Disney World is giving attendees at its 2013 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties another treat: an exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell card.
This is the second year for such a card, which only is given out at the parties that require separate admission. For those who haven't tried Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, which debuted in February 2012, it is a role-playing scavenger hunt throughout the various lands of the theme park. The ultimate goal is for each player to join Merlin in defeating the Disney villains. Participants can start or stop at any point in their day, and even continue the same game on different days if they retain their key cards. (Read more about Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom on my previous blog post.)
The 2013 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party card is a Monster Spell featuring the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. According to Disney World, "Players can use the card to direct poltergeists to scare away any Disney villains they may come across on their journey." The card states it gives the user the ability to use a flying attack, a flying boost and a flying shield. Plus, it triggers a different effect for each quest. Most spell cards only utilize one effect per character. In addition, users with MagicBands say that added to the effects of the spell card.
After the first Halloween party of the season on Tuesday, Twitter users reported that the 2013 cards were gone by 10 p.m. However, party attendees also were reporting that distribution of the cards began about 4 p.m. -- before the Halloween party officially started at 7 p.m. -- for those who already had checked in and had their party wristbands and tickets.
The Halloween Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards are distributed at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. Last year, there were long lines at the Firehouse location when the party started, which likely is why distribution began early -- to disperse the crowds, just as Disney officials try to do with early admission to the Halloween party itself.
Apparently, when cast members ran out of the 2013 Halloween cards on Tuesday, they began handing out the 2012 version of Chip 'n' Dale. That Animal Spell card gives the mischievous pair a bag of tricks to battle Disney villains.
The moral of this Disney story of the exclusive Haunted Mansion Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards is to get to the distribution location early in the party if the game pieces (and collectibles) are important to you. Happy Haunting!
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