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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game shutting down at Walt Disney World

by Brittani Tuttle

A classic Magic Kingdom experience is coming to an end, as Disney has confirmed that Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom will shut down later this month.

The interactive card game experience will close on Sunday, Jan. 24, due to “the changes in how [….] guests use mobile technology […] and decreased demand for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom,” according to Disney. Guests will have until that date to battle the Disney Villains threatening to take over the kingdom.

sorcerers of the magic kingdom

Guests will not be able to receive more than the usual single pack of cards per day now that this experience is closing. However, guests can drop off any firehouse patches they have brought at City Hall while the Main Street Firehouse is being refurbished.

Here’s a look at the game in 2012:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Interactive Game at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
sorcerers of the magic kingdom

Will you miss this unique Disney experience once it closes? Have you collected all of the cards? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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54 comments

Michele January 7, 2021 - 11:56 am

No!!! I am so sad. My family loves this game!

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Melissa January 7, 2021 - 12:00 pm

This is such a shame ! It brought my kids back to the magic kingdom. They were done with Disney. This gave them something to do.

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Tamara January 7, 2021 - 12:10 pm

I agree the kids loved this and enjoyed going back to do that. They will miss it.

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Darryl D Sandoe January 7, 2021 - 12:19 pm

We are going to miss this so much!!! My kids loved doing this every time we went to MK.

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Amber January 7, 2021 - 12:30 pm

Heartbroken. We love this game and collecting the cards 🙁

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Parker January 7, 2021 - 12:34 pm

slowly chipping away at all the little touches that makes it more than just an amusement park

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Bridgette January 7, 2021 - 9:24 pm

Sad but true!

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Brandy January 8, 2021 - 7:06 am

100% agree

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Jess January 9, 2021 - 2:52 pm

Absolutely agree. I think I looked forward to collecting the cards and playing more than my kids. So sad to see it go. Why does everything have to be the latest technology? Why not keep some of the nostalgia that really sets Disney apart from other places? I used to give kids on the buses all my extra cards to introduce them to the game. Many people had no idea it was even there. I also let friends know about it when they were planning their trips and they had a blast playing it. I can play a mobile app at home. I like to ditch the screen when I’m there.

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christine beaupre January 15, 2021 - 12:19 pm

I think people have to bury their faces in their cell phones WAY too much in the Magic Kingdom and it takes away from why we are there in the first place! Now to play this awesome game we need to look at our phones yet again! Why not just make the park a virtual reality park? So so sad to lose this fun interactive game for the whole family! I even have the people around me join in!!!

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Cherie January 7, 2021 - 12:35 pm

My husband LOVES soccerors apprentice…
Never had a chance to play….😢

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Ferret January 7, 2021 - 12:53 pm

One more thing i loved gone.. It saddens me they keep taking things away.. This game was awesome.

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Tammie January 7, 2021 - 12:38 pm

We had so much fun doing this last year. I feel that Disney needs to promote it better. The cards were fun to collect. Maybe add it to the Park Play app?

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Disney Grandma January 7, 2021 - 12:47 pm

I will miss so much, I have been waiting to introduce my grandkids to this game and this was going to be the summer! 🙁

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Janice January 7, 2021 - 1:47 pm

This is awful, I love taking my grandchildren to play this, they learned to strategize what cards will work best on certain characters. One “free” thing you could do at the park.

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Lisa January 7, 2021 - 12:58 pm

No! I started my first game of Sorcerer’s last time I was at MK, and I was so looking forward to finishing it the next time I visited. I really wanted to defeat Hades.

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Amanda C Rush January 7, 2021 - 12:59 pm

My husband would go to disney on dates just to play this game. So sad to see it go 🙁

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Dana Allensworth January 7, 2021 - 1:03 pm

🙁 I am soooo sad to hear this!!! We “LOVED” this experience and we are very sad to hear this and hope they reconsider. They took away Vinylmations (loved collecting them and still have them), took away the Main Street actors (which was another amazing memory we loved), took away a lot of the Pin Events (which we understand for now because of Covid – but at least made a virtual event 🙂 Praying we have more in 2021).

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Norma January 7, 2021 - 1:14 pm

This us so wrong. Of course demand us down, attendance was capped. This activity has been so helpful to reengage my tween age grandchdren.

