Disneyland‘s new pay-per-play Adventure Trading Company interactive game opened over the weekend, sending players on expeditions to find coveted Juju. The new game is fun and doesn’t require a huge time investment unlike the nearby Legends of Frontierland game… but is it worth the price to pay? We take a look at Adventure Trading Company today as well as take a look at various refurbishments around the parks and hotels as summer continues at Disneyland.
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|Gnu fun in Adventureland|
On Friday, the new Adventure Trading Company interactive experience debuted in Adventureland. The new pay-per-play game brings the game that was play tested at the D23 Expo into the park, integrating it with the Adventureland environment in a pretty seamless manner. From gameplay, to props, to implementation – the Adventure Trading Company is dramatically different than the Legends of Frontierland game that recently debuted in the next land over.
The Adventure Trading Company has taken over the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and offers guests the opportunity to pay so they can go on one of nine quests which with the end goal of obtaining a special piece of “Juju.” The quests are all fairly simple, ranging from buying the Juju outright from the shop, to others requiring you to buy a publication that includes instructions on how to earn your Juju.
Juju cost $5 each, or $7.50 if food is involved. There are nine total, three of which involve purchasing a food item. You can buy two Juju directly from the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, the Swiss Family Treehouse and the crocodile tooth.
Two of the three quests that involve food require simply purchasing a food item. The “This Side Up” Pineapple Parfait is available at Tropical Imports and reportedly tastes something like the popular Dole Whip. Supplies of this were very limited over the weekend and went quickly.
The Juju that perhaps requires the most effort to obtain is the Tiki Mask juju, which requires guests to hunt for the ingredients to Trader Sam’s new drink in Adventureland and then report those ingredients back at the Trader Sam’s bar at the Disneyland Hotel.
Overall, the Adventure Trading Company is a really nicely-designed but somewhat inconsequential addition to the Disneyland experience. The game is rewarding in that you walk away with pretty nicely-designed, unique souvenirs, but it’s truly a once-and-done type experience. That’s a big difference from the Legends of Frontierland game that is also currently being offered in the park, but it’s clear that the two games are going after very different demographics. While Legends of Frontierland is free, it’s complex and rewards players that revisit the game multiple times; it’s a game designed for Annual Passholders. Conversely, as it exists now, Adventure Trading Company is very simple and requires a pretty minor time investment, but gives a tangible reward to walk away with; it’s pretty clearly a game designed for tourists. Currently, the Adventure Trading Company hits a pretty reasonable price point for Disney and the game’s printed materials, props and Juju are high-quality and very nicely executed. It’s top-to-bottom a much more polished experience than Legends of Frontierland, which is, at times, a complete eyesore in Frontierland.
If Disney is planning on eventually adding permanent games to Disneyland, I think both games have their place. While I haven’t played Legends of Frontierland, I have spent a fair amount of time observing the game and talking with guests who have played it, including my friend David Daut at the Illusion of Life blog. For Legends of Frontierland players, it’s clear the Frontierland game is a far richer experience, and I can understand that — the nature of the game encourages guests and Cast Members to interact pretty closely in a way that builds strong, in-game relationships — and that’s pretty unique for a theme park experience. Still, the time commitment and performative aspects of Legends of Frontierland aren’t for everyone and I was pretty content with collecting a few Juju and moving on to Disneyland’s other rich and varied experiences. Overall, I had a lot of fun with the Adventure Trading Company and wouldn’t mind seeing it return on a more permanent basis at a later point after its limited engagement. Additional quests that rotate out with more variation in complexity and engagement would be great to see.
The rolling Main Entrance turnstile refurbishment continues with the eastern bank of center turnstiles behind walls.
Back in New Orleans Square, there isn’t much new to report on the big Club 33 expansion project now that the club is open and operating. There are a couple loose ends still being wrapped up, however, with some work continuing on the new off-centered window above Cafe Orleans.
