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Today’s article is written by Shelley Caran of the On the Go in MCO blog. Welcome, Shelley!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, an interactive game experience set to open later this year, has begun preliminary guest testing in the Magic Kingdom.
Because this new experience is in testing, some of this information may change based on guest feedback and more features may be in the works that weren’t being tested with our group. That being said…
How the Game is Played
In the game, guests are recruited and trained by Merlin, from The Sword and the Stone, to protect the Magic Kingdom from several villains and evildoers.
The Sorcerers Training locations are the Firehouse on Main Street, USA, and a space near the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. At either location you sign up and begin your training to become a Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom!
Once you are enrolled, you receive five random spell cards (described below), a Mystic Portal Key Card, and your Sorcerers’ Maps of the Magic Kingdom. Merlin then appears in your training area to show you how to play the game and to direct you to where your first adventure will begin.
Merlin has created “Mystic Portals” to “sense the misdeeds of villains and defeat evildoers,” and these portals are located throughout Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Fantasyland.
Upon arriving at your assigned area, you use the Mystic Portal Key Card to open the Mystic Portal then stand on the “Circle of Power” to defend the realm with your Spell Cards. You interact with the Portals by holding your Spell Card in different positions.
You will visit several Mystic Portals to complete your adventure and defeat your villain.
Once you have completed your adventure, you are then directed to another land to continue your journey protecting the Magic Kingdom.
What I Really Liked
I enjoyed how each Spell Card featured a character from a Disney movie and their powers are a tongue-in-cheek nod to their story. An example from our cards, was Grumpy’s Pummeling Pickaxe that when played hurled pickaxes towards your foe. My favorite part of the cards are the sayings at the bottom Shovels, hammers, spikes, and picks. Just don’t tick off the other six.
There will be a total of 70 different cards available for use in the game.
The Sorcerers’ Maps of the Magic Kingdom has a very old world and magical feel, and folds up to a convenient size. While not all of the buildings are labeled, they are easily recognizable from the map. The Spell and Key Cards, as well as the map, are made out of heavy paper and won’t fall apart from use or tear if you take them in and out of your pockets. Much like Kim Possible at Epcot, the Mystic Portals are out of the way and do not visually impact or compromise the lands in which they are located.
The adventures are just long enough, and if by chance you don’t defeat your opponent you are sent to another Mystic Portal to face them again.
What Concerns Me
While the portals are out of the way, some of them have a lot of traffic around them, especially in Adventureland. This can lead to people walking in front of you while you’re trying to have a battle, and for volume to be an issue.
At some portals there were groups waiting for their turn to play. It was great that we were all playing different adventures, so the people around you wouldn’t spoil your game. However, sometimes I felt like a dangling piñata for other guests to bat in their adventures. Expect other guests to stop and watch as you play because the game is new.
Not to bring up Kim Possible again, but I wish that the portals were as elaborate and well themed as the ones in Epcot. The props around the Mystic Portals were nice, but I would have really enjoyed it if some of the objects around the portal were animated and were more involved in the viewing of the video.
I was really excited about the opportunity to test play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and I am curious to what the game will be like when it is fully operational!
I think that Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is going to provide another interesting way to experience the Magic Kingdom!
Have you had a chance to try out Sorcerers? Looking forward to it? Talk about it in the comments!