Meredith’s Favorite Disney Games

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Disney Games

So it’s mid-July now and with school starting back in less than a month, I’m trying to squeeze in all the summer fun I can. Finding good games that your family can enjoy together can sometimes seem difficult when there’s SO many choices out there. Today I’ve got a list of my favorite Disney games. Whether you’re looking to find that perfect new board game for family game night or wondering what gaming options are available in the Disney parks, this post is for you!

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In-Park Games 

Most people wouldn’t think too much about playing games while on vacation, especially at theme parks because they’re always rushing to their next favorite ride. In reality, there are quite a few super-fun interactive games within the parks (beyond the game-based rides like Toy Story Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin) that’ll keep you having fun and give you something new to try. Note: Games marked with an * require an additional fee to play. All other games listed here are included with your park admission ticket.

Walt Disney World

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – This one is a fav of mine and allows you to experience the park in a way you’ve never imagined, all while enjoying little to no wait lines!! Best yet, you can bring the cards home with you and play the card game while note at the parks! To play, stop by the Firehouse on Main Street to get started.

A Pirate’s Adventure – Like the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, this pirate adventure has loads of fun within the Magic Kingdom and allows you to start and stop at your leisure. You can get your own pirate adventure started by finding the kiosk located just past the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and Pirates League.

*Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade – What better way to immerse yourself in frontierland than to take your best shot at the rootin’ tootinest shooting gallery west of the castle.

Advanced Training LabLocated next to Mission:SPACE in Epcot, this interactive game area lets you “further your astronaut training and even create a space-age postcard”!

Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – Save the countries located in Epcot’s World Showcase from the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz in this secret spy scavenger hunt. I personally loved this one as it made the countries come alive in a completely new way I had never experienced before. Don’t miss this one whether you have kids or not! You can begin your adventure at the entrance to the World Showcase or at any of the Agent P kiosks throughout the World Showcase.

ImageWorksLocated just after you take a Journey Into Imagination, you’ll find the ImageWorks “What If” labs. From conducting an orchestra to creating your own dragon, this interactive game area is perfect for little ones!

Innoventions – You’ll be surprised at how well you and your family enjoy the interactive fun within this Epcot attraction located in Future world. From getting caught in a storm or designing your own thrill ride, to learning how the colors of the rainbow brighten our world, there’s something fun to learn for everyone! You can even download the Colortopia app (iOS/android) to unlock even more fun! Find out more about Colortopia here.

Kidcot Fun Stops – While not really a game, this fun adventure is like letting your little ones take a Grand Tour (if people still did those) with Disney’s cuddly and well-traveled Duffy Bear. Just look for the Kidcot signs within the showcase pavilions.

Star Wars Launch Bay – While this stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t just a game, you can try out the Star Wars portion of Disney Infinity here!

*Fossil Games – What roadside carnival would be complete without midway style games? These fun-for-the-kids games are located in DinoLand USA within Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Wilderness Explorers – This conservation and culture learning game lets you explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom and earn badges just like Russell from Up would! To begin your experience, stop by the Wilderness Explorers stand as you exit the Oasis. The wilderness must be explored! Ca0caw, ca-caw! ROAR! This is one of my favorites for kids as it lets them explore and enjoy the park without worrying about what ride to race to next. Don’t miss it!!

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*Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition – Like its WDW counterpart, this shootin’ gallery features tricky targets and lights, sounds, and animations! One of the first stops in frontierland, you can’t miss this authentic-looking log cabin.

Animation Academy – While not technically a game, this instructive course allows you to learn how to draw favorite Disney characters from Mickey himself to newer characters like Agent P.

Sorcerers Workshop – While you’re at the Animation building, be sure to experience the Sorcerer’s Workshop where you can create your animations (not just drawings) as well as discover which Disney character you’re most like by answering questions with an enchanted book from beast’s library!

*Games of the Boardwalk – Styled after classic Disney and Pixar franchises, these boardwalk games are loads of fun for the family.

Redwood Creek Challenge – If hiking, climbing, and challenges are your thing then this one is perfect for you. Located in Disney’s California Adventure, you may even discover your animal spirit in the process!

Disney Cruise Line

Midship Detective Agency – You can enjoy this interactive game (very similar to the Sorcerers of the MK) aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships. I highly recommend for those cruising with kiddos!

