A new ear headband inspired by everyone’s favorite purple dragon is now available at EPCOT! We found this Figment ear headband in Gateway Gifts.
Figment Ear Headband – $34.99
The ear headband is mostly purple, with Figment’s face on one ear and his body on the other. Instead of a bow or hat, his wings stick out of the headband.
Here’s how Figment is described in the original Journey Into Imagination “One Little Spark” theme song:
Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow
Horn of a steer, but a lovable fellow
From head to tail, he’s royal purple pigment
And there, viola! You’ve got a Figment!
Figment’s wings and horns are made with a shiny golden-orange fabric.
The headband is lined with a yellow velour fabric.
The backs of the ears are solid purple.
History of Figment
Figment has been a staple of EPCOT since 1983, cherished and beloved by guests from past and present. Imagineers Tony Baxter and Steve Kirk led the development of a new, elaborate, adventurous dark ride for all ages at a time in which many visitors felt the park was lacking an experience children could appreciate as much as adults. Journey Into Imagination was born, and a little purple dragon became the central figure, along with the mystical Dreamfinder, who would help riders learn to explore and appreciate the limitless power and potential of their own creative minds.
Our indigo friend has had a rough go of it over the years, enduring three immensely different iterations of the ride to varying degrees of success, failure, love, and pure, loathsome hatred. Generally, the public regards the original version as overwhelmingly superior, the second as one of the worst attractions of all time, with the third and current design somewhere in between. Our full and in-depth Figment history is available here, in honor of Imagination’s 40th anniversary.
As the major overhaul of EPCOT began, it was rumored that a new attraction in the space would feature characters from Pixar’s “Inside Out” alongside Figment, who was featured briefly in an Easter egg in the film; however, no ride change was ever announced. Joy from “Inside Out” does now meet guests in ImageWorks.
While Figment’s home attraction continues to see its popularity wane and fade over time, the character continues to expand in popularity and presence across EPCOT and general media. In September 2022, Deadline broke the news that Disney is developing a movie based on Figment. The feature film will be produced by Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (“Pokémon Detective Pikachu”) serving as writers.