There has been some debate whether SOTMK is over advertised in the park. I’m going to visit MK over the weekend and I plan to get other people’s thoughts on this subject for a new post on Monday. In the mean time if you could please participate in this poll I would greatly appreciate it.
The one thing I find most consistent with SOTMK is the lack of common courtesy people display towards one another. Specifically those who are playing multiple keys. As much as it stinks waiting behind the family that is playing two or more keys I completely understand it. If the kids want to play on their own that’s fine I can live with that, this game was designed for them in the first place. However I think it’s pretty obnoxious when adults are playing multiple keys and have no respect for others waiting behind them.
OK, if you want to play multiple keys that’s fine. I have nothing against that. What I am referring to is when both of your keys require you to be at the same portal and you simply play one battle after another. It’s pretty rude when there is a line of 5 or more people and you finish your 1st battle, and then have the audacity to swipe your other key. Call me crazy but I think that’s just ignorant. On the other hand if there’s no one waiting behind you, go for it. However If you do see a lot of people waiting show some respect to your fellow sorcerers by going to the back of the line to wait your turn again. Chances are if you’re doing stuff like this you live here, remember just because you’re a local AP doesn’t mean you own the place.
Yes there is an actual eBay listing for a deck of 1-70 with round corners for the low price of $4500. <sarcasm>
I do realize that this is just the asking price and the seller is considering offers and that they most likely won’t get that amount. However let’s think about the track record on eBay for SOTMK cards. As of today the Cast Member card has sold on 2 separate occasions for $699.99 & $510.00. On average cards 61-70 are going for $100+. Decks of 1-60 are being sold from $150-$300, Apprentice Mickey is going for $20+, & other star cards are going for $10+. So yes there are people out that are willing to spend. Given the recent listings of the 61-70 I would say the market value for this auction is around $1200. Then again what I do know, someone might think this is great deal.
Here’s the bad part about this auction. In addition to the obvious greed surrounding free cards. There’s the emphasis on the “value” of the round corners. Yes they are the older, and for regulars that play SOTMK they are collectible. In my opinion the seller has set a precedent with this auction by inflating the value of the round corners thus they’re going to be even harder to acquire. People will simply start hoarding them like they do with Apprentice Mickey. Thinking that they’ve found gold and they’re going to strike it rich. For those still seeking rounded corner cards it’s going to be even tougher now and that’s a shame.
The Magic Kingdom was chock full of SOTMK rumors today. I spoke with a couple different cast members today, some of which work directly with the attraction and others that do not. Remember, these are just rumors and nothing is concrete like all things Disney they are subject to change.
The hottest topic and most sought after piece of info is when more cards going to be available, specifically 61-70. There are more rumors about this than you can shake a stick at. However there was one person who I talked with today and they were very adamant that sometime in early June booster packs that will include 61-70 will be available with a price tag ranging from $6-$8. Here’s my opinion, I think that price is right. It’s common knowledge among those tied directly to SOTMK that Disney is not pleased with the resale of cards 61-70 so it is in there best interest to make them as affordable as possible thus flushing out that market.
Next up is the easy mode lock down, in addition to certain kinks being worked out on the medium/hard levels. The game has been locked on easy for all players in an effort to reduce wait times at portals. The FB group “If You Played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” has reported that the lock down on easy will remain until Fall 2012. As far as I know this is very possible, as it’s looking like end of August will be the target date that you’ll see medium/hard levels return. However I was told that then when they do return it might not be for long, it is possible that easy mode lock downs will occur every so often in an effort to move guests through the game at a reasonable speed.
In talking with some other folks today there is a rumor floating around out there that Disney is considering charging for spell packs with cards 1-60. At least for now that is totally false. I was told verbatim “At this time we have absolutely no intention to charge guests for these spell packs.” Referring to those available at the Firehouse or behind the Christmas Shop. Of course they had to say, “At this time” because like everything Disney, it could change at any time. IMO I don’t believe they will ever charge for those spell packs, simply because they want to give you something. That way you’ll get hooked, and once the “booster packs” and all the other merchandise comes online you’ll be ready to whip out that wallet and go to town.
The last thing I’d like to share with you is that the sidekick battles are still live, but only during certain times of the day. I have noticed that in the first 30 minutes of park open, and last 30 minutes until park close, you’ll be able to access those battles. However it does vary, for example the person in front of you might get to battle Glut the Shark and you do not. Instead maybe you’ll go on to Adventureland and face Iago, Banzai, or Kronk as an Alpaca. What I am saying is this, those sidekick battles are not gone completely. Play early or late enough and you will have access to them.
With the recent news of Starbucks coming to Disney Parks stateside, the Disney Fan Community now has something new to complain about. As I tweeted earlier, I have no problem with Starbucks coming to WDW. In fact any coffee drinker would agree that the coffee currently available in WDW is wretched. In addition to that someone else tweeted outside companies are a part of Disney, its something you have to deal with. I mean come on folks, how can we forget that DOLE is a major corporation. In fact they are the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now we wouldn’t have our precious Dole Whip if not for the Dole company. I don’t see or hear anyone calling for Dole to be terminated from Disney Parks. Now I bet if Starbucks announced they were bringing back Horizons everyone would change their tune. : )
Since SOTMK seems to be a hot button issues among Disney Fans, they are now comparing SOTMK to Starbucks which I find utterly ridiculous. If you read my Twitter feed you’ll see this tweet from @captainbraddock “To all people who think sotmk is less intrusive than Starbucks, keep in mind you can avoid Starbucks but you can’t avoid sotmk. ” Really Captain? Who is forcing you to play SOTMK? I simply asked him via Twitter “Care to elaborate” This is his response “sotmk is loud and all over the park as Starbucks will be one spot per park and quiet enough so you won’t hear it all over mk”. Impressive for 140 Characters I know. I did previously say that some of the portals can be loud, and I stand by that. However they not too loud in that they are ruining the atmosphere of the park. That argument is over the top. With that said since everyone seems to be whining about how loud SOTMK is I ask you this, how quiet was MK before that? Personally I don’t see how the atmosphere of the park is compromised. Maybe that’s because I am too used to hearing all the noise that stems from the following:
- Trolley Show
- Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It
- Background Music
- Screaming/Crying Kids
- Day Parade
- Night Parade
- Dapper Dans
- Frontierland Hoedown
- Main Street Philharmonic
- Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial
- Dream Along With Mickey
- Tour Groups Singing/Cheering
So yeah, I guess you guys are right. The Magic Kingdom was like a library before Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom made its debut.
Also, no one is forcing you to play SOTMK. If you don’t like it don’t participate. It’s that simple.
Being able to collect 1-60 isn’t the hard part for those playing SOTMK. Its acquiring the last ten that has proved most difficult. Those who own any of the highly coveted lightning bolt cards either have them stored away or are selling them for high dollars on eBay. If you’re like me you want them, but you’re not dumb enough to pay the ridiculous cost. Well here’s how you can get them without spending much money at all.
If you search the web you’ll find many places to download high quality photos of cards 61-70. Pick up some card stock and if you own or have access to decent printer. All you have to do is resize the images to 2.5 x 3.5″ inches, print, cut them out and enjoy. YES THEY WILL WORK! I have used printouts and images from a smartphone, all the camera needs to see is the image on the spell card and you’re golden. Now some say it’s cheating but hey I haven’t seen 61-70 in circulation. Have you? Frankly I’d like get them all powered up if they ever do come back out : )
Enjoy your weekend Sorcerers!