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Journey Into Imagination Photo Memories: A Tribute To Dreamfinder.

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I will be continuing my
Journey Into Imagination
Photo Memories series with a tribute to Epcot
Center’s long lost keeper of Imagination (and friend of Figment)
‘Dreamfinder’.


 
 

This was the area that you exited into after experiencing the 3-D film
Magic Journeys
(or later Captain EO). Dreamfinder could usually be
found here posing for photos with his friend Figment (like above with my
sister Amy). Note the Kodak camera & film shop in the above photo. This
area has now changed to ‘Figments Place‘, a meet & greet with a
giant sized Figment.


"I am the Dreamfinder", This was your first encounter with
the Dreamfinder as he introduced himself from the controls of his Dream
Catcher. We next encounter our new host painting a color changing mural
using a giant fiber optic paint brush.


More scenes from the classic attraction feature Dreamfinder in various
performing arts persona’s Above our friend conducting a laser light
symphony and next he is dressed as a mysterious wizard.


In the above scenes Dreamfinder operates a scientific contraption to
show the miniature workings of nature. These are projected on movie
screens surrounding the ride vehicles.


Finally we come to the end our our
Journey Into Imagination
. We see the Dreamfinder behind an old fashion
camera telling us to "Use our newly found sparks of imagination in the
Image Works". Next we look straight ahead and see that an on-ride photo
(taken earlier going between scenes) is projected on a screen. This was
well before these became common as a merchandising feature. These photos
were never sold and they only exist now for those guests who
photographed them with their personal cameras. This was not an easy task
in those days before digital photography (yes, that is me above in the
back right).

My latest release ‘Jeff
Lange Remembers Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination 25th Anniversary
Collectors Edition
‘ is now available, please click
HERE
for more information. As always, if you want to request a future DVD
idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

Journey Into Imagination Photo Memories – Upside Down Figment Details – Future Production Update.

Hello everyone and welcome back for another Photo Memories update. This edition features Epcot’s
Journey Into Imagination
and some very cool shots of Figment’s upside down ‘Open House’.

We start with the exterior and the pavilion’s original sign. Note the small signs on either side for Captain EO and The Image Works. Next is our new friend Figment greeting us as we pass by in our omnimovers.

Now we’ll have some fun looking at the detail of the upside down rooms in the second version of the attraction ‘Journey Into Your Imagination‘ and the current version ‘Journey Into Imagination with Figment‘. I just love comparing these photos right down to the Figment purple toilet paper and wallpaper!

Next update I will focus on some great hidden Figments and closeup details not normally possible to view when riding the attraction. This just goes to demonstrate the Imagineers great attention to detail… even though most guests will never see it!

Production Update:

I have been uploading vintage video all week in preparation for the following releases.

Disneyland’s 45th Anniversary, Featuring, ‘Believe… There’s Magic in the Stars’, the ’45 Years of Magic Parade’, a visit to Club 33, a Horse Car ride down Main Street USA to see all the 45th Anniversary decorations, the final performance of the Woody’s Roundup stage show recorded July 17th, 2000 and more.

Epcot’s The Land, Featuring the original ‘Listen to the Land’, The ‘Kitchen Kabaret Revue’, Farmer’s Market scenes,’Symbiosis’, ‘Food Rocks’, ‘Living with the Land’ and more.

Also in pre production are Epcot’s The Living Seas, Epcot’s Communicore & Wonders of Life. I will also be fully covering  Classic World Showcase this fall.

My latest release ‘Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition‘ is now available, please click HERE for more information.

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Photo Memories #13, World of Motion & Journey Into Imagination Preview.

Hello everyone & welcome to my photo memories #13, featuring part one
from another Epcot Center classic attraction
World of Motion
! I hope you enjoy the photos.


I loved the concept of the attraction going outside and back (which it
still does today as GM Test Track). The cave people above remind me of
the animatronics from the 1964 NY Worlds Fair. Just don’t tell GM they
were in the Ford Pavilion!


These two figures ended up traveling to Disneyland to become Pirates in
the updated 1997 PC re-theming of Pirates of the Caribbean after World
of Motion closed in 1996.


The invention of the wheel above. Would you buy a used chariot from this
man? Please check back next week as we continue out
World of Motion
photo tour.

Lately I have been getting a number of emails asking about my next
Epcot’s 25th Anniversary
release. I am currently working on
Journey Into Imagination
. It will feature multiple vintage ride thrus,
full coverage of the original Image Works, a photo slideshow of images
from the attraction, the short lived second version plus the updated
Image Works, the current version featuring the return of Figment plus
much more. Please check back
here
for more details and release information. Below are some photos
of the stars of the attraction! I even had the chance to meet them in
person back in 1991 (we all look so young).


