Ready for a fun game that teaches strategy , map reading and cooperative play? To make it even better , it’s included in admission to the Magic Kingdom. Can I get a woot, woot?! Upon entrance to the Magic Kingdom, stop at the fire station next to City Hall right past the train station. It is on the left before you enter Main Street. It’s also a fantastic spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade.
The premise of the game is that the villain from Hercules, Hades, wants to make the Magic Kingdom his summer home. He recruits other villains to help him while Merlin recruits you. You follow the map and clues at portals located throughout the park. To get started , you take the oath in the recruitment station. They link your main card to your ticket so you can stop and start whenever you like. You can continue on another day even as long as you have the card and haven’t linked up a new one. You can get a new deck with different cards every time you enter the park. Plus there are special edition cards for events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also buy cards as well as a card holder. We store ours in a index card holder.
What I do is let the children go into the recruitment station to scan their Magicbands and get decks. Then they come out to see what new cards they have procured. Then all goes into one deck . One kid gets to be the map person who leads the way. One kid gets to hold the cards to disperse as needed. The final kid gets to scan the cards at the portal. Each time we play, the roles change. To make it cooperative play, they all use the same deck. They must watch the portals then decide on a strategy together. Sometimes this works and sometimes they argue so long that the villain wins. They don’t do that anymore. It only takes one villain winning for them to learn to work together quickly.
We don’t play every time we enter the park. The littles like to play a whole lot more than Logan. I make him join in when we do play to work on his cooperative play skills. With the younger ones, I’m teaching critical thinking, strategy, map reading , etc. With Logan , we are working on the co regulation which is one of the deficits of autism. Everyone is learning something although all they see is fun. Shhh, don’t tell them.
Day 1 : Overview
Day 2 : Haunted Mansion
Day 3 : Literature Selections
Day 4 : Nature Studies
Day 5 : Flower and Garden Festival
Day 6 : American History
Day 7 : Youth in Education Series
Day 9 : Kingdom Keepers
Day 10 : Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Day 11 : Spaceship Earth
Day 12 : Photography
Day 13: Food and Wine Festival
Day 14 : Tom Sawyer Island