A new interactive role playing game began public testing at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World today. It’s called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Guests will start out at the fire station, near city hall. Look for a sign indicating they’re looking for sorcerers.
Once inside, cast members will give you a map, a key card and five spell cards. They they’ll take you to a screen they call a mystic portal where you’ll first meet Merlin the magician, who along with the cast member, explain how to play.
Here’s a look at the cards we were first given. Although along the way we ran into some other guests playing the game and traded some of our cards for theirs. There are 70 cards in all, so it will take quite a few games to collect them all.
This is the map guests are given. Besides Adventureland, other areas of the map show Fantasyland, Main Street, and Liberty Square with Frontierland.
Each land features a few different story lines, each based on a different Disney movie. You may be interacting with characters from The Emporer’s New Groove in Adventureland, or Pocahontas or The Princess and the Frog in Frontierland.
Once you arrive at the right location, look for this keyhole, then hold your keycard up to it to “open the portal”.
It’s also important that you find this symbol on the ground and stand here for the game to work properly.
Before it’s open, the “mystic portal” may look just like a wall, or a poster, or it may be part of a larger window display.
During the game, Disney characters onscreen will tell you a story about how Hades has teamed up with the bad guys from a particular Disney movie (such as Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) and they need you to help stop them.
At the end of the presentation in each location, you’ll be told which symbol on the map you need to look up and head to next. There are five play areas in each land. You may visit them all during your game or you may visit a spot more than once.
At some of the locations, you’ll need to battle the bad guys. This is where your spell cards come into play. When directed to do so, hold the spell card of your choosing up in front of you towards the screen and watch as the bad guy is hit with it. All of the cars do something different onscreen. For example, if you use Eve’s Laser Blast spell card, you’ll see Eve’s hands appear on screen and shoot the bad guy. If you hold up Mowgli’s Swinging Vine spell card, you’ll see a swinging vine hit the bad guy.
After doing this at several of the locations and furthering the story until you have defeated the bad guy, you can stop playing, or you have the option to head to another land at the park and try another storyline. If you keep your cards, you can even finish playing later that day or even later during your vacation.
Here’s a video showing parts of the game in action:
Because the game is still testing, more features and gameplay will most likely be added. As you can see on the Mickey spell card below, there are number values on each card relating to the spell’s attack, boost and shield that aren’t in use yet. We also noticed while testing that you can use more than one spell card at a time, even though nothing indicates that’s possible. Stay tuned for more details and let us know about your experience after you play.