Back in the late 80s and early 90s, when Capcom was making numerous video games based on Disney franchises such as TV cartoons ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', and the movie ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', they decided to try their hand at a game based on Disneyland itself.
''Adventures in the Magic Kingdom'' can be seen as an early precursor to ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', or more accurately, ''VideoGame/KinectDisneylandAdventures''. You play the role of a boy whose name you determine, who explores the place and goes on rides that are essentially minigames, in an attempt to collect 6 keys to open the gate needed to start the Disneyland parade. You also meet a small handful of Disney characters.
The rides included as minigames are:
* Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean (created before the movie of the same name, and therefore not themed after it)
* Ride/TheHauntedMansion (also created before the movie)
* Space Mountain
* Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The first two of those rides play out as platformers, with slightly different rules - in Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, you start out unarmed and must avoid enemies until you collect a candle, which you can then use infinite times, as you try to rescue all 6 hostages. In Ride/TheHauntedMansion, you have a limited supply of candles to use to fight ghosts, and your only goal is to reach the end. The other three games are straight-up minigame in their style.
The game also allowed you to collect stars, which could be used on a pause screen to buy life, lives, brief invincibility, or freeze time. What you couldn't do, was extend or freeze your (only visible on the pause screen) time limit.
The music in the game is from Creator/YokoShimomura, who would return to Disney 12 years later as the composer for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.
!!This game contains examples of:
* TheCameo: Some more of the rides can be seen here also. However, they can't be entered. These include Cinderella's Castle, It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, and the Disneyland Railroad (the tracks of which surround the overworld). The entirety of Main Street USA is also here, right down to the type of shops, indicated by sprites.
* GameplayRoulette: You have racing, pressing onscreen button prompts, and platforming all in the same game.
* HelloInsertNameHere: You enter your name at the beginning, but the only places it's even used are when talking to some of the people in the overworld, the intros to Pirates of the Caribbean and Autopia, and the pause screen, where Mickey says "[your name], fight!" Leaving the naming space blank results in the game giving you the rather odd name of "Bamboo.7".
* NeverSayDie: While Ride/TheHauntedMansion has a backstory involving ghosts that, according to Mickey, "might want you", any mention or direct implication of death is avoided. If you die, you simply get "I'm sorry, you'll have to try again." Even if it's a ghost saying it. Almost as if they're not really killing you. But then again, this ''is'' a theme park after all.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: One of the keys requires you to answer a series of questions regarding Disney trivia; some of it can get quite obscure.
* PopQuiz: You must answer randomized trivia questions about Disney's history in order to get one of the keys.
* PressXToNotDie: Space Mountain works on this principle. Your only goal is to push the button or direction it indicates onscreen. Fail, and you lose a heart.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to [[http://www.nintendoplayer.com/interview/interview-with-former-disney-game-producer-darlene-lacey/ this interview with the producer]], the game originally had a much larger park, and featured Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain, before both were cut due to complications.