 8:13 am
I miss the Electrical Parade too but having seen Spectromagic several times now, it's starting to grow on me. And luckily with the magic of DVD recorders, anytime I want to see the old Electrical parade, I can just pop in a DVD to see it.

     CinderAbby on February 19, 2009 @ 8:21 am
chezp;2590153 >I still miss 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. :(
:yeahthat:

     KLBV on February 19, 2009 @ 8:31 am
Anybody remember the Mickey Mouse Revue(I think that was the name) I barely remember it as I was really young - i think it went to Japan.

     susan on February 20, 2009 @ 10:39 pm
20,000 Leagues
If You Had Wings
I miss being able to run up and down through Swiss Family Treehouse. Nowadays it's a workout! :p
River Country USA

     mvmcgee on February 20, 2009 @ 11:14 pm
I miss Mr Toad! I also miss Captain EO!

     ilovedisney247 on February 20, 2009 @ 11:20 pm
susan;2593838 >Anybody remember the Mickey Mouse Revue(I think that was the name) I barely remember it as I was really young - i think it went to Japan.

If I saw it I sure don't remember but i've seen it on youtube. Very cute!

     materstater on February 20, 2009 @ 11:37 pm
Mr. Toad, and I have a picture with Dreamfinder and Figment somewhere, I think I only got to go on 20,000 leagues once, I was little then. I do remember, however, getting to go on Splash Mountain when it first opened. I was so excited! I think I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old at the time. It's crazy how time flies!

     tinkerbell_3 on February 21, 2009 @ 12:54 am
OH! also the old houses in Mickey's Toonland area, I don't remember what it was called back then but I have those pictures too!

     tinkerbell_3 on February 21, 2009 @ 12:55 am
I remember riding Mr Toad all the time when i was lil. That was one of my dad's favs.

20,000 leagues under the sea.

There used to be a lion king puppet show,kinda like The Voyage of Lil mermaid with puppets and clips from the movie, in the building of Mickey's Philar Magic.

There r a whole bunch of shows that closed down. One was in Epcot featuring all the characters while eating. Then the characters came to ya after the show.

I also miss some show in Mk that used to be in a playhouse that featured Mickey, Tales Spin, Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, and i think Care Bears.

That is just a few things that i can remember.

     saxgirl2003 on February 21, 2009 @ 10:39 am
Mickey's Birthdayland- now Toontown Fair. They served birthday cupcakes with birthday napkins at the food cart.
Odessey Restaurant at EPCOT, that was the one with the free character show.
World of Motion at EPCOT
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lemonade at Aunt Pollys on Tom Sawyer Island.
and most of all, staying at the deluxe resorts for $150. at night!
Suzie

     SuzieBC on February 21, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
Ooh, boy, I also miss the color coded flagged buses-it was so cool to hear a bus driver give directions-"You take the brown flag bus, then at the TTC, transfer to the green flag bus. " I really miss that, and so many other things.



Randomly running into characters-

an image



the Fort Wilderness trailer homes-

an image



Future Corps-

an image



The Character breakfast at the Empress Lily



The Melvin the Moose character breakfast (complete with kazoos)



the Skyway, especilally when it would get stuck with us high up



"Tomorrow's Child" at Spaceship Earth



I could go on and on.

     Simba's Mom on February 22, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
I have a few -
The coupons needed for the rides
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
While waiting for the monorail at the Polynesian, Baloo came up behind my Dad and tapped him on the shoulder. It surprised my Dad and he turned around ready to punch Baloo!! I'm not sure why, but it always stuck in my mind.

     travismom on February 22, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
DH would say 20,000 Leagues. He was crushed that one was gone by the time we took our first trp as a family.

I miss River Country and Discovery Island. :mad: I have many fond memories from my childhood at both of them.

The Tapestry of Dreams parade at Epcot. Oh, how I miss that one. Something about that parade always reduced me to tears. Loved those great, big drums. I keep hoping that one day they will bring a form of it back. Epcot needs a parade.

