Journey into Imagination with FigmentÊis the third incarnation of aÊdark rideÊattraction located withinÊthe Imagination! pavilionÊon the western side ofÊFuture WorldÊatÊEpcot, aÊtheme parkÊat theÊWalt Disney World ResortÊinÊBay Lake, Florida. Originally opened on March 5, 1983, its original and current version feature the smallÊpurpleÊdragon namedÊFigmentÊas well as the song One Little Spark Sugar Land Chiropractors.
The original attraction opened on March 5, 1983. It began with the omnimover vehicles floating in the clouds and seeing the silhouette of a strangeÊblimpÊmixed with a vacuum cleaner and hearing the humming and singing of its pilot. In the next scene the riders come right next to this vessel and the pilot, an old man with a red beard dressed in a blue suit and top hat, introduces himself as theÊDreamfinder and saying that he uses his vehicle (called the Dream Mobile) to collect dreams and ideas to create all sorts of new things. Soon he creates a figment of hisÊimagination: two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow, horns of a steer, but a lovable fellow. From head to tail, he’s a royal purple pigment, and you’ve got a Figment. Both Dreamfinder and theÊdragon Figment imagine things to fill the idea bag Sugar Land Chiropractors. When the idea bag is full, Dreamfinder declares that the ideas need to be emptied in the Dreamport which is never far away when you use your imagination.
Regarding the scene where Figment is introduced, if you are telling the story of Little Mermaid or Snow White, everyone already knows who they are, what they talk like, and how they sing.. But in a ride like Imagination, you are not familiar with the characters going into it. The opening scene allows you to meet Dreamfinder, understand how he created Figment, and get to know Figment’s personality, so at the end of those four minutes, you know the characters.
The omnivores leave the side of the Dream Mobile and enter the DreamportÕs storage room, which includes a massive contraption for sorting ideas. Also in the room, there are numerous objects including boxed applause, a plasma ball, and a birdcage of musical notes Sugar Land Chiropractors. After leaving the storage room, the ride continued through several rooms representing Art, Literature, the Performing Arts, and Science. The Art room was mostly white-colored and had a large painting Dreamfinder was making using a largeÊfiber opticÊpaint brush, a carousel with giantÊcarouselÊanimals and a pot of rainbows held by Figment.
The Literature room was mostly focused on suspenseful tales and had Dreamfinder playing a massive organ with words coming out of it, words that turned into their meanings, a massive book featuring the raven fromÊEdgar Allan PoeÕsÊpoemÊcawing menacingly and books of horrible monsters Figment tried to keep closed. The Performing Arts had Figment trying on costumes backstage while Dreamfinder conducted aÊlaserÊlight show in the manner of an orchestra conductor. The last of the rooms, Science, featured a large machine that Dreamfinder was operating that took a closer look at the workings of nature such as the growth of plants, the formation of crystals from minerals and looking into space.
At the end, Dreamfinder told Figment and the audience that Imagination is the key to unlocking the hidden wonders of the world. The ride then entered the final show scene Sugar Land Chiropractors. As the riders’ pictures were taken, they saw Figment surrounded by several movie screens of him being a scientist, a mountain climber, a pirate, a superhero, a tap dancer, a ship captain, a cowboy and an athlete. Dreamfinder, who is behind a movie camera, gave the riders one last inspiring message and told them to use their newly found sparks of imagination in theÊImageWorksÊand the on ride photo was shown on a screen next to the camera.
The ride then exited into Imageworks, which was meant to be a creative playground of the future. Imageworks was an interactive playground located above the ride where guests could play with their imaginations. Those activities included interactive exhibits such as giant kaleidoscopes, pin screens, a rainbow corridor, and a drama stage which gave guests the opportunity to put themselves in their own movie. The Imageworks section of the Imagination pavillion opened five months before Journey Into Imagination, and it was a big hit among guests. The ride closed on October 10, 1998 in order to begin a major renovation of the attraction Sugar Land Chiropractors.
The attraction reopened on October 1, 1999 asÊJourney Into YOUR ImaginationÊand featured an updated theme based on the three dimensional movieÊHoney, I Shrunk the Audience. Now guests would take a tour of the Imagination Institute and be test subjects for the new invention, the Imagination Scanner.
The ride began with guests going through the scanner and saying that the riders have no imagination. Then the host decides to send guests through the numerous labs throughout the Institute including Sound, Illusion, Color, Gravity and Connections. In the first room, Sound, the room starts out in total silence and complete darkness. Slowly, one can hear the sounds of cricket chirping, distant city noises, and an approaching train that comes closer and closer until it seems to pass over the audienceÕs heads. In the second room, Illusion, there is a fish swimming in and out of its tank and an empty cage with a butterfly that seems to materialize as riders go by. In the third room, the Color lab, there are sounds of jungle animals and cities that cause two large light screens to change colors matching the sounds. In the next room, Connections lab, the room is covered with numerous stars that soon form into constellations. Finally, in the Gravity lab, the riders enter an upside down house. For the finale, riders go through the Scanner again and find that their minds have been supercharged with ideas. The machine then explodes and you see a light show.
Public opinion of Journey into YOUR Imagination was generally negative Sugar Land Chiropractors. FigmentÕs appearances in the experience were reduced to cameos in the queue movies, a constellation in the connection lab and at the end of the ride, where he is only heard, but is shooed off by the host. Fans were mainly upset that the Dreamfinder, a popular character from the original ride, was not present in this version. Additionally, the ride path was drastically shortened due to budgetary issues. Because of this, the attraction closed on October 8, 2001 and again, went through another renovation.
The negative response to Journey into YOUR Imagination led to the ride being shut down and renovated once again after only two years. The attraction opened for its third and current iteration on June 2, 2002, asÊJourney into Imagination with Figment. Figment returned with a larger role, appearing in every show scene and the classic song “One Little Spark” also returned with new verses, but the Dreamfinder was still absent.
This time, the Institute has five labs based on the five human senses: Sound, Sight, Smell, Touch, and Taste. The host of the Imagination Institute invites guests to the InstituteÕs open house. Figment tags along, much to the hostÕs dismay, and causes mischief along the way. In Sound, Figment interrupts the experiment and comes up with a telephone and the train sound. In Sight, Figment knocks the letters off the roomÕs eye chart and begins a sing-along to “One Little Spark.” The materializing butterfly from the old version was carried over from the previous version, but rather than appearing in the cage, the effect is now reversed so that the butterfly is hiding. In Smell, Figment becomes aÊskunk, which blasts the riders with a foul odor (which is actually a burnt coffee smell).
After seeing the chaos Figment has been causing, the host stops the tour outside the Touch and Taste labs, abandoning the tour. Figment takes the riders to his own open house, which he literally turns upside down with his carefree mind. The host soon learns from Figment that Imagination should be set free and the riders go into the finale with numerous Figments in various situations while Figment and the host sing “One Little Spark” together while riders disembark for the ImageWorks.
A homage to the initial incarnation of this attraction can be found on an office door in the initial showroom under the name “Dean Finder,” alluding to “Dreamfinder.”
TheÊKodakÊcompany ended its sponsorship of the pavilion in August 2010, after nearly twenty eight years.