I’ve been a fan of Figment for as long as I can remember. That little purple dragon always struck me as a cool, vibrant, energetic character that I just haven’t been able to resist visiting during any trip of mine to Future World in EPCOT. Through all the changes that have lead to the ‘Journey into Imagination with Figment’ we know today, I have continuously stuck by this attraction. Here are the top 5 reasons why I still love Figment, and this attraction he calls, “home!”
5. Dean Finder: The Dream Finder was such a great companion to Figment… I can’t get enough of the extraordinarily clever way that the current version of Journey into Imagination references this former character. Do you know where in the ride you can find it? (If so, tell me in the comments below!)
Here’s a video of Journey into Imagination back when the Dream Finder was still a part of this attraction…
4. An EPCOT Classic: Figment has been inspiring and entertaining EPCOT guests since the park’s opening day on October 1, 1982. He’s a true EPCOT staple.
3. Catchy Tune: It’s nearly impossible to not have “One Little Spark” stuck in your head all day long after going on this ride! Am I right? Those Sherman brothers really know how to keep a song cemented in our minds…
2. Awesome Merchandise: As you exit your vehicle and walk into ImageWorks, the attached gift shop, you’ll see many great Figment-themed products! There are many unique t-shirts there for all Figment fans in your family. This is also where you’ll find the classic Figment plush dolls that your little ones (or you!) will find impossible to resist!
1. Figment = Mickey: Wait a minute… WHAT?
The underlying message and theme of this ride is far more important than some aspects of this attraction that others have grown to dislike. When looking beyond the voice of Figment, the semi-quirky personality of Dr. Nigel Channing, and all the bright colors used in this attraction, listen to the lyrics of One Little Spark – especially when Figment says, “one little spark of inspiration is at the heart of all creation.”
Now, are you thinking what I’m thinking? That line is the epitome of the entire Walt Disney Company! Remember Walt’s famous quote, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing… that it was all started by a mouse.” Mickey Mouse, to me, is the little spark that’s at the heart of all that is “Disney.” Journey into Imagination with Figment is a huge nod to the main principle that sparked ‘the World’ we love and enjoy.
Are you a Figment fan? If so, what is your #1 reason for liking this classic character?