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Horizons in Hollywood Studios

Horizons is one of those classic Disney attractions that developed a cult following over the years and to this day, you can find many people who would love if Disney brought back this classic Epcot attraction back.  While there's no plans to do so anytime soon, you can see a little part of Horizons still to this day.... in Hollywood Studios.

We'll start things off in the Backlot Express restaurant, where if you look up in one of the dining areas, you'll notice a prop from the Desert Farm scene.  Specifically, you can find the hovercraft that was a big part of the scene.

Hovercraft in Backlot Express

Hovercraft in Horizons (Photo courtesy of horizons1.com)

As you might imagine, the Backlot Tour also contains some relics from Horizons and for a time, these props from the under the sea portion of Horizons were found in the prop shop part of the attraction.

Unfortunately, last we heard, these props had been removed earlier this year to make way for props from the Sorcerer's Apprentice films. They could still be somewhere else in the park now, but they are missing for right now.

Finally, there's one more part of Horizons to be found in Hollywood Studios and it's a new addition.  Walt Disney: One Man's Dream recently underwent a refurbishment earlier this year and when it re-opened in November 2010, there was another classic part of Horizons on display.

Butler robot in One Man's Dream

Butler as seen in Horizons (photo courtesy of LostEpcot.com)

On the left, we see the butler robot animatronic from the "easy living" scene from Horizons.

So why is there so much of Horizons in the Studios?  The butler animatronic is part of One Man's Dream and showcases a part of Walt Disney World history that has passed us by now.  The other props are cases of Imagineers looking to fill in space with leftover props.  Often Imagineers use these props as mini-homages to the shuttered attractions (for those who pay close enough attention) but for the story of the area they are placed, they fit in enough to help sell the idea that you're in a Hollywood production area filled with old props and sets from previous productions.  It's the Disney enthusiasts, like us, that catch onto these subtle nods to Walt Disney World's history.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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