Dreamfinders (Lost Disney Channel TV Series; 1983)


Dreamfinders
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When The Disney Channel launched in 1983, the channel premiered several original programs, like "Welcome to Pooh Corner" and "You and Me, Kid". Those shows were aired on the channel for years, but there was one original show that was only shown for the first few weeks of the channel's launch, which was Dreamfinders. The show is based on the former EPCOT Center (now called Epcot) attraction, "Journey Into Imagination", which turned to "Journey Into Your Imagination" in 1999, and is now currently "Journey Into Imagination with Figment". The ride is about Figment, a purple dragon, and his friend, Dreamfinder, as they go on a musical journey into the Imagination. Think of that ride, but probably without Figment, as a TV Show.

The show, as The Disney Channel Magazine described it, was about a group of children in a "real world" setting, as they are in some kind of problem. Dreamfinder (or as the show called him, Old Eli) would take the kids to "The Realm of Imagination", where they use their ideas to find a creative solution. However, Fear, the show's villain, along with his minions, would attempt to take the children and Eli to the abyss of "Bewilderedness". The show was an hour long and shown on the weekends.

The show, however, only had 3 episodes, and some sources say that they've only shown once (or the three times a week the channel showed it). To this day, this show hasn't been shown on the channel since 1983, and no episodes have surfaced online. The only footage representing this show to this day is a short appearance of Old Eli during the Disney Channel's launch countdown on April 18, 1983.

On December 16, 2016, the user theraincrafter on the Lost Media Wiki managed to contact a script writer of the TV show. He was able to obtain a script of a episode called "Just in Time". It confirms many of the rumors of the show while also giving an accurate depiction of how the show would appear on TV: Here is a link: [1]

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Dreamfinder / Old Eli appears at 1:23

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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I'd give an eyetooth to see this.
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ClaudeLv250

7 months ago
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There are conflicting stories on the episodes aired. Some say three aired, some say it got pulled before the channel launched and no episodes aired. Considering how deep into the Disney vault this was buried, I'm not sure if we'll ever see it.

There's been a sort of...resurgence of awareness around the Dreamfinder character. This is just wishful thinking but maybe that would help loosen the dirt on Dreamfinders' grave.
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BlackBearCJ

1 months ago
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Was Figment in this? Was he a puppet? I could have sworn I saw this recorded on VHS when I was younger.
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JonM313

1 months ago
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Dreamfinders, finding the dreams, and now they are lost. This series was very short lived. 1983-1983
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JonM313

1 months ago
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By the way when I said all the dreams are lost, I meant that all the episodes are lost
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Django1932

26 days ago
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Is the video on here from the actual broadcast in 1983 or was it recorded later? (like from the Disney company or did they show it as a special)?

This is interesting.
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Django1932

26 days ago
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I wonder if anyone can find a old archive of a TV guide or any channel listings from 1983 that might list if this was on or not.
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Django1932

26 days ago
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Well then again that would of confirmed it if someone had one, but it still is a good question if one can find a old TV guide listing.
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JonM313

26 days ago
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Now that a script was found, hope we ever find an actual episode
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Anonymous user #2

24 days ago
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My mother had a promotional book about EPCOT when it first opened in 1982. I read it many times as a child and remember seeing two pictures of The Dreamfinder and Figment. One was a ride scene of them on a dirigible and the other was a promotional photo of the two. I remembered seeing the characters in something else as a kid, but I know it was just a dream. This is because, I had never been to Disney World, I read the book more than a decade after EPCOT had opened, and Figment had already been removed from the ride (and all other media) for years by then. Figment was unfortunately a figment of my imagination. I believe that Dreamfinders is another victim of the Mandela Effect (False Memory). Something we have evidence of existing at one time, had seen things associated with it, but was gone before we actually saw it. -TSB
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