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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


November 24, 2020  (Originally published February 21, 2012)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: A Clarification Regarding Adventures at the Magic Kingdom

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Adventures at the Magic Kingdom. The short version of it is that the game was one of the first attempts at bringing the Disney theme park attractions into the video game world. At the end of the article, I said the following:

'Adventures at the Magic Kingdom isn't a perfect game, but it is far from the worse game ever created. It remains one of the most interesting Disney games in the huge lineup of titles, and one of the most creative attempts as bringing the magic of Walt Disney World to your gaming console.'

Recently I recorded a podcast where the game was featured, and I was told the game is actually based on Disneyland. With that in mind, I decided to take another look at the game and see if the game is based on Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

First, let's take a look at the game's cover...

Clearly, that's Cinderella's Castle, which is located in Walt Disney World, Florida. Yet, upon further inspection, the castle as depicted in the game looks like Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland. Now, the game doesn't specify which castle is featured, it just says that the player needs to find six silver keys in order to open the gates to the castle. To add even more confusion to the situation, both parks have a Magic Kingdom area, and both are presented in a similar manner.

Here is a map of the Magic Kingdom as depicted by the game...

The castle clearly resembles Sleeping Beauty Castle in terms of how it is designed. Still, with the limited technology the NES offered, it could be interpreted that the castle is really a generic design. I believed this until I took a closer look at the map and saw that the game featured It's a Small World (though not as a playable level). Walt Disney World also has the attraction, but there is a big difference between the two. At Disneyland, the attraction features an elaborate exterior, featuring a large display complete with a working clock. At Walt Disney World the attraction lies within a building. In the map, the attraction is seen on the outside, therefore it means that Adventures at the Magic Kingdom actually takes place at Disneyland and not at Walt Disney World, despite what the box art may say.

I apologize for the mistake. The box art for the game made it confusing, and considering the Magic Kingdom is featured at both parks, and both parks feature the same attractions seen in the game, I wouldn't be surprised if others were confused by this. Regardless, Adventures at the Magic Kingdom is worth playing once because it is one of the most interesting attempts at recreating the Disney theme parks, one that was further elaborated upon with Kinect Disneyland Adventures.


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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