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Jason January 7, 2021 - 1:16 pm

Are they not tired of taking experiences away from guests? Sheesh. Disney is not broke. Their investors are greedy. This was a great experience. So now Disney slowly turns back into a boring six flags stand in line experience. The leaders at the parks are truly unimaginative and selfish. This could be left standing since lines are just lines… no fast passes, no stage experiences, now meet and greets, just motion based attractions. Like honestly, what are they thinking?

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Ant January 7, 2021 - 1:22 pm

I’ve watched every video on YouTube too bad it’s going to close for good. I wish they found a way to stop them from closing.

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TeeA January 7, 2021 - 1:26 pm

We are sad about this because we love it and our arrival day is Jan 24. We didn’t have a park day planned but we may reconsider that if we can still play on the last day. (When it says it closes on Jan 24 does that mean it will be available to play that day and not after that?)

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Paul Benoit January 7, 2021 - 1:27 pm

I loved the game – as a fan of card games in general, and I enjoyed the break in the parks. However, I think Disney is right if they replace the card-based game with a phone-based version that can be played in the lines at attractions. This would make the system much much more appealing for parents.

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David Glow January 7, 2021 - 2:19 pm

This is so disheartening. It was such a fun way to spend time between rides, take a little unique piece of the park home, meet people.

One of my family’s favorite things. I think this is a great disservice to the park.

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Beth January 7, 2021 - 2:25 pm

Ugh! So sad to hear about this.

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MariaRosa Berweiler January 7, 2021 - 3:18 pm

This is a mistake! As a former cast member and Disney mom , wife and now Grandmother I was thrilled to see something like this in the parks! My husband kids and grandchildren..even I played everytime we visited ..which is typically 1 time a year. This allowed for another fun and unique experience at the park! Please reconsider!!🙏💔

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Tom January 7, 2021 - 3:25 pm

This sucks!!!

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K January 7, 2021 - 3:29 pm

NO, PLEASE RECONSIDER! This is something our entire family enjoys so much. We plan time in our visits there to specifically dedicate to this adventure. When lines are so long at rides, this provides much appreciated entertainment! This additionally gives us a community experience to keep us engaged with other Disney fans by trading cards! PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS GO!

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Lisa January 7, 2021 - 3:49 pm

No!!!!!! We would go to MK just to play this. We have all the cards and loved sharing our extras with little kids.

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Steve O. January 7, 2021 - 4:22 pm

I’d use it more if I could afford to get to Disney Wokld more often. My family loved the game when we were there. I hate to see it go. I’m still trying to collect all the cards for a return trip.

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Sherry January 7, 2021 - 4:41 pm

Definitely will miss this. Always looked forward to playing. So sad. Disappointed 😢

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Deb January 7, 2021 - 4:56 pm

This is so sad and I am mad about it!!! So many people played it and I have all the cards and wanted to play it when I went to the parks! So sad!

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Mike K January 7, 2021 - 5:08 pm

Awww, we have all the cards, special cards, and party cards (minus anything they gave out in 2020).
My daughter has played for years, beat the first level. They gave her a ceremony, she got to sign a big book and received a special pin or ribbon or something. Was pretty close to beating the 2nd level. We will also miss trading cards at Tortuga’s Tavern. We are usually a party of 5 so we got 5 party cards at halloween and christmas, plus we would stalk couples that werent playing and ask if they would get us some extra cards so we could trade more, lol. It was always fun to do if the park was crowded or we wanted to take the road less traveled.
We will miss it. Hopefully Disney will come up with something new and cooler. Maybe something where you use your own mobile device. Oh well.

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Sandi January 7, 2021 - 5:29 pm

I will miss it. We are local and dedicated on visit a month just to battle villains.

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Victoria Trombetta January 7, 2021 - 5:51 pm

I am sad. My son is 21 now but it was something we could do together still and reminisce about from prior trips.

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Angela K January 7, 2021 - 6:02 pm

We’re so disappointed to hear this. We’ve been playing this for years & our son has grown up with collecting and trading the cards. It’s great to do when the rides are really busy & I hope Disney have something new planned. Such a shame.

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Hello123 January 7, 2021 - 6:49 pm

This is some of the worst news I have heard in awhile. Why!

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Kathleen January 7, 2021 - 7:08 pm

I am so disappointed, this was something my grandkids and I enjoyed. Defeating the villains was so much fun for all of us. We were looking forward to playing when we came back In March. Hopefully they replace it with something similar you can use digitally.

