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Disney Magic Kingdoms is a world building simulator (similar to The Simpsons: Tapped Out) developed and published by Gameloft that is based on Disney Parks. Released on March 17, 2016, the game is available for iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows.note 

This mobile and computer game allows players to build their own unique Disney theme park. The story behind why they could so is because Maleficent has placed a powerful curse on the park, ridding it of all its attractions, characters (except for Mickey Mouse), and most importantly, its magic. Merlin comes in and finds that there is still magic in the park, it just needs to be found. With the magic around the park, it's up to the player to rebuild the Kingdom, welcome back the Disney and Pixar characters, lift the Kingdom's curse, and stop Maleficent's takeover.

Magic is earned through tapping on attractions and concessions that players place and lift curses from throughout the park, as having characters complete various activities (i.e. tasks), or through running parades. Magic is used to expand the park (by freeing various areas from the curse), place more buildings, start parades, and (alongside the various special tokens that players must also collect) welcome characters to the park. Of course, once players begin lifting the curse, guests will come back to have some fun again, so players must also make their park's guests happy by granting their wishes (i.e. having them ride attractions or have the characters do specific activities for the guests). There are also gems to earn and purchase as premium currency, which allow players to complete activities faster or unlock premium content such as special attractions or characters (including certain limited-time characters).


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    Disney and Pixar characters in the game 
Bolded names are premium characters. All characters are grouped based on the in-game character collections and how they appear in the characters menu from left-to-right.

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Events only

  • The Incredibles
    • Dash
    • Elastigirlnote 
    • Mr. Incredible
    • Violet
    • Jack-Jack
    • Frozone
    • Syndrome
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Zero
    • Jack Skellington
    • Sally
    • Oogie Boogie
    • The Mayor
  • Frozen and Frozen II
    • Anna
    • Elsa
    • Olaf
    • Hans
    • Kristoff
    • Sven
    • Ryder
    • Honeymaren
    • Fire Spirit
  • Mulan
    • Li Shang
    • Mulan
    • Mushu
    • Cri-Kee
  • Beauty and the Beast
    • Belle
    • Beast
    • Lumière
    • Cogsworth
    • Mrs. Potts
    • Chip
    • Gaston
    • LeFou
  • The Lion King
    • Zazu
    • Nala
    • Simba
    • Rafiki
    • Scar
    • Timon
    • Pumbaa
    • Shenzi
    • Banzai
    • Ed
  • Aladdin
    • Aladdin
    • Jasmine
    • Abu
    • Carpet
    • Jafar
    • Iago
    • Genie
    • Rajah
    • The Sultan
  • Alice in Wonderland
    • Alice
    • Mad Hatter
    • March Hare
    • White Rabbit
    • Caterpillar
    • Queen of Hearts
    • Cheshire Cat
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    • Bashful
    • Doc
    • Sneezy
    • Dopey
    • Happy
    • Snow White
    • Prince Charmingnote 
    • The Queen
    • Grumpy
    • Sleepy
  • Winnie the Pooh
    • Christopher Robinnote 
    • Winnie the Pooh
    • Eeyore
    • Tigger
    • Kanga
    • Roo
    • Piglet
    • Rabbit
  • Lilo & Stitch
    • Nani
    • Lilo
    • Stitch
    • Angel
    • Pleakley
    • Jumba
    • Cobra Bubbles
  • Big Hero 6
    • Hiro
    • Baymax
    • Yokai
    • Go Go
    • Honey Lemon
    • Fred
    • Wasabi
  • The Little Mermaid
    • Sebastian
    • Scuttle
    • Ariel
    • Prince Eric
    • King Triton
    • Flounder
    • Ursula
  • Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet
    • Ralph
    • Vanellope
    • Fix-It Felix Jr.
    • Calhoun
    • Spamley
    • Yesss
    • Shank
  • The Princess and the Frog
    • Prince Naveen
    • Tiana
    • Eudora
    • Charlotte La Bouff
    • Dr. Facilier
    • Louis
    • Mama Odie
  • Moana
    • Sina
    • Moana
    • Maui
    • Hei Hei
    • Chief Tui
    • Gramma Tala
    • Pua
  • Coco
    • Miguel
    • Abuelita
    • Dante
    • Mama Coco
    • Mama Imelda
    • Hector Rivera
    • Ernesto de la Cruz
  • The Haunted Mansion
    • The Bridenote 
  • Star Wars (Disney trilogy)
    • BB-8
    • Poe
    • Finn
    • Rey
    • First Order Stormtrooper
    • Kylo Ren
    • General Hux

This game provides examples of:

