Newsletter 4 February 2008

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Yavn Speaks! Yavn Speaks!

Yavn Speaks!


From 1 February 2008

Live and direct from the Main Street Magic Shop, it's the Master of Illusion, the Prince of Prestidigitation, the Sleight of Hand Sultan, ladies and gentlemen – Yavn!

Hello! Hello! Greetings fellow gamers! Enjoying the new additions that recently appeared in the Kingdom? That's just the start of a magic! There's lots of exciting stuff happening so let's get to it!

He's a Magic Man!

First up, I hope you've had a chance to experience the magic we conjured up on Main Street.

The Main Street Magic Shop and Magic Shop Checkers are a huge hit and I'm really pleased to see everyone in the Kingdom enjoying them.

I told you we had some pretty incredible tricks up our sleeve and what's even better is we've got plenty more where they came from. Including the release of some Magic at the end of the month that will be out of this world! But hey, I'm getting ahead of myself...

Check out Checkers

Checkers? Check! Magic? Check! Playing a lot of checkers are ya? You wouldn't believe the amount of work that goes into making a game or bringing a new shop into the Kingdom. And it's because of all that hard work and our team here at VMK Central, the Magic Shop finally appeared.

Checkers

If you checking out Checkers, don't forget to take the time to stock up on Checkers Magic Tricks in the Magic Shop before you play. A Checkers Magic Trick can turn the tables on your opponent and make the difference between a win and a loss. And speaking of tricks, don't be surprised, or upset, when somebody uses a Checkers Magic trick, the game is called Magic Shop Checkers after all.

"Yavn can you make some of these people in line in front of me disappear?" I'm working on that – I mean improving the wait times; I'm not going to make anyone vanish (unless you break the VMK rules and then you might just disappear from the Kingdom). For the time being, please be respectful to other players if there is a wait, and you've already won a few games, give others a chance to play. But again, we're working to improve the wait times.

While I'm on the subject, please, please, please – when you're playing checkers, treat other players as you would like to be treated. Don't ask players that are in the middle of a game to trade and don't harass players when they're waiting to play or in a game. Remember harassment in general is against the VMK Values and can get you removed from the game.

And don't forget to take a break from building your Checkers rank and explore the rest of the magic.

More Magic Up Yavn's Sleeve

So you probably noticed, due to the incredible popularity of Magic month, we're extended the Magic theme into February! That's right – we've got lots more tricks and magic items up our sleeves – like that magic I hinted to above. That is unless you don't want more magic? I can just put these back in – wha? Oh. That's what I thought. I mean, who doesn't want more magic? That and more February surprises are going to materialize.

But Wait There's More!

Alright just cause I roll like that, we've got plenty more to keep you busy when you're taking a break from Magic Shop Checkers:

- This Super Bowl weekend be sure to check out the VMK Tailgate Party. Not only will you get a chance to party with your VMK pals but our HOST will be out making the rounds to see who has the most spirit and randomly giving out cool football-themed prizes! Plus, everyone who logs in on Super Bowl Sunday will get this fancy, one-in-a-lifetime, one day only pin:

VMK Bowl Pin

- Also be sure to check out the new VMK Disney DVD Quests featuring Hanna Montana and Twitches Too. These two new Quests celebrate the release of the Disney DVD's and you can win these cool exclusive VMK virtual pins when you play – just by completing the Quests. These Quests won't be around long, so be sure to play them soon!

Hannah Montana Gold Microphone Pin

Get the Hannah Montana Gold Microphone Pin when you complete the Hanna Montana One in a Million Quest.

- Noticed the changes in the VMK Gallery? Well then get over there and check them out! We're showcasing some unreleased furniture (I know, that Sky Car is very sweet) and conceptual art.

The VMK Mysteries

Finally, in the spirit of magic, I thought I'd wrap up this edition and talk about a few mysteries surrounding VMK:

First, whatever happened to our trivia section? Me, I've been scratching my head about this for the longest time. Well, I've finally cracked that mystery .

Seems our resident Trivia expert decided to take to the public speaking circuit, which doesn't surprise me considering how chatty he was – at any rate we've found another Trivia expert who'll be taking over starting Monday, February 4. And boy, does she know her trivia, heck, there's not much she doesn't know. Can you guess who she is?

Second, a few of you have spotted a mysterious fellow in a black cap in our calendar images (see if you can spot him in this month's image). Who is this stranger? Well, it's none other than � oops, almost spilled the beans. Well, let's just say that in the future you'll get a chance to meet some of the amazing artists who make the awesome stuff you see in VMK.

Finally, thanks to everyone who participated in the Gingerbread Competition, and I do mean EVERYONE! Yes, I know, we had a little confusion with the prize descriptions – I want to personally apologize for that. Let me just say that's the last time I let the Yeti handle the prizes for any competition.

Alright then, we solved a few mysteries, announced new Quests, an awesome month ahead and did it all before my next game of Magic Shop Checkers! Now that's what I call magic!

See you in the Kingdom! -Yavn

Esmeralda's Trivia

Test Your Knowledge of Disney Trivia!

Introducing the prophet of wisdom, the knower of all things and Disney trivia expert – Esmeralda!

Which feature film did Sorcerer Mickey first appear in?

Sorcerer Mickey

Know the answer?

Send your answer in using Contact Us. Be sure to have your VMK registration info with you and select Esmeralda Trivia from the drop down menu.

