Journey Into Imagination With Figment

by josh on April 17, 2010

Opened: Original show opened March 5, 1983 and the newest iteration opened June 2, 2002

Location: Future World – Imagination Pavilion.  The entrance is on the first floor through the sliding doors.

Closes Early: Unless it’s an evening Extra Magic Hours day, Journey closes at 7pm.

FastPass+: Yes – low priority.

Extra Magic Hours: Evening

Type: Dark ride

Similar To: Spaceship Earth, Haunted Mansion

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low. It is occasionally dark and there are a few surprises, but this will only startle the young that are extremely prone to attraction anxiety.

When To Go: Waits are short throughout the day. Visit after the major Future World attractions. On busier days, try to visit before 11am or from 5:30pm – 7pm.

Expect to Wait: Waits rarely exceed 10 minutes, though FastPass+ can push actual waits north of 15 minutes on busy days.

Length: 5 minutes

What to Expect: The Journey takes you slowly through a variety of rooms, each designed to stimulate the senses.  The trip is narrated by Dr. Nigel Channing and intermittently interrupted by Figment.

Rating: 6/10

Interesting Fact: In 1997, Fujifilm wanted to replace Kodak as the title sponsor of the Imagination Pavilion and build a roller coaster in place of Journey into Imagination.  Ultimately, Disney chose to stick with Kodak and instead of replacing Journey with a thrill ride, decided to re-theme the ride with cheaper effects and materials.  Fans of the original ride were so upset with the new Journey that they boycotted the ride and Kodak products and Disney was forced to re-theme the ride again in 2001.  Kodak decided to end its sponsorship of the Imagination Pavilion in August 2010; it is currently without a title sponsor.

Commentary: Journey into Imagination is worth experiencing, but only because there’s usually no wait and zero fuss.  It’s a cute ride, but it’s unlikely to rank among your favorites.  After Journey, you’ll enter an area called the “What If Labs” where you can get your picture taken and email it to friends and family or play around with the other activities.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia January 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

Although I agree with you that there is nothing “conventionally” scary on this ride, I disagree with giving it a 0 rating . Most people forget there is a part of the ride where (if I remember correctly) a train or truck with a blinding headlight comes barreling towards you. It scared/startled the dickens out of my toddler!

mike August 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

i think your thinking about test track right before its outside speedy takeoff

Kim February 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

Figment was the only ride that scared my daughter (besides Speedway, but I think that’s just because she wanted to get out and not sit in the blazing hot sun waiting to unload.) I was surprised at how frightened she was, but the noises really startled her, I can’t remember much about what it was, but I wasn’t expecting it.

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