A Look at the Past and Present Incarnations of Journey into Imagination
Over the years there have been three incarnations of the much beloved Journey into Imagination attraction at the Imagination Pavilion in EPCOT's Future World.
The attraction features the song "One Little Spark" written by the Sherman Brothers and is fun for the whole family!
Journey into Imagination (1983-1998). The original Journey into Imagination opened on March 5, 1983 and was the brainchild of Tony Baxter and Steve Kirk.
The attraction began with vehicles floating above the clouds and seeing the silhouette of a strange blimp mixed with a vacuum cleaner and hearing the humming and singing of its pilot. During the next scene riders are introduced to the pilot, Dreamfinder who shares that he uses his vehicle to collect dreams and ideas to create new things. One of those is the loveable Figment. Both the Dreamfinder and Figment come up with ideas to fill the "idea bag" which once it is full must be emptied into the "Dreamport."
After the vehicles leave the "Dreamport" they are then transported through a number of rooms representing art, literature, the performing arts, and science. At the end of their journey the Dreamfinder reminds Figment and the riders that imagination is the key to unlocking the hidden wonders of the world.
Journey into Your Imagination (1999-2001). The second adaption of Journey into Imagination opened in October of 2001 and was based on the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.
Riders were to take a tour of the Imagination Institute and be test subjects for the new invention, the Imagination Scanner. Dr. Nigel Channing was the host for this tour that began with riders going through the scanner and it saying that they had no imagination.
With that verdict, Dr. Channing sent riders through a variety of labs at the Institute including sound, illusion, color, gravity, and connections. For the grand finale riders are once again sent through the Imagination Scanner and find that their minds have been filled with ideas.
Figment made a few appearances in this adaption but did not play a prominent role in the attraction.
Journey into Imagination with Figment (2002-Present). In the latest adaption, Figment returns to the attraction with a larger role. The attraction's theme song, "One Little Spark" also returned with new verses.
In this incarnation the Institute has 5 labs that are based on the human senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Dr. Channing invites riders to the Institute's open house but Figment tags along and causes some mischief.
Giving up after chaos that Figment cause Dr. Channing stops the tour and Figment takes riders to his own open house. Dr. Channing and riders learn from Figment that imagination should be set free.
Tom Fitzgerald created both the 1999 and current version of Journey into Imagination.
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