  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The costs for nearly everything inflate quite a lot the further the player makes it through the Kingdom.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Most of the characters in the game take are primarily based on their most famous and prominent aspects taken from their original films.
    • Lilo & Stitch is unique in that takes elements not only from the original film,note  but also Lilo & Stitch: The Series,note  with a few elements taken from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitchnote  and the Stitch! anime.note 
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    • The whole game itself is this to all of Disney Parks, with many buildings based on attractions and restaurants found in numerous parks whether they're common mainstays or one-resort-exclusives. Attractions that have different park variants may be based on one particular version or a mashup of multiple versions.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Lilo & Stitch characters are based on how they are during and possibly after the events of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and Gameloft actually adds some new details to the characters that were not found in the original franchise, such as Cobra's sunglasses being prescription and Angel sharing her boyfriend's dislike and fear of water.
  • Adult Fear: As Eudora points out in the quest "Missing Princess Report", from her perspective the events of The Princess and the Frog were just a full week of having no idea where her daughter was.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played straight with Pleakley (fluent), Jumba (proficient), and Stitch (capable but broken). Averted with Angel, who only speaks in Tantalog (not counting any proper names that happen to be English words).
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The game offers daily rewards for playing, including a character and attraction for 30 days. Luckily, missing a day doesn't completely reset the rewards counter, just missing out on the reward for that day (in this case, a day of Magic).
  • Amusement Park: The game is modeled after the most famous brand of Theme Parks, and you must (re)build one.
  • Arc Villain: Many of the Disney villains (i.e. Scar, Jafar, Gaston, Oogie Boogie, etc.) serve as the big bads for specific character sets' story arcs.
  • Back from the Dead: Directly implied to be the case for Gaston (and through that, indirectly implied to be the case for all other villains in the game who died in their respective movies).
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Mamá Imelda pretending to ask Ernesto de la Cruz for help in the the quest "Master Class?" from the Coco event. De la Cruz still fails to see through it.
    Mamá Imelda: Ernesto. Not only am I here to apologize. But also to ask you. For advice. You see. Nobody knows about our performance. Because surely we are worse than you. At music. We are so VERY sad.
  • Big Bad: The Mistress of All Evil herself, Maleficent, serves as the big bad for the entire game, with multiple other Disney and Pixar villains serving as comparatively smaller scale big bads for specific arcs.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes characters will speak in a language other than English, and said non-English dialogue is not translated for the player.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The premise of their movie means that the characters from Wreck-It Ralph are well aware that they're in a video game, which reflects in their dialogue. For example, Vanellope says in one of her level-up quotes that she's never had RPG mechanics before.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Players can use gems, the game's premium currency, to unlock premium content including characters and attractions, some of which help for completing events quicker. Of course, the best way to earn gems is through microtransactions. Likewise, during events, players can expect a lot of promotions where they can spend real money straight up to get premium characters, buildings, event currency, and gems to progress through the event storyline quicker.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: From Barley and Colt's quest "Keep It Lawful":
    Colt: *sigh...* So... the unidentified elf who bungee-corded himself to the Whispering Elm outside the Journey Mart...
    Barley: ...possessed an admirable degree of environmental consciousness, but was NOT me. Also, he was probably very handsome.
    Colt: ... Right. And the part where he led three officers on a half-hour foot chase with a Burger Shire bag over his head?
    Barley: ... Handsome and ANONYMOUS.
  • Cap: The highest level a player can achieve is 60 (previously 50). Characters max out at Level 10, except for Merlin who only maxes out at two. The Pirates of the Caribbean characters also maxed out at six until version 3.2.0 raised them up to ten.
  • Character Level: Each character has a level that allows them to do more quests and activities the higher they are.
  • Curse: Maleficent places one all over the Kingdom, taking away its magic, attractions, and happiness.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Merlin and the characters from the Mickey and Friends and Toy Story packs who were available at launch were the only ones who were voiced, until the Lady and the Tramp update removed their voicelines as well.
  • Enhance Button: Discussed in the Big Hero 6 event quest "Closed for Private Event". Hiro tries to get Honey Lemon to zoom in and enhance a video image, but she tells him that it only works in police procedurals. She can add a face filter, however.
  • Experience Points: Players can earn experience to unlock more attractions, decorations, and quests. Leveling up also awards bonus gems and magic.
  • Flat "What": This is Finn's response to Poe saying they're going to engage General Hux directly in the Star Wars event.
    Poe: Rest of the plan is, Hux definitely knows we're here now, because who ELSE would've been scrapping all his droids... So the only move we've got now is fighting him directly.
