The next step for Disney's NextGen? 'Pirates Adventure: Jewels of the Seven Seas'
We've been talking about Walt Disney World's NextGen project
. Most the attention has been to the resort new, unnamed advance ride reservation system for hotel guests
. But NextGen includes in-park attraction elements, as well. And now I've seen plans for what might be the next implementation of NextGen in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
It's called "Pirates Adventure: Jewels of the Seven Seas" and it will transform the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland into an interactive treasure hunt. Using RFID-enabled tap points, participating Disney World guests will be able to shoot the cannons on top of the Pirates of the Caribbean fortress queue, interact with animatronic idols, parrots and snakes, and search for and open a treasure chest which has been left somewhere in Adventureland.
There might soon be much more to do in Caribbean Plaza than shop and wait for Pirates of the Caribbean.
The adventure will take place in newly decorated scenes throughout the land, including sites inside merchandise shops, along walkways and near attraction queues. A fountain in Caribbean Plaza that was long ago converted to a planter would be restored - and stocked with animatronic piranhas, poised to attack upon your request.
The scale is intimate, much like the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, so that guests who aren't playing - and who haven't memorized every decoration detail in the park - probably won't notice any of the interactive elements. Unless someone's there activating them, of course.
Disney's not announced or confirmed any of this publicly, of course. And I don't have any inside information on whether this will be opened to everyone to play, like Sorcerer's, or restricted to invited hotel guests, like with the current Fastpass+ test. Nor did my sources provide me with any guess on an opening date.
But "Pirates Adventure: Jewels of the Seven Seas" would take Disney a step closer to that NextGen ideal we've discussed, where themed lands become platforms for customized attraction adventures, rather than simply serving as well-decorated location for rides and shows.
This is getting ridiculous. I'm okay with Disney trying out Next Gen technologies and trying to improve the guest experience, but it seems like the games and "experiences" are taking precedence over actually creating new attractions (or revamping outdated ones).
Well considering these things are pretty inconspicuous, I don't have a problem with them. If they give kids and adults something extra to do, then why not? It'll free up Attractions for those that don't care for the electronic stuff.
Sounds like you have the same info we do. We posted something similar a couple of days ago on www.wdwfanboys.com.
I'm all game for this. To begin with, Disney parks were not always just about rides, not that I'm saying it's not a major part. It was about the experience, getting lost in the atmosphere and being involved in the world. After all, that is the idea behind themed lands, to feel like you are part of something different somewhere else. Making the environment alive and interactive is the next step.
Things like this and SotMK aren't things that would appeal to me on a first, second, or even third visit to the MK. And if I were a local AP holder, they'd get boring to me pretty quickly.
One of the things that my daughter most wanted to do at Epcot was the Kim Possible adventure. Considering that this was essentially her first visit to Epcot, I'd say it speaks wells for the appeal of this sort of attraction to kids. It also turned out to be something that we accomplished as a family, something that is definitely part of the Disney plan of making memories.
Jewls of the Seven Seas sound Kewl to me!
This is EXACTLY why Touché is important. The park is the platform. You do not walk between attractions. When you pass through the front gate you are already experiencing the attraction.
I was told about this a while back, which inspired my article about NextGen several weeks ago. But I was just released a few days ago from my agreement not to mention it directly.
Disney is testing separately many parts of the NextGen technology. Fast Pass + talking Mickey + Interactive games , etc…
What I love about Flavio's post is that it represents just some of the possibilities available to Disney. The theme park experience begins from the moment the guest awakes.
Well they need something to distract people from the fact that PotC will be closed for a year soon...
+1 to TH for his comment on the Universal hotel parking. -17 to Universal for that annoyance. (Grrrr....)
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