Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive attraction done as only Disney can. In the game you are given special spell cards, with which you can fight the Disney villains. You must then find portals hidden cleverly around the park. Once there, you have to find a symbol on the ground which you shall stand on and face the portal. This attraction is unique to Disney. Every card triggers a spell inside the portal. It is amazing, To see how each “spell” works and fun to collect the cards. It is also neat to see how a seemingly ordinary thing (window, piece of paper, back of a window display) can turn into a portal. If not for the sorcerer’s map it would be near impossible to find these portals, which is yet another reason why the attraction is so unique. Once you have stood on the before mentioned symbol on the ground, you must then hold the key card up to the portal. Once that is done, Merlin will give you instructions and tell you how to play and what to do.
The story is: Hades, sick of ruling only the underworld, wants to rule the Magic Kingdom, but to do this he must first possess the crystal of the Magic Kingdom. The only problem is that the crystal is safe in the possession of Merlin. Hades decides to send his faithful yet stupid henchmen: Pain and Panic. Merlin catches them trying to steal the crystal, and in the scuffle for the crystal they break it. Pain and Panic then disapparate (I suppose that is what it is called) and tell their failure to a furious Hades. Hades decides that he needs real villains instead of morons like Pain and Panic, and he enlists villains like Ursula and Maleficent to find the crystal. Merlin gets word of what Hades is doing and enlists you through a portal in Main Street Fire Station. He then cleverly puts spells into convenient cards for we muggles who cannot procure wands. You then must go to get the crystal shards before the villains can and save the Magic Kingdom.
To get Merlins spell cards you must go to the Main Street Fire House. You then proceed to a cast member who will hand you five cards, a map, and a key card. The cast member will then show you how to use them through a portal conveniently located inside the Fire Station. You will then be sent to a select magic portal in any of the park’s lands, except Tomorrowland. I can not explain why Disney could not have made a spot in Tomorrowland. It might not fit in with the others, of which none are modern, but they still could find a futuristic Disney Villain, such as Bowler Hat Guy.
Of course, while playing the game is free, Disney found an ingenious way to monatize the game. If you truly love the game and want to collect all the cards; you will not be able to. Cards 61-70 must be purchased in select stores throughout the Magic Kingdom. In typical Disney style they are severely overpriced, but for a collector like me, well worth it.
If you plan to be visiting either Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you will be able to get a special sorcerers card that is not sold in stores. At every special ticketed event you will be able to go to the Fire House and, shockingly, get the special edition card for free.
A final note, be sure to buy a card collector’s album at your local Wal-Mart. The ones at WDW will not hold all your cards, are bulky, and over-priced. I hope you enjoy this unique experience on your next trip to Walt Disney World.