|Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom|
|Land||Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square|
|Attraction type||Interactive game|
|Theme||Disney animated features canon|
|Opening date||February 22, 2012|
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive game attraction for the Magic Kingdom that debuted on February 22, 2012. The game focuses on Merlin recruiting park guests as new apprentice sorcerers and sending them out to battle various Disney villains, recruited by Hades, throughout the park's themed lands (except Tomorrowland) using special spell cards.
Word on the game was first leaked in interviews with Jonathan Freeman for the Aladdin musical, mentioning that he was reprising Jafar for a new attraction where guests would battle the Disney villains.
Installation of show elements in Adventureland and Liberty Square took place over the course of Summer 2011 and Fall, with concept art for the game showing that Kaa, Maleficent, Jafar and Cruella De Vil would be among the game's antagonists.
Testing for the game began in November, with characters such as Yzma, Kronk, Scar, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed being revealed as villains in Adventureland. It was later revealed that Doctor Facilier, Lawrence, Governor Ratcliffe, Ursula and Chernabog would all be featured villains as well.
When starting the game, guests are given a specialized park map pointing out various locations for the game, along with a Sorcerer Key card that activates the game screens and tracks the guests' progress and a set of Spell Cards. Locations included in the paper maps consist of every land except for Tomorrowland. The main play areas are Magic Portals, which Merlin opens up to allow you to interact with the characters and fight the villains. To activate a Magic Portal, tapping or scanning your Key card at a keyhole will activate the Magic Portal screen. The spell cards hold various attacks of differing strengths used to fight the villains.
As the screens are all functionally similar, a computer algorithm points guests to whichever nearby screen might be open at the moment upon completing a Magic Portal task. This is a means to prevent crowding at the Portals.
Starting off at the Main Street Firehouse, Merlin welcomes park guests to his special hideout, teaches them the basics of the game with Portal activation and spell card usage and begins to tell the story. Hades, bored with the nothingness of the Underworld, is looking for a new summer home with the Magic Kingdom park looking like an ideal spot, though Merlin stands in his way. He sends Pain and Panic to Merlin's home to steal the Crystal of the Magic Kingdom (a powerful artifact that keeps evil forces in check at the park), but they end up awakening Merlin in the process. In a brief scuffle, the crystal is shattered into several pieces, four of which are scattered to different locations throughout the park. Annoyed, Hades decides to call upon a team of villains to help retrieve the crystal shards for him, including Yzma, Jafar, Scar, Maleficent, Ursula, Ratcliffe, Dr. Facilier and Cruella de Vil.
Main Street only features Cruella de Vil as a villain, though it is also home to Sorcerer Training with Merlin at the Firehouse.
Pongo serves as the guests' guide in this quest. Cruella has made a deal with Hades (disguised as Boss Teal: Underworld Crime Boss) to have all the Dalmatians in her possession in exchange for the crystal. Cruella sends Horace & Jasper to catch the dogs for her.
Meanwhile, Pongo called on the local dogs to help guard the crystal, but are threatened by Jasper & Horace, who start thinking that the dogs are in cahoots with Merlin while driving in their truck and plan on harming the dogs so they can get the crystal. The guests stop the duo by destroying their truck using the Sorcerer's Crest (the symbol on the back of the spell cards).
The guests then go to confront Jasper, who is setting up a trap for the Puppies. He, however, spots the guests and tries to subdue them using fireworks, only to have a barrel dumped on him. Merlin then informs the guests that some of the captured Puppies are in the local stables and Pongo has gone to help.
Cruella informs Hades that the Dalmatians are guarding the crystal piece and she goes off with Hades to start a fireworks display that will cause a distraction as they steal the crystal. Cruella orders Horace to get rid of the dogs. The guests then use the Sorcerer's Crest to stop Horace and save the Dalmatians.
