Journey into Imagination with Figment Review and Planning Info
Journey into Imagination with Figment opened on: June 2, 2002.
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Location: Journey into Imagination with Figment is located inside the Imagination Pavilion in Future World West.
The entrance is on the first floor through the sliding doors.
Closes Early: Unless it’s an evening Extra Magic Hours day, Journey into Imagination closes at 7pm. If Disney has scheduled evening Extra Magic Hours, then the ride operates for everyone until regular Park close, which is typically 9pm. During evening Extra Magic Hours, the ride is available to those who are eligible for EMH. You can pull up the exact operating hours for a given date at DisneyWorld.com here.
Extra Magic Hours: Evening.
Type: Dark ride.
Similar To: A cross between Spaceship Earth and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
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.
Length: 5 minutes.
What to Expect: The Journey takes you slowly through a variety of rooms, each designed to stimulate the senses.
The trip through the Imagination Institute is narrated by Dr. Nigel Channing and intermittently interrupted by the playful Figment.
Where to Sit:
Each set of vehicles is made up of four cars, each with two rows.
Each row seats two to four people across. The front row of each car provides a slightly better view with the very front row offering the best sightlines. It’s rare for someone to request a row, but you certainly could request the front car.
FastPass+: Yes, it’s a low Tier 2 priority. With so many FastPass+ experiences now taken by guests in advance of a date, it may surprise you how limited FastPass+ availability is for Figment. Still, other attractions see higher wait times and less FastPass+ availability.
What You Miss Using FastPass+:
You’ll be on the left side of the queue, which puts you further away from most of the stuff of interest, which is on the right side.
This shouldn’t be a big deal as it’s hard to see much of anything anyway. There are a bunch of gadgets and gizmos in there.
And at least half of the queue features blank walls on both sides, anyway. So you won’t be missing much.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 12 minutes.
4th FastPass+ Availability: Better than most. It may take some refreshing to find a return time that isn’t too far in the future, but the ride will be available.
Expect to Wait:
When To Go: On a moderately crowded day, before 10:30am, after 5pm, or with FastPass+ is best. With so many FastPass+ now distributed for Epcot attractions, wait times rise faster than you might expect in the morning. Those who visit after 5pm should rarely run into a wait longer than a minute or two. On a busier day, actual waits can easily hit 20+ minutes by 11am.
Image Works and the “What If” Labs is the post-ride area that all guests exiting the ride will walk through on their way out of the building. The area is also accessible without riding through the store on the left side of the Imagination Pavilion.
Here, you’ll find a variety of aging interactive games that most people ignore.
There are also two meet and greets. This one is with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope.
The other is with Joy.
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.
Josh’s Take: The current version of Figment is certainly worth experiencing, particularly given its relatively short wait times and relatively good FastPass+ availability. It likely won’t rank among your favorite rides at Walt Disney World, but it’s certainly a pleasant diversion at a theme park that doesn’t have a tremendous amount to do at the moment.