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Horizons Dialogue Script
Future World, Epcot Center

Grandfather - Bob Holt
Grandmother - Dena Deitrich
Tom (sub repair) - Tom Fitzgerald

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Futureport / Queue Area

MVO:
Sea Castle, the newest and most exciting floating city in the Pacific, invites you and your family to come away with us to the sea. Convenient daily departures by seatrain and skylift.

FVO:
Mesa Verde, the most advanced desert reclamation complex in the western hemisphere, invites you to explore its wide range of career possibilities. Mag-LEV express service to Mesa Verde leaves every thirty minutes.

MVO:
Brava Centauri, newest of the exciting Centauri series of space stations, offers remarkably rewarding opportunities in earth support vocations. Come up to Brava. Space shuttles depart daily.

Boarding

MVO:
Please take young children by the hand and look down as you step out onto the moving belt. The belt is moving at the same speed as your vehicle.

FVO:
The doors of your vehicle will close automatically. Please remain seated with your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times.

Cloud Sequence

MVO:
Horizons 1 is now departing. Our final destination today - the twenty-first century.

Grandmother:
Hey, that's some destination.

Grandfather:
My wife's right. Wait'll you see the new towns of tomorrow. Desert farms and floating cities - even colonies in space. But you know, this isn't exactly the first time anyone's tried to make this trip. People have been dreaming about the future for centuries.


Looking Back at Tomorrow

Grandfather:
Well here, here's the stuff dreams were made of ... several hundred years ago. Yup, it's always fun looking back at tomorrow. Come on, I'll show you what I mean.

Grandfather:
There's the grand old man himself, Jules Verne. This is the way a moonshot looked to him back in the late 1800s. Old Uncle Jules may not have had all the answers, but he had the right idea.

Grandmother:
He was just a little ahead of his time.


Grandfather:
Ya know, people have painted some pretty fantastic views of the future.

Grandmother:
And some pretty mixed up ones, too.

Grandfather:
Easy living ... it's always been just around the corner.

Grandmother:
Say, we're just in time for the matinee.

Grandfather:
Yeah, Looking Back at Tomorrow through the movies of yesteryear.


Scene 10: Future from the 1950s
Music: Track 27, tape 2M3

Grandfather:
Look! The future from the fifties.

Grandmother:
A bit far out, don't you think?

Grandfather:
I guess so, but we always thought the future would be kind of fun.

Grandmother:
I suppose people have always dreamed of the future. We sure do.


Scene 11: Omnimax Entry Tunnel
Music: Track 34, tape 2M4

Grandfather:
The only difference is that today, with what we know and what we're learning to do, we really can bring our dreams to life. It takes a lot of work, but the truth is, if we can dream it, we can do it.

Grandmother:
Tomorrow's horizons are here, today!


Scene 12: Omnimax Film Sequence
Music: Track 35 - 39, tape 1M19 - 1M23

Grandfather:
The DNA chain - life's molecular blueprint. Decoding its secrets is leading us to dramatically improved health.

The sun. Today we're learning ways to harness its limitless energy.

Colonies in space. Habitats where people live and work. This is no distant dream, we're at the threshold now.

A computerized view of earth - landsat photography providing vital data on agriculture, resources, and ecological concerns.

The cityscape. A living tribute to our richest resource - people.

Here's a new kind of cityscape - the microprocessor. An entire computer on a tiny silicon chip.

Crystals. Inspired by nature, now engineered by man for an ever growing role in micro-electronics.

The world of liquid space. Oceans of minerals and food ready to fuel tomorrow's needs.


Scene 13: Omnimax Exit Tunnel
Music: Track 41, tape 2M5

Grandfather:
What you've just seen are the building blocks for the future up ahead. And while it may look fantastic, remember, it's all possible.

Grandmother:
That's right.

Grandfather:
And we ought to know, we live there. Come on, take a look at 21st century living: on land, at sea, and even out in space. But let's start off at our place.


Scene 14: Urban Habitat (Nova Cite Living Room)
Music: Track 42, tape 2M9; Track 44 tape 2M10 (synthesizer)

Grandfather:
Wrote this myself .... like it? (dog yawns) My wife, there, has a good ear for music. She's talking to our daughter, the desert dweller. That little girl and her husband are into farming.

Like music? (dog yawns) My wife, there, has a good ear for music. That's our daughter she's talking to. She's doing wonders out there on one of those desert farms.

Grandmother:
Oh, I meant to ask you, how's the new citrus crop?

Desert Daughter:
It's great. It's amazing what that variable solar control can do. Ah now, if only we could control the kids. (Laughs) How did you and Daddy ever survive us?

