August 23, 2011
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park
The Disney theme parks are a
staple of American pop culture. This isn't
without reason thanks to the Disney Company's
dedication to bringing innovative and
emotionally engaging attractions to tourists
from around the world. Some are classic dark
rides that tell classic Disney stories; others
are elaborate stage shows that bring together
talent from all corners of the globe.
Today I will talk about how
gaming has been an important part of the Disney
theme park experience, but most notably in the
place known as DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive
Theme Park. With video games being such a
popular component of our childhoods it should
come as no surprise that Disney Imagineers would
try to create a magical video game experience
that transports players to its Disney worlds.
DisneyQuest is the place where you can find the
latest in 3D gaming technology along with the
classic arcade games of yesteryear.
DisneyQuest is located at the
Downtown Disney Area and is divided into five
flours. The floors feature different
attractions, some new, other classic games. One
of these is 'Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride.' The
flying carpet scenes in Aladdin are some of the
most popular thanks to the intensity and magic
of the animation. So it's no surprise that when
trying to create a simulation game based on
Aladdin, the flying carpet scenes were the first
to receive virtual treatment.
If players are feeling a little
creative, they can participate in CyberSpace
Mountain, hosted by none other than Bill Nye the
Science Guy. Players can create their own
rollercoaster ride with the assistance of the
famed scientist and then ride it in a simulator
cabinet. If creation isn't a player's forte, and
they are more into action gameplay, they can
play 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for
Buccaneer Gold.' This game is a pirate ship
simulator where players must fight off other
pirates in order to obtain sacred treasure.
The world of Disney Pixar's Toy
Story is no stranger to video game adaptations,
whether it's for home consoles or as part of a
major Disney theme park attraction (as is the
case with 'Toy Story Midway Mania'). DisneyQuest
features a Toy Story themed attraction called
'Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters' where guests
can ride a bumper car spaceship and try to
destroy enemies with their blasters.
If guests are still feeling
creative after their day of virtual thrills,
they can try their hand at animation with
'Animation Academy,' where they can learn how to
draw Disney characters step and step. After
experiencing Disney animation, guests take go
down the wild virtual rivers in 'Virtual Jungle
Cruise' as they experience the dinosaur age.
This is a 4D attraction, which means guests may
get splashed on!
DisneyQuest also features a
classic game room for players yearning for
gaming's past. The room includes arcade titles
such as Pac-Man, TRON, Donkey Kong, Frogger and
many, many more.
That is DisneyQuest in a
nutshell. If you are a gamer as well as a big
Disney fan then it is recommended that you check
it out when you are at Disney Downtown. The
entrance fee is $36 to $42. Some attractions
have height restrictions.