A BIG Piece of EPCOT History Has Been Added to the Disney Archives

Today is the first day of Destination D23 — an event put on by Disney’s official fan club. This year, it’s taking place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Disney World.

50 years of dreaming and doing piece at Destination D23

We’re at the event today, where we’ve been checking out special displays and exclusive merchandise. This event is usually where we find out some important Disney news, and we’ve already got some updates for you this morning.

While at the Contemporary Resort today, we spotted a very special piece of Disney history — the Dream-Catching Machine from the original Journey into Imagination in EPCOT!

Dream-Catching Machine

This machine was used in the original ride that opened in 1983 at the park and was used by the Dreamfinder. But, when the ride was updated in later years, the machine moved over to Mouse Gear, the flagship store of EPCOT.

It’s so fun!

As you know, Mouse Gear was recently closed and the Creations Shop took its place as the flagship store of the park. So, since the Dream-Catching Machine lost its home, it is now part of the Disney Archives!


And, some of the original pieces that were part of the machine but not used when it was in Mouse Gear have been added back to it!

Dream-Catching Machine

Another exciting piece of news we found out this morning was that the Heroes and Villains exhibit put on by the Disney Archives will start traveling again!

It will make its first stop at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan starting June 25th, 2022 and be there until January 1st, 2023. Stay tuned to All Ears for more Destination D23 news and updates!

Click here to see the full schedule of events for Destination D23 this weekend

Did you get to see the Dream Catching Machine when it was a part of Journey into Imagination? Let us know in the comments!

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Disclosure: We were invited by Disney to attend Destination D23. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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2 Replies to “A BIG Piece of EPCOT History Has Been Added to the Disney Archives”

  1. I wish Disney would use the park’s original name, EPCOT Center, when making reference to anything that dates to the park’s history from 1982 to 1993.