Sup bloggers! Jonah H. here to bring you the kids perspective from D23. But first, I would like to congratulate Ryan for answering my last question: The Tomorrowland Transit Authority runs straight through Space Mountain. Congrats!
Now for the D23 kids review. The one panel I saw the most kids at was the Disney Interactive presentation. At that panel there were some video game presentations and some other cool things. The first video game presentation was for Fantasia Music Evolved. In this game you are apprentice to sorcerer Yen Sid (Yen Sid first appeared in Fantasia in 1940 and also in Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey: The Power of 2). Your job is to collect magic in all sorts of places and you get to do the hand movements like the ones Mickey does in Fantasia. There is much to do in this game but unfortunately it is only for the Xbox 360 with Kinect.
Next there is Blank, a vinylmation love story. Blank is an online series about a Vinylmation that was born blank and all the others have color. He then meets a female blank with a pink bow on her head. She gives him a black bow on his neck and then they bond. Then a machine grabs her and places her on a train that sends her to the shelves. He then races after her but falls down a waterfall and is saved by a squid. The first episode then ends with a “to be continued”.
Next, Disney presented a new iPad app called Animated that allows you to review all of Disney’s animated movies, including rough sketches to the finished product. For more details you can get it yourself at the app store.
Finally there is Disney Infinity. This game begins with a spark of imagination – you. Then the spark grows until it takes a humanoid form. You then explore the world born out of your imagination, meeting many Disney and Pixar characters such as: Woody, Sully, Jack Skellington, Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible, Lightning McQueen, The Lone Ranger, and none other than yours truly Sorcerer Mickey (Sorcerer Mickey will become public in january 2014 but you can get him by going to the D23 Expo Disney Interactive panel if you are in the first 5,000 guests). During the game you can do tons of adventures in the toybox mode. In this mode you can do practically everything. This mode was inspired by the childhoods of the makers of the game. For them, playtime was limitless so they wanted to make the toybox mode that way too. In the story mode there are five adventures for five sets of characters: Cars, The Lone Ranger, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters University. Everyone who attended the presentation received a Sorcerer Mickey play piece, which will be for sale to the public in January. I can’t wait to play this game!
Jonah lives in Virginia, and considers himself the biggest Disney “maniac” in his family. He has been going to Walt Disney World since he was 8 months old, and he still loves it to this day. He is 12 years old and in 7th grade.