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MouseAdventure Spring 2009 Recap

In an effort to keep MouseAdventure events fresh and exiting for our teams, we try to introduce a new twist or format each time. For our 18th MouseAdventure event, we decided to hold two events on two different weekends: a competitive event on April 26 for returning or ambitious new teams, and a noncompetitive event on May 10th for first-time and family teams. Almost 1000 players turned out for the two events, (some die-hard MouseAdventurers even registered for both weekends), making this our largest MouseAdventure event to date. Teams participated in one of three divisions, each with a different format and set of challenges. We've detailed the quests from each division below, along with the correct answer and the most common errors and incorrect answers.


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Last Fall MouseAdventure teamed up with Toys for Tots to host a holiday toy drive, and generous MouseAdventure players filled an entire van with toys and games. This Spring we partnered with Second Harvest for a macaroni and cheese drive. Between the two weekends, MouseAdventure players donated a total of 777 boxes of macaroni and cheese. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming response to this charity drive, and thank the teams and players who donated so much to local families.

Recaps: Trains, Trams & Monorails (Basic) | Trains, Trams & Monorails (Advanced) | Day at the Park

Results: Trains, Trams & MonorailsDay at the Park

Crew acknowlegementsNext events

 


MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails (Basic Division)

Participants in the Basic division of the Spring 2009 event tackled 8 quests in a modified Mad Scramble format, where teams had to complete or skip the quests at one of four stations before moving on to the next station. But first, teams had to complete a 50-question trivia challenge and solve the cryptic 2-page "Traffic Jam" quest before leaving the Paradise Pier Hotel ballroom. We were quite surprised when a handful of teams managed to solve the Traffic Jam quest without any clues, thus earning them a substantial head start on the teams who remained in the ballroom to watch as we revealed the code.


Andrew Rich talks with one of the teams who managed to solve the Traffic Jam quest before any clues were given. MousePlanet photo.

After teams passed their opening challenge, they received their first quest envelope and headed to one of four locations to solve their first pair of quests. For this recap, we'll follow a team that started with the Main Street quests:

Main Street

Town Square View


A Basic division team tries to unscramble the Town Square View quest. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We gave teams a scrambled “street view” image of Town Square, and asked them to put the ground, second and top floors of each building in the proper order to reveal a question.

  • Solution:
    The Disneyland Entrance Tunnel
    Posters Give You A Glimpse Of Attractions Found In
    The Park Which Land Or Area Is Not Named
  • Answer: Toontown

Several teams seemingly tried to "brute force" this quest by unscrambling the words instead of the photos, and told us which poster (Fireworks) did not name a land or area.

Grand Circle Tour


A team returns from their Grand Circle Tour of Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams rode the Disneyland Railroad on a complete circuit around the park to find the answers to 12 questions. After collecting the required data, teams used the numbers associated with each correct answer to properly cut and fold a grid of letters to reveal their question.

  • Solutions: What is the elevation posted on the Main Street train station?
    A = 56
    B = 66
    C = Front Street (75)
    D = Mark Twain (14)
    E = Zip-A-Dee Lady (41)
    F = Have a Beary Great Day (16)
    G = Settler's Cabin (60)
    H = Indiana (22)
    I = Carrot (17)
    J = Motor Oil (80)
    K = 4
    L = 6
  • Answer: 138 feet

Teams had a very hard time finding the street address of the Camerer, Kuss & Co. clock works, as well as the year that Primeval World was added to the Disneyland Railroad route. Both can be found inside the Main Street Train Station.

Tomorrowland

Music of the Night Sky / Space Opera


The Haunted Mansion Holly-Daze think they have solved the Tomorrowland music quest. MousePlanet photo.

Every MouseAdventure seems to have one quest that must be rewritten just days before the event because a major element of the puzzle has been removed, replaced, repainted or closed for refurbishment. Our first Tomorrowland quest fell victim to the unexpected refurbishment of the Astro Orbitor. In the reworked quest, teams had to match a provided staff of music notes to the neon Mickeys on the exterior wall of the Star Traders shop, then identify the decoded song - and the attraction it was written for - by referencing the sheet music posted inside Innoventions.

