Although Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and It’s A Small World are all-time favorites, there is a popular Disney attraction that many people are unaware of and will never see unless they pay careful attention. This is because the activities that children like do not necessarily need the use of a ride vehicle or a track, but rather a park ticket and some insider information.
Walt Disney World discreetly offers three interactive games spread around its theme parks, running immersive attractions concealed in plain sight for a high-tech, engaging, and entirely unexpected experience. These digital games are not played on a board or app, but rather on top of buildings, within restaurants, and within existing props and locations.
Guests assist Captain Jack Sparrow in discovering several types of buried treasure in A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas interactive scavenger hunt. With five gold-seeking paths spread throughout Adventureland, wannabe buccaneers follow a map to particular spots where a park ticket or MagicBand swipe unlocks sceneries and displays for experiences you’d never see otherwise. Armies gather behind bamboo barriers, skulls come to life to recite clues, and a snake emerges from a bucket to spit water and offer clues, converting Adventureland’s stylized decor and hidden nooks into a full-fledged attraction.
The shenanigans are more elaborate in Epcot, where Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure adds a new dimension to six of the park’s various pavilions. If you’re not familiar with the cartoon’s plotline – the stepbrothers’ pet platypus Perry works his way through a series of escapades to disarm insane Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz — the tale may appear complex, but youngsters will enjoy it.Details for locating the kooky scientist will be provided upon signing up at Epcot (the experience is geo-tagged), leading guests to find props dispensed within faux phone booths, change the flow of the Japan pavilion garden waterfall, and even see Perry himself zipline past the France pavilion Eiffel Tower on the half-dozen 45-minute trips. (Depending on which path you follow, there are also tiny treats along the way, such as specially pressed coins and fortune cookies.)
Then there’s Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a massively popular quest for cartoon villains in which park visitors may open twenty secret “portals” concealed among store windows, signage, and artwork across the park. It’s a joy, but Sorcerers’ popularity is fuelled by a built-in freebie: spell cards, which are awarded when playing the game as well as during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. These spell cards, which are used to cast strong spells on film villains, are essential to the game but replaceable, adding an adventure of one’s choice to the drama.
Only two parks are equipped with these games, which are only available during the day, but more are on the way. The upcoming Play app from Disney Parks will take you on mini-adventures as you wait in line for a genuine ride. It’s part of a trend of theme parks incorporating smartphone entertainment into their ride lines; Universal Studios Florida’s new “Fast & Furious — Supercharged” attraction even has a geotagged trivia competition in a segment of its wait. Even the most ordinary aspects of your trip will soon become high-tech, thanks to FastPass+, smartphone ordering, and these hidden games.
Professor Tom Morrow was originally a spacecraft missions director who oversaw spacecraft travels from Earth to the moon, notably with the Moonliner space-ship. In later attractions, Mr. Morrow is the mayor of Tomorrowland and a promoter of the latest technological advancements.
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