IMPORTANT: Players can send thier answer in starting Tuesday, February 5, 2008, use the 'Esmeralda's Trivia' option in Contact Us. If you do not submit your answer by using the 'Esmeralda's Trivia' option in 'Contact Us' your answer WILL NOT be considered.*
From the correct answers submitted using the Esmeralda's Trivia option, we randomly select three players as the winners and send them an Esmeralda Trivia Pin AND some specially selected prizes that vary from week to week.

This week's winners get this set of Pins:

Teleportation Magic (Single Use) Cursed Storm Magic (Single Use)

Teleportation Magic (Single Use)

Curse Storm Magic (Single Use)

Esmeralda Trivia Pin

Esmeralda Trivia Pin

* Only entries submitted by using the Esmeralda's Trivia option in Contact Us and sent by close of game on Friday will be accepted.

Ned's Shop News

From 8 February 2008

Go Shopping with Shrunken Ned

Top o' the morning to ya! It's your old pal Ned with the latest shop news!

You've probably noticed we've moved some items – and re-moved some items from the shops. Why? Well, for starters, as winter garments go out of season, we've got to make room for Spring! Baseball outfits? Why it's not even baseball season! So if you've had your eye on something particular, then may I suggest you consider a purchase!

Old Ned will do his best to keep you up to date on the latest fashions and furnishings – speaking of that, starting immediately look for new items to be released on Saturday's. (I'll let you know what goes on sale the day before, on Friday.)

Now check out these new tricks and trinkets:

Main Street Magic Shop:

Invisibility Magic Single UseFireworks Magic Single Use

Invisibility Magic *
(Single Use)

Fireworks Magic *
(Single Use)

Magic Show Carpet CenterMagic Show Carpet Edge

Magic Show Carpet Center *

Magic Show Carpet Edge *

Mgic Show Top Hat Chair BlueMagic  Show Block Purple B

Magic Show Top Hat Chair Blue *

Magic Show Block B *

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. These items available in "it's a small world" Imports - Specials, make February a little sweeter.

Red Surprise GiftHeart Chair Red

Red Surprise Gift *
Send a nice note to a VMK pal.

Heart Chair *
Add a touch of warmth to your Guest Room with this cozy chair. (Also available in Red, Cyan and Magenta)

Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year by decorating your room with these items available in Emporium - Specials!

Hong Kong Paper Lantern MagentaHong Kong Ship Chair Magenta

Hong Kong Disneyland Paper Lantern *
(Available in Magenta)

Hong Kong Disneyland Ship Chair *
(Available in Magenta)

Hong Kong Disneyland PinHong Kong Poster Green

Hong Kong Disneyland Pin *

Hong Kong Disneyland Poster *

* Items will be released in game on 2/9/08

Also available in: Main Street Magic Shop

Magician's Outfit

Magician's Outfit
(Hat, shirt and pants – each item sold separately.)

Magic Show Mulitcolor CurtainMagic Show Curtain

Magic Show Multicolor Curtain Divider

Magic Show Stage Curtain

Main Street Magic Shop Table Haunted Mansion Top Hat

Main Street Magic Shop Table

Haunted Mansion Top Hat


Magic Show Block BlueSorcerer Mickey Hat

Magic Show Block A

Sorcerer Mickey Hat

PhilharMagic Chair Green

PhilharMagic Chair Green

Teleportation Magic (Single Use) Cursed Storm Magic (Single Use)

Teleportation Magic (Single Use)'

Cursed Storm Magic (Single Use)


Confetti Magic Snowman Magic

Confetti Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)

Snowman Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)

Levitation MagicTurn into Bat Magic

Levitation Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)

Turn into Bat Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)

Scam Alert Scam Alert

Earn Stuff Honestly

Using ANY hacking, scripting or editing program that modifies VMK, changes the game or generates codes from our mini-games is against VMK Values and will result in a permanent ban of your VMK account. This is a serious violation of the VMK Values.

If you are found to be involved in this type of activity, we will place a ban on your account (and computer) that will keep you and anyone in your family from playing the game – forever.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS !

You're not just hurting yourself – but your actions will affect other players on the same computer. What should you do to make sure you're not banned? Don't use ANY programs that generate codes and don't use any codes that you haven't earned yourself by playing our games.

Protect Your Personal Info!

VMK Staff will never ask you for your password or initiate contact with a player outside of the game, so don't respond to any individual posing as a VMK Staff member in e-mail or on a message board.

Many times scammers posing as VMK Staff will promise special access or an invitation to a special program in exchange for a player's login information. Be smart and don't fall prey to these foul villains! VMK will only contact you if you've sent in an inquiry through Contact Us.

We take scamming very seriously, and anyone caught attempting to scam a player through impersonation of a VMK Staff member in order to exploit a player will have all their accounts banned permanently from VMK.

Scamming = Theft!

Scamming is equal to theft and a violation of the VMK Values. If you scam someone in VMK, this will lead to your account being automatically and permanently banned. Having your parents send in a request using Contact Us to get your account re-activated won't work, because if you can't play by the rules and follow the VMK Values, we don't want you in the game.

Don't let yourself get scammed. As the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don't "loan" your stuff and if a room owner refuses to show you their "Cute or Boot" prize or rare item, or you feel they don't really have the prize, leave the room. There are lots of other games to play and things to do in VMK!

Staff Impersonation is NEVER allowed!

Impersonating VMK Staff is never allowed in VMK. If a player says they are VMK Staff, make sure they're wearing the orange Mickey Pin and wearing either red (for Staff or HOST) or blue (for QA) Mickey ears.

Remember, VMK Staff will never ask you to trade any items.

Staff Outfits

You can always spot STAFF and HOSTS because they wear red Mickey ears.

Cast Member Badge

VMK Staff will always wear the orange Mickey Pin.

