Disney Magic Kingdoms

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Initially appealing pay-or-wait sim. Your money? Let it go.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Players start quests, collect rewards, and build structures by tapping the screen. Building placement controls is somewhat cumbersome. 

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Excessive timers press players to spend money or wait hours to continue. No parent gates on purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Magic Kingdoms is a tycoon-style simulation game that lets kids help release the amusement park from an evil spell, assign characters tasks, and keep visitors happy. Though there is an in-game currency that kids use to move the game along, they will eventually run out of gems; at that point, kids have to wait for timers to tick down or spend real money to speed things up. So, though younger kids will want to play and easily can, note that there are no parent gates on purchases, which makes it more appropriate for older kids. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byangelanp267 January 16, 2019

Game was fun, but company is a scam

Disney is a billion dollar company, but Gameloft must be hard up for money. Their customer service is non-existent and not willing to work with the customer to... Continue reading
Adult Written byNimue January 2, 2019

A big disappointing.

At first it seems like a great time, especially when the durations of quests are 1/2 hours. But later on every quest and to unlock a character takes a terrible... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 25, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byMr.Meowingtons May 8, 2020

The update that needs to happen

So,yes, I know I'm supposed to review the game, but I'll make an exception here and share the nonexistent update starring one of my favorite Disney m... Continue reading

What's it about?

DISNEY MAGIC KINGDOMS describes itself as an opportunity for Disney fans to create their own theme park. The original Magic Kingdom has been cursed by the villainous Maleficent, so players must help Mickey Mouse lift the curse and rebuild the Happiest Place on Earth. They do it by banding together with Mickey's Disney buddies to collect magic, attract visitors, grant wishes, and create happiness. Gameplay and controls are simple: Players tap the screen to send characters on missions, collect rewards, and build theme park attractions. As tasks are finished, kids earn in-game currency, which they can spend on enhancements for the park or to speed up the task timers. If they run out of gems, they can pay real money to avoid waiting as the characters perform their missions. Once players have completed enough missions and collected enough magic, they can clear the curse from areas of the park. After kids have played for a certain amount of time, they can visit other parks and collect potion, though it's unclear if you're visiting actual players' parks or not.

Is it any good?

Unlike the carefully crafted theme park experiences that are designed to thrill guests and make them forget those long hours in line, this mobile Magic Kingdom is too focused on in-game purchases. The first 10 minutes are fun for kids, with players joining forces with Mickey, Goofy, and Merlin to get rid of Maleficent's evil magic. Players are taught how to assign tasks to characters and collect magic and items (used to upgrade characters); however, after 10 minutes, wait times increase, and upgrading characters only results in a brief animation. Also, being able to visit other parks is confusing: It's unclear why you're visiting, and it feels a bit like stealing to take earned potion. Perhaps worst of all is that players are told they can build attractions where and when they want to, but long build timers and a poor placement system make it difficult to set things up in an attractive -- or even sensible -- way. The upside? This is a mobile game whose lack of kid-friendliness could be addressed with enough player feedback. It's chock-full of favorite Disney characters, an engaging narrative, familiar Magic Kingdom attractions, and real Disney music. It could be great with less focus on meaningless missions and money and more on creativity and fun. As it stands, it may appeal to older players who are already used to this mechanic and who have practice in patience or their own money to burn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your rules about in-app purchases. Is it OK to spend real money in the game?

  • Discuss ideas for your own Magic Kingdom. If you were in charge of the park, what would you add to it? 

  • Ask kids what they think about the pay-or-wait model of the game. Are they able to wait, or do they feel the need to pay?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases from $.99 to $.99.99 necessary for uninterrupted play)
  • Release date: March 16, 2016
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • Size: 95.90 MB
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: February 06, 2020

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