MouseAdventure Sugar Rushby Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
If you happened to be in Disney California Adventure last Sunday, October 26, and saw groups of people sporting bright yellow lanyards, colorful T-shirts and a look of intense concentration, you were watching some of our MouseAdventure Sugar Rush teams in action. Over 600 players came out for a day of puzzles and trivia, and for once, the weather cooperated by providing an absolutely beautiful Southern California day for our teams to enjoy.
MouseAdventure Sugar Rush used our "Mad Scramble" game format, which meant teams had to solve (or skip) each quest before moving on to the next one. Some of our teams consider this to be the most challenging event format we offer, with others say it's their favorite type of game. Teams chose to compete in the Basic division and solve 10 quests (each named for a different race car driver from Wreck It Ralph), while those wanting an even greater challenge could take their chances at the Advanced division, with three additional quests to solve in an "extra lap." All teams also had a packet of Sweet Trivia to solve during the day.
After our usual sign-in and orientation session at the Paradise Pier Hotel ballroom on Sunday morning, we sent teams into Disney California Adventure to pick up their first quest packet at one of five "scatter" locations around the park. Unlike our usual point-based games, MouseAdventure Sugar Rush was an entirely timed event, with teams attempting to complete their quests in the shortest amount of time.
After the game ended at 4:00 p.m., MouseAdventure's crack "Team Red Pen" raced back to the Paradise Pier Hotel to calculate the final adjusted times for each team. The players reconvened at the Paradise Pier Hotel Ballroom at 5:00 p.m. for a dessert buffet and question-and-answer session with the event producers before the official announcement of the winners.
For those who didn't attend the post-game festivities, we've provided a full recap of the quests, along with the winners of each division and adjusted finish times for every team. We've also included a survey for players to help us gauge interest in various aspects of the event and gather feedback for future events.
Quests | Photos | Results | Acknowledgements | Survey | Personal Edition | Upcoming Events
Definitely the most challenging quest in the event, teams were sent into A Bug's Land to look for items identified only by their packaging weights. Once teams identified each item, they used indexing to pull specific letters from each name. The letters corresponded to a specific candy in the provided Candy Gram. Teams then used the letters to decode the final question.
Read in the correct order (in this case, from top to bottom then left to right), the question asked for the type of horseshoe oats in Cowboy Crunchies cereal. Teams had to visit the entrance of "a bug's land" to answer the question.
- Correct answer – Oven toasted.
What would a candy-themed game be without a real game of Candy Land? We asked teams to find objects in Hollywood Land, and write down the number of that object's place in the associated grouping. For example, the letter "L" from the Cahuenga Building sign was the 12th letter in the series.
Each object was associated with a different Candy Land card. Once teams found all of the items, they played the associated cards in order to move around a provided Candy Land board. To receive credit for this quest, teams showed us the square they landed on once they ran out of cards.
- Correct answer – The green square immediately below the Peanut Brittle house.
Buena Vista Street
We gave teams three sheets with lettered squares representing the light-, mid-, and dark-colored tiles of the Buena Vista Street fountain, and asked them to match the squares to the actual tiles around the top row of the fountain. Teams then crossed off each tile as they matched it, and used the associated letter to help form a question.
Read in the correct order, the letters formed a question asking how many Nemo's Frolicking Fish could be purchased for 10 cents at Trolley Treats. Teams. Team then needed to find a candy-vending machine prop inside the store, and also realize that each pack of 40 Frolicking Fish was 5 cents.
- Correct answer – 80.
We sent teams into the Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to examine the honeycomb-like brick arrangements. Teams had to find nine specific bricks within the pictured groupings, and unscramble specific letters taken from those bricks to identify a question. Properly solved, the question was "Name of book Goofy is reading." The answer was found on banners throughout the Esplanade.
- Correct answer – The Art of Flight.
