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.

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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?

Really BIG NEWS for Friday

Hey everyone! We’re back for this Friday’s news.

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•Our first bit of news comes straight from and completely about us! And we’re all super excited to announce (drumroll please), that we’re now in the process of recording a weekly podcast for all our readers! That’s right! We’ll be recording and posting a weekly podcast and covering a plethora of Disney topics. We’ve been working hard to get this ready to go and we’re so excited to finally let everyone listen. You can listen to our very first episode NOW!! Yep! Head on over here to listen to episode 1. We chatted about the rumors and truths about Hollywood Studios and what it could potentially mean for that park. So, if you’re interested in hearing about Star Wars, Pixar Place, and more from HS, definitely head on over and listen. And please, let us know what you think? What could we do better? What did you like about it? What would make the next episode better? And is there a topic that you’d like us to discuss? Comment, tweet, or PM us!

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You can listen to our podcast either by listening or downloading the episode straight from our website, or you can access us on iTunes by searching for ” The Mouse and the Monorail ” in podcasts. (If you look today and don’t see us, please use the web page for this episode. Apple has informed us that sometimes it takes a few days for it to show up on everyone’s devices). Updated to add: We should be visible and searchable in iTunes now.

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And, we can also be found in the Google PlayStore by using the Podcast Addict app to find us. 2015-07-17 11.26.12

 

•Today is Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary! Happy Birthday Disneyland!!

 

•We’re gonna go ahead and officially call this one a rumor, but only because we haven’t gotten an official confirmation from Disney. John C. Reilly has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Ralph, from Wreck-Ralph, in a movie sequel!

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A little fun from San Diego Comic Con here: the stars from both Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Peggy Carter had quite a bit of fun taking social media over with their #secretdubsmashwarriors posts. These are super fun and it’s so refreshing to see celebrities enjoying themselves, being real, and letting everyone watch their shenanigans. 

•Disneyland is celebrating 60 years and I saw this little article about the first kids in the park and thought it’d be nice and interesting to include in today’s news.

D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars™ and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.

•Bob Iger revealed the plans for a new Disneyland in Shanghai this week. This one looks amazing!

 

•Here’s a fun look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel. Can’t wait for this movie!!

 

Marvel’s Ant Man opens in theaters today!!

•A Frozen-themed bibbidi-bobbidi boutique equivalent will be opening in Hollywood Studios called the Ice Palace Boutique.

 

M’s Favorite Disney Apps: Updated 7.16.2015

Update: July 16, 2015

Today, I’m adding one of my favorite Disney games here lately as well as updating all of the above apps featured with links to the droid version within Google’s PlayStore.

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Disney’s Inside Out Thought Bubbles (droid) game is a matching-type game. But unlike other similar games, you have to launch the memories up in order to match the colors and clear the board. The farther you go into the game, the more emotions you unlock. You can play with Joy, Sadness, and Anger and each have their own special power-up. Gotta say, after 79 levels, it’s quite an addictive game. The one criticism I’d have is that you learn the special help features available once and then unless you pay with real money, you won’t be using the extra powers. Has anyone figured out a way to earn the gems other than buying them? Other than that, it’s been a fun game overall.

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•If you enjoy the Disney quizzes you sometimes see on fb, you might like to check out their new app called Disney Inquizitive. It allows you to either create a new account, or sign-in via facebook. Once in, you’ll play the same types of quizzes you see on social, but all categorized and tidy. You can even earn points and learn what your Disney Personality is.

 

 

Original Post: July 15, 2015

Hey there!! I’m Meredith and back again today with more Disney apps. I covered just a few of the travel apps yesterday and would like to now talk about all the magic and fun Disney game apps as well as other Disney apps provide.

