About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

Reader Interactions


  1. Kimberly K

    We love to visit Figment while we are there. That is such a cute ride and usually has a really short line. Plus, it gets you out of the heat for a while.

  2. Heidi Strawser – central PA

    On our very first visit to Walt Disney World, my Mom fell in love with Figment, so now almost a ritual to visit him when we are there. Sure, the pavilion is just a shadow of its former self, but Figment is still there and he’s still as cute as ever. I hope that they beef up this pavilion a bit one of these days. But, the activities are fun and I LOVE the gift shop at the end – there are lots of cool retro Epcot items in there! And I LOVE that picture you guys had done – very cool!

  3. Jennifer Kaufman – Cincinnati, OH – Jennifer is a musician, photographer, Disney aficionado, organizing junkie, wannabe runner, writer and - most importantly - wife of an amazing husband and mom of three incredible kids five and under. Her heart is for helping people be real - honest with themselves, honest with one another, intentional in communication and supportive of those that cross their paths in life.
    Jennifer Kaufman

    You know, interestingly I’ve always been drawn to the Imagination Pavilion and ALSO can’t identify why! Apparently it needs a little bit of a branding/identity boost! ;)

    Great post, I really enjoyed it!

  4. Mary at Capturing Magical Memories – Houston, TX – Hi! I'm Mary and my blog is I am also the wife of a Disney Travel Agent, a mom to 2 boys, a full-time career mom, a budding graphic designer on the side. In the little free time that is left I love to learn about photography. We currently live in Houston, TX and own Disney Vacation Club.

    I have a soft spot for this pavilion. Take me back to when I was a kids and my brother, sister and I would run wild there. I remember my sister LOVING figment and have to get a figment stuffed animal. Somewhere there is a photo of her with that stuffed animal along with the Dreamfinder. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Sounds like I need to write about my #DisneyMemory for this pavilion as well! :) Thanks for sharing, I’m glad that I was able to take you back!

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    Cindy Howell

    We love the Imagination Pavilion too! There is just something so sweet and innocent about it. Do you remember the rainbow tunnel that used to be there?

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Hey Cindy, unfortunately I can’t say that I do remember that. We had been so long since we went in that it is almost like discovering a new part of the park!

  6. Kimberly * theParkWorld – Kimberly has been a frequent visitor to the Disney parks ever since her first visit as a child. She loves learning about Disney trivia and history. Kimberly can often be found searching for hidden Mickeys everywhere she goes, not just in the parks. She also enjoys listening to Disney parks music any chance she gets.

    Sounds like I need to spend more time at the Imagination Pavilion! That Haunted Mansion photo is awesome!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      Thanks, Kimberly! Go check it out, they had several different options available and if I remember correctly, the price wasn’t bad at all. Have a great Disney Day!

  7. Rolling with the Magic – Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise Line from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit the Disney Parks with physical limitations.

    That is an awesome souvenir! I love Journey into Imagination. I know it’s not the same but I love Figment.


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