In 2012 fans of Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom were teased with the idea of resurrecting that much beloved MMO. Instead, they got VMKRevisited, a flash recreation of the environment, but no game-play. Alas, VMK was only the first Disney themed MMO to close. Disney eventually… Read More »Disney’s ToonTown MMO Reborn in Fan Project
In less than a month Disney Interactive will pull the plug on three of its MMORPG online virtual worlds. Pixie Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Toontown Online will all close for good on September 19, 2013. If you have an account you can… Read More »Disney Interactive to Shutter Three Virtual Worlds
One of the areas that has always been a weakness here on The Disney Blog is Disney’s gaming efforts. That’s largely because I’m not really a video game player. I tend to start one game and focus on it to the exclusion of all else… Read More »State of Disney Gaming
That didn’t take long. Disney has started to spread its iconic designs into the world of Social City (http://www.facebook.com/SocialCity), one of the Facebook games that came with its recent purchase of Playdom Games. Players will now find some of their favorite Disney rides and attractions in Social City’s raffle and can add these buildings to their city. Fans can look forward to seeing some of Disney’s most beloved rides and attractions, including “The Matterhorn Bobsleds”, “Space Mountain” and the “Mad Tea Party”. Players who collect all seven Disney themed prizes from the raffle will be awarded the grand prize, “Cinderella’s Castle”.
I’ve logged onto Social City and played a bit. It’s no replacement for Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK). As you can see the artwork, I’ve included more below the jump, similar to VMK, which is cute. You’ll want to play for a while and get some friends playing too before actually installing any of the buildings. Game play is similar to Farmville and related games, with Playdom making money when you buy in-game cash or participate in marketing type surveys and such. YMMV. Of course, that level of sinister is exactly why Playdom was so attractive to Disney.
Designer Thom Shillinger worked at Walt Disney Imagineering during an exciting time. Unfortunately most of the excitement came from layoffs and projects that were blue-sky and never greenlit. One of those projects was known ans Project Meadow and Shillinger has put up some of his… Read More »Disney’s Unbuilt Steampunk Roller Coaster
I think it’s safe to say that with Club Penguin, Toon Town Online, Pirates, Pixie Hollow and other popular online role playing sites, The Walt Disney Company has invested a lot of money in online communities. These games are more than just a revenue stream… Read More »Teens talk about Online Communities