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Disney Quest in Downtown Disney
Disney Quest can be found in Downtown Disney, near the House of Blues, and is advertised as an ‘indoor interactive theme park. ’ The original plan was for Disney to open similar projects in various parts of the USA, particularly in large cities and towns. However, this has not been successful, and although a second one was built in Chicago, it closed in 2001 because of low attendance. A similar attraction was planned for Disneyland Resort, California but it was never built, and neither were the ones planned for Philadelphia or Toronto.
Disney Quest is housed in a five-storey building, and it contains numerous virtual reality attractions, plus arcade video games, some of which are now a little dated. Although children under the age of 3 are admitted free, no strollers are allowed inside, and it is quite noisy so younger children may find this a bit overwhelming. Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, but there are height restrictions for Cyberspace Mountain, Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold.
The entrance leads you to an elevator, the Cybrolator, which takes you to the atrium on the third floor where you can choose which of the four entertainment centres to explore.
There are 4 play zones to choose from.
The Explore Zone
This is a virtual adventureland where you can immerse yourselves in ‘exotic and ancient locales. ’ Fly through the streets of Agrbah on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride or become a pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean, Battle for Buccaneer Gold, or shoot the rapids on a virtual Jungle Cruise.
The Replay Zone
This zone is described as a carnival on the moon, and it has lots of classic rides and games, including Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblaster.
The Create Zone
Here you can become a Disney Imagineer for the day and invent a song at Radio Disney Songmaker, or design your ultimate roller coaster. When you have finished your design you can ride it on a 360 degree pitch and roll simulator at Cyberspace Mountain – however you must be over 51 inches tall to ride the simulator. You can also learn the secrets of Disney animation at the Animation Academy, or design your own bizarre toy at Sid’s Create-A-Toy.
The Score Zone
This is where you can play competitively as you rescue stranded colonists in the 360 degree Invasion! An ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, or become part of a human pinball game in Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam.
Some games, such as Ride the Comix, require you to wear a virtual reality helmet.
There are two fast food outlets, should you feel hungry.
Although a little outdated, and with some of the graphics being poor, most people find it an amusing place to while away the hours, especially if it is raining.
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