  • Solution: Grim Grinning Ghosts
  • Answer: Haunted Mansion

We did not provide a key signature or note values, which made this quest especially difficult for the teams who tried to guess the song without visiting Innoventions. Several teams answered either "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" or "Carousel of Progress." Quite a few teams that correctly decoded the song unfortunately gave us the name of the song, instead of the attraction as requested.

Sign Language


king louies monkey mafia is ready to exchange their Tomorrowland answer sheet for a new pair of quests. MousePlanet photo.

Teams took a stroll through Downtown Disney to identify a series of store and restaurant signs, then used the text on the signs to decode a question to answer as they rode the Disneyland Monorail back into Tomorrowland.

  • Solution: Which boiler planet do you pass on your trip?
  • Answer: East

Teams that attempted this puzzle generally solved it correctly, but the time commitment required to walk through Downtown Disney and then wait for a Monorail convinced many teams to skip this quest.

Fantasyland

Are We There Yet?


A team juggles their dominoes, instruction sheet and park maps to answer "Are We There Yet?". Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams used a provided set of paper "travel dominoes" to spell out the names of Fantasyland ride vehicles. When the names were placed in proper order, the second set of letters on the tiles formed a question.

  • Ride vehicles (in order): Woodcarver's Cart; Mine Cart; Pirate Galleon; Motorcar; Oversized Caterpillar
  • Solution: HOW MANY MICE ARE IN THE THREE DISPLAY WINDOWS OUTSIDE OF BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOUTIQUE?
  • Answer: 17

The most common wrong answer was 13, which means teams counted the mice in the two windows on the front of the store, but missed the four mice in the third window at the side of the store.

One Moon, One Sun. Really?


This team hopes a few Heffalumps and Heffabees can help them solve the next quest. MousePlanet photo.

We sent teams on "it's a small world" to match a list of 8 rooms or scenes to photos of 8 suns and moons found inside the attraction, in the process revealing a decoded question.

  • Solution: What was the date of the first voyage?
  • Answer: April 22, 1964

New Orleans Square

I Wonder What Happened to Rosita?


The Musty Running Horse Pants are full of energy at the start of the Basic event. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams got to take a break by attending a performance of The Enchanted Tiki Room. While there, teams had to locate the names of all of the Hawaiian Gods in the pre-show area, and of all birds with nametags inside the show. After solving a letter-elimination puzzle, teams were left to unscramble the letters D E H I L O P W, and tell us the price of that item.

  • Solution: Dole Whip
  • Answer: $3.00

An unfortunate error in this quest survived several rounds of testing, and teams that correctly solved the letter elimination part of the puzzle were left with an extra L. (The Tiki Room's Colette is spelled with just one L, not two) Most teams quickly figured out the problem or asked us for help, but some teams went searching Adventureland for a HED PILLOW.

Fast Train


The Mouscreants are on their way to Big Thunder Mountain. MousePlanet photo.

We sent teams on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to answer a set of six questions, and also to put in order a series of six photo stickers of animals they pass during the ride.

  • Answers:
    A = $1.50
    B = 1880
    C = 1870
    D = Accuracy / Dispatch
    E = General Mercantile
    F = 79 Miles
  • Photos (in order): Possum; Coyote; Turtle; Snake; Goat; Skunk

Many teams told us that they had to ride two or even three times to locate all of the animals; other teams just could not spot (or read) the price chart painted on the window of the barbershop.

Eye Spy

This Eye Spy asked teams to identify the exit signs of 20 rides and attractions around the Resort. This is actually more difficult than it sounds, but teams who were willing to do a little legwork did well.

A: 52
F: 36
K: 70/72
P: 16
B: 24/25
G: 59
L: 22
Q: 43
C: 1
H: 68
M: 57
R: 75
D: 47
I: 32
N: 31
S: 69
E: 39
J: 49
O: 58
T: 38

The Hidden Quest

Basic division teams that carefully read the MouseAdventure rules might have noticed that some of the letters looked a little...different. When read in order, those letters revealed the hidden quest for this event. The correct answer is 12, but we'll let teams find the question for themselves.

MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails - Basic Division Team Photos

MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails - Advanced & Basic Division Candid Photos


MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails (Advanced Division / Enchanted Race)

As our Basic event teams were just arriving to sign in for their event, our Advanced Division teams had already embarked on our third edition of The Enchanted Race. The Enchanted Race is a time-based event requires teams to correctly solve one quest before moving on to the next quest. The goal is to be the first team to reach the finish line, while avoiding penalties that could cost a team valuable time.