Community Leader Badge

You can identify a Community Leader by the 'CL_' at the beginning of their name and their blue wizard hat pin.

Beware of "Free Rooms".

Some VMK players advertise their rooms as "free," but when you enter them, they force you to pay (credits or items) or get booted from the room. Beware, these types of rooms are against the VMK Values and report players who engage in this kind of activity.

Got more questions about scamming? Read the FAQs page!

Safety Corner Safety Corner

VMK Safety & Security

Remember to review the VMK Values and game guidelines. New rules include that Pay to Play rooms are no longer allowed. As always, violence or inappropriate subject matter of adult nature will NOT be tolerated and involvement in this activity will result in a ban of your VMK account.

VMK is NO place for negative behavior. Have fun, make friends, play games and chat, but please keep in mind VMK must always be a safe and appropriate place for Players of ALL ages.

Please help keep VMK just like the Disney Theme Parks - a safe, fun and magical place for everyone!

Respect other players. Scams (theft), violence, giving out personal information or discussing adult content (sexual or otherwise), vulgarity or inappropiate behavior have NO place in VMK.

Help Is Always Available

The VMK 'Call For Help' button is easy to use and always accessible – just click on the HELP button on the lower right of the VMK player window. At VMK we encourage you to let us know if anything unsafe or suspicious catches your attention. If it's not in line with VMK Values, please report it immediately!

Call For Help

Tip: Remember the 'Call For Help' is like VMK's 911. So while we encourage you to use it, please only do so for serious player issues. And like 911, using 'Call For Help' to report false information will get you in trouble too, so make sure you're reporting the incident or player accurately.

If you do have a serious problem, tell us immediately! The faster you use the 'Call For Help' button to make us aware of a problem, the more effective we can be in taking care of the issue. So please, tell us immediately if you have a serious problem and help make VMK a fun and safe place for everyone.

Don't Dictionary Dance

The VMK Dictionary is in place for a reason. If you "dance" around the dictionary to say something you shouldn't, you could get banned.

Bad words have no place in VMK and neither do words that sound or read like bad words (but are spelled differently). The VMK Dictionary will never allow players to use bad words. "Dancing" around the VMK Dictionary to use bad words (or words that aren't in the dictionary) in chat could get you banned.

Trading Card 101

Deal Yourself In!

The ALL NEW VMK Trading Card Game is now available! Play a Basic version of the game now!

VMK Trading Card Game

Check out the VMK Arcade to play now!

Get In The Game!

VMK Trading Card Game: Basic is a simple card game of strategy that you could compare to Rock, Paper, Scissors. The basic goal is to get 10 points before your opponent does. Players are awarded a point for each turn they win.

Play against the computer in the fast paced game of strategy! Got questions about VMKTG:Basic– We've got answers, check out the FAQ here.

Dateline Disney

February 4

1938: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released in theaters.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The first animated feature film to be released by Walt Disney and the first animated feature to be released in Technicolor.

Despite critics at the time that discounted the significance of the film (as it was an animated feature), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became an instant success and a timeless classic. Ultimately Snow White would pave the way for the future of animated films.

In 2008 the film celebrates it's 70th anniversary. A tribute to the film, "The Fairest One of All" can be seen at Disney's California Adventure in the Disney Animation attraction located in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area.

January 24

1993: Mickey's Toontown opens at Disneyland Park in California.

Toon Town

The land features Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Mickey and Minnie's home away from Disneyland and cartoon buildings and gags that encourage Park Guest to get animated and have fun!

2000: The Walt Disney Company names Robert Iger as its president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, Iger served as president for both ABC and Walt Disney International. Robert replaced longtime CEO, Michael Eisner in 2005.

2006: Pixar Animation Studios becomes a part of the Walt Disney Company. Pixar, responsible for such classics as Toy Story joins the Walt Disney Company in a deal that brings the two partners together as one.

January 10

1930: Roy E. Disney is born. He is the son of Roy Oliver Disney, Walt Disney's brother. He began his career with the Walt Disney Company as an assistant director in 1954 working on the True Life Adventure films. Roy continued as a writer, director and producer until he was elected to the Board of Directors in 1967. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1998. Roy was instrumental in getting Fantasia 2000 made in 1999.

Roy E. Disney


Today Roy E. Disney serves as a consultant to the Walt Disney Company and is Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors.


December 5

1901: Born Walter Elias Disney, Walt Disney is born in Chicago, Illinois. While Walt spent most of his childhood in Marceline, Missori, he would eventually move to Los Angeles, California to break into show business. After being turned away by most major studios, he strikes out on his own and forms Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney

Walt introduces the world to his concept for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, an idea that will later become EPCOT.

Walt will create Mickey Mouse and with his team of animators, lead the charge for the Golden Age of Animation, during which time such classics as Snow White and the Seven Drawfs, Pinocchio and Dumbo are produced.

Walt will go on to develop an idea called 'Disneyland' into a theme park business that is loved by people the world over and continue to innovate in every aspect of entertainment.


November 26

2003: The second live action feature film based on a Disneyland attraction, The Haunted Mansion is released. The movie stars Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers, he plays a real estate agent who sees an opportunity to make a tidy commision selling the mansion but finds out those "Grim Grinning Ghost" have other plans!

Haunted Mansion Bust

The singing bust in The Hanuted Mansion movie are voiced by The Dapper Dans, the barbershop quartet that performs on Mainstreet USA at Disneyland.

1997: Flubber starring Robin Williams is released. The film is a re-make of the 1961 Disney classic The Absent Minded Professor starring Disney Legend Fred MacMurray.

1987: Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 50-millionth guest!

