MagiQuest Myrtle Beach is a multi-level attraction complete with dueling stations, a large retail store and private party space. Using a Magic Wand you explore a world filled with creatures and characters.
Indoor Fun - While visiting Myrtle Beach the summer, a sudden thunderstorm drove us inside and in search of something to do until the storm let up. After recently visiting aquariums and museums, we were looking for something different and MagiQuest totally fit the bill. MagiQuest is not just for lovers of magic and wands. Anyone who likes a good treasure hunt will enjoy spending an hour or two exploring this indoor world of riddles and runes.
How It Works - When you first arrive, choose a wand from those available to purchase and have it “enchanted” by the staff at the front desk. This programs your wand and allows all your information and every quest you complete to be saved in a database, so if you come back again, you can start where you left off. You can choose and pay for the amount of time you want to play. If you run out of time, you can add minutes as well. (There are also lots of add on items you can purchase from various themed wand toppers to maps to help you navigate the world more quickly, but none of them are absolutely necessary to the game.)
Then, the adventure begins! After receiving riddling clues from the wizard, use your wand to virtually “collect” objects you need for your quest, open chests, and find secret messages, all of which are recorded in your wand. The magical world of MagiQuest covers a lot of territory - from an enchanted forest, to a castle, to dark dungeon. When you have collected all the runes you need in your quests, you can go on a bigger adventure, using those runes to help you get through!
Best for Kids Who Can Read - While all of the riddles and instructions are given by a wizard on a video screen, you will also be given a “book of ancient wisdom” that includes a printed version of all the riddles. We visited on a very busy day and the noise level in the building meant that we were unable to hear most of the instructions from the videos. Having the print version was essential under these circumstances and I was very grateful that our eight-year-old has a good grasp of reading and was able to understand the riddles without too much help. For this reason, I would really recommend MagiQuest for kids who are of reading age, or for younger children only if you can go through the entire quest with that child and read all the clues along the way.
Bottom Line - Our eight-year-old daughter LOVED MagiQuest and has asked several times when we can go back so she can continue on her adventure! Honestly, the only reason I would not give MagiQuest a five-star review was the price. For a larger family, the cost of buying wands and paying for playing time could add up very quickly! However, it might be worth it to spend some times looking for discounts, especially if you are visiting at an off-peak time - nearly all the attractions in Myrtle Beach drastically cut prices or run specials during the off-season.
Good To Know:
-Prices at the time of our visit were as follows:
Classic Wand plus 75 minutes of play time $24.99
Classic Wand, topper with powers, 90 minutes of game time $34.99
Classic Wand, topper with powers, MagiQuest cape, dueling passes, and 100 minutes of game time $39.99
-During busy times strollers are NOT allowed in MagiQuest, but we did notice a place to park them near the front door.
-MagiQuest is wheelchair accessible, with an elevator available to move wheelchairs from one level to another.
-If only part of your family is interested in MagiQuest, be aware that there are lots of other activities in the area: mini golf, shopping, movies, etc.
- There is also a splash pad in the courtyard outside of MagiQuest if the kids (or you) need to cool off on a hot day at Myrtle Beach.
Disclosure: We received 75 minutes of free playing time on which to base this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are entirely my own.
It was a chilly weekday evening at Myrtle Beach, and I was trying to keep the kids entertained. They’re 5 and 7. Just to give you an idea of their interests, they’re planning to be Ginny Weasley and Hermione for Halloween. Needless to say they’re really into wands and spells and magic.
Despite the fact that my kids love all things magical, MagiQuest wasn’t high on my Myrtle Beach to-do list. I was planning on fun in the sun. Followed by fun at the water park. Followed by fun at delicious restaurants. MagiQuest? Wizards? Dragons? Unicorns? I was skeptical.
Then I realized this live-action adventure game involved Wands. I showed the kids pictures from the website. “We get a wand?” They were sold.
MagiQuest did not disappoint. When you arrive, you are greeted by a damsel wearing medieval clothes. She gives you a wand complete with a microchip that keeps track of your quest successes and failures. She enchants (programs) your wand, gives you a crash course on wizarding, then sends you off to complete your quests.
The game-playing area has a castle complete with dungeon, a forest, and a crypt. After visiting the Circle of Stones and choosing your Quest, you follow a riddle to find 4-6 clues. There are chests, crystals, and computer screens with sprites and wizards everywhere you turn. Wave your wand and the characters give you clues, the chests open and you earn gold, the crystals twinkle and you’re a step closer to completing your quest. Once you’ve discovered the clues from your riddle, you earn a rune. Then you can move on to another Quest.
Does it sound nerdy? Maybe. But nerdy is the new cool. And my kids had a lot of fun. So much fun that they are still asking when we get to go back. It was their favorite place at Myrtle Beach. This is saying a lot when you consider how much they loved mini-golf, the beach, and the resort’s waterpark.
Even though my kids gave MagiQuest rave reviews, there were a few downsides that prevented me from giving it 5 stars. First, there were glitches with my son’s wand which made it difficult to use. This slowed us down a bit and could have been frustrating for my 5 year old. Also, you are allotted a certain amount of time for game play so you don’t want to spend your time casting your wand over and over trying to get it to work. Lastly, in certain areas it was obvious that you were in a large auditorium, rather than a castle or forest. I’d love to see the decor upgraded a bit so that you could really lose yourself in the magic.
