When DisneyQuest opened in 1998, the indoor theme park boasted five levels of cutting edge interactive attractions. It was the kind of place where families could take a break from the pace of the theme parks and be entertained for an entire day. When it closes its doors for good next week — just shy of the 20-year mark — it goes out as a tired destination, badly showing its age and lack of upkeep.
Our family still managed to have a pretty good time exploring DisneyQuest during its last few months in operation. We had never budgeted time to go before; this would be our first and final visit. That alone was entertaining enough for me — getting to experience a rather “relic” on Disney property. The rest of my family was pumped up for unlimited classic arcade games and virtual reality versions of some of our favorite Disney park attractions.
DisneyQuest is divided into four main areas of entertainment: the Score Zone, Create Zone, Replay Zone and the Explore Zone. After you have purchased your admission ($39-$48/pp when we visited), you have access to all the attractions in the building. Some of the highlights include:
- Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters (fancy bumper cars; my 11-year-old son couldn’t get enough of them)
- Virtual Jungle Cruise (not quite as tame as the ride at Magic Kingdom; my 5-year-old was terrified by the inflating raft)
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Battle for Buccaneer Gold (sorry, can’t even get close to the real deal ride)
- Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride (my daughters loved the challenge of finding the Genie and “rode” this multiple times)
- Cyber Space Mountain (only the adults designed and rode our own coaster – and it was wilder than anticipated!)
Other attractions on their last legs were Animation Academy (we skipped because we’ve done it with actual pen and paper at Disney California Adventure), Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Ride the Comix, Living Easels and bank upon bank of classic arcade and video games. A couple rounds of Pac-Man and Guitar Hero were more than enough for me, but I’m sure the kids would have stayed til close had we let them.
Peace out, DisneyQuest, and thanks for your years of service to those needing a break from the heat, rain and outdoor theme park throngs.
Location: Until July 2017, DisneyQuest was located on the West Side of Disney Springs, the main shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World Resort. When DisneyQuest opened in 1998, the area was known as Downtown Disney.