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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


July 17, 2018  (originally published August 20, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disneyland Explorer

System: iPad

Recently, I just experienced the dream that is Disneyland in the most magical way possible. Seeing the park through Walt Disney's eyes, meeting so many new friends, enjoying time with some awesome old friends, and just making another dream come true made it one of the most amazing trips ever. So of course, I am experiencing major Disney withdrawal after such a magical week! I miss it all so much that I have been watching Disney movies and shorts non-stop while I relive the trip through photos and videos. Obviously, I am not the first nor the last person to experience Disney withdrawal after a Disney vacation. Good thing there is Disneyland Explorer for the iPad.


Disneyland Explorer is an app for the iPad which takes its users to the Disneyland Resort. Using the tablet's touch screen, you navigate through the different lands of the two Disneyland parks and enjoy the activities each land has to offer, all based on the different attractions. Users can also visit the Disneyland Resort hotels as well as the Downtown Disney district for even more fun in an accurate representation of a day at the resort. The way this is achieved is that when you select a land, you swipe the screen to navigate through it.

Disneyland Explorer

As you enter each land, you are able to tap on its different elements, such as characters, performers and attractions. Sometimes it will show you information about that element in particular, such as who the Dapper Dans of Disneyland are. Other times, it will bring up a mini-game based on that attraction that uses some of the technology behind the iPad, such as a canon shooting game when you click on the Pirates of the Caribbean icon, or an organ playing mini-game when you click on the Haunted Mansion. There are a lot of different activities, so users will be exploring the app at lot.

Disneyland Explorer

Visually, Disneyland Explorer is, sadly, as basic as they come. The app uses a lot of cutouts of official artwork and photos to recreate the park. The mini-games themselves are primarily in 2D, so expect no fancy graphical effects. In terms of sound, though, Disneyland Explorer does feature a lot of the original music and sound effects from the resort. Despite its simplicity, the app does good enough of a job to bring the park to life.

Disneyland Explorer

While Disneyland Explorer does not feature the rich, immerse experience that Kinect Disneyland Adventures offers on the Xbox 360, it does offer a very easy, simple to get into application that can be obtained for free. The fact that it includes ALL of the Disneyland Resort does put it above other digital representations of the Disneyland Resort, putting emphasis on all the experiences once can enjoy at the actual park. It may not completely help you get over your withdrawal, but it will help you realize just how amazing the trip was, and how you are eager to come back soon!


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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