Kingdom Hearts' Executive Producer Would Love to See the Franchise Come to Disney Parks

Kingdom Hearts' Executive Producer Would Love to See the Franchise Come to Disney Parks

Sea salt ice cream, anyone?

Kingdom Hearts is one of the most beloved Disney crossovers ever engineered, but the franchise doesn't have much of a presence in actual Disney parks. Kingdom Hearts executive producer Shinji Hashimoto admits he'd love to see that change someday.

Hashimoto revealed his big dreams for Kingdom Hearts during Square Enix's annual Shareholders Meeting in Tokyo on June 22 (thanks to KHInsider for the translated information). During a Q&A session, a proclaimed Kingdom Hearts fan wondered aloud if Kingdom Hearts might see a physical crossover with Disney parks similar to how Final Fantasy now has a presence in Universal Studios Japan.

You know you gotta cook it by the book~

"As a Japanese person, it's been nothing short of a dream to be able to play something developed by a Japanese creator with Disney, especially the same Disney that owns such properties like Frozen and Star Wars," Hashimoto replied. "Since Disney has an increasingly high regard for [Kingdom Hearts], I'd like to reach out to them and discuss this further. Sales inside Disneyland will certainly contribute to the growth of the customer base."

What form would a Kingdom Hearts / Disney park collaboration ultimately take? Would we see something sensible, like the introduction of sea salt ice cream at Tokyo Disney? Or would we see something wilder, like a ride that takes you up and down the spikes of Sora's hair until you puke and / or die?

If you dream it, it can come true. We're talking about Disney magic, after all. For now, take a look at our Kingdom Hearts 3 guide for everything you need to know about this highly-anticipated RPG.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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