Kingdom Hearts: 8 Best Disney World
Here are the best Disney worlds in each Kingdom Hearts game.
A lot of things are known about the Kingdom Hearts games. It’s well-known for having a complicated overall story, and its action-RPG roots have been bringing in new and old fans with every new game for more than 20 years. But the core of Kingdom Hearts is the way Disney and Square Enix RPG features come together.
In every Kingdom Hearts game, Disney lands are always a part of it. Sora, or whoever is standing in for him, has to go to these worlds, either to save them, find friends who have gone missing, or get training. All Kingdom Hearts fans know, though, that not all Disney worlds are the same. So, what is the best Disney world in every Kingdom Hearts game (except for the mobile games)?
Kingdom Hearts – Wonderland
The original Kingdom Hearts worlds are some of the most famous in the series, but a lot of Kingdom Hearts experts don’t like them because the worlds from Kingdom Hearts 1 were used over and over again in the games that came before it.
Some of these re-used Disney worlds were made better in the games that came after, while others might have ruined the original. However, the original Kingdom Hearts Wonderland is still a famous place. This early world is one of Sora’s favorites because of how the rooms connect in a unique way and how well they match the mood of Alice in Wonderland.
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain Of Memories – Atlantica
Different things give both Chain of Memories and Atlantica a bad name. Chain of Memories and its PS2 port, Re: Chain of Memories, are the most different from the usual Kingdom Hearts gameplay. Instead of weapons, they use a card system.
In Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, Atlantica is seen as one of the weaker worlds because the way you swim is hard and the rhythm game is cheesy and makes you cringe. Because of this, the memory version of Atlantica in Chain of Memories is a nice change of pace from Sora’s other trips under the sea. It also fits in better with how the rest of the game is played, making it less of a shock than his other trips.
Kingdom Hearts 2 – Timeless River
Kingdom Hearts 2 is a nice change of pace from some of the older Kingdom Hearts games because almost all of the worlds are new. You can go back to a lot of worlds in Kingdom Hearts 2 to find out what happened there earlier in the game. This gives the more straight worlds of 2 a good sense of depth.
But the best world in 2 is probably Timeless River, where you won’t spend much time.
This smaller world was greatly influenced by Disney’s early black-and-white animations. This world is a classic for a reason, so it’s not surprising that Sora’s new look for this world made it into Smash.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – Neverland
Like other early Kingdom Hearts games that didn’t have a number, 358/2 Days uses many of the same worlds from Basket Random. The simplified forms of these worlds are made to be played in shorter sessions, which fits with how the game’s day is set up.
Many of these repurposed worlds feel a little less good than their original forms. However, Neverland is the one that feels the most different from the original. This world was based on Peter Pan and was in the first Kingdom Hearts game. But it was mostly just Hook’s pirate ship.
Roxas and his “nobody” friends get to explore a bigger version of Neverland in 358/2. Which makes this version a lot more fun for people who have played other games in the series.
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep – Disney Town
Disney Town in Birth by Sleep might not be as big as some of the other worlds. But it perfectly captures the chaos and different tones of the whole Kingdom Hearts series. Which is why it gets praise. In Birth by Sleep, you will go to each world three times, visiting the campaigns of Terra, Ventus, and Aqua.
For all of these characters, Disney Town comes at a time in the story when they are feeling pretty dow. Because they have just had a big fight with their friends. Seeing the happy and carefree Disney animals makes them feel better. It’s almost always funny how these cute characters stand in comparison to our anime-style main characters who are going through emotional breakthroughs.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance – Symphony of Sorcery
Sora and Riku’s 3DS trip takes them to a number of less well-known Disney worlds. Which are a lot of fun to explore thanks to the new flowmotion feature. Even though the bigger Traverse Town is a lot of fun, it’s still not Disney World.
But Symphony of Sorcery is probably one of the most creative places in Kingdom Hearts. It was based on Fantasia. The whole world is based on classical music, just like Fantasia, and since it comes near the end of Dream Drop Distance. It doesn’t shy away from pushing Sora and Riku either.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – Castle Town
0.2 is different from other Kingdom Hearts games because it is so short. It gives us a quick look at what Aqua is doing before Kingdom Hearts 3. Because of this, it doesn’t have standard Disney Worlds.
But the game’s three main places seem to be based on the three Disney Princess worlds that Aqua visits in the first Birth by Sleep. All of them are fun and difficult in their own way. But Castle Town, with its crumbling floating buildings frozen in time, is the most beautiful and unique.
As the first place in 0.2, this is also where Kingdom Hearts fans got their first look at how beautiful the new generation of the game looks.
Kingdom Hearts 3 – Toy Box
Kingdom Hearts 3 is the third game in the Kingdom Hearts series. Like the other games in the series, it lets you explore almost entirely new Disney worlds. This was also the first Kingdom Hearts game that could use Disney Pixar brands. Which is part of the reason why Toy Box, which was inspired by Toy Story, is so fun to explore.
Small toy Sora, Donald, and Goofy start out in Andy’s room, where they meet the main Toy Story characters. When you go to the toy store, though, the story really gets going. This huge, linked area has a lot of different things to do and a lot of ways to interact with them. It also has hints about Kingdom Hearts 4 in the form of Verum Rex.