Grandmother:
Oh, that reminds me, we both love the solar berries you sent.

Desert Daughter:
Mmm, I'm happy to hear that. Did I tell you that they're the pet project of that solar agronomist granddaughter of yours?

Grandmother:
That makes me proud. I can hardly wait 'til little Michael starts getting involved with the farm.

Desert Daughter:
Ha, ha, I can.

Grandfather:
Isn't it something! Send a city kid to college for seven years and what happens? She becomes a farmer!

Grandmother:
Oh, I think agricultural engineer is a little more like it.

Grandfather:
(Laughing) OK, but me, I'll take the city.

Grandmother:
Yes, it's always exciting.

Grandfather:
But hey, with today's transportation, we're just minutes away from our kids.


Mesa Verde

Grandfather:
Look at that, will ya? A few years ago this was all barren desert. No crops, no irrigation - quite a transformation.

Desert Daughter:
Stand by number 4 for crop transport. (Computer beeps)

Desert Husband (on TV Monitor): (Monitor is black, then "Incoming Call" blinks, and then her husband appears.)
Hey, the latest weather forecast is calling for rain out of the north.

Desert Daughter:
I can see the clouds from here. (Robots beep) The robots are giving out storm warnings too!

Desert Grandfather:
I mean a lot of rain.

Desert Daughter:
Yeah, one look says it all. (Computer beeps and monitor says "Call Complete," then turns black). Stand by number 4 for crop transport. (Computer beeps) Harvester 10 - finish picking the north quadrant then recycle for cultivation. (Computer beeps)

Desert Grandfather:
("Incoming Call" blinks and then her husband appears.) I just wanted to let you know the weather guys are calling for showers out of the north.

Desert Daughter:
Well, I'm not surprised. I can see the storm from here. (Robots beep) (She laughs) Even the robots see it. Stand by harvesters.

Desert Grandfather:
I mean real showers.

Desert Daughter:
I believe it. Thanks for the warning. All harvesters, suspend irrigation programs. (Computer beeps and monitor blinks "Call Complete" before going black again.) Harvester 6 - continue transport functions then hold for further instructions. (Computer beeps) ...



Grandfather:
Y'know, this really makes me proud.

Grandmother:
And you wanted her to go to law school!

Grandfather:
But do you suppose they ever miss the fun of the city?

Grandmother:
Oh, I think they get their share right here.


Scene 17: Desert Habitat Kitchen (Mesa Verde)
Music: Track 53, tape 2M16

Desert Grandfather:
Hey, now, don't give me that bologna.

Michael (Desert Boy):
Did you say bologna?

Desert Grandfather:
No, wise guy. But we may need to make more icing.

Michael:
Ice Cream? Coming right up!

Desert Grandfather:
No, just candles - birthday kind.

Michael:
Candies?


Scene 18: Communications Room

Boyfriend (Tom II):
Hey, come on, be serious, now. Why would I be late?

Granddaughter (Desert Daughter):
You're always late!

Boyfriend:
Always late? You've got to be kidding. I'm a very punctual guy.

Granddaughter:
Oh, ho, now who's kidding. But, I hope you'll at least try to be on time tonight. I mean, it is a party.

Boyfriend:
I know it's a party.

Granddaughter:
My folks'll be here and some of our relatives.

Boyfriend:
Well, why would I be late?

Granddaughter:
Because you're never on time for anything.

Boyfriend:
Never on time?! You must be joking. I mean, you're talking to a human clock here.

Granddaughter:
Ha, ha - a human clock!

Boyfriend:
Yeah.

Granddaughter:
Well, if you are one, I hate to tell you, but you've been running a little slow for the past few years.

Boyfriend:
Very funny.

Granddaughter:
Please, don't be late. After all, it is a party.

Boyfriend:
I know it's a party.

Granddaughter:
My folks'll be here and some relatives too.

Boyfriend:
Well, why would I be late? I mean, I'm surprised to hear you even mention such a thing.

Granddaughter:
Well, it's just that you're late for everything else.

Boyfriend:
Whoa, whoa, whoa, tell the truth. When was the last time I was late for anything?

Granddaughter:
Last Saturday night!

Boyfriend:
Yeah, but that was an unusual thing. But before that?

Granddaughter:
Friday night.

Boyfriend:
Well, that was extraordinary circumstances.

Granddaughter:
So please don't be late tonight. It is a party and my whole family will be here.


Grandfather:
Shouldn't your granddaughter be studying instead of flirting with that beachboy?

Grandmother:
He is not a beachboy! He's studying marine biology there on the floating city.


