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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic Kingdom – Day 1 to 5

Posted by Ashley Rae on March 29, 2012

As promised, here is the timeline of our adventure so far.  A number of days coming at you here to get you up to speed –

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Day 1 – February 29 – One More Disney Day

Jeremy and I planned to embark on many adventures for  One More Disney Day.  First we purchased Premium Annual Passes and bee lined to the Fire House on Main Street USA to join forces with Merlin against Hades and his allies.

We signed up to battle separately, guaranteeing us two sets of five cards.  The cards came in resalable packs with the back of the cards masking the items inside.

The Cast Member helped us with a tutorial, and set us on our way down Main Street USA.

We quickly found that the real pros here were the Guests who were already a week into the game.  We quickly labeled the  ’Regular players’ with nicknames as they jovially gave us advice.  I was coached through my initial battle and told about the secrets of combining cards for stronger attacks, pairing alike cards, and strengthens cards through extra use.

On Day 1 we played against Cruella De Vil on Main Street USA and Dr. Facilier in Frontierland/Liberty Square.

Long lines made each battle take about an hour and Jeremy got exhausted while wearing Teagan through the park, so we left at 8PM.

Crowd Level at Mk – HIGH

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Portal cues – MODERATE (10-20 minutes per Portal)

Day 2 – March 1

Jeremy and I planned on a recon mission to collect some new Spell Cards without playing any missions, so we split up at the Contemporary so that he could rush over.  Unfortunately, Jeremy arrived at the Magic Kingdom to find the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom starting point closed.  When he inquired with a Cast Member, he was told that they stopped distributing at 7PM even though the park closed at 9PM.  He was a little relived to not have to strap on the baby and watch me play games.

Day 3 – March 3

We returned to the park to face our new enemies.  Excited to begin, I was surprised when the Cast Member told us that our cards were no longer connected to our Park Passes and were showing that no missions had been completed.  He was able to give us completely new keys, sync them, and give us our two packs of cards.  I told him about our completed missions and he did have the ability to add those missing games and send us on our way.

We managed to finish one round against Scar in Adventureland before returning home.

Crowd Level at Mk – MODERATE

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Portal cues – MODERATE (10-20 minutes per Portal)

Day 4 – March 4

Our third day revealed a lot of differences in the system.  The first of which included new wrapping on the Spell cards.  The resealable bags were replaced with sealed bags.  I’m happy about this, because it removes any mishandling by Cast Members.  It’s no secret that Cast Members are taking a special interest in this game and we’ve seen them everyday that we’ve been there.  Some are playing in their disheveled costumes (inappropriate) while others chitchat with the working Cast Members as they collect their daily Spells.  There have also been Spell Cards for sale on E-bay in complete sets, likely the handy-work of Cast, and also inappropriate.

We returned to Frontierland to battle against Governor Ratcliffe.  At the first Portal, we were told we needed to move to another location.  Odd, but we did as we were told.  At the Shooting Arcade, I tried to battle against the drumming soldier.  To my dismay, the system wasn’t reading my cards and he won.  Pretty embarrassed by my failure, I was sent to the portal next to the Hall of Presidents.  I prepared my cards and once again was defeated by the militia while I was coached by those around me at what I might have done wrong – which was nothing, but everybody is an expert, right?  Jeremy and I stood and watched as the same issues occurred with the family behind us.  We went to Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe for assistance.  They started us at Fantasyland and said we would have to finish Frontierland again at a later time.

Due to Teagan’s mood and attendance in the park, we watched the initial portal for the Maleficent storyline and went home.

Crowd Level at MK – MODERATE

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Portal cues in Frontierland- MODERATE (10-20 min per Portal)

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Portal cues in Fantasyland- HIGH (20 + min. per Portal)

A long and girthy line at a Fantasyland Portal

Day 5 – March 5

Today was much more successful as we reached our 40th Spell card.  I wanted to do a small study on the probability of getting unique cards.  There are 70 in the collection, although I’m not sure if you can get the last ten yet, or if they are not yet released.  Out of the 40 we have, 28 are unique cards and 12 are duplicates.  The make up of each Spell card pack seems to be one Star, one Moon, and three Planets.  (The symbol designates the rarity of the card, which I will discuss later).  When I went to pick up our cards, we were told that if we didn’t fulfill a mission on our one Key card, we would not be able to receive any more cards for it. (We have two cards, but have just been focusing on one.)

With shorter lines, we were able to successfully battle Maleficent and Governor Ratcliffe in a fraction of the time it took during previous days.

With my newfound enthusiasm for the Parks, we will continue collecting cards and battling Villains.  This will hopefully allow us to best describe the experience as a participant.

Crowd Level at Mk – LOW

Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom Portal cues – LOW (under 10 minutes per Portal)

* Ashley

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Modern Day Miracles

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 31, 2009

Herrick's Vegetable Pills

After trying to find out who Herrick was, I stumbled upon an interesting excerpt on Private Proprietary Stamps.

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Chinese Laundry

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 31, 2009

Chinese LaundryAccording to Wikipedia, Chinese Americans were heavily identified with laundry work in the late 19th and 20th century.  It is estimated that around 1900, one out of every four Chinese men worked in the laundry business.  This fact is used in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland as a part of its theming.  In addition, here is an article about the Chinese Laundries in San Diego, California and how they came about.

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Miner’s Cove

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 31, 2009

Miner's CoveFound between Big Thunder Mountain and Tom Sawyer’s Island, the Miner’s Cove is humorous to me because it is one of if not the only named Smoking Locations.

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The Crow’s Nest

Posted by Ashley Rae on July 31, 2009

The Crow's NestI have stated it before in the past that I do not mind the product placement and advertisements throughout the WDW Parks & Resorts.  Here is another not-too-clever advertisement for Kodak.

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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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Vinylmations and Dancing Girls

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 23, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Vinylmation

This Vinylmation was purchased again as a gift.  This time I spent the extra money for Father’s Day.

This Vinylmation is limited to 400 pieces and was created by Lin Shih.  I could not fully investigate this Big Thunder Mountain Vinylmation because I had to keep up appearances, but on the back of the right ear, there is a Hidden Mickey in the clouds.Big Thunder Mountain VinylmationBid Thunder Mountain Hidden MickeyVinylmation ButtonVinylmation Card

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Coming Attractions…

Posted by Ashley Rae on May 16, 2009

As you enter the Magic Kingdom underneath the WDW Railroad, there are posters that hang on the walls.  They are of attractions you will see later in the park, but are meant to be viewed as the “Coming Attractions” or “Previews” of a show.  

Snow White's Adventures

Snow White's Adventures

Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

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Colors of the Wind

Posted by Ashley Rae on May 4, 2009

Another addition to my collection of weathervanes is found on top of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. With the help of Ryan P. Wilson from The Main Street Gazette this small treasure was found as we loaded our log flume.Briar Rabbit Weather Vane

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