BREAKING: Imagination Pavilion to Close

imagination buildingsWe’ve heard rumblings for a while, and now it seems to be all but official that the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World will be closing January 2, 2014. Details after the jump.

Captain EO will be gone for good and replaced entirely, and the Imagination Ride will be closed for an “extensive renovation”. Rumors we’ve heard is that something Phineas and Ferb related will be going in, and many die hard fans are hoping for the original ride to be restored.

Like we reported with the Test Track Refurb over a year ago, we will update with more info as it comes.

This refurbishment is yet to be announced by Disney. 

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38 Responses to BREAKING: Imagination Pavilion to Close

  1. I won’t complain either way – with the loss of Kodak (and everything Jim Hill said about it), I’m excited to see the change.. and my fingers are crossed for P&F!

  2. Cookie Wright says:

    Bring back Dreamfinder and Figment! Nothing else in there has ever been as good as those two in their original form.

  3. I really hope they are bringing back the Dreamfinder with Figment! They are awesome! I’d love to see them walking around the park again too!

  4. Josh Fenton says:

    Although renovations always make me nervous I think Imagineering did a good job with Test Track and that the refurb version is much more in line with class ECPOT Center than its predicesor was; here’s to hoping that the Imagination Pavillion gets even better treatment.

  5. DizRadio says:

    I am hoping they bring back the original show. I just talked to the Dreamfinder a few shows back in our archives and he too misses it.

    Here is to hoping I can introduce my kids to him again.

  6. I am all for a serious refurb but not so sure about the Phineas and Ferb theme. Hoping that they go in a different direction.

  7. Chrystie says:

    I really hope they don’t go with P&F we are NOT fans of that in my house, my son is not allowed to watch it with all the naughty language and actions. I wish they would restore it to the original Figment ride.

  8. Bob Brinkman says:

    Naughty language in Phineas and Ferb? What show are you watching?

  9. Tractorr says:

    If you don’t have young kids then you have no idea who Phineas and Ferb are. The only reason I am even aware of the name is that it seems to be used on crosswords a lot. They really need an attraction that appeals to more than just little kids. I mean I understand that EPCOT may not be the best park for little ones, but a single attraction will not change that.

    What they need to do is reopen and re-theme the life pavilion and they could put Phineas and Ferb in there because that pavilion is setup for multiple attractions.

  10. Eric Michaud says:

    I feel that the problem with theming it to P&F is longevity and recognition. I doubt many people over 25 have any idea who they are (unless they have kids) and how long will their staying power last? It’d be like having a Gummi Bears or Gargoyles attraction – in 5 years they may be already looking to retheme if the show loses popularity.

    Bring back Dreamfinder and Figment!

  11. Jennifer Walker says:

    FIGMENT! gotta to keep him. remember when they took kitchen caberet away and it has never been the greatest. same thing had happened here

  12. Ashleigh says:

    It’s about time! That pavilion is a shell of its former self which is just so sad. My concern with a p&f refurb is how long it will remain relevant. By the time the attraction reopened will the show still be on or will it be Kim Possible all over again.

    Here’s an article written by the dreamfinder himself, Ron Schneider on Imagination’s 30th about the pavilion that is really striking: http://themeparkuniversity.com/editorial/on-imaginations-30th-a-re-birthday-wish-2/

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  14. Trish says:

    Phineas and Ferb are popular now, but how long will that last? People, including myself, want Figment and the Dreamfinder! I’m not sure what the hesitation would be in giving the guests what they want, especially if it will bring more people in the gates. They did it with the Enchanted Tiki Room by taking out Iago and Zazu and restoring the original show. A remodeled Life Pavilion would be great- I loved Body Wars! I also hope they take a good long look at the Universe of Energy, because that really needs a refurb! I hope that the powers that be are reading these posts and take what their customers want to heart.

  15. Riley says:

    Dreamfinder and figment are great memories of the past. But I sure hope they move forward with something new and exciting. Ugh some guests get so stuck in the past which is why we end up with shitty stuff. Like bringing back DEP. They demolish spectromagic and keep the electric parade? That’s just rude. Phineas & ferb would be fun. They have been out since 2007. However im really up for anything. EPCOT is not about being stuck in the past. It needs to keep moving forward. Test Track refurb was great. Cant wait to see what will bring the imagination pavilion to life. I mean lets be honest right now the attractions there have no demand.

