Top 5 Disney Apps – To Chase Away The Disney Blues
Have the Disney blues? We have all been there, the uncomfortably sad feeling that washes over you when you realize you aren’t embraced by Disney magic anymore. It could happen at any second too. It could happen weeks after your vacation, days, when you walk back to work, relaxing in your favorite chair, or even that first step back into your home. We all wish for a cure-all for this sickness, and really it will only be cured by living in one of the parks for the rest of our lives. Although I have found some quick band-aids to possibly help you ease you back into real life.
Did you know there is a multitude of Disney game apps that are not only fun but will hopefully help sedate your Disney blues in your down time? I have done this painfully excruciating research, playing and troubleshooting each game to make sure that they will pass the Disney fan test. Hopefully, my long hours will be worthwhile and not done in vain.
These game apps are put in no particular order, and all can be found in either Apple App Store or Google Play Store. I also picked games that had over all Disney feel, rather than choosing the games that come out to promote certain films (IE: Inside Out Thought Bubbles, Frozen Free Fall, or Zootopia Crime Files). I’ve also downloaded and played these applications when they first came out and recently re-downloaded them to see how much they have changed.
The games are also all free to download, but please be aware that there are in-game items that can be purchased with real money. So watch your little ones if you let them play these games.
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Disney Magic Kingdom By: GameLoft
Rated: E for everyone Download Size: 56.17MB Type: Simulation Rating: 4.2/5 Stars
Premise: To stop Maleficent from casting a spell on the kingdom with the aid of classic Disney characters, and restoring the Magic Kingdom.
This little mini-game actually does pack a punch despite how small it looks when you first download it. The game also states that there are many different attractions, characters, and items from every single park around the world. So, there will be many pieces to put together with so many options.
There is a story to this game, where Maleficent had put a curse on the Magic Kingdom and everything is essential cursed, and Mickey and his friends must restore the park back. There is even a tutorial to start you out, so you aren’t confused about how to play.
This is what I like to call a “sit and wait” game. Sure, the first 20 minutes, you are constantly kept busy by finishing the quests that they give you and building attractions, but after that 20 minutes, the game starts to show its true colors. The “sit and wait” aspect is when you “buy” ( with in-game currency) an attraction or a character, you must wait a certain amount of time until they are available. Quests are the same way. A quest will ask you to gather a certain number of items, the only way to get these items is to prompt a character to do a task. These tasks take a certain amount of time, which can be from 1 minute to 12 hours. By completing these quests, you get more items and/or in-game currency to unlock more characters and/or attractions to continue to build your perfect Disney theme park. It is a very time-consuming game. This is the kind of game where you play for a couple minutes, prompting tasks and characters, and then closing the game until you remember that you have it again to repeat the cycle.
I recommend downloading this game on a tablet, it easier to see everything on a bigger screen.
Social: Very limited social abilities in this game. You can connect to Facebook with this app, and from there you can visit your friends’ parks and help them with their tasks. I assume you can only help your friends once a day.
How it has changed: When I first initially played this game when it first came out, I read “build your own Disney Theme Park”, which I instantly thought of the Disney version of Rollercoaster Tycoon. It has since changed a lot since I first played it, but let me tell you, you do not get to build your own version of the Magic Kingdom the way I first believed. There are a lot of prompts and zones where you can only put the classic attractions, so it does limit the creativity.
There wasn’t a lot of characters and attractions as it claims to have now. There is a more of an appeal to the game since I first played, because of the claim of new sections, characters and attractions.
Pros: Very easy to follow along tutorial with easy to follow game display. Classic attractions and characters at your fingertips. Roughly rebuilding the Magic Kingdom. Endless amount of quests. There are different ways to earn free in-game currency to further along the game. Free.
Cons: Time-consuming. Takes too long to complete some tasks. The rebuilding the Magic Kingdom has barriers to it. Some characters you must buy with real money.
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Disney Emoji Blitz By Disney
Rated: Everyone Download Size: 53.16MB Type: Puzzle Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Premise: To match Disney emojis in a timed setting. Collect the vast amount of Disney character emojis. Emote.
This has become one of my favorites and currently playing in my down time. This game is very similar to Bejeweled, or if you may the more popular Candy Crush.
How to Play: This puzzle game gives you a time limit to match identical emojis in groups of 3 or more to gain points. Along with that simple premise, Disney Emoji Blitz has added more elements to the game to keep you entertained. Before playing the game, you must pick your main emoji, this emoji will gain a “blitz” power once you gather enough of the selected emoji by matching. There are also different combo bonuses that appear if you match a certain amount, that helps you gain more points.