Teams were sent through Condor Flats to find a series of 12 words and phrases, and fill in the provided blanks. We started the teams off with just the Ms from each word, represented by color-coded M&M candies. Once they found all of the correct phrases—no easy task since there were multiple correct answers for some of the lines—they then unscrambled the highlighted letters to form a three-word phrase, "they really pop." The answer is found on the popcorn cart in Condor Flats.
- Correct answer – Our Ears.
Teams had to search the Grizzly Peak area to find 10 phrases. We provided the blanks, and the conjunction found in each phrase. Teams then used the specified letters to identify an item found in Grizzly Peak. For the final answer, we asked teams for the cost of that item. While probably more popular on warmer days, "cold showers," as advertised on a sign across from Rushin' River Outfitters, are 5 cents.
- Correct answer – 5c.
Teams were sent around Paradise Pier to look for quotes or catch phrases from five restaurants or snack stands, and then return to the MouseAdventure Pit Stop with that information. When they returned, teams were given a set of plastic toy gears coded with letters, and instructed to use the gears to decode their final question.
The decoded question read, "What is fun in the sun for everyone?" The answer could be found on the area sign near Ariel's Grotto, and also on the parade gate near Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
- Correct answer – Paradise Pier.
We thought that returning MouseAdventure players would suspect something was amiss when we gave them a sheet of difficult- or impossible-to-count items in the Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction, including the number of spinning starfish in the "Under the Sea" scene (there are 50, in case you're curious). Still, every team took our questions seriously, and boarded the ride prepared to count every requested seahorse, frog, and crab.
For most teams, the true nature of the quest became apparent when they entered the "Under the Sea" scene, and the newly installed black lights in the room illuminated a message stamped in ultraviolet ink on their quest paper. Other teams had to ride several times before they noticed the writing. The stamp began, "Math is hard!", and instructed teams to simply provide the name of the ride vehicle for their final answer. The sign at the attraction entrance contains the requested name.
- Correct answer – Slow moving clamshell.
The stamp also noted that this was a hidden quest, but not the hidden quest.
Teams were asked to answer eight multiple-choice questions in the Pacific Wharf area, and use a grid corresponding to their answer to draw a maze. Teams then had to navigate through the maze, using numbers along the path to decode their final question. We asked for the phonetic spelling of Pinot Grigio; the answer is on a sign near the Blue Sky Cellar.
- Correct answer – PEE-no-GREE-joe
Now that the lines have died down somewhat for Radiator Springs Racers, it was time to finally use the scenic overlook signs found in the ride's extended queue. Teams had to find each location identified on the maps, and use those words to solve a large word-search puzzle.
The remaining letters in the word search told teams to draw a copy of...
- Correct answer – The Radiator Springs Chamber of Commerce logo.
- Correct incorrect answer – Many teams drew the Radiator Springs logo, and drew the Chamber of Commerce version.
The word-search grid also contained one of two fake hidden quests. Some of the remaining letters read, "this is not the hidden quest, keep looking."
Hidden Quest (20-minute credit)
Only one team found the hidden quest in this event, so we clearly hid it too well. The first letter of each trivia question, read in order, formed the question, "What is next stop for Trolley Treats." The answer is in the shop window.
- Correct answer – Candy Mountain
After completing the 10 basic quests, Advanced teams received a coded "glitch" instruction sheet, and had to decrypt the message to receive instructions on how to proceed with the game. During the "second lap" portion of the event, Advanced teams could split up and send players individually around the park to gather data, but the whole team had to be present to submit each completed quest.
Winchel and Duncan
Teams were asked to solve a classic logic puzzle involving the snack preferences of the goats of Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch petting farm.
- Correct answer – Leota ordered a Regular Swirl Soft Serve Cone from Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co., and rode Grizzly River Run.
This deceptively simply quest could be solved without ever stepping off of the Red Car Trolley track. Teams were given a list of 14 phrases to complete in Hollywood Land and Buena Vista Street. Using specified letters from those answers, teams decoded a cryptogram containing another phrase found in the same area. We asked teams to complete that phrase for their final answer.
The phrase was part of a shipping label found on a crate in the Tower of Terror Fastpass distribution area.
