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Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Disneyland Resort

MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild - Advanced is Closed!

MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild - Basic is Closed!

Event Info:

For our Spring 2014 event Alex returns with his MouseAdventure Card Games format! With more than 52 puzzles and quests this game format emphasizes strategy over completeness with everybody sure to find some things that are just right and some things that really test your skills. The event will take place on Sunday, April 27, with two competitive divisions.


MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild
Sunday, April 27

MouseAdventure Card Games will deal you a series of quests and challenges to be solved all around the Disneyland resort. Parts of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be visited as well as Downtown Disney and the resort hotels. Time management strategies may be the most important part of your game, as there will be many more puzzles than in a normal MouseAdventure. With a full deck of quests (plus some EyeSpy and trivia) you'll need to prioritize how you pursue points and move around the resort. You will need to complete some tasks before you can move on to others, which plays into strategy as well. Do you do all of the easier items and then move on to the harder ones, or do you get the hard quests as soon as possible and get to work on them? Teams who loved our Mad Scramble or MouseAdventure Mystery events will especially enjoy this new format.

The deck of cards at the core of the game will be the same for both the Basic and Advanced divisions. Advanced teams, however, will have less time for the same number of quests and may receive more difficult instructions on some puzzles. If this is your first time playing, it is strongly recommended that you play in the Basic division rather than buying in straight to the high-limit tables.

Registration is $165 per team for both the Basic and Advanced Divisions. Registration includes admission to the post-event Award Ceremony. All players on your team will need admission to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on Sunday, April 27. MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission.

Prizes are awarded to the best new and returning teams in each division.

Registration Information:

Set your alarm clocks and be prepared!

MouseAdventure events sell out very quickly, so you'll want to have your team's details before registration opens:

  • Pick a team captain who will be responsible for registering your team. Don't assume your teammate is going to register for your team!
  • Decide which division is best for your team. If you are new to MouseAdventure or just like to have as much time as possible, the Basic Division is probably best for you.
  • Decide on a team name. Team names are optional, but if you are going to have a team name, you must provide it during registration.
  • Be sure to have the first name, last name, and email address for each member of your team. Note: This is a really good time to add mouseadventure@mouseplanet.com to your e-mail client's approved sender list. If you use Earthlink or Hotmail, we can not guarantee that you will receive event-related e-mail from MouseAdventure. We STRONGLY encourage players with Earthlink or Hotmail accounts to register for another e-mail address (Gmail is free, and works just fine)] to ensure you receive all of the messages from MouseAdventure.

MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission. All registrations are final. Registration is strictly limited by the capacity of the event venue, and teams may not change divisions or add players after registration closes. Once we are fully registered, we cannot make special exceptions or extend registration. There is no waiting list for this event.

Your MouseAdventure team must consist of at two, three, or four players. Some people like having four brains on their team; some teams work better with just two or three players. It is up to you to decide how many you want on your team, but there are often advantages for larger teams.

If you'd like to receive this information directly by e-mail, be sure to sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter (link).

Additional event information:

Refunds / Cancellations / Team Changes — All events are rain-or-shine, so expect to be there unless we announce a cancellation. All registrations are final—there are no refunds once your registration is submitted, and teams may not add players. Teams may drop or change members after registration; a deadline for final changes is 5pm (PDT) on Friday, April 11, 2014 for all divisions. If your team needs to drop or change a player after this date, you will need to make that change during sign in the morning of the event.

Team Names — If you wish to use a team name, you must provide that name when you register. If you do not provide a team name at the time you register you may not add one later. The registration software may reject a team name if it has already been registered for the current event. We do not arbitrate disputes about the use of team names - the first team to register a specific team name is the team that gets to use it for that event. Please keep team names appropriate for the environment; we do reserve the right to reject team names (or refuse to say them out loud).

Team numbers — We cannot accommodate requests for a specific team number. If your team plans to incorporate your team number in your T-shirt design, you can e-mail the event coordinator to learn your team number after registration closes.

Family Teams — If at least 10 family teams register for the Basic division of this event, they will be ranked against the other Family teams for scoring and prize purposes. If there are fewer than 10 Family teams registered for this event, the Family teams will compete against all teams for scoring and prize purposes. The "Family team" designation is used primarily for scoring purposes, and does not impact the event schedule or rules for the event.

  • Advanced - All players must be 18 years or older to register for the Advanced division; there will be no separate Family designation.

