If you’ve ever played any entries in the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, this may be right up your alley.
That popular series of PC games allowed you an extreme freedom to create your own theme park, customizing everything from concession stands to fireworks extravaganzas. Perhaps in a future post, we’ll take a look at how that particular game could be Disney-fied for what can be an even more in depth virtual WDW trip.
The other obvious comparison this game will draw is the Virtual Magic Kingdom game from the later part of the 2000’s. Disney Magic Kingdoms is far less of an open world than Virtual Magic Kingdom was, so while the ideas may have similarities, the execution is far from the same. You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting a VMK experience on your mobile device.
But for now, let’s look at a brand new mobile app called Disney Magic Kingdoms. From Gameloft, this hearkens back to those theme park simulators of yore, but with real-time game mechanics that should be familiar to you if you’ve played mobile games. In other words, build some and wait a lot.
I’m staying away from a pure review of the app, because those are easily found on a hundred different websites. Instead, let’s look at how this can get you some WDW time from your pocket.
Take a look at the launch trailer above and you’ll pretty easily see why this is an obvious entry for WDW DIY. While you’re not actually able to “experience” major theme park attractions, they’ll at least be part of your experience. You’ll see some familiar areas, like Frontierland and Tomorrowland. And having some modicum of control over where attractions are located and the “happiness” that’s spread throughout your park does give you that feeling of escape, if only for a few minutes at a time.
I’m not sinking any real money into this game, but if you want it to move a little faster Gameloft can certainly help you on that front. I do find myself having fun with it, and visiting the virtual theme park is entertaining. The music in the game has a nice Disney Parks vibe, and I love the Wishes-esque “When You Wish Upon a Star” opening music.
I think you should at least give the game a download because it’s nice to fire it up on your phone and at least see a version of the Magic Kingdom. And if you’re looking for a quick way to visit the Magic Kingdom, this is a good way to do it. It’s totally free (or can be, anyway…once again, that part is up to you). Can’t really go wrong with that.
If you’re interested in checking it out, click here for the official game page. You can also look for it in Apple’s App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft Store.