The five-story center 100,000 sq. foot building with video and virtual games opened in 1998 at the entertainment district’s West Side. The building is a landmark at Downtown Disney / Disney Springs, which is currently undergoing a major expansion. Their is even a nice big wall barrier out front, so no more full body pictures.
The changing technological times has certainly put DisneyQuest behind the eight ball so to speak. I remember going there back when it first open and was blow away by the virtual reality technology. Now, attractions like the Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Virtual Jungle Cruise can basically be played on your very own gaming console’s like Xbox 360 or Xbox One etc. So, yes we did skip these though they were working and Pirates had a pretty good line for it anyway for a Saturday overcast afternoon.
We did not find any games that were not working, though we did notice that their were not as many CM’s hanging around as the last time we had gone a few years ago. The Nascar Daytona Racing game was no longer front and center attention and their was a Que, but no one attending it. So, you had to wait for someone to decide “they” were ready to get up and stop playing or in some cases crashing into everyone they could. Instead on the big screen was The Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam for everyone to play against each other.
We noticed a few other changes that have taken place over the years as well, see if you remember any of these :
- The corkscrew “Cave of Wonders Slide“, 150 feet (46m) long, took guests from the third floor to the first.
- Ride the Comix 4: where players wore an HMD Virtual headset to “enter the comic book world.” Players battled with super villains by using a laser sword. Up to six players can be on a team at a time.
- “Treasure of the Incas” These were small remote-control toy trucks/jeeps that you could drive through a small maze that was under a plexi-glass floor. Friends needed to shout out directions of which way to go to the driver. You can tell the plexi-floor is still there as it still has a bit of a give when you walk on it.
- And all redemption games were removed earlier this year.
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster which is still there and was one of my favorites had a line wrapped all the way around the cage for the bumper cars so we skipped this. My favorite all time classic arcade game is Donkey Kong and it was being hoarded on one floor by a Dad and his daughter who literally took turns for over 30 minutes on that one game. I know because we played a lot of the other classics like Frogger, Dig Dug etc. and some pinball games around it. I finally gave up and went to see if it was still on the same floor as Buzz’ Astor Blaster where I use to play it anyway. And it was, though I did have to wait my turn. At least this person didn’t hog the game and moved right over to another game when they were done.
It was really hot in there, the air conditioning must not have been working real well as the coolest place was on the first floor, so we grabbed a drink at what is now called FoodQuest, back in the day it was the Cheesecake Factory. We were only there a couple of hours before we got the phone call that our room was ready at our resort.
Why we did go? For us it’s a nostalgic thing and a tradition to try to always say good-bye to as many Disney attractions as possible as we did for Pleasure Island.
Note: So if you haven’t heard yet, DisneyQuest will close next year to make way for an NBA-themed attraction. The entire Downtown Disney area has been under going changes over the last year and their are already a few new shops and restaurants there. Disney is even adding a new parking garage, which is only partly open at the moment and their is a wait to even turn into it. The road in front of the Downtown Marketplace is still under major construction. If you plan on visiting there, take the provided transportation provided by your resort or if you can walk to it, like we did from our Downtown Disney resort the B Resort & Spa.