Despite the small drawbacks, MagiQuest was a surprisingly entertaining way to spend a cool evening at Myrtle Beach. We’ll definitely go back the next time we are there. The best part is that our wands will remember our game play, so we can start where we left off!
Disclosure: We received 90 minutes of game play at Magiquest from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, but the opinions expressed in this review reflect my own views.
On one of our trips to Myrtle Beach, we visited the Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach and stumbled across MagiQuest. As my girls love fantasy, making up adventure games and Harry Potter, they were immediately intrigued. At home, they went online and learned all they could about this interactive role-playing game involving magical creatures and wizards. Both girls insisted that we had to return to Myrtle Beach so they could go on quests.
In the end, we decided that Camille could have a “destination birthday party” and took along three friends. All the kids had a fabulous time and insisted on going back for a second day.
When the girls heard we would be returning to Myrtle Beach once again, they brought along their wands, and on one chilly afternoon, we returned yet again. The girls picked their quests via the computer screens, ran around waving their wands at the appropriate places inside the “kingdom” and had lots of adventures.
MagiQuest is not for everybody. Kids who like fantasy games, though will likely love it! Chloe, age 8, had a bit of trouble with her wand not working which was frustrating, but mostly she was able to complete her quests on her own. Younger kids will likely need more assistance with picking out and completing quests. Thankfully, my girls were able to play unassisted while I sat quietly and relaxed.
I'm grown and I love going to magiquest, LOL. You walk in and get to decide what you want to be and buy your wand and the pay for your time and once you are inside its basically an interactive video game. It DOES take multiple visits to be able to beat the game, I would say at least 8+ hours on a non crowded day, but well worth the money.
My husband and I are in our late twenties and the first time we went to magiquest was on a weekend trip down to myrtle. We had no idea what magiquest was but after paying for an hour to play we were hooked. We spent the whole weekend in there playing and came back within a couple of months just to play some more. We absolutely LOVE magiquest. Yes it would be fun with kids, but adults can have just as much fun playing. We actually beat the game and then started over again with new wands. You can also go out in the gift shop and do a duel with another person if you wanted. I just wish they had more options after defeating the dragon. This is like the best interactive video game attraction ever and I would recommend going here to anyone and everyone!!! Even if you don't like video games you will LOVE magiquest, it's like a treasure hunt!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
My son and husband really enjoyed this attraction - spent hours there. Just know that you only need to buy the basic wand, you get to keep it and you can personalize it yourself later at home. You can then use it again at any location, including those at Great Wolf Lodge locations.
Magiquest is indoors so a good pick for a rainy day - off ourse you will share wit everyone else. It is aimed at elemetry age kids and is essentially a fairytale adventure. The main draw back is the cost. Upon entering you need to purchase a wand (and if you like a bunchof extra gizmos - wandtoppers etc), time to play the game and of course there is a gift shop!
I suggest for parents with pre-K and under kids that you purchase one wand per adult as the kids won't be able to work the adventure for themselves - it requires some skill to flick the wand at the correct angle at the TV screens and objects. Once inside you have a lesson on using your wand and how to play the adventure. You are then free to explore and work through the story line much as you would a video game. There are numerous screens and objects that the kids "zap" with their wands to create the story and plenty of cheesy decorations which appeal to the kids. We also suggest random zapping as you run around the room - this gets you more "gold" which can be useful later one in the games play.
It was not crowded when we went but on busy days acess to certain "rooms" is likely to be limited and your time will dwindle very quickly. Even on the quiet day we were unable to complete our adventure.
This place is perfect for Harry Potter fans. You get to travel to different levels in the building on different quests. You are also able to buy a wand with various power levels that you are able to recgarge for a fee when your initial game time is up.
Out of all the attractions/beaches/restaurants we went to when we visited Myrtle Beach, Magiquest was our kids all time favorite. Magiquest is a little on the pricey side, but it is worth it, especially if you have older children who are into fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc. I think I had as much fun as the kids did at Magiquest. Each of my older guys had wands and then my husband and I paired off with our two little ones to complete our quests. The kids still have their wands and play with them all the time. The kids still ask when we are going to go back to Magiquest.
This is an expensive habit to get started, and my guess is they are betting you'll buy all the junk and never play again. However, my kids really loved it - and we had a great time. You buy playing time, and once your time is up so is the magic. If you have a little boy like mine who loves magic, and myth (like Lord of the Rings!) they'll love Magiquest.
My husband and I love going here. However it is not for everyone. It is better if the person can read and understand what they are reading. I would say it's best for ages 6/7 and up. It is also difficult if you are bringing a baby along as you cannot manuver a stroller around very well as it's a two story activity and I have seen no sign of an elevator. It would be more fun with out the little ones in tow. It is a little pricey at first because you have to invest in the wands that you also keep so they do act as a souvenier. However if you take your future trips on a weekday it is cheaper to play.
This is a neat idea for kids who are into magic or video games. However it is extremely expensive. Really only seems worth it if you were going to go many times, as you have to invest in a special wand and then pay to play. Also, it can be busy and dark. I would not recommend for kids to do by self until teen years.
This was a little pricey on our first trip because we had to invest in the wands but we have been back several times so we have definitely gotten our money's worth. After you buy your wand ($14 or $26 for wand + 75 minutes), you just pay for the time ($11/60 minutes) that you want to play. We could have stayed here for hours! It is like a giant scavenger hunt looking for fairies and fighting monsters with your wand. Super-cool!