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Advice On The Future From 1980s Epcot

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Were you obsessed with Future World in Epcot in the 1980s? At the time, attractions like Horizons, The Living Seas, World of Motion and the Astuter Computer Revue showed us how daily life, undersea exploration, future automobiles – and these new things called computers – may change life over the next few decades.

In honor of this week being Epcot’s anniversary, we’re taking a look back at what these attractions taught us about the future…way back in the 1980s.


  • I miss Horizons! It’s my favorite ride at EPCOT!

  • Hopefully in the near future, Future World will once again be about the future and be revitalized.

  • I miss when a real person spoke on Living with the Land, and the song. Let’s listen to the land that we all love….

  • What a great image! This would look great on a mug or shirt. 🙂

  • I miss Horizons and World of Motion and the original Journey into Imagination.

  • It’s amazing to me that that line from Spaceship Earth has survived to the current version!

  • I miss the music… the theme songs. Who could resist Figment singing “I-maaaaaaaa-gin-ation”, or the Kitchen Kaberet doing “Berry berry fruit fruit”? And then the attractions themselves – choosing your own ending at Horizons. Watching the development of transportation at World of Motion. And I miss Walter Cronkite narrating Spaceship Earth. Great memories!!

  • Still missing Horizons. Sniff sniff. 🙁

  • Fantastic image! Thanks for sharing and showing and new generation how amazing EPCOT Center was.

    (One small quibble – the “grand and miraculous spaceship” narration from Spaceship Earth wasn’t introduced until 1994, when Jeremy Irons took over as narrator.)

  • My friend, who is a massive Disneyland fan, recently got to watch a lot of videos from the early years of Epcot.
    He is so upset that he can never ride any of them, and says they were very much the type of stuff Walt’s team would have made.
    I’d always argue my World to his Land, but I can’t really win those anymore.

  • We need this kind of inspiration at Epcot these days.

  • I was obsessed with EPCOT Center Future World in the 1980’s, and I still am now. I have a Kitchen Kabaret cup above my workspace to hold pencils, Dreamfinder and Figment memorabilia, and don’t even get me started on Horizons, the greatest theme park attraction ever created.

  • And thanks to the revival, we have Captain EO’s advice: “We are here to save the world.”

  • I miss Kitchen Kabaret, the original Journey Into Imagination, but most of all, I miss Jeremy Irons’ narration aboard Spaceship Earth and the awesome descent.

  • I miss horizons 🙁

  • I miss Kitchen Kabaret and the original Journey Into Imagination. My kids would have loved both of these.

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