Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure recruitment sign

While many people are attracted to Epcot for the fast-paced rides or futuristic attractions, a few of us love the nostalgia of a flip phone that sets off events in the World Showcase. However, while the history of this attraction is well documented, the future of any World Showcase Adventure attraction is murky. Rumor has it that Epcot’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming– but when?

What was Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure?

Before it was Agent P’s, Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure issued guests flip phones, known as Kimmunicators, to communicate with Wade and beat a slew of bad guys. When it closed, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure opened. Agent P’s incorporated guest cell phones in 2016 and then became a part of the Disney Play app in 2018. However, there was a time when you could use either the flip phone or the app for Agent P’s.

Each showcase country features Phineas, Ferb, and Perry on vacation with their family. Many of the mechanical interactions from Kim Possible’s carried over to this attraction (and will presumably continue in future iterations). Whether you’re locating singing steins in Germany, reading hidden messages in Mexico, or retrieving a sample of Chai tea in the United Kingdom, you are undoubtedly saving the world.

When did Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure Close?

Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure opened in January 2009 and closed all Kimmunicators (or flip phones) on May 17, 2012. As much as I loved it, it was behind the times since Kim Possible ended in 2007.

Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure
Kim Possible World Case Adventure Recruitment Center by Loren Javier under CC BY-N.D. 2.0

When did Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure open and close?

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure opened soon after the close of Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure (June 2012) and closed in February of 2020. However, Phineas and Ferb went off the air in 2015, so it is a bit surprising that it even lasted this long.

What Replaced Phineas & Ferb in Epcot?

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure in Epcot closed in February of 2020 and was supposed to be replaced with DuckTales World Showcase Adventure the following month. Unfortunately, there is no more Phineas and Ferb in Epcot.

Is DuckTales Open in Epcot?

No, DuckTales did not open in Epcot. Epcot’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure was delayed following the COVID-19 outbreak. Supposedly, Disney World pushed the opening of the DuckTales attraction until a 2021 opening. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard anything about it in years, and 2021 is over. Hopefully, in a post-pandemic world, the attraction returns.

What is DuckTales World Showcase Adventure?

Unfortunately, since it never opened, we’re not 100% sure. According to the description of DuckTales World Showcase Adventure, your family loads the Play Disney Parks mobile app in preparation for exotic destinations, mysteries, and priceless treasures. The guest will team up with Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad, Webby, Donald, and his three nephews, searching for artifacts.

What’s the Future of the World Showcase Adventure?

Interestingly, Disney has historically retired each World Showcase Adventure attraction within a few years after it goes off the air. Again, Kim Possible went off the air in 2007 and closed in 2012. The Phineas & Ferb show ended in 2015, and it closed in 2020.

In May of 2020, Disney announced that they cut the expenditures for the park and the attraction appeared to be a part of that.

Yet, the original DuckTales ended in 1990, and the reboot ended in 2021. Will they scrap DuckTales altogether and choose a different theme? Or is the World Showcase Adventure gone for good?

According to Jim Hill on the Disney Dish podcast in March of 2022, the DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is classified as a lesser project. Disney will hopefully revisit the plans for the attraction after the Journey of Water opens.

Which Countries Will Take Part in DuckTales World Showcase Adventure?

As of the last announcement, the following countries take part in Ducktales World Showcase Adventure:

  • China Pavilion
  • France Pavilion
  • Germany Pavilion
  • Italy Pavilion
  • Japan Pavilion
  • Mexico Pavilion
  • United Kingdom Pavilion

Was the World Showcase Adventure Good for Disney World Guests with Autism?

Yes, it provides a set routine and way for guests with autism to explore the countries of Epcot’s World Showcase. My son was able to ignore the crowds as he became engrossed in the game. However, there were sometimes crowds in the areas where these attractions are. Other potential downfalls include that it may involve heat, lots of walking, and playing longer than intended. While sometimes the mechanical interactions were loud, they were very engaging.

Phineas & Ferb topiary in Epcot's Disney
Phineas & Ferb Topiary by HarshLight under CC by 2.0

A Last Note About the World Showcase Adventure

For those of you who miss Agent P in Epcot, we are with you! Who will stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz? We will miss Perry the Platypus (er Agent P) ziplining across building tops in Epcot (RIP)! We have loved this scavenger hunt through all its iterations: Kim Possible’s World Showcase Adventure and Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.

This was the perfect way for adults to leisurely stroll through World Showcase while their kiddos remained occupied. Hopefully, the DuckTales World Showcase Adventure opening is not far off. What’s the most recent rumor about DuckTales at Disney World that you’ve heard?

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