Re: Imagination Pavilion Closing for Renovation
Figment merchandise still sells well and there is still quite a chunk of it despite the Imagination pavillion condition.
Figment pins remain very popular to purchase. My thoughts are Figment remains incredibly popular in spite of Disney's lack of support for Figment in the park. Disney must recognize Figments following by the amount of Figment merchandise, they even went so far as to make a Duffy outfit.
Still, Disney might choose to bite the bullet and tick off the Figgy fans in their efforts to revitalize Future World and bring that segment of Epcot into the 21st century. Yet Disney over the last 10 years has a pattern of molding all four parks around characters, movies and tv shows where before it was more limited to the MK and to MGM. It was rare to see any of this trend in Epcot, every once in a while you'd see Disney Classic Characters at the Entrance of Epcot in Future costumes. You didn't see much of this in AK either and when you did it was in parades or in the Camp area or in a Restaurant. Then Disney broke with that and re-branded Countdown to Extinction to hype a movie Dinosaur. Much to the point previously made, Dinosaur didn't have staying power to re-brand an E attraction. Having raised two children I've watched TV shows come and go on Disney and other popular children channels. MGM really capitalized on Teenage Mutant Turtles when my son was small but they had the good sense to make them a small stage show and meet and greets not invest in an attraction. At least Idol can be pulled too with little capital lost.
I have that same concern with Avatar for AK. If it has the staying power over multiple demographics to warrant an expansion around that particular movie. Time will tell. Avatar is a good gamble by Disney for AK because even if guests do not bond with Avatar AK guests of the day will take in that expansion by default because AK lacks E attractions. The test of time after the initial launch is will Avatar over the years draw guests annually into the park? Don't know the answer to that one. That is why I reserve my excitement for P&F, wonder over the years if that will remain a strong draw or if it will become stale. Pulling Figment for P&F, it really needs to be a quality attraction with 21st century elements, not keeping the same track and slapping up P&F cutouts and animatronics along the same mini set areas. They did that with Nemo in the Seas and just projected Nemo all about the short ride. Disney needs a Wow! statement for the Imagination pavilion to stifle the Figment fans.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
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