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Old 04-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Agent P Adventures too long to complete

My two sons were both excited about the new Agent P Adventures at World Showcase. When I first heard about it I thought it was an innovative way to keep youngsters engaged as parents toured the various country exhibits.

The problem in practice however is that the individual missions are too long, (sometimes taking 30-40 minutes to complete) and since the missions take you around various places in the exhibit, my wife and I were forced to chase around after the kids so we got little chance to experience what the individual country showcases had to offer. There are also 7 individual country missions so this activity can easily eat up half a day.

Fortunately even my son's who are rabid Agent P fans got bored after 4 missions so we were able to stop. I did see a lot of exhausted parents trying to keep up with their kids as they run from attraction to attraction in search of the next Agent P clue.

What I always like about World Showcase is the ability to casually walk around and take your time experience the attractions and activities. I would recommend to Disney to shorten the adventures to a more reasonable 10-15 minutes. Also because of the noise and crowds it is often hard to hear the device that is giving the clues and sometimes hard for little kids to decipher. It would be great if Disney gave parents a "cheat sheet" of the clues to help direct their kids through their adventure when they get stuck.

I still like the concept of the Agent P's Adventure game, it just needs to be tweeked a bit.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:44 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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My two sons were both excited about the new Agent P Adventures at World Showcase. When I first heard about it I thought it was an innovative way to keep youngsters engaged as parents toured the various country exhibits.

The problem in practice however is that the individual missions are too long, (sometimes taking 30-40 minutes to complete) and since the missions take you around various places in the exhibit, my wife and I were forced to chase around after the kids so we got little chance to experience what the individual country showcases had to offer. There are also 7 individual country missions so this activity can easily eat up half a day.

Fortunately even my son's who are rabid Agent P fans got bored after 4 missions so we were able to stop. I did see a lot of exhausted parents trying to keep up with their kids as they run from attraction to attraction in search of the next Agent P clue.

What I always like about World Showcase is the ability to casually walk around and take your time experience the attractions and activities. I would recommend to Disney to shorten the adventures to a more reasonable 10-15 minutes. Also because of the noise and crowds it is often hard to hear the device that is giving the clues and sometimes hard for little kids to decipher. It would be great if Disney gave parents a "cheat sheet" of the clues to help direct their kids through their adventure when they get stuck.

I still like the concept of the Agent P's Adventure game, it just needs to be tweeked a bit.
We were in Epcot yesterday and after completing the first mission, I had to force my kids to give it up. Just not practical for a family. I agree that shorter missions would make it so much better.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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I agree 100%. We were in no particular hurry in Epcot, but the China mission took soooo long that my DS7 completely abandoned it and laid on a bench complaining while I followed my DD9 around for nearly an hour, trying to convince her to give up after the half hour mark.

I would strongly prefer a shorter 10-15 minute mission, by country, in an order that would keep us moving through the park and keep the kids interested. Instead I had one annoyed bored child and one that was mad that we wouldn't let her do more missions.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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I agree 100%. We were in no particular hurry in Epcot, but the China mission took soooo long that my DS7 completely abandoned it and laid on a bench complaining while I followed my DD9 around for nearly an hour, trying to convince her to give up after the half hour mark.

I would strongly prefer a shorter 10-15 minute mission, by country, in an order that would keep us moving through the park and keep the kids interested. Instead I had one annoyed bored child and one that was mad that we wouldn't let her do more missions.
Ditto.

Add on a bored mom because I was busy watching him and listening to my youngest son (age almost 9 who had no interest and Epcot was already a stretch for him) complain that I didn't get to do anything that I wanted.

It was a nightmare.

We much preferred the Sorcerers of the MK game at MK.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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Wait what would be the point of skipping the clues and going to the end... I mean why do it at all then?
Some people were saying the clues were too difficult for younger children. It's still fun to see what happens at the end of each mission. There are some really cool scenes/events.

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Do you get anything at the end? I thought I read somewhere there that there was a special Agent P pressed penny you got for the mission.
Only on one particular mission in France, and not every game has that mission. The secret penny machine had been taken out for a remodel for quite some time, but is back now.

