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Sorcerers at Sea: Muppet Adventure Game adds high-tech hilarity to Midship Detective Agency aboard the Disney Fantasy

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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.

Midship Detective Agency / Muppets Adventure Game badge card 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.

11 Comments

  1. YesYou

    The Muppets are for infants. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is not, and kicks ass.

  2. Jeff Lynch

    Ricky, can people stay in Pepe’s stateroom? I think it would be cool to stay in a room with a little door like that, but I don’t know if they would let people stay there because of the fire drills and stuff and it would be hard to easily leave the room in an emergency. I would love the uniqueness of staying there though. Does it cost less money to stay in a little room like that?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Hah, as much fun as that could be, the door sadly does not open to anything. I even tried to use my room key and nothing happened.

  3. @YesYou – The Muppets is not for infants. It’s been around longer than you have probably and are icons in pop culture. You obviously don’t appreciate their value.

  4. Jeff Lynch

    I like the Muppets and I’m not an infant. The Muppets are silly. They used to have a TV show and all the famous people would stop by and sing or do little comedy bits. I used to have little Muppet action figures until I lost them. I saw the new Muppets movie and told all my friends that the Muppets are back and everyone I know was excited about it and no one said they were for infants.

  5. FS

    The Muppets are NOT for infants.

    The Muppet Show always had an adult sense of humor, and was meant for a broad audience, not just kids.

  6. Jackie K

    Ricky, is the Midship Detective Agency something that becomes annoying to listen to other guests do after a while becuase of sound effects and such? I know from experience that experiences like Kim Possible at epcot get a little annoying after a while from hearing the same sound effects over and over. did this ever get like that?
    also, were there any issues for you with having to wait in line for the artwork you needed to use? i have never personally tried the Midship Detective Agency, but I know this was an issue for me while doing kim possible, since some sequences (usually the end of a mission) took a few minutes for each party playing. is this an issue with the Midship Detective Agency?
    thank you so much for the extensive coverage of the Fantasy! 🙂

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The problems of Kim Possible and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom do not extend to the cruise ships. Since the Midship Detective Agency is open-ended, you don’t have to wait for a particular piece of artwork. You can visit any of the enchanted art pieces on the map to continue, so there’s almost never a wait. And the artwork is generally out of the way of areas where people hang around, often found in hallways or around stairs, so it’s never annoying to listen to. You pass by it quickly if you’re not paying attention.

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