Cruella, in order to get the crystal, breaks into Merlin's secret Main Street vault by crashing her car through the wall of said vault. The guests battle Cruella, but she still succeeds in getting into the vault. It is revealed that as the guests kept Cruella busy, Perdita and the Puppies had just enough time to replace the crystal piece with a pile of chew toys. The park guests, with the help of Pongo and Merlin, defeat Cruella, infuriating Hades once he finds out. Merlin then congratulates the guests and gives them a new assignment.
Three villains are located in Adventureland: Yzma, Jafar and Scar.
Kuzco serves as the guests' guide in this mission. He tells of how Yzma has been recruited into helping Hades (in the guise of an Inca Underworld God named Lazuli) to retrieve the crystal in exchange for becoming "Empress of Adventureland". Looking to their old transformation potions, she and Kronk plot to turn the residents into alpacas using tainted goodies made by Kronk...and make nice sweaters, too.
They first test the alpaca potions on a guard that battles the guests, who is sent flying back down the stairs into the laboratory when defeated.
At the next portal, Kronk and his shoulder angel are debating on whether or not the potions will mess with his kabob recipes, though Hades appears on his other shoulder to encourage him to stay the course. Using the Sorcerer's Crest, Kronk's stand is blown up by the guests and he retreats to his kitchen. There, the guests battle Kronk, knock him out and destroy his contaminated platters.
After stopping Kronk, the guests finally go to Yzma's lair to confront her, where she attacks with magic-draining potions. After becoming woozy from the battle, Yzma is finished off when she is hit with a potion that transforms her into a helpless turtleneck sweater, leaving Hades angry with the results when he stops by to check in. Merlin and Kuzco appear in the Enchanted Tiki Room when they congratulate the guests before sending them onto another mission.
Genie serves as the guests' guide in this mission while Merlin is at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, but soon gets ambushed. Here, Hades (under the name of Prince Azure) has acquired Jafar's lamp and uses him to make 3 wishes: 1) Take over the land, 2) Find the missing crystal piece and 3) Capture Merlin. However, Jafar plans on trying to break free from Hades' control and trap him in the Cave of Wonders.
While Genie goes to look for Merlin, the guests go to deal with Iago, who has been ordered by Jafar to use the Sultan's powerful mystic blue diamond ring to uncover the whereabouts of the crystal. But before he can return to Jafar, the guests eavesdrop on Iago, learning the location of the crystal. Iago then proceeds to fight the guests using the magic of the Sultan's ring. After the guests defeat the parrot, Jafar fetches him and heads to the Cave of Wonders.
Hades is frustrated with Jafar's lack of progress in finding Merlin and tells him to assume his original form. Jafar spies the guests and sends in a copy of his giant snake form to fight them while he goes after Merlin.
After defeating the snake, Genie heads off to deal with the guards while the guests free Merlin from entrapment inside a lamp with the Sorcerer's Crest. But even after breaking out, Merlin and Genie have difficulties with Jafar inside the Cave and get captured, leaving the guests to battle Jafar. Iago flies in with Jafar's lamp during the chaos and Merlin manages to break free and fight Jafar, leaving the guests to retrieve the lamp from Iago's clutches and allowing Merlin to trap Jafar in his lamp again. Genie breaks free and leaves with Merlin before Hades arrives. Merlin and Genie then congratulate the guests and send them on another mission.
Rafiki serves as the guests' guide in this mission. Hades has revived Scar from the dead to retrieve a crystal piece in exchange for immortality. This is enough for Scar to rally the Hyenas under his thumb again and they are gifted with dark magic as well. He plots to start a massive elephant stampede to create chaos in Adventureland.
The guests battle Banzai and then manage to discredit Scar in front of the Hyenas using the Sorcerer's Crest.
Hades is frustrated with Scar's lack of progress and, after battling the guests, requests Hades to give him power on par with his brother Mufasa. He then gets transformed into a massive red storm cloud that is ultimately dissapated by the guests, leading Hades to facepalm and question why Scar even wanted to be a giant cloud. Rafiki and Merlin congratulate the guests while riding in a Jungle Cruise boat and send them on their way to another mission.
Two villains are featured in this land: Ursula and Maleficent.
