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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic – An Introduction

Posted by Ashley Rae on March 28, 2012

Ladies and Gentleman, Ashley is back.  This time with an incredible diary detailing WDW’s wonderful new game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  While we are not the first to write about the experience, this guide aims to inform our friends of the secrets, magic and fun of the new game.  Here you’ll find instructions for play, rumors, game-play tips and more!  So, dust off those pointed hats, don your finest clock and grow some awesome facial hair and  enjoy.  Happy spell-casting!

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Walt Disney World’s newest interactive experience, The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, has arrived.  For the past week, Jeremy and I have taken to the offensive and began an epic battle against Hades and his crack-squad of lowly villains. Merlin the Magician has trained us (mainly me) to successfully protect his crystals from the menacing masterminds.

  • The spells of the trade… 

To begin the adventure, guests must go to the Fire House on Main Street –

or Liberty Square, behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe  –

Beginner Sorcerers, or Sorceress, obtain a key card, map and Spell Card pack, containing 5 cards.  A new pack of cards can be acquired each day, or earned with the conquering of a level of play.  Do note – you MUST present your Key and Park Entrance Ticket in order to ‘learn’ spells.

The Cast Members handing out magic are happy to give you a tutorial if you need any assistance in learning the ropes.

Card pack, containing 5 spell cards –

Guide Map, showing where the Portals are located –

Map

Key Card to open portals –

Sorcerer's Key Card

  • Portal, portal – on the wall…

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom combines a scavenger hunt-like premise with the uber- popular card games of my generation  (i.e. Pokémon, Magic, and Yu-Gi-Ho).

At the start of each new phase you are directed to a specific portal.  These hidden screens are where the story is viewed and the battles are fought.

Each portal is labeled with an icon, for easy reference on your guide map (see above).

For example, in Frontierland, the Country Bears Jamboree portal is labeled with a lizard icon on the map. If you forget the image or icon, you can scan your Key on any Lock and it will show the correct location.

  • Lock and Key…

Your Key card holds the progress of your adventure, and here’s where it comes into play.

As guests stand at the Portal, on the ‘circle of power’, they will hold their Keys to a ‘Lock Box’.  Here’s one now –

The Portal will then open, and you are confronted with one of many Disney Villians collected by Hades to swipe the Crystals of the Magic Kingdom.

  • A game of spells…

Although each land has five portals, each storyline has four portal stops, so there is less traffic with the extra space.

First, a note on casting spells.  Once prompted, simply hold your desired Spell Card facing the portal, where the image is captured by cameras and translated to video sequences on the portal screen.  Sorcerers can also use combination attacks by aiming multiple cards at the portal (more on this in a different post).

Ashley - one of the good guys.

When opened, the initial portal will set up the storyline.  This normally includes Hades convincing a villain to help him snag crystals from Merlin.  The second portal will have you face a minor villain by using your Spell Cards.  The third portal has you use the Sorcerer’s crest (the image on the back of the card) to weaken the main villain.  The final portal has you use your Spell Cards to battle and beat the villain, once again saving the crystal from being taken by the slimy hands of the badies.

After each complete phase, you are invited to journey to another land to help Merlin face another nemesis in a new battle.  There are 9 phases per level.

The attraction has not reached Tomorrowland as of yet.  You’ll find portals on Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square and Fantasyland.

  • Don’t fall asleep in class…

What keeps this interesting?  After battling through the nine stories, a Sorcerer “levels up”.  With this, the villains get more difficult to beat.  The good news is your cards gain power  the more they are used, and you get more cards!  Again, with each level up, the Sorcerer returns to the Fire House or Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe and receives more Spell Cards.

Hopefully that will help you begin your adventure into the wide world of magic, crystals, and crazy villains.

I intend, in the coming weeks, to showcase a Spell Card per day – and show you how to read’em – and a time-line of our adventure.

* Ashley

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Ashley has looked at some of the finer details of the parks, and was a leading source on Vinylmation – that information can be found next door atshoesshortsgloves.wordpress.com

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Vinylmation Disney-Pixar Toy Story

Posted by Ashley Rae on September 17, 2010

I often feel guilty about neglected my blog and neglecting my Vinylmation collection.  Truthfully, I am still very interested in the Park Series and the Muppets Series, but it’s often difficult to convince myself to spend the money to purchase a tray to fulfill my completionist attitude.  Finally, a set has come along that I knew would satisfy both my mother and my collection.

