Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2 – Week of Imagination!

Figment and Dreamfinder Return in Figment 2

Today, we’ll wrap up our Week Of Imagination! with the most recent story to come out of the Imagination pavilion, Disney Kingdoms: Figment 2. This is the first sequel to Marvel’s line of comic based on Disney Parks attractions and picks up the story of Dreamfinder and Figment right where the previous series had left off. The story proves to be an appropriate wrap up as it contains the creative elements of each era of the Imagination! Pavilion. So, let’s once again go on a journey with our two guides through Imagination as we discover more about their world.

Legacy Of Imagination!

The first Figment series, covered inmy review last week, gave us an updated origin for Dreamfinder and the titular purple dragon. As excited as I was to see a new version of this duo, Figment 2 took the biggest question about them: has the Dreamfinder become outdated?

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Innovators of the Imagination Institute – Week of Imagination!

Imagination Institute Inventors of the Year Winners

While the changes to the Journey Into Imagination ride have had their share of controversy, the changes allowed Imagineers to sneak in some fun references to some of the more inventive characters from Disney’s live action films. In fact, with the queue themed to match the Imagination Institute introduced in the Magic Eye Theater year earlier, many of these nods are given before ever boarding the ride. Today, we continue our Week of Imagination!, and discuss some of the Disney innovators referenced in the Imagination! Pavilion.

Inventors of the Imagination Institute!

Once you walk into the queue for Journey Into Imagination, you’re surrounded by the colorful styling of the Imagination Institute. There are a few items in cases near the entrance but once you’re past the reception desk, the focus becomes about Dr. Nigel Channing and his fellow scientists. We’ll start with the gentleman featured in the giant portraits and move on to those a bit more hidden.

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Figment – Dragons of Disney

Disney’s fifth dragon is a bit of a departure from the others. Though Madame Mim had one of the shortest spans of time on film, this next fellow has virtually no screentime whatsoever. And yet despite that, he’s become one of Disney’s most consistent performers over the last thirty-plus years and an icon of Walt Disney World. He is, of course, the lovable Figment.

There, Voila, You’ve Got A Figment

Towards the back of EPCOT Center’s Future World stands the Imagination Pavilion. Inside the original Journey Into Imagination ride back in 1983, a man known simply as the Dreamfinder sought to show audiences the power of our own creative sparks. To help guide us through this journey, he creates one of his favorites figments of imagination, mixing two tiny wings, big yellow eyes, horns of a steer, childish delight, and royal purple pigment. What we get is the fifth Disney Dragon.

Figment

For about sixteen years, Dreamfinder and Figment would have visitors humming along to their song “One Little Spark” and the purple dragon propelled into stardom. Our joyful, little Figment became a symbol of EPCOT Center. But he became a victim of progress in the late 90s.

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