The Club 33 expansion continues to be a point of discussion in the fan community. Some fan blogs argue that the changes aren’t that big of a deal since most guests won’t notice the changes anyway. That line of thinking is a far cry from Walt Disney’s own philosophy behind Disneyland; a stark contrast to Walt’s belief that “quality will out” and to “give the people everything you can give them.”
Meanwhile, other bloggers aren’t thrilled with the changes and have published well-written blogs about the issue that take issue with the changes. Bloggers have discussed the importance of the fan community’s response in situations like this, taken a detailed look back at the Club as it once was, and one artist even designed a t-shirt to commemorate the now-closed Court of Angels.
- Daveland Blog: Kool-Aid at Club 33 — Part 1 and Part 2
- Illusion of Life: What Theme Park Fans Can Learn From the Success of Video Games
- Disney Travel Babble: Club 33 As It Used To Be — A Photo Tour
- Nick Tierce: Court of Angels t-shirt
A few readers have asked for a before-and-after look at the New Orleans Square changes. A big thank you to our friend Dave DeCaro at the spectacular Daveland history blog and photo archive for lending some photos to facilitate this.
Before: Front of Cafe Orleans and Club 33 main dining room:
After: Front of Cafe Orleans and Club 33 main dining room with new window
Before: Upstairs Club 33 hallway facade
After: Upstairs Club 33 hallways facade with larger windows and new bridge
Before: Looking down Orleans Street toward the Court of Angels
After: Looking down Orleans Street toward the Court of Angels with expanded Club 33 hallway above and closed off Court of Angels.
Before: Looking down Orleans Street at night
After: Looking down Orleans Street at night with new bridge overhead
Before: The side entrance to the Court of Angels
After: The side entrance to the Court of Angels, now closed with “stained glass” gate
Before: The French lift inside of Club 33 that Walt Disney had built based on one he saw while traveling abroad.
After: The French lift, decommissioned and repurposed as a booth-for-one in the new jazz lounge area of Club 33.
Before: Interior of hallway leading to Club 33′s main dining room
After: Interior of remodeled and expanded hallway leading to Club 33′s main dining room
Before: Club 33 china
After: New Club 33 china with new club logo
For more photos of New Orleans Square and Club 33, including rare historical images, visit Daveland.
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage’s refurbishment continues with lots of new color appearing in the lagoon as new underwater plant life goes in…
Over in California Adventure, the structure on Paradise Pier that went behind walls to address some wood rot issues earlier this spring is still behind walls, with new tarps along the water-facing side of the structure.
Over at the Grand Californian Hotel, a good portion of the hotel that faces the Grizzly Peak area of Disney California Adventure is behind tarps and scaffolding for refurbishment.
Over at Port Royal, more of the huge new Haunted Mansion merchandise collection continues to trickle out… Note, the weird Nightmare Before Christmas/Maleficent-themed Mardi Gras float thing that was parked in front of the store has been removed once again.
Expect to see a lot more Haunted Mansion merchandise over the next few weeks as Disney prepares to celebrate the Haunted Mansion’s 45th anniversary with around 100 new Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise items.
|This and That|
|Scaring up Halloween in Los Angeles|
This upcoming weekend, Dateline Disneyland will be covering the ScareLA Halloween Convention in Los Angeles. This will be a new event for this blog since we stick mostly to Disneyland news and goings-on, but the folks at ScareLA will be celebrating the Haunted Mansion’s 45th Anniversary with special panel discussions, live entertainment, and appearances by Disney Legends Alice Davis and Bob Gurr.
I’m really excited to attend ScareLA this year and check out what promises to be some great Haunted Mansion-related offerings, including:
- When Hinges Creak: Celebrating 45 Years of The Haunted Mansion, hosted by Jeff Baham from Doombuggies.com and featuring Disney Legend Bob Gurr
- Garner Holt: I Was A Teenage Haunter, with animatronics wizard Garner Holt who has worked on Disney attractions including the Haunted Mansion
- Chilling Tales of the Haunted Mansion LIVE!, a live show inspired by the Haunted Mansion’s storied history.
- and more!
For more information on ScareLA and to purchase tickets to the convention, visit ScareLA.com.
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