Disney is Surveying Epcot Guests About Figment, May Impact Character’s Future in Park Overhaul

Disney is Surveying Epcot Guests About Figment, May Impact Character's Future in Park Overhaul
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General park surveys at Walt Disney World aren’t uncommon, in fact, you’ll see Disney research cast members out and about on the daily recruiting guests to take these upon their return home. Interestingly enough, the general surveys about Epcot that guests are receiving now include a questionnaire about the park’s mascot, Figment.

Images courtesy of @MainStreetNorth on twitter
Images courtesy of @MainStreetNorth on twitter

Figment is a character who dates back to the earliest days of the park and the original Journey Into Imagination attraction, which operated from 1983 until 1998. When the replacement attraction opened in 1999 with little to no Figment (and was also the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life), thousands of guests complained that he was gone (and that the ride was a piece of garbage). The requests were so numerous that Disney was forced to close the attraction only 2 years later and overhaul it to add Figment back in 2002. Sadly, this wasn’t a vast improvement, and now Journey Into Imagination with Figment is just months away from somehow outliving the 15.5 year run of the original attraction, which was often considered the by fans to be the greatest theme park ride ever built.

Of course, Bob Chapek officially announced that Disney Imagineers are hard at work at a plan to conduct a massive overhaul of the park, one that would likely include a replacement or update of the current Imagination pavilion, home to Figment. Sadly, it seems as though Figment could find himself without an attraction again if he doesn’t prove that he is still relevant to most park guests. Rumors have persisted that an IP-based attraction will replace the Imagination pavilion, but we won’t know for sure until Disney makes some sort of announcement, possibly at the D23 Expo in July.

What do you think? Does Figment need to have a ride at Epcot, or can he just be the park’s mascot?

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Myself and my children are very much fans of figment. My middle son when he was young we bought him a figment stuffed toy which he has now passed down to his 5 year old daughter. We will be planing a trip to disney world in 2018 (grandparents and granddaughters, son and our daughter inlaw) hope figment is still at dissent world

  • I love Figment. I was in Disney World last fortnight and Figment and Journey into imagination ride are my favorite attraction there.
    I hope to ride attraction and see Figment on next trip to WDW .
    As I live in Uk may take a while so I hope Figment. And his ride are to stay forever.

  • Figment is my spirit dragon. I love him so much. I met him way back in the dreamfinder days. I recently travelled to Germany with my Figment pillow pet. Spreading Figment love around the world

  • I have loved Figment my whole life and hope that if Disney sees this they will hear our pleas to keep Figment alive in Epcot. He deserves his own attraction just as much as anyone else! SAVE FIGMENT!!!!!