Sebastian serves as the guests' guide in this mission. He tells of how Ursula has made a comeback when Hades pulls her from the River Styx to help him out on his conquest. But she plots to double cross him and plans to use the crystal piece she finds for her own plans and, with the aid of Flotsam and Jetsam, intends to break down a sea wall to flood Cinderella Castle and the rest of Fantasyland.
The guests, along with Sebastian and Ariel, manage to follow the sea witch to a shipwreck, only to run into Flotsam and Jetsam. After defeating the eels and moving to the next portal, Ursula sends Glut after the guests. After defeating the shark, the dark magic left behind allows the guests to track the sea witch, only to find Ariel trapped in the flooding castle. Merlin arrives to help, only for him and Sebastian to realize she's an imposter, calling on the guests to use the Sorcerer's Crest to expose the charade. Ursula is revealed and laughs at Merlin for falling for her trick. Then she zaps Merlin with a spell, causing him to disappear, and heads out, claiming that she's only getting warmed up.
While Merlin, who was revealed to have been transported somewhere else by the sea witch's spell, tries to handle the flood, the guests are left to confront Ursula. While searching for the crystal and ignoring Hades' calls in a crystal ball to drain the castle, Ursula battles the guests, disappearing upon her defeat. Merlin, Ariel and Sebastian then congratulate the guests from the castle moat before Merlin gives the guests their next assignment.
Flora, Fauna & Merryweather guide the guests in this quest. Hades gives Maleficent a "Get Out of the Underworld Free" card, allowing her to return from the dead. She then plots to take over Fantasyland using the crystal shard that she has found instead of giving it to Hades and plans to create a trap for him.
Upon finding out about Maleficent's revival, Flora, Fauna & Merryweather head over to the Forbidden Mountain to find out what Maleficent plans to do. Unfortunately, one of Maleficent's Goons captured Flora and Fauna, but Merryweather managed to escape. Merryweather and the guests travel into Maleficent's castle to free them. After defeating the pig-like Goon and breaking down a door with the Sorcerer's Crest, Flora and Fauna are freed.
Continuing onward, Maleficent leaves the crystal with a Goon to power a special device and tells the others to summon Hades from the Underworld so he could be lured into her trap. Maleficent then eavesdrops on the guests and battles them, before retreating to continue her plans.
Hades is summoned, having suspicions of Maleficent's treachery, which she manages to diffuse. Upon leaving, Maleficent promptly casts a spell that engulfs a village in thorns. The Three Fairies manage to break up the thorns by combining their magic with the Sorcerer's Crest.
Finding Maleficent preparing another trap in her lair for the guests and the fairies, she transforms into her dragon form to battle the guests. Upon her defeat, the fairies grab the crystal and escape. Hades comes in to find the trap and Maleficent's remains, disappointed that he left her to her own devices. Merlin and the fairies congratulate the guests at the Mad Tea Party before sending them on their way to another mission.
Two villains are featured in these areas: Ratcliffe and Dr. Facilier. A second recruitment center for the game can be found in this area, behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
Pocahontas serves as the guests' guide in this quest. Ratcliffe is freed from prison by Hades (in the guise of Lord Indigo of the East Underworld Trading Company), agreeing to a deal that will allow him to gain control over Frontierland in exchange for the crystal of the Magic Kingdom.
After the guests battle a drum-playing soldier (who is revealed to be Pain & Panic in disguise), Ratcliffe begins to panic as the crystal is nowhere in sight. While outside Ratcliffe's tent, Pocahontas and Merlin instruct the guests to destroy Ratcliffe's ammunition using the Sorcerer's Crest.
Knowing that Pocahontas knows the land, the evil governor kidnaps Meeko to try and force the Indian princess into helping him find the crystal. Fortunately, the guests defeat Ratcliffe onboard his ship by blasting him with magic, causing him to fall overboard. Merlin, Pocahontas and Meeko congratulate the guests while sailing on a Tom Sawyer Island raft, before Merlin assigns the guests their next mission.
