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Review: Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot



By Dave Shute

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We recently did Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot. It’s a terrific new attraction for returning visitors, but we have mixed feelings about it for first time visitors.

The attraction is hard to describe, but at the simplest level it’s a series of scavenger hunts at various pavilions at the World Showcase.

Kim Possible Epcot Pick UpYou can have fun completing just one hunt at one pavilion, or do them all. The hunts are enabled by an adapted cell phone (or “Kimmunicator”) which you can pick up at many sites in the World Showcase–see photo for one of the carts from which you can pick them up.

The hunts are enhanced by being developed as a story where Kim and her team help you save the world by completing the activities of the scavenger hunt–which the attraction calls a “mission.” It’s also more than just finding stuff–Epcot does stuff back to you in return!!

If you complete all of the missions at all of the pavilions, there’s also a grand finale reward.

It’s a hoot, we had a ball, and it was the talk of the buses both to and from Epcot.

kimmunicatorIt’s also a conceptual tour de force, as a mash-up of the Epcot World Showcase physical environment with the Kim Possible plot and characters, all enabled by…an adapted cell phone that Disney provides!

My issue with the attraction for first time visitors who may not ever return (the target audience of this site) is that while it happens in the World Showcase, it isn’t really of the World Showcase.

While playing the Adventure, you won’t be seeing the shows, doing the rides, enjoying the architecture, seeing the films, or exploring the shopping of the pavilions. It’s sorta like seeing a Shakespeare play solely to do a scavenger hunt of unusual words.

Of course, that’s also why it’s such a great attraction for repeat visitors.

Kids on average just aren’t that keen on the World Showcase, and the Kim Possible Adventure gives them a great new thing to do while their parents (in theory) are enjoying the rest of what the pavilions have to offer!

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5 comments

1 KrisBelucci { 06.02.09 at 3:48 am }

Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting.

2 KonstantinMiller { 07.06.09 at 2:22 pm }

I think I will try to recommend this post to my friends and family, cuz it’s really helpful.

3 vacation in orlando florida { 01.03.10 at 10:54 pm }

We did this on Saturday and at first I thought it was going to be a waste of time.. boy was I wrong! When you see the things that you can activate with the “kimunicator” you will be amazed. I don’t want to spoil anything but there is a spot where your party will be standing at a certain point and a pic of yourself will be sent to the phone! There is also one villain that when you find his hideout the store window will actually fill up with water, the best part was the look on the faces of the people around us haha. Deffinitly worth checking out.

4 Jen { 01.22.12 at 3:13 pm }

We absolutely LOVED doing the Kim Possible missions. I’ve been to Disney World 4 times, but this was my kids’ first time. The interactive missions provided an opportunity for us to explore the countries in a very fun, kid-friendly way! (The countries with rides don’t have a KP mission.) We did the missions after sunset, so the adventure felt SO real and mysterious. My 6 year old DD was a little scared, in fact! My 8 and 11 year old boys LOVED it. You definitely could do 1 adventure and STILL explore the countries. And we found it did not take the full 30 minutes to complete. This was the HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip, so don’t miss out!
I will echo the person above me…you will be amazed! The Kimmunicator triggers unbelievable things to happen (to store fronts, to displays, to signs, etc!)…and the people around us were just stunned as to WHY it had suddenly happened! Hilarious! And my son was DELIGHTED. Enjoy!

5 Dave { 01.22.12 at 4:26 pm }

Hi Jen, what a great comment, thanks for sharing it! Dave

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