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Journey Into Your Imagination

Opened

October 1, 1999

Closed

October 8, 2001

Designer

Walt Disney Imagineering

Guests per car

7

Ride length

5 minutes

Sponsor

Kodak

Preceded by

Journey Into Imagination

Replaced by

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Journey Into Your Imagination was an attraction which was contained within the Imagination! pavilion at the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World. It has been through three incarnations over the years; this incarnation was the only one not to majorly feature the character Figment, a small purple dragon. The lack of Figment in the attraction was very negatively received by fans, leading to a refurbishment of the ride.

Attraction Description[]

The second version of the attraction opened on October 1, 1999 and featured an updated theme based on the 3-D movie Honey, 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. Dr. Nigel Channing, who was played by Eric Idle, hosted this version.

The ride began with guests going through the scanner and saying that the riders have no imagination. Then Channing decides to send us through the numerous labs throughout the Institute including Sound, Illusion, Color, Gravity and Connections.

In 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 audience’s heads.

In 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. The trick was created by putting a mirror between two halves of a swing, one of them with the butterfly on it.

In 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 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. The riders exit to an updated version of the ImageWorks.

Figment’s appearances in the experience were reduced to a few 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 Channing ("Figment!!!"). Dreamfinder was not present at all in this version. The attraction closed on October 8, 2001 and went through another rehab.

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