Mama Odie is the guests' guide in this mission, with Louis assisting. Facilier has been revived from the dead by Hades and is recruited to find the crystal of the Magic Kingdom. Facilier also plans to extract revenge on Tiana for causing his demise and take over Frontierland. He assigns his shadows to help find the crystal and frees Lawrence from jail to poison the food at Tiana's Palace and place the locals under his control.
After the guests defeat Lawrence and the shadows, Facilier kidnaps Tiana, but while he has a conversation with Hades, Tiana is freed by the guests using the Sorcerer's Crest.
Facilier retrieves the crystal and plans on getting Tiana after he completes the delivery. Facilier battles the guests, only to ultimately get turned into a frog himself and then gets taken back to "the other side" as a result of his failure. Merlin, Mama Odie, Tiana and Louis congratulate the guests while sailing on the Liberty Square Riverboat before Merlin gives the guests their next assignment.
Once all the villains are defeated, Merlin decides that it's time to reassemble the crystal and foil Hades' plans once and for all. But no sooner does he try to look for the crystal when Pain and Panic (in their cute woodland animal forms) make off with the last piece of the crystal, leading Merlin to discover that Hades has managed to create his own series of portals around the park for his villain army to enter through. Using the Sorcerer's Crest, the guests help Merlin jump right through one of those portals and stop Pain & Panic from delivering the last crystal shard to Hades.
Hades soon gets wise to what's going on and decides to summon his "number one guy", Chernabog, to fight the guests. Fortunately, the guests defeat the giant demon and arrive at the main arena of the Underworld just in time to prevent Hades from leading his army of generic skeletons and Disney Villains into the Magic Kingdom. With Merlin's help, the guests manage to seal away all the villains, including Hades, within the now-reconstructed crystal by using the Sorcerer's Crest one last time. Merlin then returns to his home to relax and gives the guests a medal of honor, dubbing them as "Master Sorcerers", to reward them for helping him save the park.
The Spell Cards in the game are divided into nine different spell classes: Toy, Machine, Animal, Fairy, Hero, Princess, Warrior, Monster and Mystic. A card's rarity is classified by the symbol in the bottom left corner, right above the number out of 70—a Planet means that the card is common, a Crescent Moon means it's uncommon, a Star means it's rare and a Lightning Bolt means it's super rare.
Although Disney confirmed that there are only 70, there seem to be more because of these symbols, as told by other sources.
Cards 61-70 started to be re-distributed via booster packs beginning in August 2012. These booster packs feature 7 cards, tokens and one of four gameboards for a home version of the game.
Note that there are two versions of Woody's Cowboy Lasso. One that has Slinky Dog accompanying Woody, the other without him. This card had to be altered to remove Slinky, since they did not have permission to use him.
- Jeff Bennet: Merlin and Jasper
- James Woods: Hades
- Bobcat Goldthwait: Pain
- Matt Frewer: Panic
- Susan Blakeslee: Flora, Maleficent and Cruella de Vil
- Russi Taylor: Fauna
- Tress MacNeille: Merryweather
- Jim Cummings: Maleficent's Goon Guard
- Maurice LaMarche: Horace
- Jodi Benson: Ariel
- Keith Ferguson: Sebastian
- Pat Carroll: Ursula
- Corey Burton: Flotsam and Jetsam
- Jim Meskimen: Genie
- Jonathan Freeman: Jafar
- Gilbert Gottfried: Iago
- Robert Guillaume: Rafiki
- Tom Kane: Scar
- Cheech Marin: Banzai
- Jenifer Lewis: Mama Odie and Shenzi
- Irene Bedard: Pocahontas
- John Kassir: Meeko
- David Ogden Stiers: Governor Ratcliffe
- J.P. Manoux: Kuzco
- Patrick Warburton: Kronk
- Candi Milo: Yzma
- Anika Noni Rose: Tiana
- Keith David: Dr. Facilier
- Michael-Leon Wooley: Louis
- Peter Bartlett: Lawrence