With different missions per level, item collecting, character collecting, and daily challenges, you will never get bored of this game. Plus, the emojis are so darn cute, that Disney has even made little animations just using this Disney emojis tell the story of classic Disney movies that air on the Disney channels between commercials.
If that wasn’t all enough, Disney Emoji Blitz gifts you with an emoji keyboard with the emojis you collect. Meaning that there is an emoji gallery than can be accessed in your text messaging system, so you can use the collected emojis in your everyday messaging.
Social: The social abilities are very minuscule, but it can play a small part in your game playing if you have friends that love this sort of game. Emoji Blitz connects with Facebook and finds your friends that also play the game and ranks all of you to a leaderboard. As each week resets, it gives in-game currency to the top 3 leaders on the board. Gives a good competition aspect between your friends. If you don’t have friends playing the game, you are most likely up against computers, which will always have low scores, so at least you will gain in-game currency once a week to buy emoji boxes.
How it has changed: Since I played this game when it first came out, Emoji Blitz only changed in how many emojis there are to collect. Also, more events are available every once and awhile. I caught the end of the last event that was promoting the DuckTales reboot. There were additional challenges to gain the new DuckTales emojis. Another change is, when it first came out, the game made it hard to figure out how to access those emojis to use outside of the game. Now, it seems easier to figure out, along with step-by-step instructions on how to do it.
Pros: Bubbly, fun music. Adorable emojis. Lives regenerate fast. Giving you the need to collect more emojis to score higher. Special events often. Keeping the emojis to use outside of the game. Disney. Free
Cons: Slow load-in screen. Sometimes after using the blitz function, the game won’t let you move anything for a whole second. I guess you can get sick of the repetitiveness?
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Disney Magical Dice: The Enchanted Board Game By Netmarble
Rated: Everyone 4+ Download Size: 86.97MB Type: Board Rating: 4.2/5 Stars
Premise: A Disney Board game where you get to choose your favorite Disney characters and travel around the board purchasing and collecting very familiar landmarks by the simple role of the dice.
If I had to define this game it would be a smaller version of Disney Monopoly. Once you play this game you will understand what I’m talking about. The board, and board pieces and the fact that the game is run by rolling your dice, it gives that familiar appeal. But who wouldn’t want to play a Disney version of Monopoly online? The main appeal of this game, at least for me, is to collect the Disney character game pieces, which when leveled up gives perks to help with the game.
How to Play: The rules are very much like Monopoly, roll the dice of your choosing to move your character across the board. If you land on a property you have the choice to buy the property (marked by buildings) or not. If you land on someone else’s property you have to pay rent to that player. This goes on and on until everyone goes bankrupt except one player, who is declared the winner.
Disney Magical Dice has three modes of games: 1 v 1, 2 v 2, and story mode.1 v 1 is exactly what it means, you are playing another player in real time (not really sure if this is accurate). 2 v 2 means you team up with another player against another team of two in real time. Finally, story mode which is where you play monopoly against a computer where you are given tasks to complete before you make the computer go bankrupt. Story mode, I would recommend playing before playing against other real players, because it teaches you about all the rules and tricks you can use to your advantage. And there are a lot of rules and guidelines that the initial tutorial does not mention.
Social: This game thrives on social play. Given the fact that the first game mode that you play is “1 v 1” you can see how much social play is centered around this game. Monopoly Disney Magical Dice is all about strategy and luck, playing against a computer you could simply find the pattern and then the game wouldn’t be fun anymore. Add in other players from around the world that have different strategies, game pieces, perks, and bonuses, now you have a game.
How it has changed: When I first played this game, I was fortunate because I played a similar game, not to long before downloading this one, that was just in Japanese. I got the gist of the first one, so I just skipped all the tutorials of Disney Magic Dice and just went in blind. Going in blind to this game is not really a big deal, it is Monopoly just with a few extra add-ons. The big change is the choice of characters you can choose from. There was a very minimal amount of characters, and it was more about the dice. I didn’t play long because of the combination of players being too slow, and the fact that there was really no real motivation other than beating the other players and in-game currency. The updates are such a great improvement, and I found myself going back to the game to level up and see what other characters I could get.
Pros: More ways to play. Fun character collecting aspect. Story mode. Social play. Time counter for other players to keep the game going. Auto-play function. Free
Cons: Too many rules and regulations. Doesn’t mention story mode, you must find it. Should change the rating to 10+, as a 4-year-old probably won’t understand the game. Games can take too long with a timer set at 25 minutes. Run the risk of playing against someone that takes too long.
