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Interactive Games. You’re probably looking at that title and going, “What? What do you mean?” Well, let me explain. Interactive Games are actually pretty self explanatory, they’re games that can be played in person while in the parks, and you play by interacting with different objects. As of right now, there are three interactive games in existence: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas and Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Sorcerers and Pirate’s Adventure can be found in Magic Kingdom, while Agent P can be found in Epcot. These games are all free and you can stop whenever you’d like. Some games, like Sorcerers, can even be picked right back up on your next visit. These games all have sort of an “episode” system as I would call it. When you finish a quest in your game, you can choose to take another quest and continue, or you can stop where you are. By taking another quest, you begin another “episode” in a different section of the park. Don’t worry, it’ll make sense eventually.
Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
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Previously known as Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, this was the first interactive game present in any of the parks. Throughout the game, your mission is to help Agent P (Better known as Perry the Platypus) stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz before he can execute any of his evil plans. There is a different mission for each of the World Showcase pavilions, with the exception of the American Adventure and Morocco pavilions. After signing up at one of the recruitment centers around Epcot, you receive a “F.O.N.E”, otherwise known as “Field Operative Notification Equipment” (Okay, fine, it’s a phone). The F.O.N.E will brief you on your mission and tell you exactly where to go. You will also use it to trigger actions around the area. Each mission can take around 20-40 minutes, but keep in mind that they are not timed, and you can also pause the game and pick it back up later. The tasks in each mission are very simple and the effects are all funny gags and hidden surprises. If you have younger children in your party, you might want to begin with this game as an introduction.
Note: As of recently, you can now also play the game on your own smartphone. The game can be played on a website that can be opened in your browser, so you will need a strong internet connection. You also still have to visit a recruitment center to activate the game.
A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
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This Pirates of the Caribbean-themed game can be found in Magic Kingdom, specifically in the Adventureland section. In this game, your mission is to help Captain Jack Sparrow find the various treasures hidden around Adventureland, while at the same time fighting enemies. You will be provided with a map to help you locate all the clues to the treasure. At each clue, tap in with your MagicBand to unlock surprises! There are five different treasures to locate, one per mission. One mission takes around 15-20 minutes. Like Agent P, you can do as many missions as you would like. You can even put down the game for a bit and come back to finish the missions. Keep in mind, some guests have said that while the game is filled with very simple tasks that are easy for kids, some of the effects may be spooky or startling. If you need to judge for yourself, you can clearly see other people playing it around Adventureland, so just peep while someone else is playing to see what kind of effects are being used.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Now this is my personal favorite. Yeah, I know, you never would have guessed, right? I totally don’t have a personalized card book that’s clearly pictured above. I have no clue what you’re talking about. Anyways, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a trading card-based game that can be played in all lands of the Magic Kingdom except Tomorrowland. After visiting the recruitment center on Main Street, Merlin enlists you to become a Sorcerer, and help to save the Crystal of the Magic Kingdom from the clutches of Hades. Upon starting your game, you will receive a free pack of spell cards, yours to keep (You can see some of them in the header image). By holding up your cards to the various portals around the parks, you can cast spells to defeat the Disney Villains and their henchmen. Like A Pirate’s Adventure, you can open portals by tapping in with your MagicBand. Your data will be saved, so you can pick the game back up any time, even the next day (or, in my case, in the next three months). Now, this game has a lot more data to save over time, and I’ll explain why.
This game is quite elaborate, not only because of the trading-card element, but because it’s a longer game and it has more than one difficulty setting. Once again with the episode system, there are nine missions to be completed, with a tenth “boss battle” mission. Each mission can take between 20-30 minutes for more experienced players, newer players might need more time to actually find the portals. As for the difficulty settings, you can play the game on Easy, Medium or Hard. I believe for first-timers Easy is the default. In Easy, you can cast any spell you like and it will have the same effect. In Medium, the spell type matters, as each Villain will only have one weakness. You might have to do some digging to find out which villains are susceptible to which spell types (pssst, you actually don’t, it’s online and easy to find). In Hard, the Villains’ weaknesses change every time, so you have to figure out which cards work on your own.
As for the cards, you can receive a free pack every day from the recruitment center, just make sure that you open a portal first. You also receive a second free pack for completing all 10 missions. For even more cards, the various stores on Main Street sell mystery packs for around $19.00 (last time I checked). These packs contain rarer cards that you can’t get in the free packs, plus a board-game style version of the game so you can play at home.