After a week of build up with all sorts of teasers of what was to come, the Pirates Update dropped like a cannonball into our stormy waters this morning. At first glance, this update seems minimal, but let’s take a closer look and see what we can uncover in the fast ocean of Disney Magic Kingdoms goodness. Ahoy matey. Here, there be monsters!
From the Devs
NEW ADVENTURES & TREASURES ABOUND IN THE LATEST UPDATE!
Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner are all coming aboard in this swashbuckling new update! Discover Tortuga Tavern from the Disney Parks and other Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired attractions and decorations!
• 3 New Characters!
• 30 New Quests!
• 3 New Attractions!
• 4 New Decorations!
• Pirates of the Caribbean Parade Float!
• New Enchanted Chest rewards!
• Bug fixes and other minor improvements.
Much like the Cinderella update, this one comes with only a few new characters, but oh how wonderful they are. The only sad thing about these characters is that it doesn’t seem that they will progress the main story quest by much. They all look absolutely adorable. Jack will cost you a pretty penny in gems, BUT he does help with EVERY single item for Will Turner, and I’ve guessing he’ll also play a big part in unlocking Elizabeth as well.
Unlocking Jack Sparrow
Something about bringing this pirate into my Kingdom really brings a smile to my face, and a tear to my wallet.
Loving his hat token though.
Unlocking Will Turner
Here are the quests which will gain Will his items. It seems that having Jack as well, to everyone’s surprise, Cinderella will help to get him a bit faster as their quests are significantly shorter.
New Incredibles Quests
Much like the fruit cake at Christmas that Aunt Sue brought but no one asked for, and yet they still ate it, every Incredibles character now has more quests to complete. To some degree I get it. After the event, they were deemed a bit useless, so it’s nice for them to have something to do. Yet, I don’t know that it’s particularly warranted. Either way, I will send these heroes of good into the world to complete, well, whatever strange tasks they feel necessary at this point.
With the update comes three new attractions, two that we already knew about and one that we didn’t. Two of them, The Kraken, and The Tortuga Tavern, can be bought, though you’ll need to progress in the story to get the Tavern. The third, the Sea Serpent, appears to be hiding in the chests, BUT at least he is in both the gold AND Platinum. At least the Kraken is kind enough to help us with getting Pirates into our Kingdom, despite its hefty gem cost.
While most of these will have to be chance grabs from the treasure chests, you can at least buy one new decoration right off the bat!
New Parade Float
Aw yes, what update would be complete without a new parade float to wet our appetites. This one is a lovely Skull with a pirate hat which chants as it goes. You can practically hear it saying “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in that creepy voice. Can’t you? The float does cost gems, but it will help you land some Pirates tokens.
New Land to Unlock
This one caught me by surprise in two ways. First off, I was shocked, as I’m sure most will be, that AdventureLand still remains locked tight. Bummer, BUT, as I was frustratingly trying to find a place to put my buildings so that I could place the new ones, I noticed some land that was conveniently ready to unlock up in TomorrowLand.
Behind the first is another one as well. This one says that it needs more Toy Story Quests to open at first, but once the one before it was done, yes I sped it up to see what happened, the next one opened up for even more potions. While it’s not much, it seems to do the trick in opening up enough space so that everything can fit on the board.
New Chest Rewards
The chests are here to stay people!!! However, for this update I don’t know that that is a bad thing. After all, every single one helps to open up more tokens for the Pirates characters. Along with that is the fact that Sea Serpents as well as a couple more decorations that are Pirate Themed seem to be hiding there as well.
Here are the new Chest Rewards:
First of all, this is a pricey update. With most things costing gems and the two new land areas being a pretty penny in potions, this will be an update that drives the heavy potion quantities of most players down a notch and will also have people spending some of those gems they bought in the sales a couple weeks ago.
While I can’t say I’m not disappointed in finding no AdventureLand to be discovered, I can say that I am very happy with what is here. Pirates are far more interesting to me than another princess and it represents a desire to stay a very balanced game with characters for whatever sort of Disney fan you might be. The new attractions are really awesome and the new characters are lovingly animated. At the end of the day, whenever AdventureLand does hit, it’s going to be a MASSIVE update, and I am hopeful that do will come soon. HOWEVER, I think the opening up of more Tomorrowland could easily be to make way for the next event, which would then open up the remaining three slots there. Only time will tell, but I’m sure that whatever happens, I’ll be excited for what comes next!
So how about you guys? How are you feeling about the update? Let me know in the comments!