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We’ll start with watching Disney. Anything and everything Disney! There are quite a few apps that allow you to watch and enjoy Disney entertainment. From theatrical movies to the newest Mickey shorts to the big game, there’s definitely an app for that. The links below are for iOS since that’s what I use, but many of these apps are available within Google’s PlayStore, so please don’t miss out just because I only linked to the app store! **Edited to add: Links for Google PlayStore versions have been added for all droid versions available. If there isn’t a (droid) listed beside it, then there isn’t currently a version available.**
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Disney Movies Anywhere (droid) is an app I’ve covered before, so we won’t get too specific into its details. I would like to point out that this app works like any other movie viewing app in which you purchase the digital copy of the movie (whether through the app or included as a digital copy with a Blu-Ray). Apps like flixster and vudu work exactly the same way. Some of the reviews I read gave it one star just because they were mad that they couldn’t watch the movies for free. Really people?! You can, however, connect your DMA account to your iTunes account and unlock all of the movies you’ve previously purchased on iTunes. And subsequently, if you purchase a movie within the Disney Movies Anywhere app, it will automatically appear in your iTunes account and your other apple devices.

•The WATCH series of apps, including Watch Disney channel (droid), Watch Disney Junior (droid), and Watch Disney XD (droid) all have featured shows from each of their channels. You’ll be able to select from a few of each show much like you would with a cable service’s on-demand feature.

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•The Mickey Video app allows you to watch the newest Mickey series cartoons while the radio Disney (droid) app obviously allows you to listen to their radio station. The Disney Junior Appisodes app makes watching an episode of your kid’s favorite Disney Junior show even more fun by incorporating interactivity. Your child will have to answer, color, and select the correct choices at certain points through the episode in order to proceed so that it transforms the episode into a game. The Disney Shout! game looks to be great fun as it allows you to challenge friends and family’s Disney knowledge.

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•And if all those weren’t enough, you can actually watch the Disney family of companies other entertainment channels like ABC (droid), ABC Family (droid), and ESPN (droid). (Didn’t realize Disney owns ESPN? Check this out for a full list). Each of these apps work the same as the watch series. On these as well as the watch series of apps, you may need to provide your sign-in information for your cable provider to access certain episodes. There are, however, plenty of shows to watch on most of these apps without having to provide this information. You can also check out the selection of Disney movies that is available through the Netflix streaming service. While this is not an official Disney app, you can watch plenty of Disney movies by subscribing to the netflix monthly service. Note: up to this point, all app featured in this post have been free.
Now, to have a little fun, let’s talk fun Disney apps and games!

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Star Wars (droid). Y’all, for real though. Star Wars!! This is an official app and its got a little bit of everything. From keeping up with the latest SW news to an official countdown clock to the Force Awakens movie release date, it’s sure to make your inner geek squeal like a tauntaun. There’s gifs that auto copy when you click on them for use in text messages and a selfie feature that lets you select your character and costume to create your own SW-themed selfies. (Note, you do have to allow access to the camera to allow the app to take the picture for this feature. No biggie, just a heads up!) And lastly, just in case there’s that perfect time when conversation calls for a good sound effect, it’s got a soundboard too!

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•Another great app for use in conversations, and texts to be more precise, is the new Disney Gif app. I mentioned this a few weeks back in our Friday news post, but it deserves a little more explanation. This one allows you turn on an emoji-like Disney gif keyboard so that you can insert any of the many included (and free!) gifs to your texts. You just click on the little button to get to your emojis and select Disney gif.

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Once the keyboard pops up, it automatically shows the featured gifs, but by selecting from the categories at the bottom you can choose from your recently used gifs, a group of select emotions and categories, and from Disney characters’ main categories. Some of them fit so perfectly into a conversation, it’s almost too convenient! Yes, the above text screenshots did actually happen to me at some point! It is worth noting for as awesome as this app is, it is only currently in the App Store. I’m not sure if this one will be coming to the Google Playstore or not, but if you text a gif to a droid user, they have to actually click on the photo to see it animated. This differs from Apple to apple users because iMessages auto plays the gifs. Maybe they’ll have this in the PlayStore soon!