Hotel Rooms — Special Rate offered for Organization rooms: Disney currently is not holding any guest rooms for MousePlanet Incorporated Event; however special rates are available, based on availability. Advance reservations are required. Guest rooms and special rates are not guaranteed and unlikely to be available less than 30 days from arrival date due to current demand. Prices are per room, per night. Limit of four (4) persons per guest room ("Organization Room"). Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Theme park admission tickets, meals, tax, parking (overnight parking) are not included. Net, non-commissionable. Offer limited to Event attendees only. Organization and Organization's attendees are encouraged to make their reservation as soon as event is confirmed. Reservations will not be accepted until your event is confirmed definite (after signed contract and applicable retainer are received by Disney).

Disney's Paradise Pier® Hotel
Date:
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Room Rate:
$268.00 per night/single-quad occupancy
Disneyland® Hotel
Date:
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Room Rate:
$369.00 per night/single-quad occupancy
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa
Date:
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Room Rate:
$450.00 per night/single-quad occupancy

The above room rates ("Group Room Rates") are subject to applicable city of Anaheim occupancy taxes, currently fifteen percent (15%), and a two percent (2%) ATID assessment. Guest Rooms at all the Disneyland® Resort Hotels are non-smoking. Designated smoking locations are available. A cleaning fee of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) plus tax per Guest Room will be charged for smoking in the Disneyland® Resort Hotels' Guest Rooms.

Overnight Hotel Guests are subject to a self-parking fee, is confirmed at Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per night (up to 2 cars) or Valet Parking is confirmed at Twenty-Two Dollars ($22.00) per car, per night, with in/out privileges.

Admission Tickets — Your registration fee does not include park admission! If you do not have an appropriate annual pass, you must make arrangements for park admission, and we strongly urge you to do so before arrival on game day. The game will require admission to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Discounted theme park tickets will be available to MouseAdventure players, pricing and purchase instructions will be sent to registered players about a month before the event.

Sign In — All teams will sign in at the Paradise Pier Hotel Ballroom the morning of the event. Please make sure your entire team is on time, as a delay in registration will delay the start of the game, resulting in less play time for everyone.

Parking — Resort Parking is not included in your registration fee. Teams may park at the Paradise Pier Hotel for a discounted all-day parking rate of $10 per car. As some returning players might remember, the Paradise Pier lot is extremely small, and is almost certain to reach capacity before the event starts. Teams can also park in the Mickey and Friends parking structure, which is about a 15-minute walk from the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Winners and Prizes — The results of the Basic and Advanced Divisions of MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild will be announced at the post-game award ceremony. The top teams in the Basic Overall, Advanced Overall, New Team and Family Team (if applicable) categories will receive a pre-selected package of Disney prizes.

Personalized buttons — For those who want something a little more permanent from their experience, we offer customized name tag buttons. These 2.25" round buttons, designed just for this event, are personalized to show your name, and are available during team check-in so that you and your teammates can wear them during the event. Each button costs $3.50, and is yours to keep. If you want them, you must order these with your MouseAdventure registration. If you add buttons to your MouseAdventure registration, make sure you provide the exact text that should appear on each button. For best results, use 10 characters or fewer; beyond that the text is increasingly small. We reserve the right to reject any text for any reason.

Outfits and costumes — We are always amazed at the creativity displayed by the increasing number of teams who go all out in putting together a team "uniform." Do keep in mind that Disney does not allow anyone over the age of 9 to wear "costumes" in the park, and it is difficult to know where a line might be drawn. Keep the park environment in mind as well, and stay age-appropriate. We reserve the right to refuse admission to teams or players with inappropriate or offensive outfits, costumes, t-shirts or accessories. If you'd like to put together a team uniform, we invite your team to participate in the T-Shirt competition described below.

Team T-shirt Competition — Keeping in mind that Disney does not allow adults (or anyone over 9) to wear "costumes" in the theme parks, MouseAdventure teams are invited to channel their creative efforts and participate in the Team T-Shirt competition. To enter the T-shirt competition, teams must submit their design(s) by the deadline listed below. Late submissions will not be accepted or included in the competition.

