If you’re a Disney fan of a certain age, you remember the original Journey into Imagination and probably look back on in fondly. And you probably have pretty strong opinions about the current version. I do remember riding the original but not enough that it really takes away from Journey into Imagination with Figment. It’s an attraction where I don’t have to transfer so it’s usually on our must do list.
Location: Future World in Epcot
Height Requirement: Guests can be any height
Accessibility: May remain in wheelchair
Who Should Ride: Great for all ages.
Wheelchair users can go through the standard or Fastpass+ queue. (Wait time aren’t too bad unless it is a busy time of year so a fastpass isn’t a must.) Once you get to the front of the line you will enter the wheelchair boarding area to the left. A Cast Member will ask you how many people are in your party and if you would like to stay in your wheelchair.
Once the accessible ride vehicle arrives a Cast Member will fold down the ramp. Your friends or family will then board and then the Cast Member will help you up the ramp since it is a little steep. One person can sit with you in the back of the ride vehicle if you say in your wheelchair. Two to three others can sit in the front. You typically won’t have a long wait unless you have to wait for the accessible ride vehicle to cycle through.
Once you are in the ride vehicle, lock your brakes. The Cast Member will spin you and your wheelchair around so you are facing forward. Then you are all set! The ride is pretty smooth but there are a few turns and hills so make sure your wheelchair is secure. Below is a short video of the boarding process we took a few years ago. I’m hoping we can start adding some new ones soon.
Once your journey is over a Cast Member will lower the ramp for you again and help you back down the ramp. I really enjoy this attraction because of the accessibility. Plus, how can you not love Figment.
Also in the Imagination Pavilion
After you exit Journey into Imagination, you go down a hallway that leads to ImageWorks. There are several sensory-inspired play areas where you can:
- Wave your arms like the conductor of an orchestra to create music with Figment’s Melody Maker.
- Create a symphony of sound by jumping on squares, or “Stepping Tones,” on the ground.
- Record your image and play it back in super-slow motion.
- Compose your own Figment: Choose a head, body type, wings, color and name for your dragon friend and email him or her to your non-dragon friends.
Figment’s Melody Maker and Compose your own Figment are the only two spots I’ve visited. If you have kids with you it’s a great area to let them run around for a while. Our nieces enjoyed it.
Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is perfect on rainy days or if you want to escape the heat for a while. A Cast Member will help you get your 3D glasses and take you to the wheelchair waiting area. It is located in the back of the pre-show area. While you wait “John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gives you an inside look into the collaborative creative process of bringing beloved stories and characters to life.”
Once the show is ready to start, Cast Members will lead you into the wheelchair seating area. The floor moves a little during the show so make sure your brakes are on. The 18 minute show includes Get A Horse!, For The Birds, and La Luna.
DVC Member Lounge
The Disney Vacation Lounge Member Lounge is located on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion. We went as guests with some friends. If you are a DVC member you should definitely stop by. The views are excellent!
Disney Visa Card Character Experience
Exclusive for card members, you can meet a Disney character or two at the Disney Visa Photo Spot. It’s located near the exit for the short film festival. It’s open daily from 1pm to 7pm. Just show your Chase Visa to the Cast Member at the door. It’s worth going just to see the decor inside. And the photo background is one of my favorites!