Disney had given up DisneyQuest for the new NBA Experience. But the sweet memories of this first ever VR (Virtual Reality) attraction by the company will never cease to exist. The one of a kind indoor interactive attraction stood witnessed to an era of unforgettable gaming experiences in the history of virtual reality. Conceived and built as part of the plan to create a new kind of indoor interactive theme park attraction, DisneyQuest was loaded with an array of never-before gaming experiences.
For the first time ever DisneyQuest guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the power of cutting-edge computer graphics, including simulator platforms, head-mounted displays and other unique entertainment offerings based on the immersive technology. Popular attractions include the design-your-own-roller-coaster ride, Virtual Jungle Cruise, CyberSpace Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold. The list also includes Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride – the longest continuously operated VR attractions in the industry’s history, and the Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam. The Facility offered many other arcade video games as well.
DisneyQuest was one of the most exciting projects of its kind. It was a part of the once planned – worldwide chain of 20 VR centres. But only the Orlando attraction had lived up to the expectations. The unique attraction received a warm welcome when first opened in 1998, in Disney World’s Downtown Disney area now Disney Springs. And for Orlando locals and other holiday-makers the site proved to be a favourite all-weather entertainment venue. Imagine the huge five – story arcade with a whole range of video and virtual games. Imagine a place that allows you to play games all day long for a one-time fee. Truly, a favourite fun destination that had ruled imaginations across all ages. Moreover, its inclusion as an add-on to park tickets often ended up pulling more visitors with time.
However, lack of new plans and re-investments had led to the downfall. The popular facility started losing its charm and support. Things begun to look old and dated and there is no such actions and effort from the management side to revive the age-old glory. Major VR attractions were closed one after another. And finally, the entire facility closes on July 2, 2017.