ETA: Adults shouldn't dismiss this game as just for children. I am a 49 year old woman and I play by myself. I enjoy it a great deal and saw many things in the countries that I may not otherwise have noticed. I recently spent an entire day playing and had the time of my life.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #7
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I have not had chance to Do agent P yet. Did KP ones a few times. I have done same mission in Norway 6 times even after asking nicely for a different country and saying why. I personally found Mission in China seemed like it took FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:39 AM   #8
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Awwww my 10 yr old son LOVES Agent P missions... I hink we have completed them all. We didnt think they were too long... and it forced us to notice the tiny details in each country while searching for clues.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:20 AM   #9
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Awwww my 10 yr old son LOVES Agent P missions... I hink we have completed them all. We didnt think they were too long... and it forced us to notice the tiny details in each country while searching for clues.
This mirrors how we feel about them. Individually they are just right and force you to take time to explore the country. If one thinks the missions are too long then just don't do them all. We did one and moved on to other things. Worked quite well.
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A few tips -

You don't have to listen to all the dialogue, just skip through it by pressing the "ok" button.

Skip the clues and get right to the end of each mission by pressing the "help" button.

Pressing the "help" button a third time lets you skip that mission completely and move on to the next.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #11
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A few tips -

You don't have to listen to all the dialogue, just skip through it by pressing the "ok" button.

Skip the clues and get right to the end of each mission by pressing the "help" button.

Pressing the "help" button a third time lets you skip that mission completely and move on to the next.
Wait what would be the point of skipping the clues and going to the end... I mean why do it at all then?
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Question...last time we did this it was KP and you had to skip around to whatever country they sent you to. Does it still work in the same way or can you go consecutively through the countries now? That way, we can just go in order and enjoy some drinks and snacks while the kids complete missions...keeps them busy! I agree that 30 minutes in one country is great! We have at times spent more than that even! Certain countries really have a lot to look at!
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:45 AM   #13
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My two sons were both excited about the new Agent P Adventures at World Showcase. When I first heard about it I thought it was an innovative way to keep youngsters engaged as parents toured the various country exhibits.

The problem in practice however is that the individual missions are too long, (sometimes taking 30-40 minutes to complete) and since the missions take you around various places in the exhibit, my wife and I were forced to chase around after the kids so we got little chance to experience what the individual country showcases had to offer. There are also 7 individual country missions so this activity can easily eat up half a day.

Fortunately even my son's who are rabid Agent P fans got bored after 4 missions so we were able to stop. I did see a lot of exhausted parents trying to keep up with their kids as they run from attraction to attraction in search of the next Agent P clue.

What I always like about World Showcase is the ability to casually walk around and take your time experience the attractions and activities. I would recommend to Disney to shorten the adventures to a more reasonable 10-15 minutes. Also because of the noise and crowds it is often hard to hear the device that is giving the clues and sometimes hard for little kids to decipher. It would be great if Disney gave parents a "cheat sheet" of the clues to help direct their kids through their adventure when they get stuck.

I still like the concept of the Agent P's Adventure game, it just needs to be tweeked a bit.
I think that's some of the point--it takes you places in each country you may not have noticed before. As for the length of the missions, I find them about right. I don't think the intention was for guests to necessarily do all seven in a day.
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I'm gonna agree with the OP on the length. In between each clue, there is a LOT of dialog/storytelling/whathaveyou on the little phone thing. They could shorten that up by quite a bit and proceed to the clues.

As for not being able to hear it, I guess I got an extra loud one when we tried in January. I felt like everyone in Germany could hear it....esp in the smaller confines of the shops! (and no way we could find to turn it down)

Granted...we were 2 adults just trying it for fun, but this is in comparison from when I enjoyed the Kim Possible one several years ago--did not seem to take nearly as long, nor be as loud.
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I'm gonna agree with the OP on the length. In between each clue, there is a LOT of dialog/storytelling/whathaveyou on the little phone thing. They could shorten that up by quite a bit and proceed to the clues.

As for not being able to hear it, I guess I got an extra loud one when we tried in January. I felt like everyone in Germany could hear it....esp in the smaller confines of the shops! (and no way we could find to turn it down)

Granted...we were 2 adults just trying it for fun, but this is in comparison from when I enjoyed the Kim Possible one several years ago--did not seem to take nearly as long, nor be as loud.
The sound level is very different if you have two adults trying to hear it than if you are trying to share it between 2 adults, a 5 year old and a 6 year old. It's even worse with more people.

My kids love Agent P but found the missions to be a bit much after a while. Shorter missions would be a lot better.
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