- Correct answer – Maintenance.
The ability to split up came in especially handy during this quest, as we sent teams in both directions around Grizzly Peak to find the numerical answers to eight questions. We told them that each set of numbers was the combination to one of a pair of lockers, and they would need to open both lockers to retrieve part of their final puzzle.
Once teams had both sheets of paper, they had to place one sheet on top of the other, and hold them both to a light to read the final question. The question asked in which letter of the welcome to Cars Land billboard was the Cozy Cone depicted.
- Correct answer – R.
All team photos, plus a collection of candid (in-game) photos are hosted on our Google+ page. Click any album cover below to open the album in a new browser tab. You can leave comments on photos, download your favorites and even order professional prints.
Results for MouseAdventure Sugar Rush were announced at the closing festivities on Sunday night, October 26. We recognized the top three teams in the Returning Teams category, and the top team in each of the New Team and Family Team categories (Family teams include at least one player under 13). Winning teams received a prize package of Disney books, DVDs, collectibles, and candy. The winning teams, and their adjusted finish times, are:
Best New Team – Basic
A team is eligible to compete in the New Team category if more than half (two players out of a two-player team; two out of a three-player team; three out of a four-player team) of their players are new to MouseAdventure. With some returning teams having as many as 20 events under their belts, we want to give new players a fighting chance to reach the winner's circle. There were 14 teams in the New Teams category for this event. The winning team is:
Best Family Team – Basic
A team is eligible to compete in the Family Teams category if they have one or more players age 13 or younger. There were 11 in this category for this event. The winning team is:
MouseAdventure Masters are those teams who, after taking first-place honors in any competitive division three times, are honored with retirement from future competitions. MouseAdventure Masters teams can participate in future events at no charge, and help serve as a benchmark for up-and-coming teams to measure against.
Two Masters teams participated in the advanced division of this event. Their times are as follows:
- Heffatooies. Time: 1:47pm
- New Orleans Squares. Time: 3:49pm
We love the creativity shown by our MouseAdventure teams in creating unique team shirts every event, and players really embraced the Sugar Rush theme in their designs. We held separate voting for staff and fan favorite. You can view all of the team T-shirt designs on our MousePad discussion forum.
- Staff Favorite – Going Turbo
- Fan Favorite – Club 34
(In alphabetical order and hopefully not omitting anyone)
- Event Producers – Adrienne V-P, Joe.
- Writers – Adrienne V-P, Jen H, Joe, Kevin, Shoshana.
- MouseAdventure Event Staff – Adrienne K, Alex, Amanda, David, Lani, Steph, Tony.
- MouseAdventure Volunteer Event Crew – Chris, Helga, Jen H, Ken, Kevin B, Linda, Leon, Matthew, Teresa.
- Special thanks to the event staff at Disney's Paradise Pier hotel and the staff at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Plaza Hotel.
We're always working to make MouseAdventure better and more fun for our teams. There are some big changes in the works for future events, and your feedback is especially important as we start planning for 2015 and beyond.
After every MouseAdventure, we always have lots of people asking if they can buy a copy of the game so that they can play on their own. Some people want a chance to go back and do the things they missed. Others were unable to join us on the day of the event and want to see what they missed. For various reasons we can't offer copies of the event just played, but we have put together a Personal Edition comprising several fun quests from past events. Note, though, that Disney parks are ever-changing places and we can't guarantee how far into the future a particular quest will continue to work.
Each copy will come in a spiral bound format for easy use with an answer key in the back providing some explanation of the puzzles, the correct answers, and how you should have found those answers. The price is $25 per packet and you can purchase up to four, so that you can play with friends or compete as two two-player teams. Orders will be shipped once a week, so delivery may take up to 2 weeks; all orders will be shipped first class mail.
We post MouseAdventure updates in our weekly Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Updates, as well as on the front page of our site. We also strongly encourage you to sign up for our MouseAdventure mailing list to receive updates about future events as they are announced. 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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