  16. Dana says:

    I think they need to bring Back the old Version of Journey into imagination. While they are at it put Body Wars and Cranium Command back in too. I miss the oldies but goodies. Also Please but in a better screen for soarin the video quality needs updated badly.

  17. stephanie says:

    No kid knows who Figment is – sad, but true. P&F may be “temporary” but kids love it. & kids are what drives sales at Disney. Barely anyone goes “Let me just go to Disney for fun without kids” (other than hardcore Disnerds) and therefore playing to the kids is smart. I think they could re-theme figment using P&F with figment still there. You have to realize, kids don’t really enjoy the rest of EPCOT – they have to have things that will draw in the families too, not just the adults.

  18. Disney_Leonard says:

    Disney is releasing the Phineas and Ferb movie next year so it is believable they would do something based on P&F. Maybe they will use the theater for P&F and reinvent the Dreamfinder attraction? Figment is too popular to go away.

  19. ciphersilva says:

    I learned who Figment was when I turned 18 and did a Disney program…Figment is my favorite Disney character ! I am now 24 and I have around 50 figment pins..a Figment backpack and other stuff….If they do close it I really hope that they will revamp “Journey into Imagination” Even though I have never seen the original ride I looked it up on youtube and watched the documentary on it…it looked so wonderful ! It would be awesome to see Dreamfinder…..If they replace with P&F then I will have to conclude that Disney officially has no soul…I worked there….bought 2 yearly season passes for Disneyworld and Disneyland….saw the corruption behind the scenes….took a ton of Crap…but this will really break my heart ! The transformation of California Adventure was enough for me..making the entrance more like DHS…but this is sickening to me !>.<

  20. Gretchen says:

    There is NO WAY ON EARTH I’m going to sit through anything ANYTHING featuring Phineas & Ferb after i pay a whole lot of money to go to the Disney Parks, so i guess my kids and i will be skipping that section of Epcot. It’s bad enough that P&F are on tv.

  21. leedavidt says:

    I miss the original dreamfinder and figment.
    I miss going upstairs, imageworks, the rainbow corridor/sensor maze etc.
    Bring all that back and i/we will be happy happy happy !

  22. judy says:

    replace ellens enegry show soon

  23. Jeremy says:

    Look, I love Figment and Dreamfinder and have fond and wonderful memories of the old ride but restoring it isn’t going to happen. It was fun, but pretty tired by the time it went away. The technology available today could yield a much more modern experience involving them, one that would appeal to a much broader spectrum of paying Guests than a restoration of the old ride would. You can’t compare a restoration of The Tiki Room with this. The “update” there was far less extensive and utilized mostly existing elements. The change at Imagination in ’99 was a HUGE misstep, no question, but rebuilding the old ride is in no way feasible. It was a mechanical nightmare and today’s kids would find it unbearably dated. IMO, a better choice would be to repurpose the EO theater for P&F (so it can easily changed out when their popularity wanes) and create a new “Imagination” experience with Figment in the main building. They haven’t asked my opinion, though.

    I firmly believe that Epcot needs an Imagination pavilion. It speaks volumes as to the value of imagination as it relates to technological progress, but rehashing the past goes against everything that Epcot is supposed to stand for.

  24. Disney_Leonard says:

    Jeremy- My thoughts exactly. When I say reinvent Dreamfinder and Figment I mean say turn the imagineers loose and let them come up with the latest technology and story. This would be something that could last for many years but require a sizable investment.

    P&F have a sizable following currently but the danger in spending too much on an attraction based on characters that could suddenly go the way of Myspace is unwise. A new 3D movie could be done and they can utilize the current motion and other special effects without spending a lot of money.

  25. Jason says:

    I have absolutely no interest in P&F and hope they don’t do away with Figment! I didn’t get to experience the original, but I have read over and over about how good it was. I definitely like the current Imagination.

