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.
Extra Magic Hours: Evening
Type: Dark ride
Similar To: Spaceship Earth, Haunted Mansion
Scary Factor: Zero
When To Go: Waits are short throughout the day. I recommend visiting after you’ve experienced most of Future World’s other attractions. There’s certainly no reason to rush here in the morning.
Expect to Wait: Waits rarely exceed 10 minutes.
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.
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. I would recommend doing the email activity, but the rest of the area is as forgettable as the ride.