Gotta Catch em All at Disney Parks
PokemonGo is a augmented reality game for your phone that allows you to go out into the real world and catch pokemon. It has taken the world by storm becoming the most popular app over Vine, Tinder, Snapchat and others. The game has brought back a sense of nostalgia for 90s fans who fell in love with it back in the day and it doesn’t seem to end in popularity anytime soon.
Around your area there are pokestops, where you can stop at a landmark like a church, statue, store, etc, and pick up various items to help you along your journey. There are also pokemon gyms, where you can battle the gym leader and claim it as your own around your area as well. This has been encouraging gamers to explore their hometowns and new parts of the country to catch em all. But this left the question? What does the pokemonGo world look like at Disney Parks?
I asked around and let’s just say if you are a Disney Parks fan and a fan of the new game, you will not be disappointed.
I will say right off the bat that Cinderella Castle and Expedition Everest are pokemon Gyms.
DapperZack from Tumblr, A Jungle Cruise Skipper, has confirmed the attraction has 6 pokestops.
A few more attractions at Magic Kingdom are gyms rather than pokestops.
DrarryContrary, a fellow tumblr follower, has provided a whole report on what Magic Kingdom looks like here in her PokemonGo Magic Kingdom Report.
Apparently Hollywood Studios is a hit and miss but it depends.
Fortunately Lakin did catch an Poliwag and Staryu, water type pokemon.
However Erin F. reported catching a charmeleon at the Great Movie Ride so you could score big there. Again it’s hit and miss.
Betsy B., a Character attendant at EPCOT says the park is a good place for pokemon as well saying she caught an Abra at the Inside Out meet and greet during her day off.
My personal favorite has been shared with me numerous times this week
I am being told Animal Kingdom was a great place to visit to catch some pokemon, especially pikachu. Here is one pokemon that can be caught at Animal Kingdom.
Sadly there are some downsides to the game, as it is only a week old.
Bobby had a bit of trouble catching pokemon at EPCOT due to the servers going down. Since the game is pretty much brand new the servers have gone down more than once a day. But being this game is so new they have to work out the kinks.
Also, many people are playing the game and driving. The game requires you to have the app open constantly in order to run so please do not play the game and drive.
Finally, i must stress this last warning. If you are visiting any of the Disney parks, DO NOT GO INTO BACKSTAGE AREAS WHILE PLAYING POKEMON GO!
It is being reported to me by cast members that guests are venturing into the backstage areas or cast member only areas to catch pokemon. It is already becoming a big issue. 2 guests were reported to have been escorted out of EPCOT for going backstage to play the game and refusing to leave. It is also being reported that Cast members are getting talks from management regarding the matter, having to actually count how many guests actually venture backstage and report it back to managment.
If guests continue this trend then it could possibly be proxy banned from Disney’s servers.
So please do not ruin the fun for everyone. As i have shown there are plenty of places within the parks where you can catch pokemon. DO NOT GO INTO BACKSTAGE AREAS WHILE PLAYING POKEMON GO.
Will you be catching them all during your next visit to the parks?
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Theme Park Editor for Diskingdom.com. 24 years old, Annual Passholder, Disney College Program Alum and Creator of PixiedustandPlanes Blog.