Journey into Imagination with Figment (Epcot)

(Loading area announcements)

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
To ensure your safe tour of our Sensory Labs, please remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside your tour tram. Keep a watchful eye on your children, and, um… oh! Oh, yes—please don’t let your imaginations run wild.

(Spanish safety spiel.) 

(Ride begins.)

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Welcome, welcome, welcome to our special drive-thru open house! I’m Dr. Nigel Channing—chairman of the Imagination Institute. Hello! On your tour, you’ll see how the five humans senses  can help capture your imagination.

(FIGMENT appears on screen.)

FIGMENT
Oh, oh! Can I go too?!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Absolutely not! Uh, this is one of our discoveries—the Figment of imagination.

FIGMENT
Yeah, I know all about the senses! There’s sight. (Puts glasses on DR. CHANNING.) Sound. (Sings a high note that shatters the glasses.) Smell. (Sniffs DR. CHANNING’s armpit.) Touch. Coochie coochie coo! (Tickles DR. CHANNING.) And taste. (Licks DR. CHANNING’s face.) Tastes like chicken! Can I go? Please, please, please!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
No! I don’t want you out of my sight.

FIGMENT
Out of sight? Okay! (He disappears.) Come on, everybody! Here we go!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment, you are not to interfere with the tour!

Our first stop is the Sound Lab. We’ll begin by testing your hearing with a series of tones. Left ear. (Tone sounds.) Right ear. (Tone sounds.) Left. (Tone sounds.) Right. (Tone sounds. Phone rings.) Hmm, what? This is odd… Hello.

FIGMENT
Hellllllloo!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Who is this?

FIGMENT
It’s Figment!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment?! I thought I told you not to interfere.

FIGMENT
But you’ve got it wrong, Doc. It’s not about listening with your ears—it’s about listening with your imagination.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Now I’ve completely lost my train of thought.

(Sound of a train whistle.)

FIGMENT
No you haven’t. (Train sound gets louder.) It’s over here! All aboard!! Woo-woo! Next stop: imagination!

For every sound your ears are hearing,
A thousand thoughts can start appearing.
And each of us imagines different things,
From just a sound, your mind has wings!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Continuing now, if I may, in a calm, scientific, Figment-free manner—the things we see with our eyes can control the eyes of the imagination. Let’s begin by using the eye chart to test your vision. Now, all together, if you would please read line three. And here—

(FIGMENT appears on the eye chart and knocks down all the letters. He then rearranges them to spell his name.)

FIGMENT
With F-I-G-M-E-N-T,
You can see things differently!

Sure, you can see with your eyes. But imagine what you could see if you used your imagination! Follow the bouncing Figment!

(The lyrics to the song appear on screen as FIGMENT’s head bounces to indicate when to sing.)

One spark of light can light your fancy.
Your mind sees more than what your eyes see.
Your sense of sight can make your fancy fly.
There’s more to sight than meets the eye!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
I say imagination must be captured and controlled.

FIGMENT
Nuh-uh! Imagination works best when it’s set free! Just turn your imagination loose, and anything can happen!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment? Figment?! Oh, he’s gone. Our research shows that smells often trigger the imagination—especially when pleasant, familiar smells come into play.

FIGMENT
Come in to play? (Chuckles.) I’d love to!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment, this is not a good time!

FIGMENT
It’s always a good time to use your imagination. So let the good times roll!

(FIGMENT appears on the Smell Lab screens and turns them into a slot machine. The three wheels spin and reveal three FIGMENTs dressed as skunks.)

FIGMENT
Woo-hoo! You win one scent!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment, don’t! (FIGMENT sprays skunk smell at the guests.) Oh, yuck! That really stinks!!

FIGMENT
Of course, Doc! The nose knows.

One awful whiff can send you reeling.
One lovely sniff can be appealing.
Your mind decides what enters through your nose.
That’s how you tell a skunk is not a rose.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
You know—I’m sorry, but after that big stink in the Smell Lab, I hesitate to send you into the Touch and Taste Labs. Perhaps I should end my open house right here.

FIGMENT
Great idea! We’ll go to my open house instead—it’s much more fun! Right this way, everybody.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Figment, what is going on? You’re turning this entire open house upside down.

FIGMENT
Upside down? Now you’re talkin’! That’s the best idea you’ve had all day!

With just a spark of inspiration,
I’ve made my house an innovation.
Imagination really clowns around:
Makes downside up, and upside down!

(Vehicles move through upside-down house.)

Now, here’s a real open house. Come on in! So what do you think—is it me?

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
More than you can imagine…

FIGMENT
But Doc, it’s exactly what I imagine! Imagination is the brain’s open house!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Oh, of course. Imagination is the act of turning your thinking upside down! Come on, Figment—it’s time to get back to the Institute.

FIGMENT
I know a shortcut!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

We all have sparks!

FIGMENT
Imagination!
That’s how our minds create creations.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
We set them free, and oh, what they can do!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING AND FIGMENT
Those magic sparks from me and you.

FIGMENT
(Laughs.) You see, Doc—I knew you’d get it. Because you’ve got a wonderful imagination!

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
I do? Oh, yes, well, thank you Figment. (Appears on screen.) And so, as you can plainly see, imagination works the best when it’s set free.

FIGMENT
You said it, Doc! Imagination is a blast!

(With a blast of air, the final scene is revealed with colorful FIGMENT animatronics singing the theme song.)

FIGMENT CHORUS
Imagination! Imagination!
A dream (a dream)
Can be (can be)
A dream come true.
With just that spark from me and you.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
One little spark of inspiration
Is at the heart of all creation.
Right at the start of everything that’s new,
One little spark lights up for you.

(Vehicles move to unload area.)

FIGMENT CHORUS
Imagination! Imagination!
A dream (a dream)
Can be (can be)
A dream come true.
With just that spark from me and you.

DR. NIGEL CHANNING
And now, we invite you to set your imaginations free in the ImageWorks.

FIGMENT
Hooray! Let’s go play!

(Guests exit.)

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