Advanced teams started their event at the Paradise Pier Hotel at 8 a.m., and started the competition by solving a slightly different version of the Traffic Jam puzzle. Once teams were sure they had the correct answer, they could leave the hotel and head off to find a MouseAdventure crew member in Downtown Disney to collect a souvenir and a clue that would lead to their next quest. We've detailed most of the quests below, but some navigation tasks are omitted.

Sign Language


The Guardians of the Sleeping Zebra collect a souvenir during the Enchanted Race. MousePlanet photo.

Teams had to identify a series of store and restaurant signs, then use the text on the signs to decode the directions to their next checkpoint, where they collected their third souvenir.

Solution: Collect a souvenir at the Pixie Hollow entrance

Are We There Yet?


Oswald Returns sorts their travel dominoes for a Fantasyland quest. MousePlanet photo.

Teams used a provided set of paper "travel dominoes" to spell out the names of Fantasyland ride vehicles. When the names were placed in proper order, the second set of letters on the tiles formed a question, though Advanced teams had a different question than the Basic teams.

Ride vehicles (in order): Woodcarver's Cart; Mine Cart; Pirate Galleon; Motorcar; Oversized Caterpillar

Solution: HOW MUCH IS THE CROWN PACKAGE AT THE BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOUTIQUE?

Answer: $49.95

Main Street View


Team Heffalump and Woozle head to Main Street to start their trivia quest. MousePlanet photo.

We gave teams a scrambled “street view” image of a section of Main Street, and asked them to put the ground, second and top floors of each building in the proper order to reveal a question.

Solution:
WHAT EVENT IS NOT COMMEMORATED BY A
CARD OR SIGN IN THE EXTERIOR DISPLAY WINDOWS OF THE DISNEY SHOWCASE
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY JUST ENGAGED FIRST VISIT OUR HONEYMOON FAMILY FUN GOOD TIMES

Answer: First Visit

Detour: Fast Train / Slow Train

Enchanted Race teams had to answer six questions and place six photos in a specific order, but had to decide whether to perform this task on the fast train (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) or the slow train (Casey Jr. Circus Train).

Fast Train


The Tweedle Dums wait for crew member Amanda Smith to let them know if they successful completed the detour. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

We sent teams on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to answer a set of six questions, and also to put in order a series of six photo stickers of animals they pass during the ride.

Answers:
A = $1.50
B = 1880
C = 1870
D = Accuracy / Dispatch
E = General Mercantile
F = 79 Miles

Photos (in order): Possum; Coyote; Turtle; Snake; Goat; Skunk

Slow Train


Team Big Cheese Catering is all smiles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams who chose the Slow Train quest answered six questions about the ride, and then used a set of photo stickers to complete a diagram of the giant patchwork quilt visible from the ride.

Answers:
A = 4
B = Pink
C = Smaller
D = 7
E = English and Spanish
F = 4

Trivia

Enchanted Race teams completed the trivia portion of their event while riding the Disneyland Railroad from Main Street to Tomorrowland. Each correct answer earned the team a one-minute credit, and teams who aced the test could shave an hour off their score.

Music of the Night Sky / Space Opera


With no time to stop for lunch, this Advanced team depends on Vitamin Water to power them through the Enchanted Race. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Every MouseAdventure seems to have one quest that must be rewritten just days before the event because a major element of the puzzle has been removed, replaced, repainted or closed for refurbishment. Our first Tomorrowland quest fell victim to the unexpected refurbishment of the Astro Orbitor. In the reworked quest, teams had to match a provided staff of music notes to the neon Mickeys on the exterior wall of the Star Traders shop, then identify the decoded song - and the attraction it was written for - by referencing the sheet music posted inside Innoventions.

Solution: Grim Grinning Ghosts

Answer: Haunted Mansion

Once teams completed this task, they boarded the Disneyland Monorail to find a MouseAdventure crew member stationed at the Disneyland Hotel. When teams sang the correct song to our crew member, they received another souvenir, and a clue to their next quest.

Mickey and Friends Parking


The ImaginEars wait for their turn at the locker. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams solved a logic puzzle to determine when Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure, and on which level they parked their car, to help Mickey find his car.