    Finn: ... ... What.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Elastigirl pulls this on Dash while searching for him in "Find the Family".
    Elastigirl: Dashiell Robert Parr, you get over here this instant!
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While still the overall big bad in the context of the entire game, Maleficent also serves as a greater scope villain by allowing multiple other Disney and Pixar villains to come to the park to actively wreck havoc while she plots in the shadows, being implied to have resurrected those villains who died at the end of their respective movies, and even directly summoning the magic absorbing gem crabs that granted Scar the opportunity he desired to make his attempt at overthrowing Simba.
  • If It Swims, It Flies: Not quite; The Little Mermaid has been added to the game, but the developers have announced that characters like Flounder, who are normally water-bound, will be traveling through the park using its waterways. Ariel gets a workaround; her human form will be her base form, and her mermaid form will be a "costume", so she gets to access Tomorrowland while Flounder, Triton, and Ursula can't.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—more specifically the original version found in Disney's Hollywood Studios—is in the game under the name "Hollywood Tower of Terror", since The Twilight Zone is not owned by Disney.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Sidequests during the The Princess and the Frog event involved characters from The Little Mermaid trying to understand why strange "human" objects (tokens) appear while they and others are doing things as well as them appearing from floats and buildings. See also the What the Hell, Hero? entry below.
  • Lightbulb Joke: One of Goofy's activities is to change a light bulb. It takes him six hours in one of his quests and four hours every other time.
  • Loading Screen: Changes to reflect the latest event or update. Cinderella Castle is always in the background in these screens.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: It's Disney. Expect many characters.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Loading the game takes around two minutes on mobile; it's good to have something else to do while you're waiting.
  • Loud of War: Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto finally defeat Pete by playing the trumpet, playing the tuba, and barking at him respectively.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters from Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet have this - particularly during the related event and their sidequests during the Aladdin Tower Challenge - which is natural given the source material.
  • Mythology Gag: This game is crammed with references to many Disney characters' source material.
    • One good example is the Fairy Godmother mentioning Cinderella's original silver dress color.
    • A quest involving the Evil Queen has her make a deadly comb and bodice to kill Snow White, just like in the original story. Fortunately for Snow White, the items have to sit for a while before they're usable and the queen doesn't want to wait.
    • Boo's first quest involves her being led toward a surprise birthday party being thrown in her honor at The Laugh Floor; The original premise for the film that became Monsters University was that Mike and Sulley were to try to visit Boo and bring her a birthday present. In their search for her, they wind up getting stuck in the human world.
    • In one of his quests, the Sultan mentions recognising the Beast as one of his toys, referencing the Easter Egg in Aladdin where the Beast can be seen in the tower of toy animals the Sultan is building.
    • In one of Joe's sidequests, he makes references to Disney's Animated Adaptation of Casey at the Bat and the related "Casey's Corner" restaurants at various Disney parks ("Why this place named a hot dog restaurant after a guy who strikes out in the big game, though? This, I don't understand."). There is no attraction based on "Casey's Corner" in the game, but an unrelated hotdog concession stand does exist.
    • One Iago sidequest indirectly references the "Under New Management" version of The Enchanted Tiki Room he was involved in alongside Zazu as something he says he always wanted to do. It's played for irony since the Real Life version lasted longer than his in-quest prediction (13 years) before being changed back due to fire damage.
    Iago: I always wanted to open up a music club of my own... fill it with all kinds a' songbirds... ... Run it into the ground... blame it on my business partner... book it across the border after cleanin' out the till... Aaaaah, who am I kidding. I couldn't keep a scam THAT big goin' for more than a couple years, tops!
  • One Steve Limit: This game incorporates not only Mickey Mouse and his friends but characters from many of the movies. If you've played through events and/or are willing to spend premium currency (depending on the character), it's possible to own Jack Skellington, Jack Sparrow, Jack-Jack, Snow White's Prince Charmingnote , Cinderella's Prince Charming, Chip Potts, and the other Chip.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: When Hamm asks Bo Peep for her opinion on his jokes in "Comedic Timing", she tells him that he's the funniest piggy bank she's ever met. He soon realises that he's the only piggy bank she's ever met.
  • Play Every Day: Players can log in every day to receive a daily reward and count progress towards a reward streak to receive special rewards, such as Tinker Bell. Note that an Internet connection is required to claim daily rewards.
  • Product Placement: Some characters, attractions, and costumes were added to the game around the time of their related film's releases.
    • Zootopia characters and buildings were added as permanent content.
    • Wreck-It Ralph had an event in time for the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet.
    • Rajah and the Sultan from Aladdin were released on the opening weekend of the 2019 live-action Aladdin film.