Scene 19: Sub Repair Bay
Music: Track 61, tape 2M20

Boyfriend:
I'll be there! I just put a laser lock on a couple of diving planes to the sub.

Granddaughter:
Yeah, I know about those laser locks of yours.

Boyfriend:
Since when do you know anything about laser locks?

Granddaughter:
You know, you might just check that fin servo, too.

Boyfriend:
Fin servo? A couple of minutes, then I'll grab the Sunset Express straight out to the desert.

Granddaughter:
OK, but try to be on time this time, will ya!

Boyfriend:
Hey, I mean it! There's no reason in the world that I would be late.

Granddaughter:
Well I hope you're right. Because you've already missed that flyer.

Boyfriend:
Look, all I'm gonna do is seal the scan and run a diagnostic on her. It's only going to take a couple of seconds. Then I'll get the Express straight out to the desert.

Granddaughter:
OK, fair enough. But, I'll be waiting for you.

Boyfriend:
Honestly, how could I possibly miss the party? All I've got here is, what, five minutes work.

Granddaughter:
Uh, huh. Ha, ha. Tell me about it.

Boyfriend:
OK, let's say ten tops.

Granddaughter:
I think I've heard that song before.

Boyfriend:
(Laughing) Seriously. I'm almost through.

Granddaughter:
OK. I'll be expecting you.

Boyfriend:
Good enough. When that Sunset Express heads for the desert, I'll be on it.

Granddaughter:
You better be.


Scene 21: Undersea Classroom
Music: Track 66, tape 2M23

Teacher:
OK class, settle down. Now we're almost ready to go. But before we do, let's review our diving rules one more time.

The seal honks and the kids laugh.

Teacher:
(To the seal.) Relax, Rover. Come on kids, underwater safety's no joke. Scott?

Scott:
Yes?

Teacher:
Let's hear those safety rules.

Scott:
Stay in your group. Keep your buddy in sight. Always check your gill apparatus for full re-circulation.

Teacher:
How often, class?

Class:
Every ten minutes!

Scott:
Or more often!

Teacher:
That's right. Now, you're all good swimmers. I'm not worried about your swimming at all and I know this isn't your first dive, but tell me, what's the most important tool underwater?

The seal barks.

Teacher:
Wrong, Rover. It's judgement, you must use good judgement! And what else must you use, Scott?

Scott:
Swim safely. Follow your diving rules. And ...

Teacher:
And never horse around while diving. Never. Don't even sea horse around.

The kids laugh and the cycle repeats.



Scene 22: Undersea Resort
Music: Track 71, tape 3M2

Grandfather:
Floating cities ... they're amazing! I mean whole new industries have developed in them and under them. Mariculture, all sorts of marine mining, fuels, energy...

Grandmother:
And fun! Remember fun?

Grandfather:
I'm serious.

Grandmother:
Well so am I. Floating cities have opened up whole new ways for people to enjoy their lives, as well as their work.


Diving Film Sequence

Teacher:
OK class, let's stick together. Sue, come on, keep up with the group.

Sue:
Coming.

Teacher:
It's almost time for us to do something. Anybody remember what that is?

Scott:
Take a break?

Teacher:
Not quite, Scott. Ah, anyone else?

Sue:
Check our fuels?

Teacher:
Right. Did everyone hear that?

Class:
Yeah.

Teacher:
Good. Who'd like to explore one of the kelp farms?

Class:
Coming.

Teacher:
There's one up ahead. We can stop for a few minutes and check our fuel.

Scott:
Can we take a break, too?

Teacher:
(Laughing) Yes, Scott. At the farm.


Scene 23: Undersea Industry
Music: Track 73, tape 3M4

Grandfather:
There's always been something sort of mysterious about our oceans. We knew they were filled with valuable gifts for us.

Grandmother:
Yeah, water and seaweed.

Grandfather:
Very funny. But seawater has become an excellent source of energy as well as being valuable for desert irrigation. And kelp ...

Grandmother:
Seaweed?

Grandfather:
Kelp is a tremendous source of low cost fuel. Oh, we've found lots of good things under our oceans.

Grandmother:
And don't forget space, we've found lots of good things out there, too.


Outer Space

Space Woman (Captain):
Easy ... easy. Don't rush it. We have plenty of time. Just let me guide it into place.

Space Man (in Spacesuit):
No problem, Captain.

Space Woman:
Easy does it. Easy does it!!

Space Man:
OK, just relax, boss.

Space Woman:
Don't worry about me, just worry about the connection. Get ready. (Laughs) You want me to come out there and show you how it's done?

