30 years ago today, Imagineering hit its peak and opened the greatest attraction anyone has ever built. Horizons was an inspiring trip through how we might actually live in the future. Bold in every aspect and unflinching in its optimism, it was the kind of ride that could only be built by Disney. An attraction this risky in a park that itself was a tremendous risk would never happen today. Horizons took itself seriously and stated without any hint of cynicism that the future would be an amazing place to live and that we were well on the way to achieving it. That sentiment was so powerful and so much a part of Disney's identity at the time, that the attractions slogan has not only become the philosophy of Epcot (if you believe the announcer on the monorail) but has also been misappropriated as a quote from Walt himself.
There's a big buzz about interactive attractions these days. While they have existed since Dumbo and the Mad Tea Party, they took a huge leap forward with Horizons when guests were invited to choose their own ending. I added a poll to see how people decided to take their return trip from the future.