As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic
or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

Photo Memories #12, Epcot Center's Horizons Pt 4.

Welcome back to Photo memories #12, part 4 of Epcot Center’s Horizons. This is the final edition of the series… for now.

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The space station Brava Centauri.This scene really blew me away! It just seemed like such a cool concept to live in space. I always wondered how they filled the swimming pools up there.

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The Century 3 Intercolony Spaceship. It looked sporty like a space motorcycle. I think the virtual excercise machine above has come to exist in real life.

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Sure makes walking Napoleon (the dog) a lot more interesting. Father never seems to manage to get that shoe!

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“Just think, materials from space for all kinds of industries back on earth.” A final goodbye to a wonderful old friend. Horizons 1983-1999.

Production Update: I am in the final stages of wrapping up my next DVD title “Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s World of Motion 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition“. It is going to be a 2-Disc set packed with features! Please check back later this weekend for this all new release!

As always, if anyone wants to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Photo Memories #11, Epcot Center's Horizons Pt 3.

Hello and welcome back to Photo memories #11, part 3 of
Epcot Center’s Horizons
. More photos from my Horizons archives (and also
one of my all time favorite attractions).


I always loved that the audio-animatronic girl was talking to a real
person on the viewscreen and in the following scene it was reversed and
it was a real girl talking to a audio-animatronic "beach boy".


I remember the instructor telling the kids "don’t horse
around… don’t even sea horse around
!". The purple containers and
yellow diving helmet are now on display at the prop warehouse prior to
boarding the trams on the Backlot Tour at the Disney MGM Studios (see
below).


The giant Sea Bass shown here always reminded me of the ones featured in
the
20,000 leagues Under The Sea
attraction. Maybe they are from the
same mold.


I hope you are enjoying this look back at this
Epcot Center
Classic attraction and please stop back soon for Pt 4 of the
Horizons
Photo Memories extended series. I am currently working on my next
DVD title, Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s World of Motion 25th Anniversary
Collectors Edition. I have some great ride thru’s (including one with
the audio mixer and two microphones), the complete Bird & Robot show,
full coverage of the Transcenter exterior displays and the GM corporate
lounge, a promo movie not seen for 25 years, a fully restored slideshow
of vintage photos and full coverage of GM Test Track. Check back here
for more details and release information.

Once again, if anyone wants to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory
topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

Photo Memories #10, Epcot Center's Horizons Pt 2.

Hello and welcome back to Photo memories #10, part 2 of
Epcot Center’s Horizons
. Below is a shot of the future from the 1950’s. I
always referred to it as the neon city.


Our next stop is the desert farm Mesa Verde. To fully appreciate the
above orange harvester section, spray some orange air freshener and take
a deep whiff (to this day, every time I smell that orange scent I think
of this scene). This was the Soarin of it’s time.


Next is the harvester control module and hovercraft. You get the
opportunity to fly this back to the Future Port at the conclusion of the
ride (you could choose between Desert, Undersea & Space endings).


The next transition scene features the cat and jumping fish (a similar
effect could be found on the retired
Disneyland
attraction Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland). Finally we
see the family preparing for a birthday party in the futuristic desert
kitchen.

Please stop back soon for Pt 3 of the
Horizons
Photo Memories extended series.

Once again, if anyone wants to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory
topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

Photo memories #9, Epcot Center's Horizons.

Hi everyone, welcome to my photo memories #9 featuring part one from
Epcot Center’s classic attraction Horizons! I hope you enjoy the photos.


 

The photo above was taken shortly after Epcot Center opened and Horizons
was still under construction. Above is Jules Verne from the "Looking
Back at Tomorrow" scenes.


The scene of the man in the moon above reminds me of a similar scene in
the new version of Journey Into Imagination with Figment. I will post a
photo comparison in a future edition.


I always loved the retro look of the robots in this section of the
attraction. It looks like the one on the right really has his hands full.


I will be releasing my latest DVD title featuring Horizons very soon.
Please check back for details. The Horizons attraction was always a
favorite of mine so I have been working extra hard to make the DVD I
always wanted but could never find. The process has involved editing
multiple video recordings of the attraction from 1991-1998, scanning
classic Epcot photos (over 1000 scans from 47,000+ images) for this and
the other pavilions for my
Epcot 25th Anniversary series
, color correcting and dust removal,
sometimes pixel by pixel of the Horizons photos for the slide show (very
painstaking & time consuming work but the end result really makes the
photos come to life). As I have such an abundance of great footage and
Images, I will again be offering a standard edition, companion
collection title and a 2-disc set containing everything.

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic
or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

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