  • You must submit your t-shirt design(s) by e-mail (teamshirts@mouseadventure.com)
  • Images must be .jpg or .gif files. PLEASE downsize your files to no larger than about 1600 pixels on the largest dimension. Your 4MB .tif image might be amazing, but it can't be judged if the file crashes our e-mail system.
  • If all of your shirts are identical, you only need to submit one design image. (Or two if the front and back of your shirts have a different design) If you have multiple designs for your team, submit one example of each design.
  • Please make sure that your submission is CLEARLY explained. (i.e., photo A is the front of shirt #1, photo B is the back of shirt #1, photo C is the front of shirts #2 and #3) or whatever. We're not going to spend a whole lot of time trying to decipher cryptic file notations. If there's a cute back-story behind your design, you may include that in your submission if you wish. BUT REMEMBER, your design(s) will be judged based on the image(s) you provide, so the design needs to speak for itself.
  • Shirts are reviewed by a panel of MouseAdventure staff. Bonus points are given to designs that in some way reflect the event theme.
  • The deadline for t-shirt submissions for all divisions is Friday, April 18, 2014.

Communication — Team captains (the person registering the team) will receive a credit card receipt by e-mail within an hour. A detailed registration confirmation that includes your team information will be sent to your team about one week after registration closes. If you don't receive this e-mail, don't hesitate to drop us an e-mail. One frequent issue we have is with spam filters blocking mass e-mails sent to all registered teams. Please take a moment to unblock e-mail from mouseplanet.com, and encourage your teammates to do the same.

Again, this is a really good time to add mouseadventure@mouseplanet.com to your e-mail client's approved sender list. If you use Earthlink or Hotmail, we can not guarantee that you will receive event-related e-mail from MouseAdventure. We STRONGLY encourage players with Earthlink or Hotmail accounts to register for another e-mail address (Gmail is free, and works just fine) to ensure you receive all of the messages from MouseAdventure.

Basic event rules and a final event schedule will be emailed to registered teams closer to the event. While we will be in contact with your entire team by e-mail (if you provide valid e-mail addresses for your teammates when you register), it is the responsibility of the Team Captain (the person registering the team) to make sure that all members of their team review the rules and schedule. Please make sure to review the rules well before the event, so that any questions may be addressed before game day.

Wheelchair rentals — We regret that we can no longer offer wheelchair rentals to MouseAdventure participants. If a member of your team will require the use of a wheelchair or ECV during the event, you have a few options:

  • Players staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel can rent standard (push) wheelchairs directly from the hotel. Please check with the hotel directly for information about cost and availability. Unfortunately, the hotels do not have scooters (ECVs) available to rent.
  • Players may rent a wheelchair or scooter from Disneyland or DCA once they enter the park. These rentals can only be used in the theme parks, and not be taken back to the hotel after the event.
  • Players may also rent a wheelchair or ECV from an outside company. Some MousePlanet readers recommend Deckert's Medical Supply (714) 542-5607 or OC Medical (714) 956-4690.

Are you game?

We hope all this sounds interesting to you, and you're planning to ante up for MouseAdventure: Card Games! Please read the following details, and make sure you read the registration instructions.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Disneyland Resort

MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild - Advanced is Closed!

MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild - Basic is Closed!

MouseAdventure is a popular and fun quest-based event produced by MousePlanet and held several times a year at one of the Disney Theme Parks.

The signature community event for MousePlanet readers, MouseAdventure is part-scavenger hunt, part-road rally, part-trivia challenge - a team-based competition that guarantees you will never look at the Disney theme parks in the same way again. You'll notice buildings you usually walk past (do you know the address of the Main Street Music Company?), colors you might not have noticed (how many purple cars are there on the Mickey's Fun Wheel?), and little details you didn't even acknowledge (cannonballs on City Hall? You bet - we've seen 'em).

MouseAdventure is usually held twice a year (spring and fall) at the Disneyland Resort in California and once each year (usually fall) at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. MouseAdventure uses various event formats with their own rules and strategies, with puzzle-based "quests" serving as their core.

The Format

MouseAdventure began with a single event format, and over the years we have modified, added, expanded and combined game elements to create a series of unique formats. Some of the most common formats include:

  • Classic — solve a collection of quests, in any order and ranked in difficulty from "A" to "E," and earn points for each correct answer. The team with the highest score wins.
  • Mad Scramble — requires you to correctly solve one quest before starting another. In this format, the team that correctly solves all the quests in the least amount of time wins.
  • The Enchanted Race — sends you on a longer and far more challenging race to the finish line. Due to the difficulty of this event, registration is restricted to returning MouseAdventure teams only.
  • PhotoAdventure — presents a novel twist - every puzzle or task leads you to take a specific photograph inside the park; EyeSpy Adventure incorporates mystery photographs into the classic MouseAdventure quests.
  • MouseAdventure 101 — designed specifically for first-time MouseAdventure teams, MouseAdventure 101 provides a "taste" of MouseAdventure in a shorter event that includes game elements used in past MouseAdventures.
  • Day at the Park — presented a event a week or two after some competitive MouseAdventure event, the Day at the Park event is a non-competitive re-run of the most recent MouseAdventure game using most of the same quests and puzzles. If you're new to MouseAdventure or you just want to play the game without the added pressure of time and competition, this is the event for you.