Answer: Mickey was the second to arrive and parked on the Donald level.

Locker puzzle


The New Club 55, seen here assembling the locker puzzle, set the pace for much of the Enchanted Race. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams used the price tags on the five souvenirs collected throughout the race to decode the combination to a locker in the picnic area. Teams opened the locker and found a jigsaw puzzle, which they then had to assemble the puzzle to reveal their next task.

Answer: Morty and Ferdie

Speed MouseAdventure

The race moved into Disney's California Adventure for Speed MouseAdventure, a set of five quests that, solved correctly, would reveal the location of the finish line. Teams could solve the five quests in any order, and many teams quickly realized that the answers to all five quests would be found inside the new Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar.

Number Crunching


MouseAdventure teams search for answers in the Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Teams searched the Condor Flats area to find the answers to 12 questions. After collecting the required data, teams used the numbers associated with each correct answer to properly cut and fold a grid of letters to reveal their question.

Questions:
A = 87
B = 47
C = 13
D = 66
E = 45
F = 5
G = 36
H = 81
I = 80
J = 50
K = 6
L = 28

Solution: # of poster variations on the midway mania to do list?

Answer: 25

International Spelling BEE


The Runaway Brains use their souvenir park map to locate the finish line. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

We sent teams to Flik's Fun Fair in search of 10 words or phrases, which they then used to solve a letter elimination puzzle to reveal a French word found in the Blue Sky Cellar. Some smart teams skipped the quest entirely, and just went into the Blue Sky Cellar to look for French words.

Solution: Maquette

Answer: Scale Model

Junk Food and Wine


The Abominables return from solving the Junk Food & Wine quest. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Paradise Pier was the setting for this puzzle, which asked teams to identify food items sold at area carts and restaurants. Using these answers, teams solved a simple cryptogram to reveal a question.

Solution: What is the barrel to the right of the Mapo May Wine?

Answer: Corks Crew

We Suggest You Take the Stairs


The Shiny Happy People return to MouseAdventure Central. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams searched the Hollywood Pictures Backlot to find words that "mysteriously" vanished from a series of photos taken in the area. After using the "found" words to solve a word search puzzle, the remaining letters revealed a question.

Solution: What is the number of the model red car on display in the Blue Sky Cellar?

Answer: 5177

Do the Wave


Team Three Blind Mice...Plus 1! advance to the finish line of the Enchanted Race. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams used a semaphore chart found at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail to decode a secret message.

Solution: What was the name of the proposed slinky dog boardwalk game?

Answer: Slinky's Bone-anza

Finish Line ahead


MouseAdventure crew members wait at the finish line to greet the winners of the Enchanted Race. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

By this point in the Enchanted Race, teams should have opened all but five of the Route Envelopes they had been given at the start of the race. The final five envelopes were marked with locations that could be found on the large souvenir Disneyland Park map given to teams at the start of the race. Teams were instructed to draw lines between four of those locations, and the intersection of the two straight lines was the finish line. Teams had to navigate from Disney's California Adventure and into Disneyland, avoiding the new Celebrate: A Street Party on their way to the finish line at Zocalo Park.

MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails - Advanced Division Team Photos

MouseAdventure: Trains, Trams & Monorails - Advanced & Basic Division Candid Photos

 

 

 


MouseAdventure: Day at the Park

Day at the Park teams solved slightly modified versions of the Basic division quests, plus a new "Find Bev & Tracy" quest added just for this event. Day at the Park teams received all of their quests at one time, and had over six hours to solve the quests at their leisure. Without the added pressure of competition, some Day at the Park teams really took their time, a few even stopping for lunch at table service restaurants! This event was a completely different experience for the MouseAdventure crew, and we marveled at how calm and relaxed everyone - including the crew - appeared all day.

Some questioned the wisdom of holding this event on Mother's Day, but a full quarter of our teams were family teams-double the percentage of family teams in our April event-and many of these teams told us that a day of MouseAdventure had been their Mom's idea of a great Mother's Day.

Main Street

Town Square View


Team Beauty and the Beasts solves the Town Square View quest. Photo by Steven Ng.

We gave teams a scrambled “street view” image of Town Square, and asked them to put the ground, second and top floors of each building in the proper order to reveal a question.

