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Kinect Disneyland Adventures - Xbox 360

Game Description:Harnessing the controller-free magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures will allow children and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, enjoy immersive adventures based on popular attractions, engage in challenging quests, and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices, no controller required. Kinect: Disneyland Adventures is your ticket to the magical world of Disneyland through Kinect, right in your living room.
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Kinect Disneyland Adventures Impressions -- A Quick Visit to the Happiest Virtual Place on Earth
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Kinect Disneyland Adventures Impressions -- A Quick Visit to the Happiest Virtual Place on Earth

By Chris Bergoch - Posted Sep 05, 2011

You walk through Main Street toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle…your feet can't carry you fast enough as you race into the forced-perspective toward countless thrills that await from Adventureland to Tomorrowland. Yep, you're right in the middle of the magic at Disneyland...and the best part? You're in the comfort of your own home!

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Microsoft Studios and Disney Interactive have teamed up and given all of us the keys to The Kingdom with Kinect Disneyland Adventures. While there have certainly been other attempts at capturing the essence of Disney parks in various games through the years, the demonstration at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim has me convinced that this is the real deal.

More an experience than game, the premise is straightforward: "Harnessing the controller-free magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Disneyland Adventures allows children, families and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, step into adventures based on attractions, engage in challenging quests and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices, no controller required." That all sounds great, but today's gamers will want more than just a virtual version of the Happiest Place on Earth. Judging from what I've seen, I suspect kids of all ages will be very happy indeed.

The demo at Disney's bi-annual Expo had six of the 12 planned attractions up and running: Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Alice in Wonderland, The Matterhorn, Peter Pan's Flight, and The Jungle Cruise. The attractions here have been re-imagined based on the concept of what would happen if you could get off a ride and the adventures that would ensue as a result.

In Pirates, this translates to a high-speed trip through dark caves while using your right arm to swat incoming danger from undead pirates. On the Matterhorn, you're high atop the Swiss Alps skiing alongside Goofy as numerous Yetis attack. As my constant wipe-outs indicated, there's no way to fail – this is just about fun.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

The entire theme park is open to everyone right out of the box, so you can visit your favorite "Land" and attraction with no need to wait until it's been unlocked.  If you've been to Disneyland before, you'll instantly be familiar with your surroundings and know exactly where you want to go. Just extend your left arm and point to move about the park, or better yet, use Disney's FastPass to save time! Just raise both hands above your head and you'll fly off to the attraction of your choice. The rides end with a few coins earned for your efforts and a live-action KinectShare photo of yourself in action.

While the FastPass detail is nice, I suspect most Disney aficionados like myself will opt to walk so as to explore the immense detail that's been put into the park's environments. From Disney Imagineer's names on the Main Street windows to the flickering light in Walt Disney's Apartment above the Firehouse, Disneyland's rich history and secrets have been faithfully included, from the actual character voice actors lending their talents right down to the infamous golden spike in the ground of the castle! The gift shops are here as well, giving you a chance to spend those hard-earned coins in the Main Street Emporium, Star Traders or even the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures lead producer Shane White and lead designer Rob Davis said they wanted to do a love letter to Walt Disney with this project, and it really shows. Come November 15, no matter how far you live from California, you'll be able to say, "I'm going to Disneyland!"

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  • BrokenConsole

    An amazing idea and it looks like it was realized. My family was in Disneyland in February, and it will be probably 10 years before we can afford to go again. This looks like a great way for the kids to keep the memories of our trip alive until our next visit.

    Will probably pre-order this one.

    @broken_console

    Posted: October 11, 2011 9:06 PM
    BrokenConsole
  • wittykitty82

    Love this idea and the fact that it isn't just for kids!! I am excited to see how detailed all the 3D Disneyland stacks up in terms of details. Also, love the fact that it is for Kinect. I think the live action Kinect-share photo is a neat idea and I can see the entire family having fun with that. As a Disney kid at heart such as myself, I can't wait to play this myself and share it with the next generation. Looking forward to exploring and visiting the Magical Kingdom from the comfort of my couch ;D

    Posted: September 12, 2011 10:00 AM
    wittykitty82
  • tppklp

    Looks like a fun game for the family. We go every year to disneyland so this will be cool to have while school is in and until my vacation weeks start!!! A real hug from my wife and I are the ones that matter and this is for entertainment not to replace real people. Keep up the good work G4!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: September 7, 2011 2:57 PM
    tppklp
  • tppklp

    I think this was a great idea for everyone. My family and I go to disneyland every year, so this is a good way to still visit when school is in and I dont have a vacation to use. My kids are excited about this game and honestly so am I. My children always get real hugs from my wife and I and those are the hugs that really matter. It is a game made for entertainment not to be used as reality. Keep up the great work G4 I like what you have going!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: September 7, 2011 2:52 PM
    tppklp
  • estaples

    Well I guess this is cheaper than spending time and money with your kids by taking them to the real Disney World and letting them hug a real Snow White actress. Wow, virtual hugging has got to be one of the saddest things I've ever seen. Like hugging thin air, because no one else will hug you.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 2:47 AM
    estaples
  • mark82234

    I LOVE G4 BUT THEIR CONTENT IS GETTING WEAK ...........AND NOT JUST THIS.......DEAD ISLAND BODY COUNT AND ON...... PLEASE PICK UP THE THICK AND CHUNKY ONE..........................P ICK UP THE PACE............FIRST AND MAYBE LAST

    Posted: September 5, 2011 4:43 PM
    mark82234
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