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Guests Can Soon Preview KINGDOM HEARTS III at Disney Springs

Darcy Clark

by , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Just this week, the Kingdom Hearts team announced a first-of-its-kind pop-up experience that will feature a playable demo of the upcoming release (KINGDOM HEARTS III), a special Keyblade exhibit, and artwork from the game. The best part? It will all be located at Disney Springs, in the heart of Town Center, available to guests from December 14, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

Confession: I’ve never played Kingdom Hearts. If I was a gamer, I’m sure it would be at the top of this Disney lover’s “must-play” list, but I haven’t picked up a joystick since middle school so until recently, I knew very little about the action role-playing game that has millions of devoted fans.

The Kingdom Hearts universe connects Disney characters, stories and worlds into one incredible, imaginative experience. In this third installment – set to release in stores on January 29, 2019 – characters from beloved films like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Studios’ “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled,” “Frozen” and more are brought together in a fantastic adventure that spans the magical worlds of Disney, Pixar and SQUARE ENIX. Here, you’re invited to relive nostalgia and go on new adventures with Sora—the unknowing heir to a spectacular power—and his friends as you battle together to fight off the Heartless invasion using Keyblade transformations, joint attacks with Disney and Pixar characters, Disney character summons, classic mini games, and more.

I plan to be one of the first to test out the new game. With a premise that illustrates the power of friendship and the theme of light vs. darkness, it’s the perfect experience to enjoy with your own friends or family. (I’ll be bringing my video-game obsessed better half, though he doesn’t know it yet!) If you fall in love with Kingdom Hearts III, you’ll have the opportunity to pre-order ahead of its release. Check out the full details on the game, and to play a 15-minute preview before your friends, visit the interactive experience at Disney Springs, located next to the Lime Parking Garage in Town Center starting next Friday, December 14, 2018.

It’s been over 12 years since Kingdom Hearts II debuted, so I have no doubt there are plenty of eager fans who are thrilled for the newest edition. If you’re one of them and you can’t wait for this special preview, check out the trailer, then let me know which aspects of the game you’re most excited about in the comments below!


  • How can I get to Disney Springs from Epcot? And what are the hours for the KH experience?

  • I wonder if cosplaying is allowed 🤔

  • Omg!! Im so extremely excited, thank you so much for the info. Can’t wait to preview & pre order the game. Sarasota, Florida 😍

  • Where is the virtual que to check in located at

  • This Sunday we will be at Lime garage by 930 or so…
    May I ask what time it opens my son has autism and we have been waiting for this for a very long time lol!

  • Hi! What time does it run till? I work 8-6 the first day and was wondering if it would still be open or if I should just try for another day?

  • oh. I am so excited. I will be there in January. Any idea on if you guys will have merchandise or Kingdom Hearts character interactions?

  • Will there be any photo opportunities such as photo pass or meet and greets?

  • I am so excited! We are going to be there for a week during this time. I love this series so much!

    • Jerrod, if you’ll be here on Friday, December 14, join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. and be among the first guests to play a demo of the new game! (Tip: Park in the Lime Garage; upon arrival to Town Center, the venue is located to your left while on the escalators.)

  • Wow, what a juicy-looking game, looks so epic in scope, such breadth and depth.

    • Dustin, I agree — the graphics and overall art style are pretty incredible!

  • Never been more proud of Disney than this moment. I would totally make a trip across the continent to be there. Any chance Sora and the gang will make it to the West Coast?? 🤔😬

    • At this time, I’m only aware of this Disney Springs pop-up. A good excuse for an east coast visit, perhaps?

  • Any plans for a event in Anaheim?

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