In just a few short decades video games have grown from being a niche hobby to a multi-billion dollar industry with a massive impact on pop culture. In recent years this impact has been especially strong in the realm of theme parks with iconic brands like
Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Quest, Nintendo, and Pokémon all being made into attractions or entire theme parks. Could Kingdom Hearts be next on the list?
Square Enix, developers of the popular
Kingdom Hearts franchise (among many other properties), recently convened with their shareholders for their annual meeting. During the Q&A portion of the meeting one of the investors asked about the possibility of Kingdom Hearts attractions at Disney theme parks. Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto responded with fervent enthusiasm for the idea.
“As a Japanese person, it’s been nothing short of a dream to be able to play something developed by a Japanese creator with Disney, especially the same Disney that owns such properties like Frozen and Star Wars. Since Disney has an increasingly high regard for [Kingdom Hearts], I’d like to reach out to them and discuss this further. Sales inside Disneyland will certainly contribute to the growth of the customer base.”
— Shinji Hashimoto
Hashimoto did not hold back in advocating for what he calls a dream come true. With Kingdom Hearts III reviving a passion for the franchise, is now the right time for a theme park partnership between Square Enix and Disney?
Source: KH Insider