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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic – Weekly Spell Casting

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 4, 2012

With Jeremy returning to work and my hours increasing, we have had less time to venture to the Parks this week.  Luckily, with the assistance of friends, our cards collection continues to grow.

We are now two cards short for our collection.  We are still on the lookout for Nib’s Neverland Assault & Simba’s Roar.  I try not to think about the 61+ cards since they are no longer available.

I’ve learned two helpful things over the past few weeks –  First, you can receive cards with just your park pass. (I left my key cards the one day.)  They were willing to give me a new key.

Second –  we ripped apart one of the key cards and found that Confidex is the maker of the tracking system.  According to their Website –

“Confidex is the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless ticketing and RFID tag solutions and services to make supply chains, transactions and authentication of goods and people more efficient and secure. Today, we are innovating and exploring with our customers how our solutions can help people and companies to address their problems and challenges by fusing strong combination of RFID tag design competence, RF engineering and customization to manufacturing experience.”

This is how the key cards are tracking game play throughout the park.  I wonder if the “xPass” creation will hold a similar technology.

* Ashley


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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic – Day 7

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 3, 2012

After a full week of wizardry, I successfully leveled up.  What does this mean?  I’m not entirely sure, since I’ve yet to play any levels as an experienced sorceress.

Today we battled, and defeated, Ursula and Jafar .

In theory, I should have finished the level vs. Hades/Chernabog in Fantasyland, but we got re-arranged.

  I battled Jafar and was invited to fight against more villains in… nowhere.  At the end of each round, you are directed to your next location.  Apparently they haven’t created a special screen for the player to return to Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe or the Firehouse once they level up.   I’m sure this issue will be fixed in the futrure.

I went to the Firehouse to get my new level (Medium).

Sadly, there was no fanfare.   I simply told the Cast Member I thought I was advancing, she said “Congratulations” and manually increased my level.  I then got five new cards.  There was no confetti, nor did a band bust through the door playing ‘Hail to The Chief‘.  Unfortunately, all the new cards were doubles.

We got a fairly successful grouping of cards in the morning and only traded twice.  We got Tinkerbelle and Tritan for more common cards from our collection.  Surprisingly, the cards we have multiples of are coveted from other players.

Later that night we took a prilgrimage to Staples and for a total of $10.20 got 30 sheets of clear trading card pages.  Now I have our collection broken into three categories, first full set, second full set, and the tradeable cards.

This adventure happened between 1230-1430 on Thursday and the crowds were by far the least crowded.  In fact, some portals in Fantasyland, which have thus far been the busiest, had no other players in line.  Again everyone seems eager to talk, compare, and trade while waiting in the lines.



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iDisney – Where’s My Water?

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 2, 2012

Welcome to iDisney (trendy title, right?)!  The cast of nerds behind iD will poke their geeky fingers at the technology side of Disney – applications, gaming, and interactive Disney attractions.  

This week, Ashley takes a look at some mobile apps available on iPod and Android.

Swampy the Alligator needs a shower.  And I’m going to be the girl that makes sure he get’s clean.  Helping Swampy means I’ve been playing Disney Mobile’s Where’s My Water? a lot.

Swampy the Alligator

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for extra bright and bubbly displays a la post 8-bit Mario or Epic Mickey.

As described by the Disney Insider,

Where’s My Water? Is a challenging physics-based puzzler complete with Retina display graphics, Multi-Touch controls, and an amazing soundtrack.”

The Lite (see: FREE) version introduces the player to Swampy, our eccentric underground dwelling reptile.  The majority of the sewer peeps think he’s odd – a classic Outsiders-type, yearning for acceptance and a nice hot shower.  It’s your job, gentle player, to get him that shower.

The Lite version offers 20 levels of increasing challenge, in which players move water from it’s source to the shower head in the dirty gator’s tub.  WMW? is comparable to games like Cut the Rope in both technique and graphics.

An interlude advertisement promises  more  ’free levels’ will become available, but have not been included on game updates in the past few weeks.

Having played it on both my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the HTC Sensation, I prefer the tablet.  It’s IMAX compared to HTC’s, well, cell phone screen.  Some levels require detail that is simply easier to view in the larger format.

Where’s My Water? sits on the mantle of too-simple-to-not-be-addictive  games (Angry Birds, anyone?). Unfortunalty, it seems to lack the certain playablity that has you salivating to get back to playing.

In the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at the $0.99 full version. Until then, I will struggle with achieving a perfect three star ranking at bathing reptilian.  If I fail – I think there are some little green pigs that need bashin’.

See Ya Real Soon,



If you know of any Disney tech that you would like to see reviewed – or have reviewed any yourself, we’d like to hear from you.

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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic – Day 6

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 1, 2012

The beautiful spell-caster, Ashley, is back with the daily Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom update


Six days in and we now have 38/70 unique cards.  I’ve yet to see cards numbered 61+ in person.  I’m now fighting to get a look at people’s binders.  Yes, binders. We’ve seen many homemade books for fanatics to carry around their cards.  Realistically, if we could take a minute to go to Target, we would have some cardholders as well, but we’re not rushing.

  • The Day’s Magic Lesson…

First, there is a definite end to a level.  Unfortunately, I beat that level as number five in my round.  So now I’m backtracking.  Not sure what makes this occur.  In line, we were told by a person that was in the Testing Phase, that he was able to level up early because of it, while others in line said they were just directed to their next stop.

I heard rumors that a level up would lead to more cards.  Level 2 = 7 Cards; Level 3 = 12 Cards.  I was able to debunk the rumor and a player only receives five cards with each increase.

Apparently if you level up at the Fire House, they will ring the bell for you.

Today Jeremy took the time to battle Ursula on his Key Card, while I fought all of the Villains in Fantasyland and Yzma in Adventureland.  This solidified that Frontierland has two missions; Adventureland and Fantasyland have three missions, while Main Street USA has one battle.  This might explain the congestion in Fantasyland and Adventureland.

Finally, we took on trading cards today.  I wanted to wait it out and see how we did on our own after 70 cards were collected, but trading just seemed so much fun.  We broke the ice with a young man who had some doubles. I traded him a Mickey’s Apprentice Card (Rare) cards for a Blue Fairy Card (Common).  Another serious player actually traded me for anything I needed which grew us three new cards.  We increased our collection by 10 unique cards by trading, and the addition of some from a graciously donated Eyes and Ears Magazine.

Everyone has been very friendly in dealing with the game so far.  Day Guests are quick to notice the long lines and inquire about the game, everyone will direct you to your next portal, and trading occurs in the lines to pass the time.  The biggest disappointment is noticing semi-costumed Cast Members in line, complaining about their day.  A novice might not be aware, but the black pants and black shoes are a dead giveaway.  I’m hoping the park will soon crack down on this.

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