Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have recently included some interesting questions about Figment in their surveys to EPCOT guests. It looks like Disney is gauging the recognition and popularity of the official mascot of the “Imagination!” pavilion at EPCOT.
The Journey into Imagination pavilion has been with EPCOT since it opened in October of 1982. The attraction soon followed in March of 1983. This ride was often considered by fans to be one the greatest theme park rides ever built. The ride then had a major renovation in 1998 with the result being noticeably less appearances by Figment. Guests now only saw him in movies played in the pre-attraction queue. There was such a backlash to this that Disney had Journey into Imagination go through another renovation in 2002 to bring Figment back into the story line.
In November of last year Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, announced at the Destination D fan event that EPCOT would be receiving “a major transformation” that would help transition the park into being “more Disney, timeless, relevant, family-friendly” while keeping the original vision alive.
These new survey questions make it seem like Disney might be removing this attraction to make way for something new. Hopefully new information will be released at the D23 Expo in July that will shed new light onto the fate of the little purple dragon.
Lets do our own Chip and Co. survey! How do you feel about Journey into Imagination with Figment?
- “Timeless classic that shouldn’t be touched”
- “Time for something new”
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