Thursday, February 12, 2015

darthmaz314's WDW Video Featurette - Full POV Ride-Through of Journey Into Imagination with Figment

darthmaz314's WDW Video Featurette today brings you a full POV ride through of an Epcot classic, Journey Into Imagination with Figment. This attraction is now three plus decades old and has gone through a few major overhauls in that time. The most egregious and controversial of these was the virtual removal of the purple dragon Figment, always one of my favorite attraction characters, and the complete deletion of his human companion, the Dreamfinder, following the major refurbishment of 1998. 

Public outcry and waning interest in the attraction's newer story and theming, eventually led to the return of Figment in a more prominent role, although his pal the Dreamfinder was never again to be, well...found. Instead, the role of Figment's human foil is currently played by former Monty Python player Eric Idle, who managed to make the leap from co-starring in the 3-D film Honey I Shrunk the Audience, which at one time, played in the adjacent theatre at the pavilion, to the "main room" of Imagination's dark ride as the uptight Dr. Nigel Channing, Chairman of the Imagination Institute. 

Although it has its detractors, Journey Into Imagination will always hold a special place in my heart. As a kid who didn't do thrill rides, this attraction was always a "must do" for me. These days, although I am no reckless daredevil, I will ride Rock N' Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Big Thunder Mountain, and so on. Yet, I always make time for a trip into that glass pyramid to visit an old purple friend with orange horns. 

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