DuckTales World Showcase Adventure: Coming to Disney World in 2022!

Almost three years ago, Walt Disney World teased DuckTales World Showcase Adventure would be coming to EPCOT the following summer. In this post, we have our first official update on the addition–which we honestly thought might’ve been cancelled entirely–in over 2 years!

In case you’ve forgotten, DuckTales World Showcase Adventure invites guests to join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Launchpad and Webby in search of priceless treasure as part of an interactive adventure throughout EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests take a trip around the countries to discover exotic destinations, exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts. According to Walt Disney World, DuckTales World Showcase Adventure will be the next iteration of a popular interactive scavenger hunt around World Showcase guests have enjoyed for years as they experience the magic of possibility at EPCOT.

Today’s out-of-left-field update comes via a post on the Disney Parks Blog by Kartika Rodriguez, Vice President of EPCOT, reflecting on 40 years of the park. In pertinent part, here’s what she says: “So much has already debuted for our guests to enjoy today – but there’s also so much excitement on the horizon, like Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana in World Nature, and the final elements of World Celebration opening next year.

It’s true that here at EPCOT, we believe teamwork and world exploration makes our world a better place – so I’m delighted to share that Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming to EPCOT later this year. This experience will be the perfect way for the young and young-at-heart to play their way around World Showcase – because life is better when we explore the world around us together! I’m excited to share it with you soon.”

That’s pretty much all we know at this point…that DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is still on the way, and it’ll debut at some point in 2022. It’s safe to assume the grand debut isn’t coming in the next few days with Hurricane Ian on the way, so that leaves October, November, or December 2022.

With it being EPCOT’s 40th Anniversary, October 1 would be the obvious choice for a debut date. It’d give the beloved park something of substance for the milestone. However, that’s pretty short notice and I don’t see many old school EPCOT Center fans exactly clamoring for more DuckTales in World Showcase. (Their loss.)

While I don’t think think this necessarily needs to coincide with anything, DuckTales World Showcase Adventure debuting shortly before the start of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays on November 25, 2022 seems likely to me.

However, I would bet against the game rolling out around Thanksgiving. That’s one of the busiest weeks of the year, and we’ve already seen busy days bringing Batuu Bounty Hunters to a crawl (or crashing completely) in the Play Disney Parks app.

As such, my guesses (and that’s what these are–guesses) for DuckTales World Showcase Adventure debut dates would be on or around on November 11, 2022 or November 28, 2022.

The former would make it counter-programming for the start of Christmas season in the other parks, whereas the latter would be after Thanksgiving crowds depart.

In all likelihood, this is overanalysis. The return of Fantasmic is going to be announced soon, and it’ll likely debut a month from now on a random midweek day. October through December 2022 will be a busy three months, and Walt Disney World is scrambling to scale up and restore as much as possible–especially overdue returns or additions.

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure falls into the latter category. As evidenced by its “announcement” buried among paragraphs of text about 40 years of EPCOT, a splashy or strategically-timed debut probably won’t be what this in-park game gets.

Beyond this, it’ll be interesting to see whether DuckTales World Showcase Adventure has been modified in any way to incorporate MagicBand+ technology. Since it’s still happening, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that this game was developed almost entirely before the March 2020 closure.

That’s really not much of a limb–DuckTales has concluded its run, so Walt Disney World wouldn’t have developed it from the ground up as a synergy play in mid-2022. It’s a near-certainty that this has just been shelved for a couple of years and was revived due to the sunk costs and the desire to give kids more to do in World Showcase.

With that said, adding MagicBand+ functionality would be an interesting move. It would be a value-add for those devices, which have not exactly received glowing reviews outside Batuu Bounty Hunters. (Even then, battery drain and lines are real issues.) It’s possible that the game could thoughtfully offer MagicBand+ integration, and even if it cost more in development costs, that investment could potentially be recouped in more MagicBand+ sales.

Since I’m openly speculating and randomly guessing, my prediction is that this will not happen–that DuckTales World Showcase Adventure won’t offer any meaningful MagicBand+ functionality. (Note: random lights blinking does not count as “meaningful” integration.)

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure will be the third incarnation of the World Showcase Adventure scavenger hunt, which was previously hosted by Agent P of Phineas and Ferb.

Unlike that version and its earlier Kim Possible predecessor, the DuckTales interactive adventure will revolve around the Play Disney Parks mobile app, and will leverage more modern mobile phones. The Phineas and Ferb version is fully voice acted and features simple animations, so it remains to be seen how the new DuckTales World Showcase Adventure game will work in the park.

Ultimately, I’m a lot less excited about DuckTales World Showcase Adventure than I was two years ago. That has absolutely nothing to do with the series ending–I don’t see any problem with delayed IP integrations like this. (To the contrary, I think sometimes it’s better for a show to conclude to make sure it’s quality from start to finish and has staying power.)

My diminished enthusiasm is more about how the park experience at Walt Disney World has changed as a whole since late 2019 or early 2020. In short, there’s a lot more screen time than there was “back in the day,” and this just adds to that.

There’s using Genie+ to book Lightning Lanes throughout the day, more Mobile Order, Mobile Check-Out, Walk-Up Waitlist, virtual queues, and more. I’m not complaining about all of these features–some of them are great improvements.

However, they amount to a lot more screen time in aggregate, and I don’t think anyone is taking trips to Walt Disney World to spend more time on their phones. In any case, I’m still curious about DuckTales World Showcase Adventure and hope that it’s a fun addition for kids and families. I just would be more enthused if the surrounding circumstances were different. Stay tuned, as we will keep you posted on everything we learn about Walt Disney World’s newest minigame.

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Your Thoughts

What do you think about DuckTales World Showcase Adventure? Surprised that it’s still coming to EPCOT? Excited for this game, or do you wish it weren’t part of the Play Disney Parks app? Any predictions as to the debut date, or think it doesn’t much matter at this point? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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