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Disney World Theme Park Turns Into a GHOST TOWN as Attraction Lines Vanish

figment, epcot's spaceship earth in the background
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Everybody knows that nostalgia is one heck of a drug, but Disney fans take it one step further.

Okay, maybe Disney fans take it more than one step further, but we can’t help it! The Walt Disney Company loves to preserve the magic feelings of our childhood, so nostalgia, imagination, and Disney go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Disney Fans and Nostalgia Go Together Like Mickey and Minnie

Disney World Figment popcorn bucket

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Disney fans have a unique talent for getting attached to anything and everything, no matter how niche or specialized, or rare. So, when Figment entered the picture in 1983, Disney fans set their sights on the purple dragon and still haven’t let him go.

Figment is regarded as the mascot of EPCOT’s Imagination Pavilion in the theme park’s World Nature area. As Figment’s popularity grew, the Walt Disney Company began giving the fans what they wanted.

The Walt Disney Company Is Finally Giving Fans What They Want

Journey Into Imagination, figment sits in a bathtub on the ceiling

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In 2022, during a D23 Expo event, Disney promised a highly-anticipated Figment meet-and-greet. However, like most promises made during 2022’s D23 Expo, it fell short.

The Imagination Pavilion’s meet-and-greet was delayed again and again, and suddenly, it was time for 2023’s D23 Expo event!

However, during this event, it was announced that the beloved purple dragon would finally debut on September 10. As you’d expect, the ImageWorks area was totally swamped with guests as they lined up to meet the friendly dragon!

Figment Finally Arrives In Disney World’s EPCOT Theme Park

figment journey into imagination

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The lines weren’t just long; they were three hours long. After all, fans had waited a long time for this, and after multiple delays, we can’t blame anyone for feeling a little antsy!

But it didn’t take long for those lines to shorten significantly:

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Figment’s Meet & Greet is located in the Imagination Pavilion or better known as the exit for the attraction, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, here at Epcot in Walt Disney World. This video was taken on the 3rd day of Figment meeting guests, right after it was announced at D23. How long would you wait to meet Figment? #figmentdisney #figmentmeetandgreet #figment #journeyintoimaginationwithfigment #figmentthedragon #epcot #disneycharacters #disneymeetandgreet #disneycharactermeetandgreet #imaginationpavilion

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This video was taken a mere three days after Figment meet-and-greets began, and the line is almost non-existent!

What could have happened? It’s not like guests are already tired of Figment. Perhaps the hype was over-exaggerated? Or, maybe because of how niche the purple dragon is, casual fans didn’t recognize him?

In any case, it hasn’t even been a whole week since Figment’s meet-and-greet opportunities began, and the lines have already become a bit of a ghost town. So, if you’re excited to finally meet Figment, now’s the perfect time!

Are you excited to meet Figment? Let us know in the comments!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.

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  1. Disney will burn along with its pedophile employees. Keep Disney away from your children. There are too many pedophiles working for Disney – in the parks and producing films and shows.