WDW Arcades

This past year saw an end to WDW arcade games that feature gambling. It is considered in Florida a form of gambling when a person pays to play a game in hope of winning something. Most common is the claw machine seen in Toy Story. These games too often are rigged by vendors or have such low odds that winning is impossible. Also removed where any games that offered prizes such as Skee Ball.

WDW arcades use a point system with games activated by a card that can be refilled and can be shared by family members. Price is 1.25 to 2 cents per point. Games that I saw ran from 15 to 80 points. Guests must plan their purchases as the cheapest rate is the $25 card. 25 purchases of $1 each gives you just 1,250 points compared to the one purchase that gives you 2,000 points.

Old games like Pac Man start at 15 points and go up to 80 points for an ESPN racing game. Kiddie games can hit 50 points, pinball machines at 50 or 60 points, and most racing games that are not the elite are 60 points. I am an old gamer who played pinball back in the 1970’s when Tabitha wore frilly socks. Back then the games were well maintained by men who knew the games and could fix any of them. Nowadays I find most pinball machines just don’t have that well maintained feel of the old machines. My advice is to consider the amount of joy versus the cost.

$ 1 = 50 points
$ 5 = 275 points
$10 = 600 points
$20 = 1250 points
$25 = 2000 points

Pop Century arcade was remodeled. No more lounging on ottomans and no more redemption booths. Scattered through the arcade are hard bench seats that are meant to not be comfortable. One used to be able to crash in there while the kids spent time having fun. There is a gray patch in the carpet where the redemption area was located. Gaming is fun and my life for nearly 40 years so for me there will always be the thrill of seeing games especially pinball machines.