CELEBRATION, FL — No one tells a story like Disney. Now the company is taking its story-telling prowess to new heights with Disney Uncharted Adventure.
Set to debut onboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish, the immersive Disney Uncharted Adventure is billed as a first-of-its-kind interactive experience ‘combining imagination, technology and the magic of a wishing star’, one that takes guests on a multidimensional voyage into the worlds of iconic Disney and Pixar characters.
Disney Wish’s maiden voyage is scheduled for June 9, 2022, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay.
“With the Disney Wish, we have an incredible opportunity to immerse our guests in the worlds of their favorite stories in surprising, interactive and completely unique new ways,” said Davey Feder, software product manager, Walt Disney Imagineering.
And with the new Disney Uncharted Adventure, “we’re literally putting the power in our guests’ hands to become the heroes of a grand adventure that can only be done on a Disney cruise,” he added.
Here’s how it works: using the Play Disney Parks app — and with some help from their guides, Captain Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse — Disney Wish passengers can transform their mobile devices into an enchanted spyglass, a tool that allows them to ‘set sail’ for the worlds of Moana, Tiana, Peter Pan, Nemo and more. The spyglass is the key to unlocking adventures, solving puzzles, conquering quests – and ultimately saving the day, says Feder.
“While guests will need a mobile device to play, this isn’t a traditional mobile gaming experience,” Feder said. “This is a heads-up, active experience that can be played with family and friends. The magic will happen all around the ship. The spyglass is not where the adventure takes place — it’s just the tool that brings the ship to life, opening portals into new worlds and allowing guests to interact with them.”
Leading up to a cruise on the Disney Wish, the app will reveal a special greeting from Captain Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse.
Once on board, passengers will use their spyglasses to reveal special views of the stars above. These ‘constellations’ take shape as recognizable icons from Disney and Pixar stories. When the wishing star suddenly bursts and shatters, families will watch as its pieces are scattered across the sky, each landing in a far-off realm. Captain Minnie will need guests to help navigate the ship to these uncharted worlds to find the missing pieces of the wishing star. Passengers can choose where to go next, charting a course toward adventurous locales such as Motunui, New Orleans, Never Land, Sydney and more.
Each quest takes passengers on a journey throughout the ship, as the quest weaves interaction with the ship’s artwork, signs and props.
The result is a combination of AR (augmented reality) and physical effects “to create a hidden layer of magic that can only be unlocked with Disney Uncharted Adventure,” said Feder.
The adventure ends with a grand finale hosted in one of the ship’s premier entertainment venues. During a live interactive experience, passengers will gather with other players to battle an infamous Disney villain (who’s been pulling the strings all along) and finally restore the wishing star to its rightful place in the sky.
Feder says Disney Uncharted Adventure is being developed with flexibility, replayability and customization in mind. Passengers will be in charge of their own adventure, choosing when and how to play. Some guests may not complete every quest but can still enjoy the finale event; others may choose to play again and again, with new surprises and rewards each time. Families can play together on up to six devices at once, or team up on only one or two devices at a time.
Watch for more details about Disney Uncharted Adventure coming at a later date.