  • Solution:
    The Disneyland Entrance Tunnel
    Posters Give You A Glimpse Of Attractions Found In
    The Park Which Land Or Area Is Not Named
  • Answer: Toontown

Several teams seemingly tried to "brute force" this quest by unscrambling the words instead of the photos, and told us which poster (Fireworks) did not name a land or area.

Grand Circle Tour


A team spots an answer near the Tomorrowland train station. Photo by Karl Buiter.

Teams rode the Disneyland Railroad on a complete circuit around the park to find the answers to 12 questions. After collecting the required data, teams used the numbers associated with each correct answer to properly cut and fold a grid of letters to reveal their question.

  • Solutions: What is the elevation posted on the Main Street train station?
    A = 56
    B = 66
    C = Front Street (75)
    D = Mark Twain (14)
    E = Zip-A-Dee Lady (41)
    F = Have a Beary Great Day (16)
    G = Settler's Cabin (60)
    H = Indiana (22)
    I = Carrot (17)
    J = Motor Oil (80)
    K = 4
    L = 6
  • Answer: 138 feet

Teams had a very hard time finding the street address of the Camerer, Kuss & Co. clock works, as well as the year that Primeval World was added to the Disneyland Railroad route. Both can be found inside the Main Street Train Station.

Tomorrowland

Music of the Night Sky / Space Opera


The Disney Ninjas try to locate the Yamaha Music Zone in Tomorrowland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Every MouseAdventure seems to have one quest that must be rewritten just days before the event because a major element of the puzzle has been removed, replaced, repainted or closed for refurbishment. Our first Tomorrowland quest fell victim to the unexpected refurbishment of the Astro Orbitor. In the reworked quest, teams had to match a provided staff of music notes to the neon Mickeys on the exterior wall of the Star Traders shop, then identify the decoded song - and the attraction it was written for - by referencing the sheet music posted inside Innoventions.

  • Solution: Grim Grinning Ghosts
  • Answer: Haunted Mansion

We did not provide a key signature or note values, which made this quest especially difficult for the teams who tried to guess the song without visiting Innoventions. Several teams answered either "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" or "Carousel of Progress." Quite a few teams that correctly decoded the song unfortunately gave us the name of the song, instead of the attraction as requested.

Sign Language


Day at the Park teams search Downtown Disney for signs. Photo by Steven Ng.

Teams took a stroll through Downtown Disney to identify a series of store and restaurant signs, then use the text on the signs to decode a question to answer as they rode the Disneyland Monorail back into Tomorrowland.

  • Solution: Which boiler planet do you pass on your trip?
  • Answer: East

Teams that attempted this puzzle generally solved it correctly, but the time commitment required to walk through Downtown Disney and then wait for a Monorail convinced many teams to skip this quest. However, unlike the April event, the Monorails ran reliably all day.

Fantasyland

Are We There Yet?


The Two Mouseketeers discover that there is more than one way to spell the ride vehicle names. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

As with the Basic and Advanced versions of this quest, teams used a provided set of paper "travel dominoes" to spell out the names of Fantasyland ride vehicles. When the names were placed in proper order, the second set of letters on the tiles formed a question. During the two weeks between the MouseAdventure events, Peter Pan's Flight closed for refurbishment, necessitating a quick rewrite of the quest, and Day at the Park teams only needed to find and unscramble four ride vehicles.

  • Ride vehicles (in order): Woodcarver's Cart; Mine Cart; Motorcar; Oversized Caterpillar
  • Solution: # OF MICE IN THE 3 DISPLAY WINDOWS OUTSIDE BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOUTIQUE
  • Answer: 17

The most common wrong answer was 13, which means teams counted the mice in the two windows on the front of the store, but missed the four mice in the third window at the side of the store.

One Moon, One Sun. Really?


MousePlanet staff members Adrienne and Kevin Krock spent Mother's Day at MouseAdventure. Photo by Karl Buiter.

We sent teams on "it's a small world" to match a list of 8 rooms or scenes to photos of 8 suns and moons found inside the attraction, in the process revealing a decoded question.

  • Solution: What was the date of the first voyage?
  • Answer: April 22, 1964

New Orleans Square

I Wonder What Happened to Rosita?