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Elizabeth Bancroft January 8, 2021 - 1:08 am

This is so sad! We bring our 7 yr old grandson to WDW a couple times a year. But he has only been old enough to understand how to read the maps and use the cards for just about the last three trips.
Most recently we celebrated his 7th b-day this past Nov. in MK. He had so much fun dragging his parents around the park showing them his Disney Game! He will be heartbroken.

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Rudy January 8, 2021 - 4:37 am

My Kids and I love this game….. we’ve been playing and collecting the cards since the beginning. Sad to see it go. Another reason to go to universal atleast they’ll still have their wand interaction.

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Karen Boraiko January 8, 2021 - 8:31 am

I am 63 years old and love this game. Because of what has been going on this past year I haven’t been able to go to the Magic Kingdom and play. But when I do go I really enjoy battling the bad guys! I can’t go on roller coasters so when my family rides them I would play the game. I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to continue. I hope they are going to update and that is why they are closing for now. This isn’t just a kids game. I saw families playing together and having a great time. Please don’t shut it down for good.

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Larry Morrison January 8, 2021 - 9:57 am

Please don’t end this game🙏 I played this game yesterday, I have played and advanced to the Hard Level. I love this game and I play it every time I visit the Magic Kingdom. There are thousands of visitors that play this game. There are Facebook pages where guests exchange and trade their cards. Some guest even make their own cards. There is a huge following and fandom.

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Larry Morrison January 8, 2021 - 10:30 am

I am 50 and I love this game, it’s great. I always try to help out lost parents when they are looking for the next portal. I also enjoy watching everyone else play; children, teenagers, adults, families, couples and even grandparents. I love how guests help each other and trade cards as they battle villains and henchmen, exchanging parties in the Tortuga Tavern and online. I play while my wife works remotely on her computer. I know other guests play while waiting on other family members. It is an amazing hidden gem or Magic game that could be updated and needs to be advertised more. I know guests from all over the world come to play. I know guest are always trading, collecting online and even making their own cards. The Magic Kingdom at WDW is the only place you can play and it will be very disappointing if and when it is gone.

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Rachel January 8, 2021 - 10:47 am

what a bummer this is one thing my man and kids loved playing when you didnt want to ride rides and just take it easy. plus my son collects those cards, hes going to be so bummed the next time we go.

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Amanda January 9, 2021 - 3:36 pm

We come all the way from the uk to play this game, and trade cards with the sorcerers in the traven, the one thing we all look forward to.
That will be us not attending any more Halloween or Christmas party’s , as we only came for the party cards ☹️ Gutted you are closing it.

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Jason Goodman January 10, 2021 - 1:33 pm

Super sad about this.

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Jo January 11, 2021 - 11:15 am

Absolutely gutted this was a great thing to do when its a bit busy in the park and waiting for your next fast pass to start. I also know quite a few people who don’t like rides and go for the experience, this was a big part of that. What a real shame. My kids are very gutted. Xx

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Linda January 13, 2021 - 9:43 am

What can we do to protest?
The cards to collect and trade, the break in the days especially when busy, interaction with others when trading cards, the joy on someone’s face if you can give them a card they needed, the levels to beat. All this makes Walt Disney World more special than other parks.
Is there anyway consumers can let them know we want it back (and better – it has been neglected in recent years – with many technical outages which may be part of their frustration).

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Nick January 13, 2021 - 5:12 pm

Yes I will miss this game, it was another way to enjoy the park with out waiting 90min to have a bit of fun and feel like the magic kingdom was more of RPG not just a theme park charging to much for to little.

It was also a “Free” game to play with a collectable you get to take home.

I really felt this was something Disney was doing right in making the park more magical

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Josee Lapointe January 13, 2021 - 10:49 pm

Oh no! I am soooo sad to hear this!!! We “LOVED” this experience and we are very sad to hear this and hope they reconsider.

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BJ January 23, 2021 - 12:17 am

We have been season passholders for over 10 years and had no idea this was even there. We were there the end of November 2020 and saw it for the first time while leaving the park. Today 1/22/21 we played it for the first time and my 2 young kids loved it. Another player told us Disney was shutting it down. My kids are so sad. They asked if they could go tomorrow to play the game again before it was gone for good.

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BJ January 23, 2021 - 12:33 am

There was a petition created to ask Disney to keep it here is the link. Please sign if you would like to support it.

http://chng.it/nyBX2DNBjF

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Ashley February 2, 2021 - 4:02 pm

My daughter (she is 7) and I were so disappointed to hear this. We were looking forward to doing it again next trip! It was interactive and fun!

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