Saturday, February 22, 2014

Before Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Pluto and the Adventure of the Golden Scepter
a Little Golden Book, 1972

Before there was Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, the current interactive role-playing game, there was Pluto and Morty Mouse setting out on a quest through the various lands of the Magic Kingdom.  This Little Golden Book from 1972 highlighted the various themed lands of this new vacation destination in Florida by sending Pluto on an adventure looking for the missing scepter of  'the King' that lived in Cinderella's Castle.  Pluto mistakes Mickey's drum major mace on Main Street, Minnie's tour guide riding crop in Tomorrowland and so on.  (I don't want to ruin the ending for you)
Since this Magic Kingdom had just opened a few months prior, the book used the Walt Disney World logo with the Florida Flag to separate itself from its sister park in California.  (Something that still confuses people today)