Board Games

Pictopia – We got this one for Christmas and it’s super fun for the whole family. And even better, it has a companion app (iOS/android) that you can play along with the board game OR play alone when on the go!

Eye Found It! – This board game is great for families, especially those with preschoolers because it encourages your family to play as a team (you all win or you all lose) and doesn’t require participants to read in order to play. And for all you Star Wars fans, there’s even a SW edition!

Disney Hedbanz! – Guess which Disney character you are before your friends and family do and look totally stylish with the super cool Mickey ears headbands.

 

Check out all the fun Disney versions of classic board games too!

Disney Theme Park Edition III, Villains, and Disney Classics editions of Monopoly

Disney Parks, Minnie Mouse’s Sweet Treats, and Princess editions of Candyland

Inside Out and Theme Parks editions of Life

Disney Pictionary

Disney Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror editions of Clue

Finding Dory, Star Wars, and Doc McStuffins editions of Operation

HiHo! Cherry-O! with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Olaf’s in TROUBLE

Disney Guess Who

Disney Cranium

Frozen Jenga

Disney Wheel of Fortune

Disney Trivial Pursuit

Don’t Break the Ice: Frozen Edition

Disney Theme Park Scrabble

Video Games

Console-based (playstation, xbox, wii etc)

Disney Infinity – Available for most consoles this gaming system combines story-based gameplay with open-world creative building and makes playing with your favorite Disney characters an absolute delight.

Disney Magical World and Disney Magical World 2 (due out Oct 16 2016) Set out on your own theme park adventure with this Nintendo DS game. My kids (8 and 5) have loved this game and can’t wait for the new one to be released!

Just Dance Disney Party 2 – Jam and dance to more of your favorite Disney songs!

Playmation! – This is an interactive game for everyone. Don’t forget to download the companion app (iOS/android)!

App-based

Check out this week’s podcast to hear me chat all about these apps!

Disney Magic Kingdoms (iOS/android)

Kingdom Hearts Unchained (iOS/android)

Disney Dream Treats (iOS/android)

Disney Tsum Tsum (iOS/android) – This is the game where those adorable little stackable plushes originated!

Where’s My Mickey? (iOS/android) (definitely play the where’s my water version too!)

Inside Out Thought Bubbles (iOS/android)

For even more Disney games available as apps, check out these fun titles:

•Disneyland Explorer (iOS)

•Nemo’s Reef (iOS/android)

•Temple Run: Brave (iOS/android)

•Frozen Freefall (iOS/android)

•Disney Crossy Road (iOS/android)

•Infinity 2.0 Toybox (iOS/android)

•Star Wars: Commander Squad Wars (iOS/android)

•Castle of Illusion (iOS/android)

•Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (iOS/android)

•Disney Jigsaw (iOS)

•Marvel Avengers Academy (iOS/android)

•Marvel Puzzle Quest (iOS/android)

•Marvel Contest of Champions (iOS/android)

•DuckTales Remastered (iOS/android)

Well, if my list doesn’t keep you playing for hours, I don’t know what will! What are your favorite Disney games?

News for 10.27.15

Hey everyone!! It’s time for your weekly Disney news roundup!

 

•Hey Amy, this one’s for you! There’s a new game out called Disney’s Dream Sweets and just might make fans of candy crush drool. This game had me, (obviously a big Disney parks fan if I’ve been blogging about them for over 2 yrs lol) from the opening screen! You get to customize the game to your family and the levels are various restaurants around the world. And I don’t mean just around WDW, since some refer to it as such, I mean the entire world! There are levels from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. And since I’ve only play around 22 levels, I can only assume that in the following 108 levels we’ll visit more Disney destinations. My girls loved the customization part too. And the animation of them eating the treat once they make the correct amount of matches is quite funny. “Hahahaha! Mommy, Daddy just ate 9 Dole Whips!!” Lots of fun for kiddos!  Check it out here. Or better yet, just go download it here (ios) or here (droid).

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•Starting November 27, you will be able to experience the holidays around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event looks like something you won’t want to miss if you’re vacationing during its run. There will be lots to choose from including live music and opportunities to learn and experience how different cultures celebrate their holidays.

 

•Okay, so I don’t wanna sound crazy but this one is KIND OF a big deal. You can now visit the Retail MagicBand on Demand store to create your own custom magic bands! They’ve even got the most desirous yet elusive purple magic band! Check this post out for all the details.

