Adam Britten

Adam Britten is a self-proclaimed Disney geek. From a very young age, he fondly remembers visiting the parks with his family on an almost yearly basis. Currently a Master of Digital Marketing Student at Hult International Business School, Adam wishes on a star that he will one day work for the mouse's marketing department. He’s visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, & Disneyland Paris; he hopes to complete the world tour. His favorite Disney movie is Alice in Wonderland. Can also be seen on: Twitter as @AdamBritten, www.AdamBritten.com, and his new blog about the intersection between social media and theme parks at SocialThemeParks.com.

ABC’s Emmy Nominations 2011

It should come as no surprise that Modern Family leads in the race to the 2011 Emmy’s among comedies with 17 nominations. ABC as a network claimed a total of 42 nominations to the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Other nominated shows include Dancing with the Stars,… Read More »ABC’s Emmy Nominations 2011

ABC Fall 2011 Premiere Dates Announced

“Once Upon a Time” sounds like it could be the opening line of an upcoming Disney movie. But it’s actually a show I’m really looking forward to on ABC. Along with old favorites like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family” & “Dancing with the Stars,” and other… Read More »ABC Fall 2011 Premiere Dates Announced

“Lemonade Mouth 2” in Development for Disney Channel

Lemonade Mouth is, as John put it in an older post, “the latest blockbuster from the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise formula.” No surprise that Disney would want to capitalize on the success of the film and turn it into a franchise. According to Variety,… Read More »“Lemonade Mouth 2” in Development for Disney Channel

Kinect Disneyland Adventures revealed at E3 2011

Kinect Disneyland Adventures (pre-order on Amazon now) was announced at E3, a popular computer and video game trade show. The premise of the game is that players can roam around Walt’s original park in an effort to ride various rides and complete challenges. Gameplay also lets players high five Mickey, hug Snow White and create souvenirs for Kinect Share. While this game has some appeal, I worry that it won’t compare to Epic Mickey or even Disney Universe, another recently announced title from Disney.

Players get to interact with over 40 popular Disney faces including The Queen of Hearts, Cinderella, Captain Hook, Winnie the Pooh and many others. Avatars explore the park and enter various levels within certain attractions. Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain and many other beloved rides are featured. Players earn coins along the way, and rewards for challenges include a few other experiences familiar to any visitor of Disney parks.

I probably won’t buy this title, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many parents buy it for their younger children. The paid actors that Disney hired to be the “kids having fun on stage” clearly enjoyed the game. If I were younger, I’d probably love the game. It allows children who are mesmerized by the parks to be able to experience a little bit of that at home. That is what I view as the strongest selling point of the game.

On the flip side, that’s also probably my least favorite thing about the game. It cheapens the experience of actually going to the park. Epic Mickey involved a similar notion of exploring a Disney park. However, that was a variation of the living, breathing parks. This is as close to the real park experience as current technology allows for. That all being said, I think the game also functions as a great way to teach your children how to behave in Disneyland or Walt Disney World. There should be bonus points for walking from ride to ride, and you should be forced to wait in line for a FastPass.

See two amazing videos featuring actual game play below the jump:

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A New Direction for the Disney Store

The Disney Store has made an announcement that might come as a shock. While many retailers are closing down stores left and right, Disney Store SVP Paul Gainer gave a presentation at a recent retail industry convention in Las Vegas saying that Disney plans to… Read More »A New Direction for the Disney Store

Disney Fantasy Announces Aladdin Stage Show

On Thursday, the Disney Parks blog announced that “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will run on the Disney Fantasy. As I wrote in a previous post, a full stage production of Aladdin is expected to open at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle this… Read More »Disney Fantasy Announces Aladdin Stage Show

Disney Interactive Studios Announces “Disney Universe”

Disney Interactive Studios recently held a preview of their upcoming game “Disney Universe.” The game is a first for the developer in a variety of fronts. It allows for characters of one Disney franchise to play in the world of another. It also features characters… Read More »Disney Interactive Studios Announces “Disney Universe”