According to Disney, the interactive card game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom will close for good on January 24.Disney said a change in the way guests use mobile technology combined with lower demand for the game led to its demise. Looking for brass plates embedded in the ground (in the style of The Wizarding World wand icons), guests would tap their Sorcerer's Key to close it and be ready for battle. In a nutshell, smartphones made interactive gaming (and, frankly, much of Disney's RFID infrastructure that's less than a decade old) obsolete at worst and outdated at best. The attraction follows a format similar to that of the Midship Detective Agency in Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy of the Disney Cruise Line.
At the same time, Disney's push for interactive queues meant that playgrounds, hands-on experiences and literal video games were installed on travel lines, all with the goal of easing frustrations caused by FastPass and giving guests something to do while waiting for return times. It's the only Disney activity that kept us engaged even when we weren't at Disney with all the fun of trading and chasing cards at home with people from all over the world. News about the game first leaked in interviews with Jonathan Freeman for the Aladdin musical, mentioning that he was repeating Jafar for a new attraction where guests would fight Disney villains. The most recent adaptation that Walt Disney World has decided to implement is the retirement of the popular interactive game from the Magic Kingdom theme park Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
With many attractions that no longer work, the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game is a fun way for kids and parents to explore the park, work together to solve clues, and even take home some Disney magic with trading cards. On the other hand, maybe the Play Disney Parks app is really something that has replaced the need for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom or any similar experience. Although Disney confirmed that there are only 70, it seems that there are more because of these symbols, according to other sources.