 

These next apps are for kids (for the most part).
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•Because there are just SO MANY choices, I don’t plan on going into all the details. I’ll say instead, that they offer different types of apps for kids including games, puzzles, adventures, and even licensed games that feature Disney characters. They also offer app bundles. You do not have to purchase the bundles, and tan for to know if you wish to only purchase one but decide to come back later and purchase a second app within that bundle, it adjusts your cost and only displays what you would owe to complete the bundle. These apps include jigsaw-type puzzles, word games, mathematics, reading and reading comprehension, as well as art and creativity. And though we’ll probably not own the entire lot of these storybook apps, they are fun and my girls have enjoyed the ones we do own. They’ve even purchased some of them with their own iTunes gift cards after birthdays and such. By searching Disney within Apple’s App store or Google’s PlayStore, you can access all of Disney’s apps. The App store even features the bundles for you on your search page.

•The series of “Where’s My“(droid) game apps are lots of fun and I’ve played through all three of the above pictured through their entirety. It’s a gravity-based puzzle/logic game in which you try to route the water (or similar) from one place to the end as best you can while manipulating different elements of each level in order to move the water. It’s not as easy to explain this one, but there are free levels for these apps, so go download and just check it out. You’ll pick it up easy and be craving more Swampy fast!! These games also received the editors picks in iTunes.

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If you enjoy matching games (think bejeweled and the likes) then there’s plenty to choose from!! All of these matching games have similar gameplay experiences but feature different characters and aspects from their respective movies.

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•The Marvel Puzzlequest (droid) app is an actual puzzlequest game. (Raise your hand if you love puzzlequest!!) Its a fun one and the levels are appropriately hard. You can mix and match who you play with both solo and as a team to defeat your enemies. The Disney tsum tsum (droid) app is quite addictive and is the reason we now own so many of the furry little characters. (Yes, you can buy them for real and you’ve probably already seen them in a target or Disney store at some point!) The game itself is quite fun and it’s worth playing, however it is a bit annoying that in order to play and save your game data it does not utilize iOS’s gamecenter, but rather LINE; the equivalent of gamecenter. And in order to utilize LINE, you guessed it! You have to download the LINE app (droid) first and create your account.

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•The last app I’d like to talk about today is the game called Pictopia: Disney edition (droid). I basically stumbled upon this one while looking through some of the apps above on the App Store and I’m so glad I did. I haven’t been able to let the girls play this one yet, but it looks like it’ll be fun to play as a family. That’s because it allows you to play both with the board game edition (available for purchase in stores) and within the mobile app only. Since we don’t have the board game, I played the mobile app version. You get to select a player and customize each one for each member of your family. Well, as long as your family has 4 members. As far as I can tell, there isn’t an option to add more players, so families of five like us, might have to double-up or something. Oh well. But, I will say this game was fun and while there is additional content available as an in-app purchase, the amount of free content that came with the free app download was good and sufficiently fun.
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By creating a player for each family member, you can challenge each other as well as keep up with who has the most trophies and the highest score. Each time a trophy is earned it appears on the screen and new is written on the trophy until you view it within your trophies page. Another feature that I did like was that after deciding if like to purchase a single questions pack, once it downloaded, I could toggle on and off to activate and deactivate that questions pack for each individual player. That’s nice because while I’m going to enjoy playing the parks trivia, it may not be as enjoyable for my girls who just won’t know as much. (Sorry girls, Mommy knows more in that category! 😁) Being a big fan of board games, this app has me wanting to buy and experience the board game as well. It looks as though you can select which question packs you own when playing in board game mode and that seems pretty cool. Anyone have the coordinating board game and can vouch for how it works with the app? I’d love to hear!!
So, that’s it folks!! Because the world of apps is always changing and evolving, I plan to use this post to update to, rather than creating new blog posts for new and/or other apps in the future. And if I update this page, I’ll post a link to it via our regular social media outlets so you won’t miss a beat! I’ll be back tomorrow to share even more fun Disney apps! What Disney apps are your favorite? Please comment, tweet, or comment over on our fb page and let us know. I’d love to check out your favorites and maybe even add them to this list! Can’t wait to see what new apps our Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow holds! ~M °o°