  26. Gretchen says:

    No!!!! If they do anything bring bake the Dream Finder & Figment the original was the best. Our family finds P&F completely inappropriate for our children. I would be so disappointed if they added more of P&F in addition to the hunt thing they already have. Mince they took Kim Possible and replaced it with P&F we haven’t done it agin. :( I know they want to make it family friendly for the kids, but that would not be the answer.

  27. Figment Fan says:

    The first time I went to Epcot, I was 8. I didn’t know who Figment was, but by the time I left I had a Figment stuffed animal, bank, shirt, etc. I’m now in my 30s and the last time I was at Epcot in 2011 I purchased even MORE items. Just because Figment is unique to Epcot doesn’t mean they should get rid of him. Disney can still make a lot of money of that merchandise if that’s the bottom line.

  28. Mikey says:

    They should refurb Wonders of Life first. IMO.

  29. Tim Bennett says:

    They have to not only save but rehabilitate Figment. Imagination is what the future is built on (ignoring history) and Figment is the perfect symbol for Epcot. He has been reduced to a sad little cameo. I would be heartbroken if we lost figment or if his role was reduced even further. Hopefully this will not be another short sighted “Under New Management” fiasco.

  30. zumpie says:

    I find Figment pretty goofy and dated, so I’m fine with ditching him (and for the record, I’m normally all about vintage Disney), like Captain EO, which is just laughably bad and dated.

    I’m really not sure what everyone finds “inappropriate” about Phineas and Ferb—-and it’s definitely a show with staying power—that appeals to older kids, as well. Along those lines, I’D love to see something Gravity Falls themed, because that’s MY favorite Disney show (live action or animated).

  31. Captain Muppy says:

    “Guests getting stuck in the past” isn’t was brings “crappy stuff.” It’s idiots in charge who have NO CLUE what they’re doing and refuse to admonish the past is what brings “shitty stuff.” Cause let me tell you, every “reIMAGINING” of Imagination was just FANTASTIC. And Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management was just MIND BLOWINGLY AWESOME. This has nothing to do with “guests getting stuck in the past”…..it’s just that the past, in some cases, has delivered more quality stuff. Whereas people in charge who have no clue and try to change what’s already fine as is into something “better” (but far worse) delivers “shitty stuff.” Now, while the old Imagination ride is one of my favorites and I’d love to see it come back, I wouldn’t mind in the least bit if a ride with better technology that features Dreamfinder and Figment is done…..if it’s done the right way. You can upgrade something without losing its tradition.

  32. Captain Muppy says:

    Meant to say “acknowledge” not “admonish”…..autocorrect at its finest :)

  33. Joey says:

    I think Phineas and Ferb would fit with the imagination theme, and since it is smarter and cleaner then 90% of today’s family shows, I would like the ride. (and I never really liked Figment TBH)

  34. Brent says:

    I am thrilled that Imagination is getting an update!

    First Test Track and now this. It seems like Disney is actually listening to EPCOT fans! In this age where cultural fads can change at the drop of a hat, it seems more important than ever that imagineers design and build attractions that are original, engaging, and timeless. This might be the dawn of a new era. One can only hope!!

  35. Jim Bedford-Forbes says:

    Don’t you feel like EPCOT needs a new epic ride! I some times feel cheated with Epcot on the thrill ride front – it’s a great place to eat and I love test track but would totally love an injection of thrill and excitement to be added

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  37. Matt says:

    I think that restoring it with a P&F theme is a good idea because to me that is more exciting and fresh as Figment.
    Disney cant hold on to Figment for a long time its outdated, fans need to move on and see what the Imagineers have in store for the future.
    With P&F they might be able to keep the “Imagination” thing.

  38. Tinkagem says:

    Firstly, keep figment… He is cute and perfect for children of all ages. He is relevant as we all have imaginations…. Or do we?

    Secondly, I agree p&f are a little risky, sometimes the show is rude, I hate bad manners, and the show oozes this. (if my children said or did those things..)
    Someone mentioned gummibears…now you’re talking! Nice friendly, no sarcasm, rude, parent hating…etc I’m more ducktails, tailspin..the vintage years. Our kids are missing o
    I think Re imagining the pavilion to keep it Future, up and coming is good. But don’t wipe out the past, adapt it and keep the idea, just expand and move on.

    Imagination is what you need…. And some fresh imagineers :) <-,,

    Gem aged 28

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