November 25

1992: Aladdin is released. The film features Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie and Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of Iago the Parrot.

During the film Genie appears in over 50 different disguises including, a Scotsman, a dragon, a flight attendant, a zombie, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a tourist with a Goofy hat.

November 13

1940: Fantasia is released! The first major movie released in the United States with sterophonic sound, Fantasia set a new standard for the cinematic experience.

Fantasia

Chernabog's, magical brooms and dinosaurs – oh my!


It was not only the first feature film to be shown in multichannel sound, it was the first Disney animated film in which Walt Disney allowed his artist to use whatever colors they wanted. In addition to such classics as "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Rite of Spring" Fantasia also features a more modern looking Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

October 22

1993: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is released. The film features the music of composer Danny Elfman who also lends his singing voice to the main character, Jack Skellington.

October 5

1949: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Disney's 11th animated feature film is released. The film features the voices of Bing Crosby (who narrates Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and Basil Rathbone (who narrates Kenneth Grahame's tale The Wind in the Willows).

October 1

1982: EPCOT, the second Park to be built at the Walt Disney World Resort opens to the public.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth during the opening ceremonies.

Balloons and doves are released in a massive grand opening ceremony that features "The World Showcase March," a song written by the Sherman Brothers, exclusively for this occasion.

1971: The Magic Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World, it is the first Park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney's brother, Roy Disney gives the dedication:

"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."

Yeti's Tips & Tricks

You've got questions, Yeti has answers.

From 9 February 2008

Red Surprise Gift

The Red Surprise Gift is back for a limited time! Buy it in Emporium Specials.

Mr. Yeti, how do I create a message for my gift?

First, double-click the gift. You'll see a window pop up on screen that will allow you to pick from 1 to 4 different background layouts. Now pick your background. After you've done that, enter a message title. Now, enter the message.

Messages use words from the VMK Dictionary, so if you can't use the word in game, you won't be able to use it in your message. Blank messages cannot be saved and after the message has been saved it cannot be changed.

Okay, I've created my message for my gift. How do I give the gift to someone?

There are several ways that you can give your gift to a friend. Once, you've created your message and prepared the gift, you can trade the gift to someone or you can place it in thier room. However, once a gift is traded or placed in a room you can't get it back (unless it's traded back to you) or pick it up again. You could also award a gift in a Quest that you have made.

Gift Trade Window

Just like real gift giving, you can just give the gift without expecting something in return.

Mr. Yeti, someone gave me a gift. How do I open it?

To open a gift, once it's placed in a room simply double-click the Surprise Gift to open it. Out will pop one of your favorite characters with a custom message. After about a minute the character will return to the gift box. And don't worry, after the item has been opened, you get to keep it. It will not disappear from your room or inventory.


From 23 January 2007

Mr. Yeti, I hear there's a new game called Magic Shop Checkers – can you tell me more about it?

Why certainly! Magic Shop Checkers is VMK's version of Checkers, but we added a special ingredient – Magic! Now the game features special powers like Magic Hats and Magic Tricks. You are gonna love it!

Checkers!

Checkers! Magic! Oh my!

Where can I find the game?

Just click the VMK World Map, go to Main Street and you'll see the Main Street Magic Shop just a few steps away from the entrance to Tomorrowland, right there on Main Street!

Once inside the Magic Shop walk to the Gamerooms in the back of the Shop to play Magic Shop Checkers.

Can you tell me more about these Checkers Magic Tricks?

Magic Shop Checkers Tricks are special moves that you can use to win the game! Use the tricks carefully though, you can only use 8 Magic Tricks per game! Buy Magic Shop Checkers Magic Tricks in the Magic Shop, just remember to use the tricks during a game of Checkers you have to buy them before you start playing.

What Checkers Magic Tricks are available?

You want to learn all the tricks? Ugh, it's so hard for me to keep a secret...

OK, there are currently two Magic Shop Checkers Magic Tricks:

Levitation

Levitation

When you use this trick you can jump two of your opponent's checkers on the same jump. How cool is that?

Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand

This trick lets you swap places with your opponent when one their checkers is next to yours. Use the trick to get yourself out of a tight corner!

What is a Magic Hat Checker?

Magic Hats are what "kings" are called in Magic Shop Checkers. Kings are the only pieces that can move forward and backwards. Magic Hats can do the same thing, but they get TWO separate moves per turn. Think of the possibilities!

A Magic Hat


A Magic Hat

Magic Hats can:

  • Move two squares (so long as they don't return to the square they left from).
  • Move one square and jump (including multiple jumps).
  • Jump (including multiple jumps) and then move.
  • Not use Magic Tricks.

Mr. Yeti, can you explain the High Scores?

High Scores rank VMK Magic Shop Checkers players. Your level is calculated like this: we take the number of new players against whom you have won a game and give you a point. In other words, each pair of players plays for 1 possible point. The winner of the game played between these players wins the point.

Once you have won a game of Magic Shop Checkers against someone, winning future games against the same opponent won't increase your level. You must play and win against new opponents to increase your level. If you lose to someone who won the point in a previous game, they keep the point.

So any secrets or tips on winning?

Absolutely! I've schooled Yavn on more games than I can count. Here's now are the Yeti's top tips:

1. Practice. The more you play, the more ways you'll find to win, practicing will also help you develop strategies to use against other players.

2. Wait. Try not to use Checkers Magic Tricks too quickly – remember you're only allowed to use 8 Magic Shop Magic Tricks per game. Also try and have a few Checkers Magic Tricks in your back pocket in case of an emergency. For example, if your opponent has you trapped in a corner, you could use Magic.

