Imagination Pavilion
Epcot



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INTRODUCTION


Jumping FountainsThe Imagination Pavilion, sponsored by Kodak, has been a part of Epcot since it opened. The central theme is all about using or stretching your imagination. It begins on the outside of the building with the upside down waterfall and jumping water pods! Let's go see what the Imagination Institute is up to!


ATTRACTIONS


There are three components in the Imagination Pavilion: Captain EO and Journey Into Imagination....with Figment, and the What If Labs.

Journey into Imagination... with Figment


Attraction RideA whimsical look at how our senses play a part in our imagination with Dr. Nigel Channing and a cute purple dragon named Figment as our guides!!

Wander through the queue and see part of the Imagination Institute. There is a portrait gallery of Inventor of the Year winners, which includes Dr. Channing, Dr. Wayne Szalinski (Honey I Shrunk the Audience) and Dr. Brainard from "Flubber."

The colors become much brighter as you enter the loading and unloading zone. Slow moving red vehicles (similar to tose on Spaceship Earth) crawl by as you move from the moving ramp into the vehicle. There are 2 rows and both can comfortably seat 2 adults or 2 adults and a child. A large adult may want to sit in their own row. The back row is slightly wider than the front row.

Once inside the vehicle, Dr. Channing begins to provide an overview of your Open House experience and it's here you get your first glance at Figment! Travel through several "labs" that study our senses and how they are intertwined with our imagination --Sight, Sound and Smell. One never gets to Taste and Touch, as Figment - well - he has other plans for the "Open House".

There are special effects, we are dealing with our senses afterall, so be prepared especially for the sense of Sound and Smell (see Touring Tips below for details).

I won't give away any of the surprises in the ride, but there are a couple of nods to the original ride. One is an office door marked "Dean Finder" and the old film of Figment somersaulting is shown on his TV in the upside down house. "One Little Spark" is prominent throughout the ride, albeit with new lyrics. Figment's new voice is different enough to be noticeable to longtime fans, and nowhere near as good as Billy Barty's Figment.


Captain EO


Returning from a 16 year hiatus, Captain EO is once again playing in Epcot's Imagination Pavilion. On June 30, 2010 cast members and members of the media were treated to preview of Captain EO. On July 2, 2010, the attraction officially reopened to guests.

Captain EO is vintage Michael Jackson in his prime. The songs are all original Jackson, and bring to life the story of an electronic band of space creatures who undergo a magical transformation and aid Jackson in conquering the evil forces of darkness.

Visit the Captain EO Attraction Page

What If Labs


What If LabThe Kodak What If! Labs have fun experiments. You can conduct an orchestra, step on stones that create sounds and play with a special mirror that distorts your body. I noticed lots children enjoying this interactive section. You can also send email postcards home from here, some with other-worldly special effects! For a price, you can have some "green screen" fun and put yourself into a special Disney photo, like the Castle.

Epcot Attractions At A Glance


DINING


Nighttime View of Imagination PavilionThere is no place to eat in the immediate vicinity of the the Imagination pavilion. However, next door at the Land there is the Sunshine Seasons food court and sit-down character dinner, the Garden Grill

Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets


ENTERTAINMENT


There is no "live" entertainment in this pavilion.

For more information on Epcot Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares WDW Entertainment Website.


Captain EO TOURING TIPS


CAPTAIN EO

FastPass If the wait time til the next show is too long (more than 15 minutes) get a Fastpass!

The film includes battle noises and a very loud musical soundtrack.

3-D "safety goggles" are worn in the theater to provide the special effects. There is a video monitor on the left side of the theater which allows you to follow the show without the 3D glasses.

Sitting your child on your lap will help reduce the special effects they experience.

Wheelchair entrance is on the left as you enter. Some special effects will not be experienced unless you are in one of the theater seats.

JOURNEY INTO YOUR IMAGINATION - There are several areas of brief darkness however there are 2 portions of the ride (one at the beginning and one near the end), where it gets pitch black and very noisy (from pouring rain to a loud train)! Young children may be frightened by this. See Comments below.

The ride vehicle will stop periodically as part of the show.

Wheelchair accessable vehicles are available, however some longer or wider than the average chair may be a tight fit.

There is generally no wait unless Captain EO just let out.

WHAT IF LABS! can be lots of fun, especially if it is not crowded. Be sure to stop by the Email center and send home a postcard of yourself, Imagination Styled!

Be sure to check out the fountains outside the pavilion.


KIDS AND CHARACTERS


The What If Labs are a great place for kids to run around, touch things and get out some energy.

Be sure you read the Touring Tips (above) regarding things that may frighten children.

Epcot Characters At A Glance
Character Meet and Greet FAQ!


SHOPPING


JIYThe Gift Shop immediately following the What If Labs has computer-generated photos taken with Disney Characters.There is plenty of Figment merchandise in the form of mugs, T-shirts, key chains etc as well as Imagination Institute merchandise. Occassionally you can find something with Dreamfinder on it as well. There are also some unusual etched Lucite gifts here -- the images they can etch into the material are really quite impressive! There are a number of Instant Photo booths by Kodak where, for a price, you can make your own Epcot Passport, Photo-ID Badge for the Imagination Institute, or picture postcards to send to friends and family!

INTERESTING FACTS


FigmentBased on the enormously popular Walt Disney Pictures -- "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" (1989), "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid" (1992), and the follow-up "Honey We Shrunk Ourselves" (1997) -- the performance "on stage" at the Imagination Institute Auditorium features the original Szalinski film family: the invention-happy professor, his trusting wife, Diane, their sons, Nick and Adam, and their frisky dog, Quark. As in the films, Wayne Szalinski is portrayed by comedic actor Rick Moranis. "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" brings together all the special effects of the Szalinski movies but in 3D

Dr. Nigel Channing is played by Eric Idle from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The Journey to Imagination Pavilion that opened with Epcot Center provided a "child's-eye view of imagination". A spectacular 3-D journey in the Magic Eye Theater and the creative Image Works (on an upper floor) area were part of the original pavilion. Honey I Shrunk the Audience replaced Captain EO starring Michael Jackson.

When the Journey to Imagination attraction first opened, Figment and Dreamfinder took you on a wondrous journey through your imagination. The original was "updated" in 1999 much to the displeasure of many fans. Dreamfinder was completely gone and Figment only had a short cameo appearance. It was rehabed once again and reopened June 1, 2002 (the version you now experience).

At one time, there was a VIP lounge for Kodak employees to visit, but that has been gone for years now.

The original pre-show for Honey I Shrunk the Audience was called "True Colors" and included a great photo show.

The Figment meet and greet ended in 2008.

Honey I Shrunk the Audience - Ended June 2010 for the return of Captain EO

HISTA SignThis is, without a doubt, one of the most creative 3-D movies of the late 1990s.

The pre-show area is standing only and the floor slants downward (10-15 degree slope). Watch TV monitors explain what you are about to experience.

The 20-minute misadventure follows the likes of Professor Wayne Szalinski.Professor Szalinski is about to accept the Inventor of the Year Award, however, he had a little mishap with the remote for his hoverpod and he's flying out of control around the Institute. As part of the award ceremony, Professor Szalinski will demonstrate his Dimensional Duplicator and Incredible Shrinking Machine. You too will be shrunk as part of the misdirected laser beam. There are some super special effects, including feeling the wind from the hoverpod when the Professor flies into the theater.

HONEY I SHRUNK THE AUDIENCE is a VERY realistic 3-D motion picture. If you do not like SNAKES, LIONS, or MICE, then you may not want to see this movie. Parts of this movie are VERY loud and may scare young children.