Space Man:
(Sarcastically) Yeah, why don't you. I could use a little on the job training.


Grandfather:
These space colonies are out of this world. Let's take a quick look around.

MVO:
Ground Control, this is Omega Transport. Request permission to launch from Bay 3-2.

Grandmother:
Now there's the new frontier.

Grandfather:
Our son and his family wouldn't live anywhere else. Hey, maybe you and I ought to move up here.

Grandmother:
Oh, what a wonderful idea!


Scene 27: Health & Recreation
Music: Track 80, tape 3M11

Grandfather:
Now, there's my speed. Sports and exercise in zero gravity.

Grandmother:
It looks like fun!

Grandfather:
It is, once you get the hang of it.


Scene 28: Space Colony

Tommy:
Hey mom! Mom!!

Grandmother:
What is it, Tommy?

Tommy:
Look, mom, I'm flyin'! Why don't you try?

Grandmother:
(Laughing) I don't know what I'm going to do with you. Don't let go of Napoleon! We don't want to lose him.

Tommy:
Hey mom, what if he just floats away?

Grandmother:
He won't.

Tommy:
Hey mom, what if I just float away?

Grandmother:
Then your father will get you as soon as he manages to get your shoe.

Tommy:
What about Napoleon? (Dog barks) He needs mag-shoes, too. (Dog barks again)

Grandmother:
Napoleon's fine.


Scene 29: Crystal Lab
Music: Track 87, tape 3M14

Grandmother:
Oh, now that's really lovely.

Grandfather:
Practical too. Just think, materials from space for all kinds of industries back on earth. And that's .... (Buzzer sounds.)

Grandmother:
Uh, oh. We gotta run.

Grandfather:
Time for our grandson's party?

Grandmother:
Uh, huh.

Grandfather:
We'll catch up to you later.


Scene 31: Holographic Party Line
Music: Track 91, tape 3M16

All:
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Grandfather:
Terrific kid.

Davey's Grandmother:
Thank you. Don't you think he looks like his Dad? And his Grandad?

Granddaughter (Desert):
And his uncle. And his cousin! (Davey laughs)

All:
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Boyfriend (Tom II):
Cute little kid, isn't he?

Davey's Grandmother:
Thank you. We kind of think so.

Granddaughter (Desert):
Gee, we wish you were here. We made gallons of homemade ice cream. (Davey laughs)

All:
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Davey
Happy birthday to you! (They all laugh)

Grandmother:
Oh, he's a doll.

Davey's Grandmother:
Thank you.

Grandfather:
I think he looks a little like me.

Grandmother:
He does not. He's beautiful! (Davey laughs)


Scene 33: Choose your tomorrow - select
Music: Track 100, tape 3M18

Female Announcer 1:
Attention please. Horizons 1 Earth Shuttle. Now available for boarding at Gate 22. Final boarding call for Horizons 1.

Female Announcer 2:
(Beeps) Attention Horizons passengers. You are invited to choose your own flight path back to the FuturePort. Please look down at the lighted panels in front of you. Press one of the three ride choices: Space, Desert, or Under Sea. Everyone can choose, majority rules. All passengers, make your selections now.


Scene 34: Choose your tomorrow - simulations
Music: Track 101, tape 3M19

SPACE - MVO:
Horizons Intercolony. You are clear for departure.

DESERT - MVO:
You are clear for takeoff.

UNDERSEA - MVO:
Dive Chamber 4 is clear for descent.


SPACE - MVO:
Horizons Intercolony, this is Omega Control. Hold for Omega transport.

DESERT - MVO:
Landing sequence complete.

UNDERSEA - MVO:
Stand by for pressure stabilization.


Grandfather:
Well, we're almost back from the future.

Grandmother:
Oh, it went by so quickly.

Grandfather:
Yes, but one of the nice things about traveling into the future is that the journey's just beginning.

Grandmother:
That's right.

Grandfather:
And I'll tell you something ... if we can dream it, we really can do it. And that's the most exciting part.


FVO:
From all of us, thanks for exploring Horizons. Now, please take small children by the hand and watch your step onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are travelling at equal speed.

MVO:
Please look down and take young children by the hand as you step out onto the moving belt. The belt and your vehicle are travelling at equal speed.


SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

MVO:
Attention Horizons passengers. Our travels will be briefly delayed. Please remain seated. Your vehicle will begin moving again at any moment. Please remain seated. We will resume our journey shortly. Thank you.

MVO:
Please remain seated. Your vehicle will begin moving immediately. Remain seated please. Your journey is resuming now.

 

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