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Imagination! (Epcot)

Glass pyramids of Imagination! with the jumping fountains in the foreground.
Area Future World
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1982
General statistics
Designer WED Enterprises

Imagination! (formerly The Journey Into Imagination pavilion) is a pavilion on the western side of "Future World", one of two themed areas of Epcot, a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. Kodak was the former title sponsor of the pavilion.


  • Attraction history 1
    • Current attractions 1.1
    • Former attractions 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Attraction history

While the pavilion itself has existed since 1982, it has gone through three significant phases. The original started out as an area in which the Michael Jackson as the title character. In 1994, Captain EO was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, starring Rick Moranis as Professor Wayne Szalinski and Eric Idle as the Imagination Institute chairman, Dr. Nigel Channing.

In 1998, the original Journey Into Imagination went down for renovation. During this renovation, the upstairs ImageWorks was closed and the building's white and blue painting exterior was replaced with different colors, navy blue being primary. The original glass sign was replaced by one made of wood and metal. The leap frog fountains were reduced in size to accommodate the new gift shop at the exit of the new Journey Into Your Imagination. The glass pyramids remained intact, although the upstairs ImageWorks was closed, to be replaced by the downstairs ImageWorks.

The pavilion was renamed Imagination! in 1999, when the new attraction opened. Fans were upset that Dreamfinder, a popular character from the previous ride, was gone. Furthermore, Figment, another popular character, only made cameo appearances until his short dialogue at the end of the ride. By the end of 2001, Disney closed the ride and modified the attraction, bringing Figment back into a more prominent role, although the Dreamfinder remained absent.

In the summer of 2006, the finale of a Kim Possible interactive activity was set up temporarily in the upstairs ImageWorks as a test, themed as Dr. Drakken's base, with a station in World Showcase loaning out "Kimunicators" for interactive activities.[1]

Jumping fountains near the Imagination! building with Spaceship Earth in the background.

Following the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, Disney officials mulled over the possible return of Captain EO.[2] In February 2010, the film, now retitled Captain EO Tribute, returned to Disneyland. On July 2, 2010, Captain EO returned to the Imagination! pavilion for a limited run, replacing Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.[3]

In August 2010, Kodak, who had sponsored the pavilion since it opened, ended its sponsorship after nearly 28 years.[4]

Current attractions

Former attractions

See also


  1. ^ "Kim Possible Game", "All Ears Net", retrieved November 6, 2006
  2. ^ Brady MacDonald. "Iger: No plans to bring ‘Captain EO’ back to Disneyland". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (June 30, 2010). "What's old is new again as 'Captain EO' returns to Epcot".  
  4. ^ Garcia, Jason (September 10, 2010). "Kodak cuts ties with Epcot pavilion". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 

External links

  • Walt Disney World Resort - Imagination! Pavilion
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