The famous Dole Whip provided both answer and snack for the Disney Diva Duo. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams got to take a break by attending a performance of The Enchanted Tiki Room. While there, teams had to locate the names of all of the Hawaiian Gods in the pre-show area, and of all birds with nametags inside the show. After solving a letter-elimination puzzle, teams were left to unscramble the letters D E H I L O P W, and tell us the price of that item.

  • Solution: Dole Whip
  • Answer: $3.00

After we discovered and corrected an error in the Basic division version of this quest, teams seemed to have little trouble unscrambling the letters to spell Dole Whip-and more than a few stopped to buy one before moving on to their next quest.

Fast Train


We warned teams against carrying clipboards on Big Thunder Mountain, so this clever team wrote the questions on their hands before riding. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We sent teams on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to answer a set of six questions, and also to put in order a series of six photo stickers of animals they pass during the ride.

  • Answers:
    A = $1.50
    B = 1880
    C = 1870
    D = Accuracy / Dispatch
    E = General Mercantile
    F = 79 Miles
  • Photos (in order): Possum; Coyote; Turtle; Snake; Goat; Skunk

Many teams told us that they had to ride two or even three times to locate all of the animals; other teams just could not spot (or read) the price chart painted on the window of the barbershop.

Eye Spy

This Eye Spy asked teams to identify the exit signs of 20 rides and attractions around the Resort. This is actually more difficult than it sounds, but teams who were willing to do a little legwork did well.

A: 52
F: 36
K: 70/72
P: 16
B: 24/25
G: 59
L: 22
Q: 43
C: 1
H: 68
M: 57
R: 75
D: 47
I: 32
N: 31
S: 69
E: 39
J: 49
O: 58
T: 38

Find Bev & Tracy


Ben and Tracy hide in plain sight in New Orleans Square. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Teams were asked to count the number of characters depicted in bronze statues in and around the Hub, then find MouseAdventure crew members Bev & Tracy Screeton somewhere around the Rivers of America to earn bonus points. The correct answer was 12: teams who answered 9, 10 or 11 failed to count the double characters on the Chip & Dale, Dumbo & Timothy or Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket statues; teams that answered 13 incorrectly counted Walt Disney as a Disney character.

MouseAdventure: Day at the Park - Team Photos

MouseAdventure: Day at the Park - Candid Photos


The Results

MouseAdventure: Trams, Trains & Monorails

Results of the MouseAdventure: Trams, Trains & Monorails Basic and Advanced divisions were announced at our post-event award ceremony, and those winning teams who stayed for the gathering could select their prizes from our fabulous prize table. Winning teams that could not stay for the awards (and may just now be learning that they placed), will be contacted by e-mail next week, and prizes will be sent directly to them.

MouseAdventure: Trams, Trains & Monorails (Basic Division) - 570 points possible

None of the teams in the Basic division correctly solved all eight quests, and trivia was the deciding factor for our Basic teams. Just 9 points made the difference between first and sixth place, a fact almost certain to send some of our most competitive teams back to their trivia books.

First Place

Team Happy Place
Team X042
512 points

Second Place

Mickey's Marauders
Team X125
511 points

Third Place


Team X029
510 points

Fourth Place

Disney Pups
Team X121
509 points

Fifth Place

Heffatooies
Team X003
504 points

Best New Team


Team X147
464 points

Best Family Team

The Kid Switches
Team X160
479 points

MouseAdventure: Trams, Trains & Monorails (Advanced Division / Enchanted Race)

The Enchanted Race is a time-based format. Teams that did not reach the finish line by 4:00 were declared unofficial and are identified with a "DNF" in the Place column. A scoring error (limited to a single team) was discovered after the event, but this error did not impact the winners announced at the event.

First Place

Simba's Pride
Team X07
Adjusted time: 04:54

Second Place

Peter's Pans
Team X31
Adjusted time: 05:02

Third Place

Oswald Returns
Team X28
Adjusted time: 05:14

MouseAdventure: Trams, Trains & Monorails Team Competitions

Team Mascot Competition

The Abominables
Team X23

Team T-Shirt Competition

Dorks, Inc.
Team X15


MouseAdventure: Day at the Park

The Day at the Park event used quests that were distributed to teams during our April event, and teams played for bragging rights only. With more time (and less pressure) to solve the quests, the top Day at the Park teams actually scored higher than teams in the Basic division.