3. Give 'em one occasionally. Don't be afraid to lose a few checkers. Experienced players will often sacrifice a checker in order to set up their opponent. If you lose one of your checkers but capture two of your opponent's checkers in return, that is a good thing.

Good Luck!

Your pal, Yeti

Top 5 FAQs

VMK's Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions for the week

For more answers to other Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the VMK FAQs.

1. Why can't I tell my friends in VMK what grade I just started in school or give other personal information about myself?

Starting any grade is a huge accomplishment and from everyone at VMK, CONGRATULATIONS! But part of keeping VMK safe means keeping your personal information to yourself.

Nobody should ever know where you live, how old you are, or even what grade you are in. IT DOESN'T MATTER if you know the person outside of the game – it is against the VMK Values to give out ANY personal information. (This includes if you're home alone from school, or the state where you live.) You will get banned for doing this.

Keep your identity – and VMK account – safe, never give out personal information on VMK!

2. Can you tell me about the VMK Staff? Who are they? How do I become Staff?

VMK Staff members are NOT kids but actually adults trained specifically to handle VMK. VMK Staff may look like you in the game (but with cool Mickey ears) in reality they're actually more like school teachers - in fact, many of the VMK Staff are teachers, or have been teachers, which is why they choose to be VMK Staff, because they like to teach and help kids.

VMK Staff should be treated like you would treat a school teacher: with respect. They're here to help you and keep you safe, but they also must step in when you're not following the game guidelines.

VMK Staff are very, very busy working to keep you safe. So while it's ok to say hello, don't be rude to them, misbehave or report false information. If you do, you could get banned and in VMK bans are like being sent to the principal's office - and nobody wants that.

VMK Staff are adults trained to help you and keep the community safe - so please treat them with respect. In fact, treat EVERYONE in VMK with respect; it's more fun to play that way.

PLEASE NOTE: Interested in becoming VMK Staff or a Host? We are not hiring new Staff or Host, thanks for your interest.

3. I keep using the Call for Help Tool and I keep getting a message that says "Press the ignore button!" Is anyone helping with my problem?

Yes, someone is responding to your problem. Just because a moderator sends you a message telling you to please use the "Ignore" Button, it doesn't mean the moderator is ignoring your problem! The moderator is asking you to ignore the other player because the moderator may be investigating the situation or helping another player. Using "Ignore" is the easiest and best way to stop the problem from getting worse.

4. What happens if you send false reports to VMK Staff members?

If you send a false report you could get banned. Yes, we want you to report players that aren't following the VMK Values (no, you won't get banned for reporting someone - if your report is indeed real), but DO NOT send false reports. Our Moderators and Staff research your report and if we find you've reported something which isn't true, you'll get a warning (which goes against your account), and you possibly could be banned. (The VMK Staff is very busy and are working very hard to keep you safe – so don't send them on a wild goose chase, it's not a good use of their time.)

Report ONLY things that HAVE happened, not what you think or assume someone has done, and report the issue IMMEDIATELY! If VMK Staff don't appear it doesn't mean the situation isn't being monitored or looked into (remember, we see everything that goes on in the game, and don't have to physically be in the game to do so) so you don't need to re-report it, leave the room and play in another room. VMK Staff researches all reports.

5. I've sent in a problem using Contact Us but no one has replied - why haven't I heard from anyone?

We respond to every email we get within 24 hours - but some email providers (like AOL.com, Hotmail.com, msn.com, Comcast.net, Cox.net, rr.net and Earthlink) block our responses.

If you use any of the email providers listed above, or haven't gotten a response from us, this is the reason.

Some email providers have Spam Filters that automatically block email from an unknown source and you have to tell the program (the email application) to allow email from that source. To get email from VMK, go into the preferences for your mailbox and allow mail from: [email protected]. (Please note, this email address DOES NOT receive email except via the Contact Us form.)

You also have the option to submit an alternate email address in the Contact Us tool (this option is under the Send Details box) if your provider won't take our replies. We suggest setting up another email account, like yahoo.com to get our replies.


Event and Item Info

From 4 February 2008

Happening This Month In VMK

Believe... In Magic!

Abracadabra! Alakazam! It's Magic month!

Super Bowl Weekend is Here!

Added 1 February 2008

VMK Bowl Pin

VMK Bowl 2008

Log into VMK anytime Sunday, February 3, 2008 and receive the VMK Bowl 2008 Pin. It's FREE just for logging into VMK on Super Sunday!

Get the latest Super Bowl News

Then get ready for a football frenzy! Players will be invited to build "Go Patriots!" or "Go Giants!" rooms and invite all of their friends to rally for their favorite team. HOSTs will visit rooms*, randomly giving out football-related prizes!

We'll highlight some of the rooms in the Newsletter next week.

* Host Games will be cancelled Sunday for this event, however HOST games and rooms will resume their regular schedules on Monday.

KICK OFF!

Check out these Super items!

Football Outfits

Referee Uniform (Hat, shirt, pants and shoes – each item sold separately.)

Football Uniform (Helmet, shirt, pants and shoes – each item sold separately. Uniforms are available in Red, Blue and Teal.)

Football Cheerleader

Cheerleader Uniform (Top, skirt and shoes – each item sold separately. Uniforms are available in Pink and Blue.)

Football Guest Room

Football Guest Room

Use this room (or any VMK Guest Room) to throw a tailgate party for your favorite team!

NEW QUEST!

From 1 Febuary 2008

February just got even sweeter! Watch the new Hannah Montana One in a Million Disney DVD, then play the NEW VMK Hannah Montana Quest!

