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Old 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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"Journey Into Imagination Starring Figment" to close 1/2/14 for year-long renovation?

Hey folks, I didn't see a thread here discussing this so figured I'd start one (sorry if there's already one that I missed).

Saw a post on The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia Facebook page about the Imagination pavilion at Epcot closing on January 2nd, 2014. You can see the post HERE. It says "The Captain EO show will not reopen, while the ride and retail location are rumored to remain closed for one year for renovations".

Anybody else hear anything about this, or have any idea what Disney might be planning?
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Hey folks, I didn't see a thread here discussing this so figured I'd start one (sorry if there's already one that I missed).

Saw a post on The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia Facebook page about the Imagination pavilion at Epcot closing on January 2nd, 2014. You can see the post HERE. It says "The Captain EO show will not reopen, while the ride and retail location are rumored to remain closed for one year for renovations".

Anybody else here anything about this, or have any idea what Disney might be planning?
Hadn't heard that one before. But then I hadn't heard about AP holders being limited to 20 FP+'s per quarter either.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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This is a fantastic closure and a good amount of time to get some real stuff done.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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While it would be nice to see the Imagination pavilion refurbished and something more done with the ImageWorks area, I'd take this as a rumor and treat it with a grain of salt. There have been several "rumors" that said Imagination is closing for various reasons over the years and so far, none of them have been true.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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I'm hoping this one isn't true just because I am going in January 2014 and I wanted to check out this pavilion since I remember nothing from it.

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Old 07-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #6
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If this ends up being true, very glad I made the trip last month.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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As the article that the OP quoted says, this is only a rumor at the moment. As such, I've moved this thread to the Rumors and News forum.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #8
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I wonder if they have a new sponsor for this pavilion.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #9
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Ya know what, it wouldn't surprise me if this was just a cost saving thing.

Would attendance drop if they close that pavilion? probably not noticeably. However, I'm sure that's quite a few CM's they can cost save on.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:59 PM   #10
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This is not the first time I've heard EO would be closing. I think it could have had more longevity if they had remastered a digital print.

I know everyone would love to see Imagination revert to it's former glory. Is it more likely that we'll see a V4 instead of a return to V1, though?
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #11
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Thanks for starting this thread. I am very worried about Figment, after the death of Mr. Toad which I am still go on about! Hoping they go back to something with Dreamfinder and don't get rid of the adorable purple guy! I did read a response on-line earlier today where a person who worked in the Imagination Pavilion store (so they indicated) seemed to know nothing about the rumor that CM's were notified. We aren't going again until February and already miss him, if it is true...
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It's not even a particularly strong rumor - the whole thing seems to be based on "a Cast Member told me" (while others have countered that they have friend who work at JII who have heard nothing of the sort).

Here's the thing, JII is in desperate need of a refurb, but Disney is stuck paying long term for the sponsorship agreement they made with Kodak. Kodak is in bankruptcy, and the Dreamfinder and Figment IP is shared between Kodak and Disney. That IP is one of the few assets Kodak has that still generates a revenue stream (my understanding is that they have very few digital photography patents). So the bankruptcy court isn't going to allow Kodak to sell its share of that IP (unless it's at a serious premium). The bankruptcy court also isn't going to allow Kodak to invest more money into JII.

So Disney is stuck. About the only thing they could try and do is file an adversary action in the bankruptcy to try and force Kodak out at JII. But the bankruptcy court is not going to be particularly sympathetic to something that interrupts the flow of cash to pay off Kodak's creditors, so we're back where we started.
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I wonder if they have a new sponsor for this pavilion.
I've been hearing rumors of a new sponsor for a while - even before Kodak left. But that's nothing new around here
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:44 PM   #14
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Touring Plans Disney Dish mentioned this on a podcast a bit ago. Rumors include a retooled Dreamfinder with Jack Black (unlikely) to a Phineas and Ferb overhaul. I would think they'd save Figment - he sells too much plush, but who knows.

Again, just rumor. Take it as you will.

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I've heard several rumors of a phineas and ferb themed area or even phineas and ferb getting put into figment. I don't want figment touched its classic i think it needs to stay close to the same. Captain EO I can see going I'm fine with that. But when figment comes into the question and rumors are flying about what's going to happen to figment I'm not happy with that.
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