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Disney Quest is located in Downtown Disney, and is usually included as one of the extra options, alongside the Water Parks, and Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. It might be something you could consider visiting if the weather is inclement. However, it does get busy when it rains. This interactive attraction has four fun zones – Explore, Score, Create and Replay. There are five floors of entertainment, and there is also a cafe and restaurant, should you feel a little peckish after playing all the games. Whilst there are video games everywhere, plus large virtual games and simulators, younger children are not forgotten as there is a section dedicated to those children aged between 2 and 7. Here the games are easy enough for them to play on their own. The four game zones are entered via an elevator called the Cybrolator.
Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride is great fun, and it uses virtual reality 3-D technology. You have to sit on what looks like a bike, and you use handles to steer a carpet, which you can see via images inside a mask. As you fly through Agrabah you must collect gems to find the Genie, who has been hidden in the Cave of Wonders. The Virtual Jungle Cruise is also a good one to try, and you have to climb into a real inflatable raft that sits on top of an inflated base. You are even given real paddles to use, and the raft moves down a prehistoric river which is shown on a large screen – you might even get a bit wet as you try to avoid the dinosaurs! Pirates of the Caribbean provide the inspiration for another game where you man a pirate ship and then try to destroy sea monsters, ships and fortresses, collecting gold on the way. One person has to steer the ship and control the speed, while four others control the cannons.
Pinball Slam is very popular, and it’s a bit like standing on a Wii balance board. However you do have to be 48” tall so it’s no good for younger children. Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam is also great fun as you stand on a platform and control the virtual boards by tilting in various directions as you stand in front of a giant screen on which there is a projected pinball game. You earn points by hitting targets by rocking their ‘duck’ backwards and forwards. This game can be played by up to 12 players at one time.
Anyone taller than 51 inches can drive the bumper cars at Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblaster. You sit in a bumper car and then try to navigate over foam balls on the floor. These ‘asteroids’ are sucked up into the cabin and then you can shoot them from a cannon at other cars. If you get hit your car may spin round for about ten seconds, which adds to the fun. Although there are usually two people in each car it is possible to be the pilot and the gunner yourself.
Ride the Comix 5 is another game where you wear an HMD or virtual reality helmet to ‘enter the comic book world. ’ Up to six people can have to battle with super villains, using a laser sword.
Though it has received little upgrading since its inception, apart from the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride, it is still a great way to amuse children when it is raining.
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