Complete the Quest for an exclusive VMK Hannah Montana Gold Microphone virtual pin.

Hannah Montana

Check out Hannah Montana in stores now!

NEW QUEST!

From 29 January 2008

What's more magical than a new Quest? How about a new magic-themed Quest to celebrate the release of Twitches Too on DVD January 29.

That's right we're launching a brand new Twitches Too Quest. PLAY NOW!

Twitches Too on DVD

Check out Twitches Too in stores now!

New Magical items have "appeared" in the Magic Shop – check them out!

From 31 January 2008

Levitation Magic

Levitation Magic (Single & Unlimited Use) *


Magician's Outfit

Magician Clothing *
(Hat, shirt and pants sold individually)


Magic Show Block Blue Magic Show Mulitcolor Curtain

Magic Show Block (Blue) *

Magic Show Multicolor Curtain Divider *

Magic Show Curtain

Magic Show Stage Curtain

* Items available in-game starting 02/01/08


Other items available in the Main Street Magic Shop:

Sorcerer Mickey Hat PhilharMagic Chair Green

Sorcerer Mickey Hat
(Available in Emporium Specials)


PhilharMagic Chair Green
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Main Street Magic Shop Table Haunted Mansion Top Hat
Main Street Magic Shop Table
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Haunted Mansion Top Hat
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Teleportation Magic (Single Use) Cursed Storm Magic (Single Use)

Teleportation Magic (Single Use)
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Curse Storm Magic (Signle Use)
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Confetti Magic Snowman Magic

Confetti Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Snowman Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Turn into Bat Magic

Turn into Bat Magic
(Single & Unlimited Use)
(Available in Emporium Specials)


Fireworks Fridays

Fireworks Fridays

Get double rewards when you play the Castle Fireworks remixed game throughout the month of January. Play now!

Update 1 February 2008

Get double rewards when you play the Castle Fireworks remixed game throughout the month of February.



January is Magical New Year month.

Check the Community Calendar for more events, details and event times.

From 8 February 2008

Item information move to #Ned's Shop News

Fireworks Fridays

Fireworks Fridays

Get double rewards when you play the Castle Fireworks remixed game throughout the month of January. Play now!

Update 1 February 2008

Get double rewards when you play the Castle Fireworks remixed game throughout the month of February.

Hannah Montana One in a Million Quest

February just got even sweeter! Watch the new Hannah Montana One in a Million Disney DVD, then play the NEW VMK Hannah Montana Quest!

Complete the Quest for an exclusive VMK Hannah Montana Gold Microphone virtual pin.

Hannah Montana

Check out Hannah Montana in stores now!

Twitches Too Magic Quest

What's more magical than a new Quest? How about a new magic-themed Quest to celebrate the release of Twitches Too on Disney DVD- in stores now.

That's right we're launching a brand new Twitches Too Quest. PLAY NOW!

Twitches Too on DVD

Check out Twitches Too in stores now!

Check the Community Calendar for more events, details and event times.

New VMK Quests

Up To The Challenge?

Section added 2 February 2008

Hannah Montana One in a Million Quest

February just got even sweeter! Watch the new Hannah Montana One in a Million Disney DVD, then play the NEW VMK Hannah Montana Quest!

Complete the Quest for an exclusive VMK Hannah Montana Gold Microphone virtual pin.

Hannah Montana

Check out Hannah Montana in stores now!

Twitches Too Magic Quest

What's more magical than a new Quest? How about a new magic-themed Quest to celebrate the release of Twitches Too on Disney DVD- in stores now.

That's right we're launching a brand new Twitches Too Quest. PLAY NOW!

Twitches Too on DVD

Check out Twitches Too in stores now!

Magic 101

From 24 January 2008

Be astonished! Be amazed! Step right up for the magnificent marvels of the Main Street Magic Shop! Discover the secrets to this new VMK additon!

Main Street Magic Shop

Not only can you buy the latest Magic here but also play a game of Magic Shop Checkers (for credits and points) in the Main Street Magic Shop. For instructions on how to play Magic Shop Checkers, click here.

Is the Magic Shop Checkers game still a mystery to you? Sounds like you might want to check out our FAQ.

Room Makeover

4 February 2008

Give Us a Room, You Get The Goods!

Each week VMK's HOST_Bella selects a lucky player from the Kingdom (at random) for a Room Makeover. HOST_Bella then remakes the room – for free – using items that are donated to the players and they get to keep!

See the results here, including BEFORE and AFTER pics and tips you can use to make better rooms.

This week:

Monki-girl's
Monkey Magic Show

Monki-girl's Monkey Magic Show

Have you ever got a room and then stood right in the middle of it wondering what to do with it? This was the dilemma facing monki-girl!

She loves a good show and was trying to figure out how to create a room where she could entertain her friends. Since our theme this month is Magic, I suggested she should put on a Magic Show using some of those great new magical items.

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BEFORE: Let's make some magic in this empty theater.

We'll start this makeover by making sure this room will be able to handle all the guest coming to the show! Like all good magic shows, we need a queue for guests to line up while they wait to be seated. We need to keep the stage area clear so we used a River Teleporter to take guests to the lower level of the room. Here they can wait by the purple Disneyland Retro Turnstile for monki-girl to seat them.

We blocked off both sections of the queue with gold Velvet Rope Dividers and a couple of blue HKDL Paper Lanterns. Now where should we put our audience? Pink Philharmagic Chairs match the Magic Show Curtains we'll add in a second – we line the Philharmagic Chairs along the back of the room leaving an aisle down the center to make all the chairs accessible.

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If only Room Makeover's would magical finish themselves. (Hey, I can dream!)

