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Comments for Dreamfinder and Figment surprise 2013 D23 Expo guests with meet-and-greet inside Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion

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  1. Dustin

    How about a today version of the original Journey Into Imagination!!!??? I really hope the rumors are true about then overhauling the whole pavilion. The current state of the Imagination Pavilion has always been a thorn on Disney Parks side. I hope that this is a sign of things to come. Imagine if they brought back a today version of the original ride with a trackless system like Mystic Manor….. Ohhh heck yes now we are talking. Just the merchandise and the amount of people that would show up to Epcot would MORE than pay for the ride…. This and let’s get a new 3d show inside the Magic EYe Theater….

    1. Dallas

      Just keep the track system that is already there. I’m sick of fanboys opting for the trackless ride system. My biggest problem with it is you can’t go uphill or downhill and the current track/setup is not flat.

      1. Dustin

        But the system they have now is not able to handle the strain of the original imagination. That’s why 40% of the track was cut out of the ride when they redid it. They need something that’s cutting edge and reliable. The trackless system can at least be programmed to do something like the flight of fantasy again without having to lock into the set piece like it use to. Also, it would not have to worry about catching up to other ride vehicles to latch on at the end to become a continuos ride system in the station like it use to. Yes the it would be awesome to have something that went uphill and downhill, but when they bring back Journey into Imagination, I want to make sure there is not a flaw anywhere and the ride system can be trustworthy so we can have something that’s good forever and doesn’t have to be replaced.

  2. Geren

    That Dreamfinder does not appear to be Ron Schneider, who reprised his role at Destination D. Any idea who portrayed the character this time?

    1. That’s Steve Taylor, who portrayed Dreamfinder from 1982 to 1998, the longest run in the role of anybody.

      1. Geren

        Thank you, Sir. And honor to have a response from the source. My compliments to both you and Mr. Taylor. Thanks you for all of your contributions to the joy of live entertainment.

        1. Steve Taylor

          Thank you Geren and Ron, let me just say it was an privilege to be at D23 Expo to honor the TRUE Dreamfinder, the one and only Tony Baxter. If I may say there have been many men over the years bring the character to life. Each one brought some of there own personality into the role and I have had the opportunity to know each one. Two men in California had something to do with the part before anyone was seen in EPCOT Center in Florida. Then there was one in Florida for the groundbreaking of the land that has been our beloved home and his name is Joe Hudgins. Ron opened the park and is the first that many of the guest met in the beginning, he was our professor if you may. He was there only with Figment from the opening in October 1982 till January 1983 when I came along. Ron did an wonderful job in coaching me with how he envisioned the character to be portrayed. He had books and papers explaining the background of everything encompassing “Journey inti Imagination”. This was very helpful in more ways than he even imagines. Ron got frustrated with the way I portrayed the character I know, but I had found that Dreamfinder had a somewhat different feeling to me and I became him when I was with Figment. After I came along it was a little while but we did have others that helped us come into your lives. This just goes on to show that the One and Only Dreamfinder is now and will always be, the newest “Disney Legend” Tony Baxter.

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