MouseAdventure: Day at the Park - 570 points possible

First Place

DISNEY NINJAS
Team X55
554 points

Second Place

Team Mickey Mouse
Team X15
549 points

Third Place

YM's Majesty
Team X04
544 points

MouseAdventure: Day at the Park Family Teams - 570 points possible

First Place

Cute and Fluffy!
Team X08
540 points

Second Place

Disney Duisenbergs
Team X68
506 points

MouseAdventure Day at the Park Team Competitions

Team Mascot competition

Avalon Cove Crawlers
Team X41

Team T-shirt competition

2319
Team X36

The small white sock on the back of each shirt, a tribute to the "2319" from Monster's Inc., earned this team top honors in a vote of their peers.

MouseAdventure Spring 2009 Results - All Divisions


Crew acknowledgments

Each new format we create introduces yet another set of challenges for the MouseAdventure staff and crew. We could not put on this event without the assistance of more than two dozen volunteers, and it's impossible to accurately describe just how much work goes into each event.


Kevin and Jen test the Traffic Jam quest during a pre-event test. MousePlanet photo.

Joe Stevano and I wrote most of the quests for this event, often incorporating suggestions from other MousePlanet staff members. While we were pretty happy with our puzzles, we can't take credit for the two most popular quests from this event. Sheila Hagen suggested the concept that became the "Main Street / Town Square View" quests, and the "Grand Circle Tour" and "Number Crunching" quests were based on the "Advent calendar" puzzle designed several events ago by Alex Stroup. Joe was once again responsible for the professional-looking logos and game materials used in the event, as well as the new MouseAdventure Newsletters sent to teams.


Shana and Adam try their hand at the puzzle quest during an early test. MousePlanet photo.

Tony Phoenix refined the bar code grading system he introduced during the last event to handle scores based on times, points and a combination of both. The delay in reporting the full results for non-placing teams was entirely mine, and had nothing to do with the scoring technology. Speaking of technology, Jeff Moxley created a brand-new team data system for this event to allow teams to view their registration information and submit changes online. Andrew Rich took on the duty of handling e-mail from teams, and also maintained the daily Twitter feed.


MouseAdventure crewmember Liana greets Basic division teams after they solve the Traffic Jam quest. MousePlanet photo.

Various parts of this event were tested as many as four times before the event, and their efforts helped make this a virtually error-free event. The beta testers for this event included Andrew and Jennifer Rich; Jeff Moxley; Adrienne and Kevin Krock; Amanda Smith and David Perry; Tony Phoenix; Stephanie Wien; Steven Ng; Shoshana Lewin Fischer and Adam Fischer; Helga Bergthold; Steve Kiskamp and a few "friends of MousePlanet" who prefer to remain anonymous.


Adrienne, Steph and Joe ham it up at the finish line. MousePlanet photo.

Joe, Tony and I spent countless hours printing, folding and stuffing hundreds of envelopes and game packets to prepare for the event. Tony also gamely volunteered to assemble the 40 identical jigsaw puzzles used by the Enchanted Race teams, and now says he could put that puzzle together blindfolded.


Andrew Rich served a the MC for all of the Spring 2009 events, and also as a model during a pre-event photo lighting test. MousePlanet photo.

The Trams, Trains & Monorails event was staffed by Andrew and Jennifer Rich; Adrienne and Kevin Krock; Shoshana Lewin and Adam Fisher; Sheila Hagen; Stephanie Wien (all the way from New York); Amanda Smith and David Perry; Tony Phoenix; Joe Stevano; Jeff Moxley; Karl Buiter; plus returning crew volunteers Helga, Liana, Bev and Tracy. Even more "friends of MousePlanet" were drafted to help out during the event, including Steve Kiskamp, Shana's cousin Daniel and MousePlanet readers Karin Hubbard-Luster and Kenji Luster. I also want to thank Lani Teshima for copy editing the event materials, as well as making the personalized buttons teams could purchase as a souvenir of their event.


Jen and Helga wait to greet teams during morning sign in. MousePlanet photo.

