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Lost "Horizons" : Another look back at a Future World favorite

Lost "Horizons" : Another look back at a Future World favorite

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I got a call from Brian Ramsey of Mouse Surplus the other day. Who insisted that -- the very next time that I was down at Walt Disney World  -- that I had to come by his new 1500 Tradeport Drive location and check out MS's new super-sized set-up.


Photo by Jeff Lange

And that was the plan, anyway. That -- as soon as I arrived at Orlando International Airport -- I'd first pick up my rental car and then make the five minute drive over to Mouse Surplus' new home. So that I could finally see this enormous warehouse that Brian keeps talking about.

But -- as soon as I walked in the door -- Mr. Ramsey had something really special to show me. It was a box full of film strips & old acetates that he had harvested from of Epcot's "Horizons" as that old Future World pavilion was being torn down to make way for "Mission: Space."


Photo by Robert Bish

And as I held these thin pieces of plastic up to the light, some very familiar images from this long-gone Epcot icon once again appeared. How many of you recall ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... this image from Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon"? Which used to be projected along the side of the ride track inside of this Future World attraction? 


Photo by Jeff Lange

Or -- better yet -- that enormous, round space station that you used to see spinning in space? This is an actual piece of the film that was used to achieve that particular effect inside of "Horizons."


Photo by Jeff Lange

Looking at this next series of acetates (Which were used in "Horizons" pre-show area. So that WDW guests could then get a sense of the sorts of things that they'd soon be seeing as they made their way through the queue of this Future World attraction), I'm reminded of how hopeful "Horizons" used to be. The bright new future that was supposedly waiting for all of us. Whether we chose to continue to live on Earth ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... or journey far off into space ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... or make our home at the bottom of the sea. Looking at this stuff today really made me appreciate all of the artistry that the Imagineers put into the creation of this now-defunct Future World pavilion.  Oh, how I wish we hadn't lost "Horizons."

But -- then again -- that's the beauty of Mouse Surplus. All of these great old Disney rides, shows and attractions that you thought were long gone? Thanks to Brian Ramsey, they live on ... in one form or another. And the best part is ... You can actually get the chance to take these rare pieces of Disney theme park history home with you.


Photo by Jeff Lange

I'll say this much. Brian was right about Mouse Surplus' new Tradeport Drive location. This place really is huge. To give you a proper sense of scale here: In the photo above, do you notice something looming in the distance? Just beyond those racks of clothes? That's a full-sized Monorail car, folks. Parked right inside this warehouse. 


Photo by Jeff Lange

Speaking of parked ... Check out all of these old "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" cars and "Snow White's Scary Adventures" ride vehicles that are parked against the wall. Waiting for some diehard Disneyana fan with a very fat wallet to come along and give them a good home.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Everywhere you look at Mouse Surplus, there's something new & bizarre to discover. Take -- for example -- this pile of light fixtures from WDW's All Star Music Resort. Which had recently been removed from that hotel so that Disney could then turn one wing of that resort into an all-suites hotel.


Photo by Jeff Lange

And -- speaking of stars -- as you're touring Mouse Surplus' new digs, be sure and check out Brian's autograph wall. Over the past 10 years, Ramsey has collected photos & signatures from some of the biggest talents to ever appear in Disney TV shows & motion pictures.


Photo by Jeff Lange

And then there are those things that you see and say: "I want that. I really, really want that. But how the hell would I ever get it home?" That's what I said as soon as I saw this Fort Wilderness sign. Some of the happiest times that I ever spent with my family were those trips where we drove down to Walt Disney World and then stayed at the Fort Wilderness Campground.

Which is why I'd dearly love to add this particular sign to my Disneyana collection. Except for the fact that I have absolutely no idea how I'd go about getting that enormous thing back to Connecticut. More to the point, my wife would divorce me if I ever spent over a thousand dollars for an old WDW sign.

Mind you, not everything at Mouse Surplus is as pricey as this old Fort Wilderness sign. In fact, there's a lot of truly affordable one-of-a-time items to be be found here. You just have to know where to look.

Speaking of which .. If you're looking for Mouse Surplus these days, please remember that Brian has shut down the old Spruce Avenue office and has moved the whole operation over to 1500 Tradeport Drive.

