The word around the Internet this past week is that Kodak, the longtime sponsor of The Imagination Pavilion in Epcot, has pulled out and is no longer the sponsor. There are several sites that say that this has been confirmed by Kodak and the sponsorship ended within the last few months. We have already noticed that some of the signage for the pavilion has been taken down, including the Kodak sign on the park map and the mentions of it in the What If? Labs. There have also been several construction walls put up in the Labs.
This lack of sponsorship brings up several questions, mainly what is to become of the Imagination Pavilion? I think we can safely say that it will not be abandoned like Wonders of Life, at least for the time being, because of Captain EO being in the theater. What happens after that though? Will Disney get a new sponsor? Would a sponsor even spend money on the pavilion? It is not the most popular pavilion in Epcot for sure. Will the second floor of the pavilion be reopened for guest use? It is no longer needed as the Kodak employee lounge. Will the ride stay the same, will they change it? Some internet sites are actually predicting the return of Dreamfinder to the pavilion! None of this, of course, can be confirmed, but it is certainly something to keep an eye on for further developments!
Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.