While the attention of many Disney fans is fixated on the recently-launched Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game at Walt Disney World, the Disney Fantasy offers its passengers an even more enjoyable (in my opinion) experience by way of the newly-enhanced Midship Detective Agency, now featuring the Muppets Adventure Game, currently exclusive to the newest Disney Cruise Line ship.
Many of the same Imagineers who created Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom are also responsible for dreaming up the Midship Detective Agency, which first debuted on the Disney Dream last year. At their basics, both experiences involve players holding up cards to video screens to trigger interactive game elements. But that’s where the similarities end.
In my recent interview with Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, creator of both experiences, I was told that Ackley first pitched the idea for Sorcerers before thinking up the Midship Detective Agency. But as it turned out, Midship launched with two separate story lines (The Case of the Plundered Paintings and The Case of the Missing Puppies) on the Dream about a year before Sorcerers did at the Walt Disney World theme park. And since that debut in early 2011, Imagineers have worked to improve upon the experience for the Disney Fantasy, adding a third and more involved story featuring the Muppets (The Case of the Stolen Show), as everyone is still buzzing about their recent film. The goal is simple in all three games: figure out whodunnit by discovering clues, aided by familiar characters.
On this past weekend’s Disney Fantasy Inaugural preview cruise, I had a chance to learn more about the new Muppets Adventure Game from Walt Disney Imagineers Bob Zalk and Karen Leung. In the video below, they run through the basics of the game and offer a few behind-the-scenes details about its creation. If you want to remain relatively spoiler-free about this new at-sea attraction but still get a sense of what it’s all about, this Imagineer-hosted introduction is the perfect way to get a sampling without “ruining” too much of the adventure. (For those wanting to see it all, keep scrolling below the video.)
Video: Imagineers explain and demonstrate the new Muppets Adventure Game on the Disney Fantasy
Until this point in this article, I haven’t spoiled too much about exactly what is featured in each of the games, but that’s about to change. If you don’t want to know the specifics of who is starring in these games, what their roles are, and how it all ends up, stop reading here, knowing that the Midship Detective Agency, and particularly the new Muppets Adventure Game, are entirely fun and worth the time investment while sailing the Disney Fantasy.