The Monster Sound Show (or whatever it was called) at MGM with Chevy Chase and Martin Short. I was picked not once, but twice to do the sound effects in that one. It was so much fun. And I was really terrible about making my assigned noises at the right time. smiley for :D

And while it hasn't been gone that long, we miss the Concourse Steakhouse. We had a great meal there a few years ago on DH's birthday and had so much fun watching DD get excited about the monorail going by above us. EVERY SINGLE TIME it went by us.

Ahhh, the good old days.

     Nala on February 22, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
I miss Horizons in Epcot
I miss that Epcot isn't EPCOT anymore
I miss the "backlot" on the backlot tour at DHS (the Golden Girls house, the plane, etc.)
I miss walking through where they used to tape the MMC and make movies at DHS
I miss If you Had Wings in the MK

     Joanne929 on February 22, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
One I just remember was on my honeymoon in 97 my husband and I got "remarried" at the garden grill complete with pa and his rifle standing behind my husband. We got a little certificate too for our re-hitchen.

     materstater on February 23, 2009 @ 9:17 am
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MK 1975....On my Dad's shoulders watching the parade!

I was on a trip with my daycare one summer in the 70s and stayed at the campgrounds. They had a show every night with characters and CMs. One that sticks out was a skit talking about littering. Chip and Dale were there and the CMs kept asking everyone what exactly trash was. Well, Chip and Dale were picking different objects up from around the stage to throw in the trash.....Dale came over and picked me up and started to throw me in the trash can. After the crowd convinced him I wasn't trash...took him awhile & I could here him laughing under that costume..... then he put me on stage and I helped finish the skit. Even received a cool button and bag. Afterwards, we always had smores around a bonfire.

     jblondie1999 on February 23, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
YouTube - Horizons True-To-Ride Tribute Pt 1

If you loved horizons this is a wonderful on ride view!

     materstater on February 23, 2009 @ 7:37 pm
Lots of wonderful memories -- most of them involving food! smiley for ;)

  • The kiosks to make meal reservations at EC were a hoot! People running all over the place to get in line; falling over each other; not knowing exactly where they were going..... What a fun memory. We ended up in Germany for our first meal and my brother got plastered and fell over the turnstile on the way out - he was okay, just majorly flustered! :p
  • Going to Top of the World for breakfast and lunch - major yum yum! Loads of great food, fabulous views, terrific service, ice cream pie !!!
  • Tangaroa Terrace @ the Polynesian -- gorgeous room and wonderful food
  • Ice cream pina coladas @ the CR pool - do they still serve them? :p
  • Discovery Island - great stop to chill out and commune with nature. We had some nice picnics over there too
  • River Country - loved it there! Way before Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach were around
  • our first rides on the monorail - awesome!
  • The old GE pavilion at EC - the fragrance of oranges in one scene....
  • The Eastern Airlines ride at the MK
  • The old Tiki Room songs & show
  • The Outer Rim restaurant at the CR; the views across the lake were awesome and the onion soup was to die for
  • Bonfamilies @ the POFQ - wonderful food and the restaurant was gorgeous!
    Isn't WDW a grand place? smiley for :)

  •      TinkWink57 on February 24, 2009 @ 11:05 am
    I still sing he "If You Had Wings" song and my kids think I'm nuts!! I LOVED that ride!
    I also miss the skyway...I know, not very exciting but it was a fun way to get from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland and sort of relaxing...I remember when we stayed at the Contempoorary one year my borther and sister and I tried to do the "I can see my "house" from here" while on it (I don't remember if we actually saw it!!!)

         5SOXFNZ on February 24, 2009 @ 11:09 am
    They had a show every night with characters and CMs. One that sticks out was a skit talking about littering. Chip and Dale were there and the CMs kept asking everyone what exactly trash was. Well, Chip and Dale were picking different objects up from around the stage to throw in the trash.....Dale came over and picked me up and started to throw me in the trash can. After the crowd convinced him I wasn't trash...took him awhile & I could here him laughing under that costume..... then he put me on stage and I helped finish the skit. Even received a cool button and bag. Afterwards, we always had smores around a bonfire

    They still have somthing very similar to this at FW - it's a singalong/campfire/Disney movie (they still have the smore's too) with Chip and Dale down by the old bike barn I believe. I have yet to go there myself but I keep thinking about it

         CinderAbby on February 24, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
    Some of my favorites that are gone now are:



    -- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

    -- Horizons

    -- World of Motion

         dzlovesdisney on February 25, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
    I really really miss RIVER COUNTRY! I've been to TL & BB, but they're too, oh, I don't know. I liked the laid back feeling of River Country and it wasn't that crowded and the really dangerous log swing into the bay.

