Uncovering Kingdom Hearts’ Deleted Scenes

Graham Host
Games Disney
Games Disney

The Kingdom Hearts universe is a sprawling amalgam of Square Enix property Final Fantasy and all things Disney. With so many big ideas being crammed in, deadlines, budgets, tech limitations, and various other reasons often mean developers must cut swathes of content. Most of the time it’s just a small area, but sometimes it’s more significant. All we can tell for certain is that sometimes enough code remains that you can still go exploring. We’ve uncovered some of the areas and characters that didn’t officially make the final cut of these Kingdom Hearts games but have left behind remnants of what they could have been.

Kingdom Hearts

Disney Castle

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Disney Castle

The beta trailer of the first Kingdom Hearts game showed a playable version of Disney Castle; however, this world was removed in the actual release. Using various cheats and hacks, it is possible to enter areas of the world that were inserted before progress stopped. The world icon is also visible on the world map and is playable in Kingdom Hearts II.

Crumbling Island

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Crumbling Island

The final boss battle in Kingdom Hearts is a corrupted version of the heroes’ Destiny Islands home. Dubbed the End of the World, it was actually a later revision of the stage. A previous iteration — known as Crumbling Island — also exists. It is another corrupted version of Destiny Islands but is less similar than the End of the World to Destiny Islands.

Pride Lands

Kingdom Hearts Simba
The Simba summon

Earlier plans included a Pride Lands level for the first game. It was dropped as the software struggled with portraying quadrupedal movement and required another detection engine. Simba was instead added as a Summon, and the world would later be included in Kingdom Hearts II.

Bahamut Summon

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Bahamut Summon

Developers also planned to add a summon for Final Fantasy’s Bahamut, but it was never fully implemented. Although an option can appear through the use of cheat codes, attempting to activate it will crash the game.

Kingdom Hearts II

Alternate Xemnas Forms

Xemnas is the chief villain of Kingdom Hearts II. In his last battle with Sora, he takes on several forms before finally being defeated. There were actually two other forms that ended up cut from the game.


King is a humanoid with a crown of Nobody sigils.

Kingdom Hearts Xemnas King Concept Art


Kentauros is a centaur creature with a similar design scheme to King.

Kingdom Hearts Xemnas Kentauros Concept Art

Coliseum Fights

Kingdom Hearts Cavern of Remembrance

Director Tetsuya Nomura intended to let the players fight all the Organization XIII members in Coliseum Battles. This idea was cut due to time constraints but later implemented in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix. Instead of Coliseum Fights, data battles were entered as optional boss fights in a new location called the Cavern of Remembrance.

Buzz and Woody

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Woody

Kingdom Hearts II developers planned to include summons for Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Toy Story films. The pair made it to the model stage and were included in the game data, but textures were not included.

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Buzz Lightyear

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

Jungle Book

Kingdom Hearts Deleted Jungle Book

Jungle Book world was almost implemented in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep but did not make the final cut. It is still accessible in the Japanese version of the game using cheat codes. You can access several areas, including Louie’s Throne Room.


Kingdom Hearts Deleted Content Pleakley

Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch was planned to be included in the Deep Space level. He was removed, but a textureless model is in the game code.

Light Seeker

Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Key D Light Seeker

Also known as the Kingdom Key D, this weapon is the opposite number to Sora’s iconic Keyblade. It was set to be usable by Ventus, but the idea was cut. It is still usable by entering cheat codes on the Japanese version of the game.

For a full list of Kingdom Hearts deleted scenes and other content that had to be removed from the games during development, check out this extremely informative page on the Kingdom Hearts wiki, The Keyhole.

Graham Host is a member of the Fan Contributor program. In his spare time, he enjoys the works of Terry Pratchett, DC Comics and a wide assortment of video games. Under no circumstances should he be fed after midnight.
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