(Thanks to everyone that sent this in; Michael Louie for the particular link below; Nick Lombardo of the Arcade Hunters for filling in some info)
Well there isn’t really any positive way to spin this for arcade fans. We knew that trouble was brewing for Disney Quest at Disney World in Florida when they pulled out all prize games thanks to a poorly written Florida game prize law. While the law had been amended, the situation was still hard for games to make it given the pattern used…for prize games you had to buy tokens on top of the $45-$50 entry fee, making prize play a very expensive request. Here is a link with the news:
While DQ had an incredible arcade with about 140 games and over 100,000 sq. ft. of space, I think this shows that even in a place where people expect to spend a lot of money that total coverage entry fees (just pay the door fee and most games are free) have their limitations as to what people are willing to pay. Perhaps they will reconsider opening a smaller arcade either with a smaller entry fee or use a traditional pay-per-tokens or pay-per-card/points model. They have options thanks to their own content like TRON and Wreck-It Ralph. For now, sports fans can look forward so a new NBA themed attraction. What are your thoughts on this?