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Rumored changes to the Imagination Pavilion haven't been as strong as other rumored changes in Future World. Disney issued a survey gauging the public interest in Figment as a character in May of 2017, but thus far no other changes have been announced.
Previous rumors include the Disney Pixar film Inside Out as a possible replacement for the Imagination Pavilion. As part of this, it's possible that the Comic Book versions of Dreamfinder and Figment will be relocated to Tomorrowland.
June 20, 2017: On the latest Premium Episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill discussed the possibility of the ride in the Imagination Pavilion being re-themed to an Inside Out attraction and the 3D show being redone to feature Figment.
May 6, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting that Disney is conducting surveys of Epcot guests about the popularity of Figment.
August 15, 2016: On Episode 108 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill explained that the Imagination! Pavilion could be rethemed to Inside Out. Additionally, he indicated that Disney is also considering putting the steam punk versions of Dreamfinder and Figment from the comic books into Tomorrowland.
July 7, 2015: WDWMagic.com user PhotoDave219 has reported that Epcot and Magic Kingdom are expected to receive $300-350 million each as part of the large budget approved by the Board of Directors
July 3, 2015: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 has reported that the portion of the $3 billion+ budget coming to Walt Disney World that will be allocated to Epcot could be used for upgrades at the Energy Pavilion and Imagination Pavilion.
July 2, 2015: WDWMagic.com user Lee has confirmed that the budget is in excess of $3 billion for the entire resort as a whole. This is also expected to include additions to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
June 23, 2015: Jim Hill (@JimHillMedia) reported on Twitter that the plan for the Imagination Pavilion is to replace the movie previews/Captain EO with a permanent show based on Inside Out. In a subsequent post on Twitter he said that this would not affect the ride.
June 15, 2015: On Episode #81 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill, Jim mentions that if Inside Out is successful it would be a strong candidate to fully overhaul the Imagination Pavilion.
June 10, 2015: In an article on SlashFilm, Inside Out Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera indicated that within 45 minutes of pitching the film, they also reached out to Imagineering about the concept.
May 1, 2015: The Disney Parks Blog announced that an exclusive sneak peek of Disney/Pixar's Inside Out will be coming to Epcot this summer. The sneak peek will play at the Captain EO theater which is currently showing a sneak peek of the upcoming Tomorrowland film.
Inside Out debuts in theaters on June 19th and the preview will begin on May 30th. The Tomorrowland preview will end on May 24th with that film debuting in theaters on May 22nd.
April 9, 2015: On Episode #79 of The Disney Nerds podcast, Jim Hill reports that the Jerry Rees mystery project is the new film for Soarin'. He also indicates that Inside Out will soon be coming to the Captain EO theater. It is unclear if this will be a preview of the new movie similar to the Tomorrowland preview. Jim seemed to indicate that this would be a permanent replacement and not just a movie preview.
He also indicated that in the movie they get on a train to Imagination Land and Figment can be seen in the background.
May 7, 2014: Imagineer Jerry Rees has a note on his official site that he's working on a Mystery Attraction in Epcot. The note reads:
"Mystery Attraction" / EPCOT
Next-gen larger-than-life interactive spectacle.
Premiere planned for late 2015 or early 2016.
August 10, 2013: During the Legends Ceremony at the D23 Expo, Bob Iger explicitly said that Figment isn't going anywhere. This was followed by Tony Baxter suggesting that they bring back Dreamfinder.
July 24, 2013: IlluminatingEpcot.com has posted an update that the Imagination Pavilion will close on January 2. Captain EO will close permanently and a refurbishment will come to Journey Into Imagination with Figment.
July 9, 2013: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that cast members working that Imagination Pavilion have been informed that it will be closed this winter for a refurbishment.
April 22, 2013: On Episode 41 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill mentioned that the Jerry Rees mystery project is likely a replacement to Captain EO.
March 26, 2013: Concept Art appeared on WDWMagic.com that was watermarked with the logo for Theme Park Connection. The concept art appears to be a new location for Agent P's World Showcase Adventure using the Figment's Place camera shop by the Imagination! jumping water fountains.
March 18, 2013: On Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Episode 38, Jim Hill speculates that Phineas and Ferb is booking looked at as a possibility for the Imagination Pavilion.
March 9, 2013: Jerry Rees gives an interview on the Season Pass Podcast where he first mentions the Mystery Project.
February 5, 2013: A thread surfaced on WDWMagic.com hypothesizing that Phineas and Ferb may be coming to the Imagination! Pavilion.
August 16, 2012: On Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Episode 16, Jim Hill provides an update on the long standing rumor that changes are coming to the Imagination! Pavilion. He shares that if it happens, Dreamfinder would likely to be returning and the show that replaces Captain EO will likely involve components whereby actors move in and out of the screen. This would be similar to Terminator 2: 3D at Universal Studios or Cinemagique at Disney Studios Paris