Imagination Pavilion

72 Days: Journey Into Imagination

Journey Into Imagination

Journey into Imagination! Our choice for #Day72 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and thank you for coming over to see us today!  This is #Day72 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for us, today is the day we look into Journey Into Imagination, part of the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot’s Future World!

To me, the #DisneyWorldCountdown isn’t just about counting down until our #Disney trip — it’s also about getting geared up about some of our favorites, but it’s also about exploring things that we haven’t experienced before, or at least for a very long time.  Journey Into Imagination is just that sort of attraction — one that I don’t even remember riding ever!

You may remember earlier this year my friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head did a guest post for me on the Imagination Pavilion, so she covered quite a bit about the pavilion.  She didn’t touch much on Journey Into Imagination, though, in part because it’s just not the same as it used to be.  However, if I don’t remember it at all, then seeing it now will at least give me new memories, so I’m going to give it a shot!

Do you and your family go to the Imagination Pavilion and see the attractions?  If so, do you like them, or are they not worth the time spent?  Let me know in the comments please, and thank you for stopping by today!

Heidi takes us to the Imagination Pavilion

{Editor’s Note:  Today we are joined by one of my best friends in the blogging world, Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  She has graciously agreed to write a post about the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World!  Thanks Heidi!}

My family and I spent 10 days before Christmas at our favorite place on earth – Walt Disney World! I tried to use that time to break away from social media a bit (wonderful! I highly recommend it every once in awhile!); but I just so happened to sign on to Facebook one evening to see a question posed by Mike — “Does anyone have experience with the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot?” Considering that my family had just been there the day before, I answered in the affirmative. Next thing you know, I have a “job” writing for My Dreams of Disney!

See, as it turns out, Mike has a dirty little secret . . . he hasn’t actually visited the pavilion since the early 80’s! The shame! (Actually, in all honesty, if my family hadn’t fallen in love with Figment back in 1988, I’d probably avoid this pavilion too! But, I feel a sense of loyalty to that silly purple dragon!) So, here we go . . .

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A Look Back

I wish I had a copy of that original Birnbaum’s Guide – the one my parents handed to me back in 1987 and told me to read it and plan our family’s upcoming (and first ever) trip to Walt Disney World (in January of 1988). I’d love to read the description of the Imagination Pavilion from that first book because there was obviously something about it that appealed to me. I still remember bits and pieces of that first trip through the ride. I remember laying eyes of Figment. My mom seemed to take an instant liking to him! (Ever since, we are always attracted to Figment souvenirs and often bring them home for her!)

Times sure have changed! If you can’t quite remember the original attraction with Figment and Dreamfinder, or if you never had opportunity to experience the original attraction, I’d recommend doing some research. Here are a bunch of great images to refresh your memory. Or, if you’re more into words, check out Wikipedia’s description of the 1983-1998 version of the ride. I also had fun searching for videos on YouTube – here’s a great place to start, then click on other video links from there.

During those early years, the pavilion also housed some other attractions, such as Captain EO (a tribute, of sorts, to Michael Jackson), which has recently been resurrected. Not being a fan of Jackson, I have never experienced this attraction, so I can’t speak for it. I’ve definitely read mixed reviews. Another very popular attraction in the pavilion was Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, based on the “Honey, I Shrunk. . .” movies starring Rick Moranis. In it’s defense, I’ve never been a huge fan of 3-D shows; but that one, in particular, with the giant snake that jumped right out at your face . . . well, needless to say, it wasn’t a favorite on my list!

Today

Let’s take a look at what the Imagination Pavilion looks like today.

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The sign above is situated at the entrance to the pavilion and introduced you to what you will find inside. Let’s take a peek at each attraction.

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Sure, it’s a shadow of its former version, but at least Figment is still there! This ride will take you through the Imagination Institute, where Figment keeps barging in on Dr. Nigel Channing’s work and sharing his own! Yes, Dreamfinder is no longer; but at least Figment is still there! Fans of the original attraction will be glad to know that the original theme song – “One Little Spark” – is back. (I can’t help but sing along!)

Imageworks – the “What If” Labs

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Journey Into Imagination exits into the labs. However, if you want to skip the ride, you can enter the labs by walking around to the left-hand side of the building and going in through the gift shop. While my husband and younger two kids decided to take another “journey into imagination”, my oldest daughter and I used the time to explore the labs.

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This is one of those areas that a curious kid could spend hours exploring! It’s bright, colorful, and educational. As you can see from the pictures above, there were stations set up where you could “create your own Figment character” among many other things. One of my favorite things to do is have your picture taken on your choice of background (of course, there’s an extra cost to this, if you choose to buy).

Captain EO

As previously stated, I have no experience with this attraction, but Birnbaum’s Guide says it’s only there for a limited time. (Fine by me!)

More Fun!

Even if you choose to bypass this pavilion (like Mike), I would highly recommend that you take the time to enjoy the fountains outside. Not only are the beautiful (especially at night), but they are extremely entertaining!

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The water in the fountain appears to be flowing UP, not down. Now, that takes some imagination, doesn’t it?! And, even more fun, are the jumping fountains. Trust me, they are worth stopping by. You might find yourself visiting for awhile!

I hope I have adequately shared the Imagination Pavilion with you. Mike, I appreciate your allowing me to post here at My Dreams of Disney! Maybe someday you’ll share with my readers at Heidi’s Head.

Have YOU enjoyed the Imagination Pavilion? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Disney In Pictures Theme: Happy Birthday Epcot!

Hello everyone!  It’s that time again, when we announce what the theme is for this week’s Disney In Pictures!  I know that many of you may be traveling to Walt Disney World for the 30th Birthday of Epcot, so I thought I would make the theme “Happy Birthday Epcot!”  If you are going to be there, see if you have time to shoot me a picture and send it my way!  If you aren’t going to be there, still join in the fun by sending me a picture of Epcot — use your imagination!  It could be your birthday, or one of the previous birthdays of Epcot, or it could just be a picture of Epcot you like, and not have anything to do with birthdays at all!  It’s up to you!  However, you can’t play if you don’t enter, so here’s what you need to do:

  1. Email me your photo to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com
  2. Include your name, and why the photo is special to you.
  3. If you have a blog, include that too!  It’s an easy way to get your Disney blog noticed!

As always, thanks for participating!  This weekly series is my way of saying thank you to those of you that follow us day in and day out.  It is truly humbling to this writer that you take time to read our blog, and I thank you for that!