 

 

• The Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert’s restaurant placed 6th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice awards.

 

 

•Pretty sure I’m most excited about this one: The Disney Cruise Line has just released a little bit about the Disney Infinity experience that they’re premiered yesterday aboard the Disney Dream. I know for a fact my kids are going to LOVE standing on a huge infinity base and becoming a real infinity character! And the fact that you get to download all of the exclusive content (including custom toy boxes you make while onboard) is the best part!! SO very cool!

 

•Speaking of the cruise line, the DCL blog released special rates for military personnel today!

 

•Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

•Now that you’re done with the news, why not take a crack at the parks blog’s quiz:

 

I think that’s about it for this week. Stay tuned for more fun this week including some glow in the dark nails and a fun Disney countdown calendar! ~Meredith ºoº

Disney Infinity: A Q&A with Sarah and Meredith

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by to read today’s post! Meredith has been posting photos of her family playing Disney Infinity to our Facebook page at least once a week now, and I’ve finally decided to see what all the fuss is about. In order for us all to get a little more insight into just what exactly is Disney Infinity, I asked her a few questions. Read her take below!

1. What exactly is Disney Infinity?

Simply put, Disney Infinity is Disney’s new video game. Video games is one area that Disney has seemed to struggle with and they seem to have addressed many of their earlier issues. It’s for all ages and everyone in the family can enjoy it. Basically, there are two ways to play Infinity:Playsetsand Toy Box. The playset plays like most other video games by following a storyline of sorts and has you complete missions to earn money to purchase cool toys. The other mode, the toy box, is a whole new way to play. It allows you to take all of the individual toy pieces that you earn and put them to use! You can literally create your own worlds complete with your favorite characters and settings! It works in a 3D space and allows you to completely be in control of your environment. Everything from Carl Frederickson’s walking cane to Scrooge McDuck’s Money bin to Disneyland’s Matterhorn are available to play with! Honestly, it’s one of the most aptly names games I have ever played. There’s literally an infinite number of ways to play!

2. What gaming systems can it be played on?


The Infinity gamemakers have brilliantly put together a game system that works on all major gaming platforms. This means you can most definitely get it for the Wii, WiiU, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, & XBox360 as well as on your PC. The fact that they’ve covered all the major systems is not the kicker though. The fun part is that the figures and components (power discs etc) work on ANY Disney Infinity base, so kids can take along their favorite figures and accessories wherever they go. Boo has actually taken her over to my brother’s house and enjoyed playing there with her own figures and toy box toys. And what does that mean for Christmas gift giving? It means that family members (think Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles) can all buy the figures and accessories for their favorite kiddo without actually having to know which system the parents will be buying it for! More info
here.
 

3. My child(ren) is/are pretty young. Is this game for them?


As far as age goes, I think this is really great for kids 5 and up. My 5yo has loved playing and is extremely good at it. (Actually, eerily good at it. No idea where she’d get that from! ::wink, wink::) If you have small children, but enjoy playing games yourself, then go ahead and get it! My 2yo can’t understand everything, but she loves to help us select our figures and places them on the base for us. She also can hold the controller and make the character run around, which is enough for her. She get excited just by playing “‘finity” with her big sis 🙂 And let’s not count out the adults!! Both Tim and I have enjoyed playing as well! There are plenty of challenges and missions that are more difficult and don’t let us off easy! More parents info
here.

4. Where is the best place to buy this game and its playsets?


That’s a tricky question. It really just depends on what’s convenient for you. I’ve heard that there will be a drastic markdown on the Starter Pack for Black Friday. If that’s not your thing though, you can find it at most stores that sell electronics. Stores like Target, WalMart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop all sell Infinity. And Toys R Us always has exclusives like special crystal character figures and exclusive power discs. They’re also partnering with other stores to exclusively sell the character figures in one store for a period of time before releasing it everywhere else.
Here’s where Disney suggests purchasing it.
 
