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Pinball at Disney World in 2017 isn’t so Magical

I found the one thing that's completely not magical at Walt Disney World: the pinball.

I found the one thing that’s completely not magical at Walt Disney World: the pinball. For starters, the parks are practically devoid of arcades now. The shop attached to Space Mountain that once had a small assortment of machines is now 100% merchandise. With Pizza Planet at Hollywood Studios being transformed into PizzeRizzo there are even fewer places to find some games at the parks, not to mention pinball.

Our home-away-from-home this time was Port Orleans French Quarter whose tiny, misshapen arcade had one pinball machine, TRON Legacy. We were killing some time waiting for our bus back to the airport so I finally gave it a shot. Almost immediately my ball got wedged in one of the side lanes and the machine had to go through its auto-shaking routine three times before it was finally released. Also, any time “Shoot Again” was active it would return multiple balls so I usually had 2 or 3 in play at once.

Earlier in the trip we stopped over at Port Orleans Riverside, a much larger resort that’s basically attached to French Quarter and shares similar Louisianian theming. Their arcade was three times the size of French Quarter’s and had 4 Stern tables lined up in the back for what amounted to $0.25 per play. The first one I played was Indiana Jones and I knew it was going to be a catastrophic game as soon as my credit activated the table.

The right flipper was not only super weak but it would constantly get lodged in place. Only the ball hitting it would cause it to drop back down. Making any specific shot from the right hand side was more impossible than usual for me. Somehow I still managed to get a multiball which resulted in a satisfying explosion of chrome balls from the Ark of the Covenant. Similar to TRON though, all of the balls were returned after multiball ended for the remainder of my game. Trying to get a ball back into play with 6 of them stacked up was kind of more fun than the table itself.

Sega's Jambo! Safari was a great surprise at Port Orleans Riverside

I didn’t get to check for pinball at any other resorts on this trip but after these experiences it would probably have end with more disappointment. “Ramshackle” is the word I’d use to describe the pinball at Disney World’s resorts. As entertaining as the janky behavior was I would have preferred to fail at pinball on my own terms. The highlight of the trip as far as gaming was concerned definitely goes to Sega’s Jambo! Safari which I haven’t played in … *does the math* … wow, over 15 years! I’ve got some video of it that I’ll hopefully have posted later this week.

Play your old tables on Pinball FX2; out now on Xbox One

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“Any available tables originally purchased on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will transfer over to the Xbox One version of the game at no additional cost,” reads the blog post over at MajorNelson.com

Score one for Team Internet! When Pinball FX2 was announced for Xbox One my excitement immediately fizzled into disappointment with the news that previously purchased tables wouldn’t carry over. How upset was I? In uncharacteristic fashion I actually sought out an online forum and openly expressed my feelings. Apparently loads of other Pinball FX fans did the same because now our table purchases do carry over. Oh and it’s out now on Xbox One so go play some free demo tables or load up the ones you already bought!

Arcade Pinball is a pinball table about video games

First there was pinball, then there were video games, then there were video game versions of physical pinball machines and now there’s a video game that’s a digital version of a physical pinball machine that’s based on video games. It’s been done before but Gameprom’s latest table for their Pinball HD app is quite the loving homage to both pinball and video games.

Arcade Pinball pays tribute to Tetris, Q-Bert, Snake, Space Invaders, Spy Hunter, and Breakout all on one table with multiple play fields and one massive screen where several minigames take place. It looks pretty amazing and serves as a reminder for Pinball HD itself which I’d kinda forgotten about. The Android version requires a Tegra device so that rules out my meager phone. I can only hope our original iPad can handle it.