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Kingdom Hearts Union X[Cross] By Square Enix
Rated: Everyone +10 Download Size: 65.12MB Type: Role Playing Rating: 4.0/5 Stars
Out of all the applications on this list, this game is only one that the really fits into a niche. If you don’t know about Kingdom Hearts, it was a game for the PlayStation 2. The game was made in a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Games and created a Final Fantasy-esque game inside a Disney universe. It was created into a series of 8 games across multiple platforms, to a relatively large following of fans.
If the name Kingdom Heart Union X[Cross], seems kind of odd this is because it had a name change in April 2017 from its original title, Kingdom Hearts Unchained X. This game is set as a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts.
Premise: As a Keyblade wielder, you must join one of the five factions led by Keyblade Masters to discover why forces of light are fading away. Defeating creatures called the Heartless, gets you one step closer to finding out the truth.
How to Play: This game is a role-playing game where you are given an avatar to customize for yourself. Story missions are the main way to play the game, where you are given three tasks to complete while defeating the Heartless as you navigate through screen using your finger
To defeat the Heartless, there are medals that you obtain that hold a Kingdom Hearts character, that provides attack and/or defense. Clicking the Heartless will use the medals attack/defense power but swiping the medals will unleash a special attack. Fighting is turn-based until either you or the enemy dies.
AP is given, which is your energy to continue to play story missions. There are tutorials to help you start out, and a help dictionary in the settings if you ever do get lost.
Disney characters are prevalent throughout this game, not only in the medals that you use to fight but also in the stories. The first set of missions, you are helping the seven dwarves to find Snow White.
There are different modes to play: Story, Special, Multiplayer, and Coliseum. The story mode is your main way to play the game, to gain story, items, experience, etc. Special mode is for special events that if you complete, will grant you special items. Coliseum is identical to the coliseum part in the original Kingdom Hearts, where you fight against several enemies in rounds to gain experience and win high bonuses.
Social: The social aspect of this game is part of a lot of different elements. Once you have furthered yourself into the story and figured out the game mechanics you can join a clan. Once you join a clan, you can chat with other players and exchange game tips. Clan members can also help with the medal share function, by providing a specific medal for other members to use while playing any game mode. Clan mates can also assist in defeating large bosses that randomly show up when playing your missions.
The newest social function is multiplayer, where you can go on quests with members of your clan.
How it has changed: I was one of the many that pre-signed up to download the game when it debuted in April 2015, so I played right from the start. Not much has changed in the beginning part of the game’s story mode. Most of the changes come from after leveling up through the missions quite a bit. Multiplayer has been added where you can play side by side with your clan mates. More character medals have been added, and I believe from looking at the updates more character universes to explore.
This is such a large game, and I don’t believe you can play this on a phone but on PC and tablets. Once you play, you can see why. I recommended this game because it is the most immersive and extensive free games you will find out right now. This may be under a certain niche because it is part of the Kingdom Hearts series, which you may need some context before playing the game. If you are a fan of Kingdom Hearts and you are waiting for KH3 this is the perfect game for you to play.
Pros: Customizable avatar. Many game modes to play. Very extensive. The story. The characters. The game play. Many events. Many opportunities for free items. Multiplayer. The fact that it’s free.
Cons: It can be overwhelming. Context to Kingdom Hearts. Large game. A learning curve for the “medal” system.
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My Disney Experience/Disneyland
Rated: Everyone Download Size: 69.85 MB Type: Travel & Local Rating: 4.4/5 Stars
Premise: The ultimate key to knowing Disney World/Disneyland real-time wait times, park hours, character meet and greets, parades, shows, events, tours, etc.
I don’t think I have to say it but, these are the only applications on the list that aren’t really a game. The Disneyland App and My Disney Experience, if you don’t know, are the instant Park maps for your phone and they are the number one must haves for your Disney vacation after your tickets.
Truthfully, the reason why I put these apps on this list because they continue to get so much use even after the vacation is done. It serves to not only a reminder of where you have been but also slightly eases your Disney Blues by having that little part of Disney with you. Or it can exasperate it.
There are so many people that I have talked to that continue to keep these apps on their phones, occasionally opening up their park maps to get a little sneak peek of what the wait times are in the park. Some retrace their steps when they were on their vacation. Some use it as research for wait times on certain attractions. Some simply look at every nook and cranny of the interactive maps and find new things.
Pros: Disney interactive map for you all your Disney vacation needs. Ready for you whenever. Bringing the magic. Free Free Free.
Cons: Make you want to go to Disney when you aren’t there. Won’t instantly transport you to a Disney park.
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There you have it, the top list of Disney applications for your phone or tablet that will definitely combat away your Disney Blues. Please let us know in the comments if you have tried any of them, and if they worked for you. Also, if you have any suggestions that I may have missed.
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I was not sponsored for this article, and I willingly played these games.