Yesterday’s speculation about the upcoming closing of the Imagination Pavilion got me thinking about the future of the pavilion. It’s no secret that it’s not been up to par with the other pavilions in Epcot for some time. Not even Captain EO draws the crowds it once did. My last few trips to Disney it’s been placed on the “not important to see” list. The attraction was worn and the after show area had significant wear and tear.
There are two prominent schools of thought about the direction of the refurbishment.
- Many hard core Epcot fans want to see the pavilion bring back the Dreamfinder and return the area to it’s original glory. Let me say, I love me some Figment. I hated the period when he was missing. I was happy to have Figment return, even if it wasn’t with the Dreamfinder. That being said, I’m not 100% sure I want to go back. This attraction is in Future World and I think there’s merit to moving forward. If the Dreamfinder does make a return, is he the same? Is he older? Younger? How do you make the old appeal to younger generations?
- The rumor mill is abuzz with the idea of a Phineas and Ferb themed pavilion. These two kids who have been making the most of their summer vacation since 2007 are always using their imaginations to come up with what to do on each day of their summer vacation (and winter vacation too, because every show needs a holiday episode or two). We are big P&F fans in my house. We throw out catch phrases, we may or may not have family sing-a-long time to different songs from the show. We love it. The songs alone make the show worth watching. BUT, and that’s a big but, how much longer will they be relevant? Do they have the longevity needed to carry a ride? Will they appeal to older generations that don’t have their TVs permanently glued to the Disney Channel? Will Figment join the boys?
I am not for or against either idea. I’m just ready for the pavilion to be fun and exciting again, not one people leave feeling like they lost their imaginations on the ride. I want my kids to love it like I did when I was 8. It NEEDS this refurbishment. I’m ready for a new Journey.