    I really miss Horizons too

    and World of Motion. Did you all sit and pose in the cars after the ride too?

    Most of all, I miss Mr. Toad's, but Pooh is a good replacement too.

    I also miss how scary "Snow White's Scary Adventure" ride USED to be before they made it appropriate for kids. Oh, and same with the Pirates. I miss seeing those rascally pirates chase the women!

         Mary_Maas on February 25, 2009 @ 9:08 pm
    I also miss the "Tapestry of Dreams" parade. I the music on my i-pod and can't listen to it without thinking of Clare giving her wish to the Dreamkeeper. She told me her wish was for Disney World to be in our backyard. Well it's been 7 years now Dreamkeeper. What's taking you so long?

         goofy4clareandkeller on February 25, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
    Figaro fries! The real ones, not the ones they have now.
    Alien Encounter - I loved this thing
    Spectromagic, especially the music.

         Mares75 on February 26, 2009 @ 11:02 am
    2 things stick out in my mind....The first was the Aladdin character breakfast at MGM. I loved that. The second is more...strange? The very first time we went to Disney in 1994, my sisters were 7&4 and my brother was 5 and my mother bought my brother and youngest sister these Donald and Daisy hats that when you squeezed the "bill" it made a quacking noise. I was actually talking to my other sister about them yesterday and she wants me to find her one. I told her I've looked every single time I've been back and I have never seen them again. I would love to find one. They drove me nuts at the time (I was 15, everything drove me nuts), but I would love to find some for my kids.

         Shawnam1868 on February 26, 2009 @ 11:37 am
    Wow! I had one of those hats too from around 89. I haven't seen one since I've been in the last few years though. I haven't really looked though either. I loved that hat. I'm still a huge Donald fan!

         mvmcgee on February 26, 2009 @ 11:59 am
    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Alien Encounters, and I loved Body Wars simulator ride in the Wonders of Life pavilion.smiley for :cool:
    http://ts3.images.live.com/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=654499121206&id=0a7691e8a72e7a87e555357a4c2f223e http://ts1.images.live.com/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=392768325840&id=bed438ec380a06ffbe187c55bd645a9f http://ts3.images.live.com/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=537712010530&id=827b8ae2f7d755773811e8f307503511

         karadisney on February 26, 2009 @ 8:54 pm
    Anyone see the Making of Me...my mom and I didn't know what it was about but I was totally embarrassed when we left. smiley for :D

         materstater on February 26, 2009 @ 9:36 pm
    So many things!!
    I miss Figment and Dream Finder, the Original Journey into Imagination and the original play area afterwards. I loved the pin tables and the colored tunnel etc.
    I miss SuperStar Television. I always cracked up at that.
    I miss the tvs for Epcot dining. I remember the mad dashs to make reservations.
    I miss Horizons and Carnium Command.
    I miss Mr Toad-- I could go on and on.

         marisag on February 26, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
    Wow....this is really bringing back so many memories.......Living Statues at EPCOT...Hunchback of Notre Dame show at then MGM.......Lion King at MK..........rella smiley for :)

         rella on February 27, 2009 @ 2:34 pm
    Mary_Maas;2602576 >I really really miss RIVER COUNTRY! I've been to TL & BB, but they're too, oh, I don't know. I liked the laid back feeling of River Country and it wasn't that crowded and the really dangerous log swing into the bay.



    !




    Ah, yes-I used to love that log swing. I laugh just thinking about it. I'm not at all athletic, yet one time I decided to try that swing. The whole family was amazed so they had to watch. Well, off I went, and when I got about 3 feet out, it stopped, I slowly lost my grip, and made a HUGE splash as I sank into the water, screaming at the top of my lungs. My family was only slightly (like VERY) embarrassed at Mom making such a scene.

