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Ride Video: Journey Into Imagination with Figment at EPCOT

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by Joe Tracy, editor of Theme Park Magazine

Journey Into Imagination with Figment is the third incarnation of a creative and immersive dark ride that originally opened on March 5, 1983, at EPCOT in Walt Disney World. After the ride video below, we’ll look closer at the history of the ride. After showing you the current version of the ride, you’ll also be able to explore the first two versions.

Journey Into Imagination with Figment Ride Video

This ride video, filmed in 2019, was created by the “4K WDW” YouTube channel. The video includes the outside, ride queue, ride, and exit.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment History

To date, there have been three versions of the Journey Into Imagination ride at EPCOT.

Version 1: Journey Into Imagination (1983-1998)
Version 2: Journey Into YOUR Imagination (1999-2001)
Version 3: Journey Into Imagination With Figment (2002-current)

Version 1: Journey Into Imagination (1983-1998)

In 1983, Journey Into Imagination opened at EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida. The ride premiered just five months after the opening of EPCOT. The dark ride, designed by Disney Legend Tony Baxter, introduced two key characters that were central to the ride: Figment and the Dreamfinder. The Dreamfinder begins the journey in his Dream Mobile as he searches to collect ideas and dreams in order to build lots of new things. Figment appears to help and the quest begins. Here’s a video of the original Journey Into Imagination ride:

For 15 years both Dreamfinder and Figment were very popular theme park ride characters and the song “One Little Spark” was a huge hit which is why what happened next shocked a lot of fans…

On October 10, 1998, Journey Into Imagination was closed for “a major renovation.” What opened was nothing like the original…

Version 2: Journey Into YOUR Imagination (1999-2001)

On October 1, 1999, the renovated Journey Into Imagination was reopened to the public as Journey Into YOUR Imagination. Three key things were missing from the ride were:

  1. Figment was gone from the ride, reduced to cameo appearances in the ride queue.
  2. Dreamfinder was nowhere to be found.
  3. One Little Spark was a distant memory.

Adding to the shock was the ride being cut from 11 minutes to 5 minutes. And if that wasn’t enough, the ride started with guests being told that they have no imagination. Here’s the ride video:

The reception of this new reincarnation of Journey Into Imagination was heavily criticized by fans, critics, and even people within the Walt Disney company. Criticism was so strong that the ride was shut down just two years after it opened on October 8, 2001. It would again undergo a major renovation…

Version 3: Journey Into Imagination With Figment (2002 – Current)

On June 2, 2002, the once again reimagined Journey Into Imagination ride, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, opened at Epcot. The Walt Disney company listened to fans by bringing back the popular Figment along with the song, “One Little Spark.”

While better than the previous version, the ride still lacked the story, Dreamfinder character, charm, and ride length of the original. But fans were happy to at least see the return of Figment and the “One Little Spark” song.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment Info

Year Opened: 2002
Ride Time: 6 minutes
Capacity: 7 people per vehicle
Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering (Tony Baxter)
Ride Type: Dark Ride

Interesting Journey Into Imagination With Figment Notes:

Figment Popcorn Buckets being resold on eBay
  • On January 14, 2022, EPCOT began selling a limited release Figment Popcorn Bucket. The line to buy the popcorn bucket reached nearly six hours. For days the long waits continued as people clamored to get the popcorn bucket. Many of the Figment popcorn buckets, which cost $25 each, ended up on eBay selling for well over a hundred dollars.
  • One Little Spark is the name of the song that goes hand in hand with the Journey Into Imagination With Figment ride. The song was written by the Sherman brothers.
  • After your first time going through the ride (for pure enjoyment), go again and this time look for some hidden Mickeys!
  • One Little Spark became the title of a book by Disney Legend Marty Sklar.
  • You can thank Kodak for Pigment’s color. When Kodak sponsored the ride they did not want Pigment to be any color used by a major competitor. So out went green!
  • According to the book “A Souvenir Disney Songbook – Favorite Songs from Disneyland & Walt Disney World” there are two additional verses that didn’t make it into the final song. Those verses are:

One little spark
One flight of fancy
Shines up the dark
So that we can see
When things look grim
And nothings going right
One little spark
Clicks on the light

One bright idea
One right connection
Can give our lives
A new direction
So many times we’re stumbling in the dark
And then, Eureka! – that little spark!

Explore More (Videos)

Original Journey Into Imagination Ride (with some cuts during the ride, but well done)

The History of Journey Into Imagination – Part 1
The Troubled History of Journey Into YOUR Imagination – Part 2

Expedition Epcot – The History of Journey Into Imagination

Journey Into Imagination – Martin’s Complete Ultimate Tribute

One Little Spark Song

Explore More (Resources)

4K WDW YouTube Channel
Journey Into Imagination With Figment EPCOT page

About Joe Tracy

Joe Tracy is the founder and editor of Theme Park Magazine, launched on June 1, 2021. Like many others, his passion for theme parks and themed experiences started in childhood and never faded. Joe has over two decades of experience in the print and online publishing industry.

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