For further information on Mouse Surplus, its constantly changing inventory as well as the new warehouse's operating hours, I suggest that you call 407-854-5391 and/or click on this link to visit the MouseSurplus.com website.

FYI: In addition to being JHM's official photographer & archvist, Jeff Lange also produces a best-selling series of Disney theme park DVDs. Among his more recent titles are "Jeff Lange Remembers ... Disneyland's 40th Birthday" and "Jeff Lange Remembers ... Disneyland's 40th Anniversary." For further information on these DVDs as well as all of the other titles in Jeff's catalog, please follow this link.

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  • Great article and pictures!  I didn't know that Mouse Surplus moved...the old location was pretty cramped, so I'm glad things are more spread out.  I live near the OIA, so I'll be heading there soon!  
  • JIM!
    Your Popups are incredibly obnoxious! And they're getting through both Firefox's blocker, AND Google Toolbar's!

    Popups are not a reliable business model, please do your audience a favor and remove them from your site. No respectable site has this crap any more, what's wrong with you?
  • Agreed on the popups.  Nobody is going to go to University of Phoenix because it pops up on your site.  Please lose the pop ups.

    I'm just wondering how much of a discount MouseSurplus gives y'all, because sometimes these articles are worse than the plugs on The Apprentice.  Sure, it's fun to look at old memorabilia, but do we have to hear repeatedly about the shop every time?
  • Pop ups come with the territory, I would rather have pop ups than begginf for cash.
    I like the old mouse stuff, however we here on the west coast feel a little left out sometimes.
  • 1) You don't like these articles.............don't read them!!!! Some of us who live far from the store love these articles.
    2) Does it really take that much energy to move your mouse and click the little "X" on the popup? Or if you want, just press ALT+F4. How lazy can you be? These popups bring JHM money. Get over it!
  • Oh my I would love to have one of those Horizons artifacts.  It is one of my favorite lost attractions.  Any idea how much he is charging for them?
  • I'm one of those people who loves seeing this stuff.  I have never been able to visit their store, but I became aware of it through this site and now go to scope out their auctions.  Even though I haven't bought anything, I really enjoy seeing all of the amazing bits of Disney history that they've salvaged and that some lucky person can own.  Why read the article just to complain?  Skip over the Mouse Surplus stuff if you're not interested - I want more!
  • As a recovering Disney employee, I've been trying to keep The Mouse's giant, overbranded mitts off my kid for as long as possible. [Actually, the real threat is the Disney Princess Hegemony, but you get my point.] Still, I'm not blind to the appeal of
  • My points were:
    A: I get two popups everytime I open an article.  I'm not clicking on them, so no one is getting any money.  But I have to take the time to raise them up so I can then close them.  Annoying.
    2. I like the Horizons and other stuff as much as the next freak.  But not when the article is written as one big ad for the place.
  • III) I don't get any popups, & I am using Firefox's popup stopper.
    c) If the popups are from a website like Kanoodle, he is paid a certain amount for each 1000 views.
  • That Fort Wilderness Sign is amazing! I also spent many happy weeks in Fort Wilderness after my family would pile into the car and make the trip from Minnesota. Seeing that sign really brings backs some good memories.
  • <i>While wandering around Mouse Surplus' new warehouse, Jeff Lange comes across an early Epcot map. Which reminds him of the African pavilion that was supposed to open to the public in late 1983, but ultimately got tripped up by budget problems
  • THANK YOU Jeff.. and Jim, great pics! I'd forgotten about that place and I'm DYING to see the new warehouse.

    As you for you whiny-assed little babies crying about a couple pop-up ads... get over it!  Try hosting a web site out of your pocket, and keeping it up to date constantly.  It's hard work, and expensive work.  Get over yourselves and your elite attitude.  Hard frickin' hard is it to close a few windows, for the convenience of FREE articles?   My God I just wanna ***-slap you right up side your heads.
  • Ha!..   Hard = How...    and again, HOW frickin' hard is it?  Really?  It took you more effort to post a message complaining about it than it probably took to close the pop-ups!  

    Ok... I'm done now.  ;)
  • Jeff, Is that acetate you're holding marked "moon shot"? I believe it's the strip from the "body scan" machine in the space segment. There was an animatronic riding a bike upside down, a rowing machine, some shadows playing basketball, and a flat panel with a body shape on it. I believe that's where this strip comes from. It's a rear projection.
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