For those who want dinner and a show, we add a few tables and chairs near the front of the stage! To make room for these we ended up moving our row of Philharmagic Chairs back a few spaces. Madame Leota Tables and Aladdin Flying Carpet Chairs in alternating colors add to the overall look and theme of the room.

Two Magic Show Curtains allow performers to access the stage while a curtain off to the right adds some sparkle and finishes the look. At center stage, a Magic Shop Top Hat Table is ready for the next magician's bunny trick.

Finally, we finish the room with a few more gold Velvet Rope Dividers, a pair of Disneyland Retro Pennypresses, and several Haunted Mansion Candelabras for mood lighting.

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AFTER: Tah-dah! Now presenting the magnificient Monki-girl!

See monki-girl's Monkey Magic! You'll be astounded and amazed! Now as Mickey Mouse would say, "On with the show!"

HOST_Bella

HOST_Bella

Submit your room for a Makeover using Contact Us.

8 February 2008

Give Us a Room, You Get The Goods!

Each week VMK's HOST_Bella selects a lucky player from the Kingdom (at random) for a Room Makeover. HOST_Bella then remakes the room – for free – using items that are donated to the players and they get to keep!

See the results here, including BEFORE and AFTER pics and tips you can use to make better rooms.

This week:

Bella Builds a Rainbow!

Bella Builds a Rainbow

This week, instead of our regularly scheduled makeover, I wanted to show you how to use one of our most common and colorful chairs – but in a new and exciting way! Considering it's a magical month, what could be more magical than Aladdin Flying Carpet Chairs?

These bright and colorful chairs have lots of possibilities. I thought it would be fun to create a fun furniture sculpture with them, in this case, a rainbow!

As with most VMK creations, when making a furniture sculpture, you should start with a blank canvas. I picked an Empty Dark Ride Guest Room and added a fresh blanket of Snow Carpets – so my rainbow looked like it was floating in the clouds (these Snow Carpets perfectly resemble a thick cloud), while using ALR BD Stars Backdrops for the sky. Now I need to build a support for my rainbow.

Before(Click to Enlarge)

BEFORE: A blank canvas awaits a masterpiece!

There are many different furniture items that you can use to create support structures for your sculptures, but you should use something that fits with the theme of your room.

You can use Coffee Table Crates, Crow's Nest Barstool Poles, Space Mountain Poles, Blizzard Beach Rocks, almost anything that's stackable! For my supports, I want them to blend in with my cloudy flooring, so I decided to use Ice Cube Chairs.

Now I need to map out my rainbow arch. To do this, I make sure my support skeleton had four rows, each one wider and taller than the one in front of it – this will give each row color and depth.

Since the skeleton support is the most important step in making a sculpture, try not to get discouraged if it takes a few tries to get your structure lined up correctly.

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It's gonna look like a rainbow – trust me!

Now to add color! This is where our Aladdin Flying Carpet Chairs come in. The shape, size, and vibrant colors of these chairs give them lots of possibility. Beginning with purple chairs on the outer row I added different color chairs, ending with yellow towards the inside.

(At first, I placed most of the chairs facing outwards, away from the center. This gave me a rather odd, pyramid-looking arrangement. But once I turned the chairs to face inward, towards the center, I was left with a beautiful rainbow!)

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AFTER: Somewhere over the rainbow...

Finally, I added a few Royal Cloud Props at the base to complete the ends of the rainbow while two Dreams Castle Turret Chairs create extra seating (not that I needed any with all these Flying Carpets around!). Now my rainbow looks like it's floating high above Sleeping Beauty's Castle!

Try your hand at creating fun and colorful furniture sculptures in your very own room. You never know what you'll come up with! The sky's the limit – and now it has one extra rainbow!

See you next week!

HOST_Bella

HOST_Bella

Submit your room for a Makeover using Contact Us.

Top Players Top Players

Create a Great Guest Room!

Get Recognized!

Best Guest Room

Cyre and her Cinderella's Magical Carousel is this week's winner for Best Guest Room.


Do you have a cool Guest Room you want to tell the Kingdom about? Do you know someone with a great hangout spot or game? Then nominate yourself or someone else for Best Game Room, Best Guest Room or Best Quest Room!

To nominate a player for consideration, click the Contact Us link at the bottom of any VMK webpage and then follow the prompts. You must select Nominate the Best from the list of options to have your nomination considered.

Club 33 Party

The weekly Best Guest Room Winner wins a party in Club 33!

Send in your nomination now!

Player created Guest, Quest or Game Rooms demonstrate originality in concept and design. Our judges are looking for creativity, so try using traditional items in different and unique ways. Rooms are judged by VMK Staff and selected from player submitted rooms and Quest.

New winners are posted here every week.

Game rooms that get the nod offer a new game idea or a new twist on an old favorite. In all rooms we look for room owners who welcome everyone with a smile and show a willingness to answer questions about their room.

Check out this week's Best Guest Rooms and Best Game Rooms.


Best Guest Rooms

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Come take a ride on Cinderella's Magical Carousel! Cyre built a replica of the beautiful carousel from the Magic Kingdom right here in VMK!

But instead of riding horses, players get to ride caterpillars from Alice in Wonderland. Cyre used Alice Ride pieces and alternated their heights by using Crow's Nest Barstool Poles – this makes it feel like you're actually riding round and round and up and down! Now that's what we call make believe!

Not up for a ride? Then try your luck on the Sword in the Stone at the base of the carousel – you could become King or Queen of Fantasyland for the day!


The Best Guest Room Winner receives:
- 2000 credits
- A free room
- Best Guest Room Award Pin
- Plus! A party in Club 33!