 

5. Am I going to have to spend a lot of money to get started?

That’s also a tricky question. For us, I’d say yes. But that’s simply because we’re huge fans and have bought things right as they were released. If you’re smart and shop around, I’m sure you can find great deals without having to spend a fortune. Just for reference though, Amazon has the starter set for $59.99 which I consider a great price because we paid the original $75. And honestly even then, it’s not expensive when compared to other game prices. Example: you’d pay ~$60 for any other console-based game. That’s JUST for the game disc. This set includes the game disc, three character figures (~$10-12ea), a power disc, and the Disney Infinity base. Already you’re getting more if you counted the figures’ and power disc as a separate cost.
 
 

6. What are the advantages to the different play sets?​



Although there are advantages to the individual playsets, I’m not sure if there’s any one that’s better than the other. We’ve gotten them all, but really just because we just wanted to keep playing. I guess the first advantage would be character recognition. Of the playsets currently available, you already get the Monsters University, The Incredibles, and the Pirates of the Caribbean playsets included in your starter set. If you know that your kids already love those characters, then just start off with that. They’ll be thrilled to actually be playing with their favorite character. The second advantage would be that as you play along in the playset storyline, you continually open up toys that you can later play with in your own toy boxes. Really, the playsets are great for adults and kids alike that enjoy playing the different missions more like other video games. And what’s more? They’ll be continually making and releasing more playsets for infinitely more fun worlds and toys to play with!


7. This all sounds pretty complicated. How easy is it to play?


In essence it kind of is complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy to pick up a controller and play along. If you’ve ever played a video game, the controls are pretty standard. This is the first game that Boo has ever played and she has done exceptionally well to grasp the concepts and has even enjoyed watching online videos explaining how to use the various toys in the toy box and how to create her own cool toy boxes. I’m pretty sure she’s surpassed me in the whole toy box mode!! Basically, there are two ways to play Infinity: Playsets and Toy Box. 

8. Do I need to like video games to enjoy playing this game?


Well, yes and no. You will have to like to play games in the sense that you will need to tolerate holding a controller (ha!),  but you don’t necessarily have to like any other game because Infinity, especially the toy box, plays so differently than any other game. I’d venture to say that those who don’t generally like video games, might actually enjoy this more because the toy box is such a new way to play a video game. And gamers will love the new and open-ended aspect the toy box offers.






9. What is your favorite aspect of the game?

My favorite aspect of the game could be many things. I love the fact that I can play a game with my 5yo and enjoy working as a team to complete missions and challenges. I really like the dual play modes or the toy box and playset. We also really love that you can be playing with one character and simply change out the figure on the base to another one without ever having to do anything within the game menu. Perfect for indecisive kids!! I also really enjoy that Disney makes their own toy boxes and makes them available to download for free. They even have a weekly contest for the general public for that week’s best user-made toy box that fits that week’s theme! But my very favorite aspect would be that Disney has such a vast treasure trove of stories and characters to explore that they’ll be able to develop and release many more playsets in the future. Which makes this perfect because it will always be fresh. Always something new to play with. 

 
 

10. What is your child(ren)’s favorite aspect of the game?



So, I asked Boo and got a very interesting response. (Actually wish I had video’d it) :/ But her reply was that she loved the imagination. When I asked her what she meant, she said she liked that she gets to always use her imagination while playing. (I swear! I did NOT make this up in order to endorse the game. Disney isn’t paying me one cent for this review, promise! We just really like the game) To further note on the her reply, I don’t think too many people will pick up on this aspect, but for those of you who’ve visited Epcot and experienced the “Journey Into Imagination” attraction, you know from the famous tune that it all starts with one little spark of imagination. And not to spoil the opening scene of the game for you, but you, the game player, actually start as a spark. The spark of imagination theme continues in the toy box too because when you begin to build your world, you become a spark of imagination and the spark actually serves as a cursor of sorts to help you aim where you’ll be placing your selected toy. She sure surprises me sometimes and I’m so glad she’s enjoying using her imagination when playing. I love my Disney Kid! 🙂


P.S. If you’re looking for more info, please take a few minutes and check out Disney’s own Infinity website. It’s set up really well and will help you explore through all the facets of the game. They even include videos of actual gameplay and it’s a great starting point for both you and your kids. AND for those of you lucky enough to have been part of the magic band testing at WDW, don’t forget to use your mb as a playset piece to unlock the special Dragon’s Keep toybox! ºoº ~M


Thanks again to Meredith for sharing her insight into this new game! Do you or anyone you know own or play Infinity? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments! ºoº ~S