    And River Country will always go down in history as the site where I first saw a snake at WDW.



    Does anyone else remember those two slides (they seemed pretty tall at the time) on the pool that was to the left as you walk in?

         Simba's Mom on February 27, 2009 @ 5:19 pm
    Yes I remember those slides! I think it was the first "dare devilish" thing I ever did! I also miss River Country terribly. My family talks about it often.
    I miss Body Wars too and the original Tiki Room. Captain EO! The Top of the World! They had really good fountain soda's. They were super sweet. The massive game room in the basement of the Contemporary. Ahhh, so many happy memories.

         ChristyLeni on February 27, 2009 @ 5:39 pm
    Anybody remember the frisbee's that glowed in the dark that they gave out at Sci-Fi Theater and the huge hot dogs there? All the food was named after monster movies.

         materstater on March 1, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
    I do remember those Frisbees! I wish I still had it but I'm afraid the dog thought it was for her!

         ChristyLeni on March 2, 2009 @ 8:48 am
    We didn't have kids at the time but we were talking about it the other night that we should have gotten one. I looked on ebay but didn't see one. Thought that would be a good gift for the hubby.

         materstater on March 2, 2009 @ 9:36 am
    I remember the sky cars that went accross the park. My mom stuck my dad and I in one when we were arguing on one trip when I was a teenager. By the time we met up with her and my brothers in the other car we were talking again. smiley for :)

         dnbaci on March 2, 2009 @ 4:38 pm
    I miss the orginial Journey into imagination. I really cant stand the new version but since my son likes it, i suffer through it.

         Arwen0503 on March 5, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
    I remember those "fruit sippers" that looked like the fruit you were drinking..

         edwardsfire on March 6, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
    Do they still have the aliens that are contorsionists in Epcot? I for the life of me can't remember their name. Started with a "K" I think.

         materstater on March 6, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

         CinderAbby on March 7, 2009 @ 7:05 am
    CinderAbby;2619418 >I remember seeing these. And I always wanted one too when I saw it. Talk about attractive packages for kids.

    Im kinda suprised they still dont use them, maybe there was alot of waste considering they were plastic...:confused:

         edwardsfire on March 7, 2009 @ 9:58 am
    Im kinda suprised they still dont use them, maybe there was alot of waste considering they were plastic

    It could be that but my own personal opinion is that soda / bottled water came on to the market really strong and just replaced it. If you think about it, how many places (theme / amusement park wise) can you actually get juice anymore as you're walking around?

         CinderAbby on March 8, 2009 @ 9:21 am
    materstater;2619227 >Do they still have the aliens that are contorsionists in Epcot? I for the life of me can't remember their name. Started with a "K" I think.



    I think they were called the Kristos if we're thinking of the same group. They wore skin-tight silver costumes. I remember DS commenting when he saw them about he could tell the boys from the girls, even in costume. I think they were cut a few years ago.

    I really miss so much of the live entertainment, especially Future Corps. Ironically, I was reading the biography of an ex-WDW musician who'd been there from 1982-1990. Sadly, I couldn't even recognize the 2 bands he'd been in. He was probably a victim of the many cuts in live entertainment over the years.

         Simba's Mom on March 8, 2009 @ 1:08 pm
    Cranium Command

    Kitchen Caberet

    Food Rocks

    Timekeeper

         mff10or on March 24, 2011 @ 11:58 am
    I particularly miss Horizons and Kitchen Kabaret.

    "Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit, Veggie Fruit Fruit, Veggie Fruit, Ole! Cha cha cha!" - by Colander Combo and the Fiesta Fruit

    YouTube - Kitchen Kabaret (part two)

         Jennifer Marx on March 24, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
    Believe it or not, I still have one of the fruit sipper cups from my very first visit to Walt Disney World in 1975 as a 10 year old. It is in the shape of a grape bunch and has a Welch's logo on it. I couldn't part with it! :smirk:

         RobbEvans on September 16, 2011 @ 12:11 pm
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