I recently purchased the Disney-Pixar Toy Story set that was designed my Disney Design Group’s Thomas Scott.

In order to continue my past habits, I took note of the Vinylmations’ placements and took individual photos of the items.

I hope you enjoy this long forgotten tradition of mine.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Where I Found My Vinylmations in the Tray

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Robo News

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 16, 2009

Robo NewsRobo News

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Merchant of Venus

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 16, 2009

Merchant of VenusStitchStitch's Footprints

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An Overlooked Exposition Hall

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 15, 2009

Take a moment and venture into the back of Exposition Hall located at the beginning of Main Street USA.  The exhibit offers clips from classic Disney shorts and films, along with picture opportunities with standing backdrops from Steamboat Willie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 101 Dalmatians, and Toy Story.

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Having a Magical Time at Three O’Clock

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 24, 2009

If in the Magic Kingdom at three o’clock, be sure to stop by Main Street USA, Liberty Square, or Frontierland to catch A Dream Come True parade.

Luckily Pinocchio is there to remind you of the time as his float comes through the parade toward the front.

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History of the Mickey Mouse Watch: Abridged

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 22, 2009

Mickey WatchIn this image taken off of Hollywood Boulevard is a classic Mickey Mouse watch used as the illuminated street sign to entice Guests inside the shop.

In 1933, the first Mickey Mouse watch was made by Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co.  During this time, the company’s financial condition was very poor, but they released their Mickey Mouse watch for $3.25 and later for $2.95.  The popularity of the watches brought Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co. out of their debts.  Production continued through to the 1960s when the company became US Time and later Timex.

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Skipping the Marshmallows and Campfires

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 20, 2009

It sometimes amazes me the things I never noticed in the parks despite the amount of time I spend in them.  And needless to say, I don’t spend a ton of time in Camp Minnie-Mickey.

But here are the signs for the meet and greets with some big names without the big lines.  This is a great place to meet some of your favorite characters if you are waiting for the next Festival of the Lion King show.

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Vinylmation with a Hint of Pixar

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 19, 2009

Vinylmation Park Series #2Now don’t get too excited thinking that I broke down and started collecting the 9″ Vinylmations.  A $39.95 price tag is still too high for me when they bring out six new toys per series, but I do believe they make great gifts.  This one I purchased for a friend who collects the Seagulls from Finding Nemo.  This Vinylmation is designed by Maria Clapsis and is limited to 550 copies.

Finding Nemo Seagulls' VinylmationVinylmation and ButtonVinylmation ButtonNemo Seagull CardWatch out when purchasing larger Vinylmations.  Each series offers a special 9″ Vinylmation.  Park Series #1 had a Haunted Mansion edition and Park Series #2 has a Mr. Incredible edition.  Both of these Vinylmations include a small 3″ Vinylmation that compliments the design and cannot be bought within the 3″ trays.  These special editions will cost you $74.95.  It is not a mistake.

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Pooh’s Thotful Shop

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 19, 2009

Pooh's Thotful Shop

Pooh's Thotful Shop

Eeyore with Honey

Eeyore with Honey
Tigger

Tigger

Eeyore

Eeyore

Piglet

Piglet

Piglet

Piglet

Owl

Owl

Hephlump

Hephlump

Woozle

Woozle

Hunny Pot

Hunny Pot

Whether walking out after a ride on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or taking a look for a Winnie the Pooh specific product, Pooh’s Thotful Shop is a place to be enjoyed.  The theming from the ride carries over completely and is expanded in this store.  As you enter the store from the main entrance, watch out for the leaking hunny from the ceiling.  In this instance, it seems Eeyore has caught all the hunny on his head while Piglet and Tigger stand holding hunny pots.  Some pages from the book have flown to the top of the shop while Hephlumps and Woozles stand close to the ride exit.  This shop offers an awesome selection of Winnie the Pooh merchandise, air conditioning, and whimsical fun.

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