A year ago Walt Disney Imagineering captured the imagination of fans of the Kim Possible TV Show with a role-playing game involving a mystery, pre-programmed cell phones and high-tech clues planted all around Epcot. But the game was a test, and when the test ended, it went away.
Now, however, Walt Disney World has just filed paperwork with Orange County indicating that the resort might be ready to build out a "Kim Possible World Showcase SFX Package." Is the game coming back in some form?
Maybe, said Andrea Finger, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney Imagineering. No decisions have been made yet, but Disney is seeking the building permit anyway, just to be ready, she said today.
There's no indication what form such a game might take. When Walt Disney Imagineering officials ran the playtest last year, they said the point was to test the technology, not the game, and that the technology could be reapplied to any number of attractions.
In the playtest, up to 100 selected visitors at Epcot each day were handed specially programmed cell phones with global-positioning-system chips. Kim Possible-themed video, audio and text messages directed the participants to a variety of places on a quest, then activated special effects when they arrived, as they tried to solve the mystery.