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Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Journey into Imagination with Figment is a product of the Imagination Institute. Dr. Nigel Channing (played by Eric Idle) is the Chairman of the Imagination Institute and he finds that you have inadequate imaginations and he takes you on a ride that will attempt to stimulate them. Figment is a popular purple dragon-like creature who has been with the attraction since it opened in 1983. After he was mostly removed in a 1998 updating of the attraction, guest outcry prompted his return to the attraction in 2002.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: In the Imagination pavilion to the right on the border with World Showcase.
  • Date Opened: October 1, 1982 originally; June 1, 2002 in current incarnation
  • # of Ride Units:
  • Ride Capacity:
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: C Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Sponsor: Kodak
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Open and close with the park. This attraction is open during evening Extra Magic Hours but not the morning version.
  • Wait Times: Reasonably quick line, rarely more than 20 minutes.
  • Length of Ride: 5 minutes
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: View Scientist of the Year awards and key inventions from the Imagination Institute.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: None
  • Ride Access: Both the queue and the ride are wheelchair and ECV accessible.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: It is not necessary to transfer. When you reach the front of the line follow instructions from the cast member on boarding the attraction.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: Assistive listening devices and handheld captioning devices are available for this show from Guest Services.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Should be none.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: None
  • Child Swap: Yes
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Journey Into Imagination opened about six months after the Journey into Imagination pavilion on March 5, 1983. In this ride, guests would watch the Dreamfinder create a dragon-type creature named Figment and then riders would go on a tour with the Dreamfinder and Figment of places in which imagination is used. Throughout the show was a song by the Sherman Brothers called "One Little Spark." Dreamfinder and Figment may be the only examples of characters original to a Disney park creating any kind of lasting following, but they did. At one point in time it was even possible to meet them on the walkway in front of the pavilion, just like Mickey Mouse or one of the princesses. On October 5, 1998 the ride closed for a major rehaul, which put in place the new, completely different story.
  • The Attraction's History: On October 15, 1999, the ride reopened as Journey into Your Imagination with what is essentially the current storyline, though Figment was barely seen (he appeared in a pre-show video). This change did not go over well with fans and in a rare example of complaints about a ride change or closure having an effect, Journey Into Your Imagination closed in January 2002 and reopened six months later with Figment returned throughout the ride and the name again changed, to Journey into Imagination with Figment.
  • Other Trivia:
    • Sponsors: Kodak has sponsored the Imagination pavilion since it opened in October 1982.


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