    • Ducky, Bunny, and Forky, as well as Bo Beep's Toy Story 4 costume, were added as permanent content for the release of that film.
    • The hyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed were released in the same month as the live-action Lion King movie.
    • Frozen II had a smaller-scale event adding characters and locations from the film.
    • An event based on the new Star Wars trilogy, as well as C-3PO, R2-D2, and new land as permanent content, were added with the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Rule of Three: The tower challenge events last three chapters over five days each, though two out of three need to be won in order to defeat Maleficent.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Happens to Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Woody, and Jessie during major events. The former two, in particular, will have at least a few quests to help kick off an event and/or figure out how to deal with the eternally-respawning tapper enemies with a few more quests later on, and the latter two will have semi-related side-quests. All four are helpful for collecting tokens and event currency regardless, but soon enough, the plot will focus solely on the new characters introduced in the event (e.g.: those from Beauty and the Beast), who are the only ones who can participate in the event's boss battle(s).
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Who's the Boss?", Mike hires Roz as his assistant under the assumption that she'll do all his work for him, rather than motivate him to do his own work as she thought she was hired to do. When this misunderstanding rears its head, he has this to say:
    • "Roll for Initiative!" from the Onward storyline has one to The Lord of the Rings.
      Laurel: You have my sword! (That I'm actually borrowing from my friend here.)
      The Manticore: And my tail!
      Colt: And my... uh... my police radio! Is that what we're doin', here?
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Played with. The characters never interact with any character outside their specific set during quests or activities aside from Tower Challenges where multiple sets can work together. But judging by dialogue, it is implied that there are moments where characters from one set end up interacting in some way with characters from another set if not more.
    • To name one example, Nala manages while attempting to hunt to encounter Maximus (who she describes as "a zebra without stripes") and Chief Bogo ("a cape buffalo who looked very weird").
    • During the first cursed tower challenge, Mr. Incredible implies that he has at least heard the voice of Judy Hopps on the police scanner he listens to in the park.
    • During the second cursed tower challenge, Doc implies that he personally met and interacted with Elsa.
    • During one quest, Bambi asks Thumper what kind of rabbit he is because he's implied to have seen the March Hare, Rabbit, and Judy Hopps ("another grey one... but she looks different anyway...") and got confused. note 
    • While showing his teddy bear around the park in one quest, Michael Darling saw Winnie-the-Pooh. He thinks that Pooh "must belong to a boy just like [him]!" and says that maybe he and Christopher Robin (unnamed in the text) can someday be friends, and that their bears can too.
    • Charlotte La Bouff and Lady Tremaine separately hear about Prince Hans while trying to find unattached princes in the kingdom. But Charlotte (thankfully) hears of his true colors from Anna before she can make her move, and Tremaine doesn't want her daughters to only be thirteenth in line to the throne.
    • Joe has a sidequest where Tony has ordered him to advertise their restaurant's gelato, and figures out why: Nani is on the other corner advertising shave ice for her part-time job.
    • Jock meets "two very large cats who were quite charming" during a sidequest and wants to introduce them to Lady and Tramp.
    • Tramp meets Dante during a sidequest, and is confused about the latter's appearance and question of whether or not Tramp could see his wings.
    • During a sidequest to call for backup, Colt Bronco mistakes Chief Bogo for "a minotaur on the force" he didn't know about.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the quest "Djinn-vestigation" from the Aladdin event, Abu chatters something when Genie greets him, which Genie translates as (probably) "I'm not doing anything suspicious!" Apparently, Abu's smile is adorable enough for Genie to believe him.
  • Temporary Online Content: A good number of Disney and Pixar characters are only available during events. If you miss any, then you'll have to wait until they become available again in either Legendary and Magical Enchanted Chests or, on rare occasion, in other events.
  • Villains Out Shopping: When not acting as big bads for specific storylines, the villains are actually able to integrate well amongst the park's inhabitants upon being welcomed without making too strong of an effort to cause trouble (though not without showcasing elements of their villainous nature nonetheless). In fact, some, (such as Randall, Captain Hook, Davy Jones) don't even appear to serve the big bad role for their respective character sets' story arcs.
  • The Voiceless: Not all of the established characters had their voice actors return to reprise their roles, and many simply aren't voiced at all here. In fact, the only characters that do have voice acting are Merlin, the Mickey and Friends characters (sans Chip 'n Dale), and the Toy Story characters (sans Bullseye and the Toy Alien).note 
  • What the Hell, Player?: A subtle downplayed example in The Little Mermaid bonus quest "News from the Deep!" held during The Princess and the Frog event. After completing the quest, Flounder states that he found lots of human benches and lampposts underwater, saying, "I don't know why they're all down there... but somebody must've REALLY wanted to get rid of them!" This is a dig from the developers toward the players who get rid of benches and lampposts for Merlin's elixirs instead of using them for decorating the park.note 


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