Second floor of the Journey into Imagination building
So we will be doing a full review of the Undiscovered Future World Tour soon but we wanted to just post these for everyone to see. They’ve been heavily watermarked and please do not repost them on tumblr or any other social media site.
Now technically guests are no longer taken up there as part of the tour. However our tour guide, who shall remain nameless, was extremely generous and took us up there. (We think probably because we were a very small group, just us three sisters and another couple, and all were obvious EPCOT nerds. Plus our guide had worked at the pavilion for a long time and had obvious love for it that we shared.)
Just a few things our guide let us know about the pavilion:
- We weren’t allowed to go into the exhibits area as that is not “show ready” in any form. It’s mostly used for storage but we could still see some of the original ImageWorks exhibits set up.
- The other reason guests are generally no longer taken up there is because there are structural issues. Apparently a manager fell through the floor while walking around up there recently.
- As of this time there are no plans to make any changes to the pavilion. According to our guide no changes can take place unless there is a dedicated “partner” for the pavilion.
- Our guide also let us know that Disney won’t be able to put Dreamfinder back in the ride until they can buy him back from Kodak. Disney bought Figment back a few years ago but Kodak still owns the rights to Dreamfinder. Our guide did say that there are many imagineers who do want to get Dreamfinder back though so maybe one day it’ll happen. (I think it’s even more likely given that Kodak is allowing for Dreamfinder’s use in the Figment comic.)
Dreamfinder/Figment being Kodak owned is a common myth/misconception and in fact, I’ve heard variations of the story being the reverse (Figment is Kodak, which might have something to do with his sweater, Dreamfinder is DIsney).
Think about it, wouldn’t there be way more legalese on the merchandise they keep cranking out, much less the comic book? It’s cheaper to just sell a bunch of merchandising of an old character with a ton of nostalgia surrounding him then put him back. Just look at the Hatbox Ghost.
Additionally, I think the execs just think of Dreamfinder as an outdated, possibly even creepy character (because you can’t trust a jolly bearded man that isn’t Santa Claus these days). The comic introducing a younger Dreamfinder that can engage the Doctor Who or Johnny Depp audiences is probably indicative of how Dreamfinder would be brought back for this generation if he gets brought back at all.