Love it or hate it, the evolution of Journey Into Imagination at Epcot is one of the most fascinating in the history of themed entertainment. Luckily, we have Martin Smith’s videos which have chronicled all three versions of the attraction in painstaking and loving detail.
In case you missed it, the video detailing the first version of the attraction was chronicled at Theme Park University via this link several weeks ago. Once there, you can see a fantastic 90-minute film Smith has brilliantly put together with source audio, multi-camera angles and gobs of fascinating behind-the-scenes information.
In the second video, which was recently released, covers the short-lived Journey Into Your Imagination version of the attraction. Again, Smith goes into detail about modifications made from the original to the shortened version that opened in 1999.
Somehow, sprinkled throughout the series are rare photos showing off the construction process, concept art and of course, the finished product. I’m really not even sure how he manages to dig some of these up, but they truly add to the overall narrative. Most fascinating, he actually provides a picture-in-picture ride through of the original versus what riders can experience now.
Regardless of how you feel about the current state of Journey Into Imagination, I personally love seeing how things change and evolve over the years – for better or worse. Check out the videos below!
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