Today we visited Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to try the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game and the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station and splash area. I planned for it all week and was so excited when the weekend finally rolled around!

We parked at Epcot and got to MK at 9:05. From the front gate we went directly to the Old Firehouse which is where you sign up for the game. We got a brief explanation on how to play, and then we were handed our key card and 5 spell cards. The Older tore them open and exclaimed they were “way awesome, Mom!”

Front and back of key card for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game

Example of spell cards

We went to the first stop indicated on the map, looked for the bronze circle in the ground, and The Older began his quest.

What fun! The cards are each from a certain spell category such as hero, animal, fairy, etc., and have numerical values based on shield, boots, and attack. Depending on what the villains tell you via the game, you pick whichever card you feel will offer the best chance of beating them at the portal you’re currently in front of.

The creators of this game did a great job with the graphics. For instance:

Before

After

The kids thought it was amazing, and The Younger couldn’t get over how the portals opened “out of nowhere.”

My thoughts on this game are mostly positive. It was great for both kids (almost 9 and almost 4), but it was easier for The Older for obvious reasons. I was able to split the game up for them though: He read the map, she found the bronze circle and key in the area, and then both of them opened the portal. He picked the spell, and they both waved the card… It worked out well, and when she got sidetracked by something else, he could take over with The Daddy, and then The Younger and I could go off and satisfy her curiosity about whatever she was interested in at that moment.

Caught her in a gust of wind at Cinderella’s Fountain

There were lines at the portals which I felt took away from the magic of discovery a bit, but what can you do? The game is brand new, and everyone wants to play. Even with with Secret Agent game at Epcot you sometimes bump into people who are playing where you are, so it wasn’t that big a deal. In fact, I don’t think the kids even noticed! I liked that the game changed depending on what card was used (I found that out while watching some kids in front of us play a different spell card than we ended up using), and I especially enjoyed the ease that both kids understood the game as it was being presented via the portals. It let them be in control with very little input from us adults at all!

My suggestions (right now):

  1. Pick up your cards at the desk behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square, especially if you don’t need an introduction on how to play. There was no line there at all when we got there at 9:30am, and we were able to grab cards for the other passes we have since we had only activated one pass at the Firehouse. This leads me to suggestion #2.
  2. Get a pack of cards for each pass. Even if you want to stay together to play, you can get a pack of cards and a key card for each pass and only play one key card (just be sure to remember which one you’ve played). You are allowed 5 cards per pass per day, so we activated all passes in order to get as many playing cards as we could, yet we only played with the original key card.
  3. Bring a binder with baseball card holder sleeves OR a box to keep the cards organized. We bought one there, and it was really expensive (around $50), but we needed it since we had so many cards to keep straight.
  4. Don’t be shy about asking people if they want to trade cards. A lot of people have duplicates and are willing to trade them out!
  5. Take breaks. The key cards hold all your information, and there is no time limit on the game, so you can take as many breaks as you want. Even if you forget where you last played, your card will remember, and Merlin will remind you where you need to go to start the game again.

So, after finishing two of the missions, we decided to cool down at the new Casey Jr. splash area. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was blown away when we got there. It was absolutely adorable!

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to cool off in the afternoon. The kids had an absolute ball playing in the water, and The Younger was enthralled by the elephants representing Dumbo.

My only ‘wishes’ for this area would have been some shade for the adults who waiting and watching and some more interactive parts to the water play. The Older had a good time, but he missed being able to have any ’cause and effect’ experiences like he can at the splash pad at Epcot.

I love the new additions to Walt Disney World, and I can’t wait until the New Fantasy Land opens up! Until then, however, I plan to continue my visits to all the parks because I keep finding the most amazing treasures each time I go :-)

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