DuckTales World Showcase Adventure at Disney World

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is an interactive game in EPCOT at Walt Disney World. Although suitable for all ages, the scavenger hunt is aimed at kids who might otherwise find “exploring” the international pavilions to be boring. It’s a great option to keep them interested, engaged, and (unintentionally) learn a thing or two about other countries!

For those who are unfamiliar with it, 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.

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure allows guests to use the Play Disney Parks app and join Scrooge McDuck, his nephews & friends as they travel around World Showcase on a quacky quest to find the 7 Plunders of the World, and return them to their rightful owners.

Several missions will be available to complete as part of DuckTales World Showcase Adventure in the following countries:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • France
  • United Kingdom

Each country in EPCOT’s World Showcase has three assignments and one finale. Each mission will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete.

Upon completion of each country’s mission, you’ll receive an achievement in the Disney Play App. When all countries are completed, you’ll unlock a playable finale mission.

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. 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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