Interactive Games in the Parks

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Interactive Games in the Parks

http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/two-new-interactive-games-launching-spring-walt-disney-world

I posted this piece up on the blog today about two new interactive games, but it really has the wheels in my head spinning. How many activities of this sort do you think the WDW Parks can (or should) support? Is there a limit on this kind of activity? Is Disney just using this as a way to make new attractions on the "cheap?" How much continued appeal will this have for Grown Ups at Disney?

What are your thoughts?

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Seems like too much of a "kid" thing. When my 13 yo sister did the P&B one in Epcot it just seemed like a waste of time. There's to many better/more fun things to do in the park then the interactive games. My take.

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P&B at Epcot? Are you Talking about the Agent P World Showcase Adventure?

Did she enjoy it or was she bored too? My family really enjoyed the Kim Possible version of the World Showcase game, but it did take up a decent chunk of time. We haven't tried Agent P yet.

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We did the Kim Possible game as well, and while it was fun, it did take a considerable amount of time. I'm interested in starting the MK Sorcerers game just to get the souvenir playing cards. wink

I'm really excited about the Wilderness Explorer game coming to Animal Kingdom. There are so many places tucked away in AK, so I think it's a good fit. Plus, it reminds me of the merit badges you earn in Boy Scouts.

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I personally haven't done any of the interactive games yet (Kim Possible, Agent P, Sorcerer's, etc.) but I like the idea of them. I agree with the article that they are great for frequent visitors and to give a new spin on the parks for people that make WDW a second home. However, I wouldn't suggest wasting my time on them to people on their first trip.

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Kristen K. wrote:
P&B at Epcot? Are you Talking about the Agent P World Showcase Adventure?

Did she enjoy it or was she bored too? My family really enjoyed the Kim Possible version of the World Showcase game, but it did take up a decent chunk of time. We haven't tried Agent P yet.

Phineas and Ferb.. P&F. Lol. Sorry. She was more doing it as a task more than a game. After she started to I would say she just had to finish. It didn'tlook very eenjoyable. Like I said, many different things to do that are better.

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We were interested in Sorcerers, but each time we went to sign up for it there was a large group of college program staff signing up, so it would have taken more time than it was worth to us. It looked like all of the CP kids had just arrived for the new semester and were getting some fun time in before beginning work. mickey

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We do the Sorcerers game at MK but just for the cards. 13 yr old dd collects them. I personally don't get it and have no interest but the lines at some of the sites are long so apparently a lot of people do participate.
Thanks to this site, I think it was Jeff, we found the "secret" spot to get the cards. It's back behind the Christmas shoppe and there's never any line. We usually hit the firehouse first thing to get the cards, but last night we found the secret spot and there was no one there, we walked right up and got our cards.

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Time for my, trying not to be annoying with it, local perspective. If my Disney visits were few and far between, I'd probably avoid these and stick to the WDW big guns (The Mountain Coasters, Test Track, Soaring, etc.). But having an opportunity to go back far regularly, I like these games as they give me something different to do. I usually hit up a few classics every trip, but then it is nice and relax with a few favorites. I spent one day at MK last summer, and only did three attractions. I spent the rest of the time playing games, visiting characters, and seeing shows. It was one of my better visits.

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J wrote:
having an opportunity to go back far regularly, I like these games as they give me something different to do.

And I think that's exactly the demographic that these games are designed to reach. There are so many regular guests that return year after year after year, no to mention locals, that want something "extra". The cost outlay for these games is just a fraction of what it would cost to build a new ride, and the interactive technologies give Disney the ability to changes things up frequently with them. In addition the added merchandising that "gamers" will invest in can be considerable. I know that SOTMK Booster packs have been flying off the shelves.

I do worry though about the parks becoming saturated with this sort of thing. Adding a second game to MK vs. developing one for Hollywood Studios worries me a little. Though I really like them, I hope that they are careful not to over do it.

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I agree with you Kristen. I don't have children and I am not into playing games like this. I am afraid that the powers that be will see just how successful these are and continue with them without coming up with other attractions. Its like beating a dead horse.

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I absolutely love the games. I've played the KP missions and some of the Agent P's missions. I have all 72 cards for the Sorcerors game as well as a few of the pins. As a Disney collector, the SOTMK cards are fantastic. I love setting up trades and the roaks (random acts of kindness) I didn't play the wilderness game in DCA but wanted too. I'm excited that its coming to AK. I'm looking forward to the new adventure game in the MK as well.
Disney is building new rides. I'm not worried about that at all. As one who usually has a couple of solo days I appreciate the games. I get to run around the parks and explore new segments. Honestly it brought me back to parts of the parks that I generally avoided. Inside a lot of the countries in Epcot (now I stop and play instead of just eating or drinking), Fantasyland (before the expansion) in the MK and now soon with AK.
We don't have kids so this isn't a factor for me. As far as crowds, yes go to the Xmas shoppe stand for tickets. However not everyone starts at the same place. Just because theirs a crowd doesn't mean you'll have to wait in a long line. The CMs can start you wherever.
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