Best Game Rooms

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Step right up and play Choose the Curtain! SurfBlueDog has used the new Magic Show Stage Curtains to create a very interesting and fun new game.

Players step up to the closed curtains as SurfBlueDog drops an ALR Gift behind one of them. The player that chooses the curtain hiding the gift – before the curtains open – wins! If you choose the wrong curtain don't worry, SurfBlueDog will allow you to get back in line to try again.

So what's it gonna be? Curtain 1, 2, or 3?


The Best Game Room Winner receives:
- 2000 credits
- A free room
- Best Game Room Award Pin

Best Player Quests

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Everyone can learn to Hula with HathowayB's

Tiki Tiki Hula Dance Quest.

This Quest was picked because it's just downright fun – you'll visit exotic places around the Kingdom while learning a few dance moves along the way! Can't figure out where to go next? Head back to HathowayB's room and he'll give you direction.

When you're done, come back and visit with your friends or share your favorite tiki stories. Hint: Be sure to bring along your Cursed Storm Magic to learn the Tropical Dance of the Islands!


The Best Quest Room Winner receives:
- 2000 credits
- A free room
- Best Quest Room Award Pin


New players are selected weekly in each category depending on number of nominations/submissions.

Players who have previously won as a Top Player do not receive the Room Award Pin twice, instead, they receive a VIP Award Pin.

Room awards offered may change without notice. VMK reserves the right to subtitute or change awards at any time.

New to VMK?

A Guide for New Players!

Welcome to Virtual Magic Kindgom. Thanks for joining us! It's a big Kingdom out there and we want to help you make the most of it!

VMK

Before you enter the Kingdom, please take a moment and review these tips, it will help make your visit to the Virtual Magic Kingdom a truly magical one!

First Things First!

Like any community, our Kingdom has guidelines to keep things safe and fun for everyone.

- We know you're excited to enter the Kingdom, but before you do take a moment to review the VMK Values.

- The VMK Values are our rules of play, if you aren't familiar with them and don't follow them you could get banned from the Kingdom and you don't want that!

Get In The Game!

If you're new to games (or VMK), don't worry, help is here! We've got plenty of info about finding your way around the Kingdom.

Adventure!

Ahoy matey! Adventure awaits you in the Virtual Magic Kingdom.

- Need a helping hand? Our Game Guide will walk you through all you need to know to get started.

- Got a question about something in VMK or that relates to VMK? We've got answers, and you'll find those in our Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs.

Know Before You Go!

The VMK website has a ton of great information, but you should always check out the Newsletter page (hint, you're reading it now!) any announcements about VMK will always be made here first!

- For the latest events check out the Event Info section, also right here on the Newsletter page.

- Check our Safety section, Safety Corner for tips on safe play.

- Need game advice? Visit the Yeti for Yeti's Tips and Tricks for insider tips.

Yeti

The Yeti's gaming advice and great tips!

- How about cool Disney Trivia and history? Push Trivia and Dateline Disney are just for you!

Still got questions? We have answers!

Check out the FAQs Page, if you can't find an answer there, use Contact Us to reach our support team directly.

VMK Cards VMK Cards

AWESOME REWARDS!

Check out the VMK Rewards Card Checklist and make sure you have all the VMK bling! What cards do you have in your collection?

Community Reminder

1. Worried about being banned?

Then ALWAYS USE GOOD JUDGEMENT when playing VMK. Treat other players as you would like to treated, don't use foul language or take part in bad behavior - any activity like this will get you banned, in almost every case, permanently.

2. Scamming players will get you banned!

Scamming of any kind is not tolerated in VMK. If you are involved in scamming players in any way, your account will be banned. If you promise an item to another player and don't award it, you will be banned from VMK. If you have a player that's offering an item and the offer seems "too good to be true," it probably is. Always use your best judgment and trade with caution.

3. Pay to Play is not allowed in VMK.

Any room where you pay to play a game and it's up to the room owner to award the prize is against VMK Values and not allowed in VMK. Opening a Pay to Play room is a violation of the VMK game guidelines and will get you banned from VMK.

VMK will continue to charge for some public rooms (like Pirates), as Pay to Play scams are a larger problem for personal rooms.

4. 'Relationship' rooms? Not in VMK.

It's against the VMK Values to create or open ANY type of 'relationship' room (rooms that include words like 'meet,' 'pick,' 'get,' 'find,' 'have,' 'taken,' etc.) in VMK. You'll be warned and possibly banned for opening any type of room that promotes this activity.

VMK reserves the right to update and/or revise the VMK Values and House Rules without notice. Please make sure you periodically review the VMK Values and House Rules for the most current game guidelines.

For more information or a reminder of what's acceptable in VMK review the VMK Values page.

Account Problems?

Have you tried logging into VMK after a few months only to find your VMK account has been deleted?

Because of the size of our community we have to delete accounts that are inactive for more than 6 months to make room for new players - so if you haven't played in a while, be sure to log in every now and then (even if just for a few minutes) and keep your account active!

Contact Us Tips Contact Us Tips

Problems? Contact Us!

When you use Contact Us to ask a question or report an issue, please be aware of the following:

- If you use AOL or EarthLink for e-mail, you won't receive our response, as these e-mail providers have filters that block our replies. Please provide an alternative e-mail in the Contact Us form where it asks for your e-mail address.

- Some Spam Filters will automatically block e-mail from an unknown source unless you tell the program to allow it: To get email from VMK, allow mail from [email protected]. Please note this email address does not receive e-mail except via the Contact Us form.



Nemo 101

See Newsletter 9 July 2007