I’ve written about Disney Quest, a 5-story arcade at Downtown Disney, a couple of times. I first went in February and spent 11 hours there. It was great playing all the old-school games, the cool Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and everything else.
But I went back last month and was totally disappointed. The virtual reality and simulator rides seemed even more lame and outdated than before; the bumper cars that let you shoot cannons were smelly and broken. And I’d say a full third of the games, at minimum, were turned off or otherwise broken. I couldn’t understand why the place was unkempt and falling apart.
Thanks to Joystiq, now I know: Apparently Disney Quest was supposed to be a national chain, but that plan quickly failed. And now the sole survivor, the one in Orlando, is on the way out. Word is it’ll become an ESPN Zone in 2008.
That’s a shame. When stuff was working, Disney Quest really was cool. And if they had updated some of the bigger things with new technology, it could have been amazing. I wonder what they’ll do with all the old games. It’s a shame that they’re letting the place wind down so miserably. Better to just close it and sell off the games why they still work so they can still be of use to collectors.
— September 20, 2006