The Day at the Park event was crewed by Andrew and Jennifer Rich (plus Jen's mom, who came out to spend Mother's Day with us); Tony Phoenix; Joe Stevano; Jeff Moxley; Karl Buiter; Steven Ng and Bev & Tracy. This Spring's two-weekend format required even more crew than usual, and we were very grateful for a group of players from the April 26th event who volunteered to help facilitate the Day at the Park event. Mike, Sunnie, Julie, Caroline, and Suz provided invaluable assistance to the regular MouseAdventure crew, and got the opportunity to experience a MouseAdventure event from an entirely new perspective.


Tony and Stephen solve the locker puzzle during a pre-event test. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We again extend our thanks to the Disneyland Resort Special Events and Park Operations departments as well as Disneyland Resort Catering & Convention Services for their help. We would also like to thank MousePlanet sponsor Howard Johnson Anaheim for offering a great MouseAdventure rate to our players and staff again this year, as well as for donating the amazing tote bags given to the Enchanted Race teams (and coveted by everyone else who saw them).


Steph and Helga pack up hundreds of boxes of macaroni and cheese donated to Second Harvest by MouseAdventure players. MousePlanet photo.

Our next events

Summer 2009 - Disneyland Resort (Anniversary Mini MouseAdventure)

Celebrate the 9th Anniversary of MousePlanet.com with a Mini MouseAdventure on Saturday, July 18th. This is a free, informal event, and is open to all MousePlanet readers who attend our Anniversary Meet at the Disneyland Resort. The Mini MouseAdventure is a great opportunity to get a little "taste" of MouseAdventure as you solve a handful of easy quests. You do not need to form teams or pre-register for the Mini MouseAdventure. Meeting place and time will be announced in a future edition of the weekly Disneyland Resort Update, so check back for more information (link).


MouseAdventure is headed to Walt Disney World this Fall, but not all of our players are happy about the idea. MousePlanet photo.

Fall 2009 - Walt Disney World

Pack your bags and grab your mouse ears, MouseAdventure is headed to Florida for our Inaugural Walt Disney World MouseAdventure event on SATURDAY, November 14th.

The day will begin before park opening with breakfast at the Odyssey Center in Epcot Theme Park. After breakfast and a brief event orientation, the game is on! This event features a mix of two of our popular formats. Teams first complete a series of classic MouseAdventure quests in Future World, and then embark on an Enchanted Race around World Showcase to reach the finish line. Results will be announced at an in-park meet on Sunday, November 15th, and will be posted on MousePlanet.com later that week. Winning teams will receive a predetermined prize package which will be shipped to the winners after the event.

Pricing for this event is $175 for a 2 player team + $30 for each additional player (up to a total of 4 players per team). Your registration fee includes an early morning escort to Odyssey Center, breakfast for each member of your team, and a fantastic, fun-filled 6-hour game. Registration does not include park admission. (Only admission for Walt Disney World’s Epcot Theme Park will be required)

Don't miss your chance to be one of the first MouseAdventurers to race around Epcot. Registration is now open and space is limited, so form your teams and reserve your spot today!

Winter 2009 - Disneyland Resort

After announcing that our Fall 2009 event would be in Walt Disney World instead of the Disneyland Resort, we heard from a LOT of disappointed MouseAdventurers who just don't want to wait an entire year to play another event at the Disneyland Resort. We are tentatively exploring the slight possibility that we might hold a small MouseAdventure event at the Disneyland Resort in the Winter. Please note the words "tentatively," "slight," "might" and "small," and be sure to subscribe to the MouseAdventure Mailing List to keep informed.

Spring 2010 - Disneyland Resort

MousePlanet will celebrate our 20th MouseAdventure event with our biggest event ever at the Disneyland Resort. Event format, park and pricing have yet to be determined. We will post the event date and registration dates as soon as we confirm them, but that announcement may be as little as 90 days before the event. Keep reading MousePlanet.com for more information—MouseAdventure updates are posted in the weekly Disneyland Resort Park Update. You can also sign up for our MouseAdventure Mailing List to receive updates about future events as they are available. Please note, this is an opt-in only mailing list, which means that we have not already added the names of former MouseAdventure players to this list. If you would like to receive these updates, you will need to sign up for the list.

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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (@MousePlanetAVP) is an original MousePlanet staffer and manages to find time for all of this while running two retail stores, MouseShoppe and CharmingShoppe.