The Quests

If you love word puzzles, you're in luck: many MouseAdventure quests incorporate an element of popular paper-and-pencil puzzles like word searches, cryptograms, and logic problems. But don't think that you'll be sitting on a park bench all day, because teams travel far and wide both to find clues and to solve the puzzles they lead to. You may need to ride attractions, watch shows and explore far-flung areas of the resort, all the while using your keen observational skills to complete the quest.

In addition to the core quests of each game, a variety of side games add another element to the competition. Teams might receive a sheet of EyeSpy photos and be directed to identify mystery pictures taken within the parks, or be asked to find and obtain a list of scavenger hunt items. A trivia portion is usually optional, but a strong grasp of Disney minutiae can help set your team apart. Some quests may even require you to find, interact with or perform for MouseAdventure crew members!

Since MouseAdventure attracts both die-hard veterans as well as brand new competitors, we usually offer varying levels of difficulty to accommodate those wanting to spend a fun day learning something new about the Disneyland Resort and those who prefer a more intense game (usually returning teams or new teams glutton for punishment).

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Read the rules. Every member of your team should have and review these rules well before the event so any questions can be addressed before game day.

Familiarize youself and your team with the event schedule, so you know where to be and when to be there. Points can be lost by missing important deadlines.

Wear comfortable shoes; your team will walk considerably during the event.

Eat breakfast so you have energy, and can manage with quick snacks during the event.

Although you need only show up with a writing instrument, consider bringing the following in a hands-free backpack (or a hydration pack):

  • Water — a bottle in a holder or hydration pack such as a Camelbak. You can always buy a bottle of water and a bottle carrying strap in the park, but be aware that water is expensive to purchase in the park. Note: Dehydration can lead to a serious medical issue. We expect each player to drink ample amounts of water during the event.
  • Comfortable shoes — make sure they are broken in; never wear brand new shoes.
  • Sunblock — the higher the SPF the better.
  • Writing instrument(s). Pens, pencils, highlighters, markers — you can never be too prepared.
  • Clipboard — your team should have at least one clipboard, although having one clipboard per team member might not hurt. You will be dealing with lots of loose paper and potentially small, easy-to-lose game materials.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hat or visor that provides shade over your eyes.
  • Scratch paper. Some teams also like to bring graph paper. You just never know.
  • Small snacks — raisins, nuts, and energy bars to munch on during the event.
  • Rain poncho or large garbage bag (poke arm holes) — if weather calls for drizzle.
  • Adhesive bandages — if you're prone to blisters on your feet. Consider a proactive measure and put them on your sensitive spots beforehand.

Experience the fun of MouseAdventure on your own with three new MouseAdventure Vacation packets. Each contains a selection of MouseAdventure quests from past events, so you can get a taste of what this MouseAdventure thing is all about, explore a new Disney Resort or theme park, or challenge your friends and family to a little competition between MouseAdventure events.

Disneyland — this packet contains 8 quests from past Disneyland events, including MouseAdventure Musical and MouseAdventure UP All Night.

Disney California Adventure — this packet contains 8 quests from past DCA events, including MouseAdventure: Road Trip and The MouseAdventure Zone.

Walt Disney World — this packet contains 9 quests from the original World Explorers events; two quests each in Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, with three quests in Epcot.

Each copy comes in a spiral bound format for easy use with an answer key in the back. The price is $25.00 per packet, or you can purchase all three for $60.00

Quests may be modified from their original event format to permit them to be solved outside the confines of the live event. We also can't guarantee how long any particular quest will continue to work as we wrote it — as MouseAdventure players know, the frequent changes within the parks can render specific puzzles insolvable or nonsensical at any time. We encourage you to use these packets to get a taste of MouseAdventure between events, but not to look at them as a replacement for participating in a live event. We thing there's something special about competing against 700 or more players inside a Disney theme park that can't be recreated in a spiral-bound book of puzzles.

We've also limited purchases to 4 packets per purchase so that you can play with friends and family, but not to hold your own large event. If you have a large party that would like to do something like MouseAdventure, please get in touch with us and we're happy to tailor a private event for your group.

Click the link below to order. Packets will be shipped once a week, so delivery may take up to 2 weeks; all orders will be shipped first class or Priority mail.

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