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Alex Stroup, event coordinator/editor

MouseAdventure, Fall 2003

Once again, our biggest event ever; and just as fun!

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
by Alex Stroup


Over 270 players, and 84 teams participated. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Once again, we begin our event recap with the same fact: this was the biggest MouseAdventure ever, with six additional teams and over 30 people to our previous high for this sold-out event. But the increasing crowd doesn't seem to diminish the excitement with which the teams enter into the spirit of the game.


Children of the Candy Corn, a team that always gets noticed. Photo by Jeff Moxley.

MouseAdventure is a full work day, and not just for the staff. Sign-in began at 9:45, and most teams did not head home until well after 5:00 p.m. It's a long, hard day of playing, but hopefully all the teams left having had one of their best times ever at Disney's California Adventure (DCA) park—even if the sun had somehow moved millions of miles closer to Earth.


This team is searching, unsuccessfully, for a very specific window, hidden behind a very specific tree. Photo by Todd Regan.

By 11:30, team photos had been taken, instructions had been given, and teams were on their way. For the next three hours, they would be sent all over DCA to solve various puzzles and find things they'd probably never noticed before. At Grizzly River Run, they're scheduled to sing “Disco Inferno”every night at 7:30. There is a hitchhiking deer in the Mulholland Madness mural. When printed in black and white, the nose of a pink dinosaur can be confused for that of a cow.


Teamwork is always of the essence at MouseAdventure. More than one group has told us how much they've learned about working together after an event. Photo by Todd Regan.

Side Games

The popular “Eye Spy” element returned yet again, in a different format. After your faithful organizer made a terrible printing blunder, we were forced to used substandard black-and-white copies. It just goes to show how knowledgable some of our players are that many teams still recorded solid scores in this section.

Teams also learned again just how hard it is to find a face in the crowd. This time around, MousePlanet staff writer Shoshana Lewin was left to wander Paradise Pier in her mouse-eared mortarboard, wondering how many teams would notice her.


One team finds Shoshana and gets their bonus points. Photo by Jeff Moxley.

Another game had teams seeking out the autograph of a Disney character. One team reported that Mickey was very eager to help them, but the big hands and lack of talking proved an impediment.


Team 67 gets a Mickey autograph. Photo by Jeff Moxley.

In all, teams visited five parts of DCA and attempted to solve 11 quests, find six scavenger hunt items, find Shoshana, identify 16 EyeSpy photos, and decided whether to gamble for some bonus points. About half the teams are truly dedicated players and added 70 trivia questions to all of this. We at MousePlanet cannot convey how amazed and pleased we are at the number of people that come out and play our game every time.


The prizes included books, videos, music, collectibles and more. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix

By 4:30, the results were a bit late and the crowd had reconvened in the picnic area to learn the outcome. Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, as always, stepped into the breach and began raffling off some amazing prizes. Many received calendars, but one truly lucky team walked off with a stack of 20-something Soarin' Over California Fastpass tickets. Don't try to tell us that won't be worth a fortune on eBay some day.


The crowd goes crazy as Adrienne announces the raffle of napkins from Pizza Oom Mow Mow (just kidding). Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Eventually, however, the results were tallied and we could get down to the important business of letting people go home.


Team Spirit Award: The Great Muppet Caper


First Place – Quests and Trivia: Brother Bears - 692 points


Second Place – Quests and Trivia: Team 68 - 687 points


Third Place – Quests and Trivia: Team 89 - 667 points


First Place – Quests Only: the-mouse.com - 640 points

the-mouse.com joined the Denton Affair in an exclusive club by capturing its fourth first–place victory. In recognition of its repeated success, the team is now a “MouseAdventure Master” and retired from competition. As MouseAdventure Masters, the team is invited to participate in future MouseAdventure events without charge and to set a benchmark for other teams to aspire to.


Second Place (TIE) – Quests Only: MaliBOOmers - 565 points


Second Place (TIE) – Quests Only: Team 31 - 565 points

As always, MouseAdventure would never happen without the tireless work of the dedicated MousePlanet staff, and a few special helpers. Kevin Krock, Lani Teshima, Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix, Andrew Rich, and Alex Stroup wrote and edited the game materials. Sheila Hagen, Jeff Moxley, Ed and Lisa Perkis, Andrew Rich, Rae, and Ashley helped to test the game. All of those, plus Adrienne Krock, Tony Phoenix, Jennifer Rich, Bill Catherall, and Todd Regan were invaluable on game day.

We look forward to seeing many of you again in the spring for our next MouseAdventure event, when we'll be returning to Disneyland Park.

Thanks, from all of us.


Team Results | Team Photos


Contact Alex Stroup here.
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EVENT PREPARATION

Teams walk a lot during the event. If you are not used to walking for extended periods, get yourself in shape beforehand. Walk at least three times a week, and wear old, comfortable shoes with good treads for the event to avoid blisters.

Make sure you get some breakfast in the morning. Although caffeine may help you wake up in the morning, you might want to avoid it (caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing you to need more bathroom breaks).

PACKING TIPS

Although you need only show up with a writing instrument, the following is a helpful list. Consider packing everything into a backpack (or a hydration pack) so your hands are free:

• Water bottle in a holder or hydration pack such as a Camelbak (you will not want to waste time buying soda)
• Comfortable shoes
• Sunblock (the higher the SPF the better)
• Writing instrument
• Clipboard
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Water bottle
• Scratch paper
• Small snacks (raisins, nuts)
• Water bottle
• Rain poncho or large garbage bag (poke arm holes) if weather calls for drizzle); umbrellas just get in the way
• Bandages for blisters

PARTICIPATING W/ KIDS

Are you a parent who is considering registering for MouseAdventure? The following may help you decide whether to bring your children with you.

If you want to bring your children, consider registering and playing leisurely just for the fun of it, since you want to make sure to allow for potty breaks, diaper changes, and periodic breaks.

MouseAdventure lasts all afternoon, and your children will have to wander around the park without going on any rides until after the event. Consider this and your children's demeanor.

The Trivia category may require an extended period of sitting while you concentrate on the exercise, so your children may feel ignored and get bored.

The extra amount of work involved in doing both the Trivia and Quests activities is such that you might want to consider doing just the Quests.

If you have a child small enough to ride in a stroller, find a friend or a sitter to watch that child while you participate, or decide which parent will participate, and which will be the sitter. You will be moving non-stop through the park to get everything done, and a stroller will slow your entire team down.

For more information and advice for parents by Adrienne Krock, visit her “Parenting in the Park” column.

KEEP US RUNNING!

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