Figment concept art and photo

Figment: From Imagination to Reality

By D23 Team

Ah, Figment—dreamer, icon, and the embodiment of childish delight. How could we celebrate 35 years of Epcot without acknowledging the beloved purple dragon? Star of Journey Into Imagination With Figment and (in our eyes) an unofficial mascot of Epcot, Figment’s been a part of Epcot’s history for as long as the park itself!

Join us on a visual…

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Mushu concept art

How Disney Dragons are Drawn to Life

By Jonathan McMullen

As you can probably gather from our recent stories here and here, we absolutely love Disney dragons. So when our friends at Disney Editions gave us the opportunity to get a closer look at their new book, The Art of Disney’s Dragons, we jumped at the opportunity to share it with Disney fans!

Imagine if a single sketchbook had been passed…

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Elliott in Main Street Electrical Parade

Fierce Friends: Our Six Favorite Dragons in Disney Parks

By Courtney Potter

Dragons. Mythological creatures that can inspire both terror and trust… part reptile, part serpent, part bird, all legendary. The word “dragon” first entered the English language in the 13th century, but the very idea of this creature has its roots in ancient civilizations like Mesopotamia—after which, it literally spread around the world….

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Disneyland and Epcot Center Attractions Dreamfinder and Figment

Paul, Apopka, Florida

For your answer, I turned to Steven Vagnini in the Archives, who has long been an expert on the attraction: “The characters that would become Dreamfinder and Figment originated as Professor Marvel and his dragon friend for a proposed, but never realized, area of Disneyland known as Discovery Bay. When that project was canceled, the characters became the symbols of…

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Walt Disney's Dreamfinder and Figment

Matt, Austin, Texas

The show, to be called Dreamfinders, was planned for Disney Channel and announced in the first issue of The Disney Channel Magazine, but no shows were ever completed. The show would have featured a cast of children in a “real world” setting, confronted with a perplexing dilemma. Then Dreamfinder would whisk them away on a magic journey to “The Realm of…

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EXPO 2015 celebrates Shanghai Disney Resort

Parks Celebrate 60 Years of Innovation

The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts show floor pavilion will give D23 EXPO 2015 guests a look into the much-anticipated Shanghai Disney Resort
… as well as a preview of the Avatar project coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plus, in addition to the previously announced Hall D23 presentation on Saturday, August 15, guests will have the…

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How Figment Found His Voice

By author and historian Michael Crawford

When EPCOT Center opened in 1982, its most iconic denizens were the two whimsical hosts of the Imagination pavilion: Dreamfinder and Figment. Imagineer Tony Baxter and his team developed the beloved characters, but it took some time to figure out just how they would appear, act… and sound.

This rather remarkable casting…

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