The wonderful world of gaming!

I was too young to see the original Wonderful World of Disney on TV. I did catch reruns on local TV, in Spanish too, but that fact did not diminish my enthusiasm. I dreamt of the day that I would visit Walt Disney World. It’s the common dream of many Puerto Rican kids; there is almost a religious fervor to it. It’s the trip you HAVE to make!

I made the trip and have visited the myriad parks in Orlando Florida on many occasions. Think what you may of the parks, the commercialism, the lines, I still love them. I remember the first time I rode in The Pirates of the Caribbean (the ride that inspired the movie) and afterwards spending my mother’s money getting the pirate hat and the fake flintlock pistol and rifle and then running across David Crocket Island plundering and pirating… It’s a wonder I did not get into cosplay!

Through the years Disney parks and other attractions such as Universal amaze me and inspire me. In fact it’s a rare occasion when I go to amusement parks and I don’t get some inspiration for a game; from modern games set in similar parks, to ideas about the future, the past, or simply how to create the illusion of magic. I think that’s the gist of it really, the magic of make believe, the magic of making the seemingly impossible seem possible.

I’ve written about travelling and inspiration before. So I embark on this trip with the idea of enjoying myself and seeing what inspires me in terms of games. I hope to return reinvigorated, relaxed and with new ideas for my games. Are you a fan of amusement parks? Have you integrated elements of your visit to parks into your games? What inspires you when you travel?

2 thoughts on “The wonderful world of gaming!”

  1. Actually, the ride did NOT inspire the movie.

    The first movie wasn't going to be a Pirates of The Caribbean movie, but just a pirate movie (released under one of Disney's non-Disney titles, IIRC). But, relatively late in the production, they realized it could be tied into the ride, building upon that brand name. I think that had something to do with the (similar time frame) of the Haunted House movie, and its brand tie-in. They were deciding that they could do brand tie-ins for multiple parts of the Disney ride franchise. For some reason, the rest of those tie-ins never happened.

    For PoTC, they wound up re-vamping the rides to add elements from the movies. They also added a few scenes to the first movie, to match the ride (the jail cell scene with the Dog, for example). But all of that was an after-thought, done relatively late in the creative process. The ride was not part of the initial inspiration for the movie.

  2. @johnkzin Thanks for the correction! I must admit I know little about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies besides what I’ve picked up second hand. I likes the original movie, despised the sequels (watched both on DVD, didn’t even bother going to the theater) and was incredibly disappointed by the revamped ride.

    Sorry to the PoTC fans, I can be a little snobbish when it comes to movies I’ll admit it. Don’t hate for that…

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