Some of you may have seen previous blogs of photo scavenger hunts I put together for my son at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both of those were based off this one that I put together for coworkers for a team builder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
I removed 4 items that were specific to our team. Feel free to substitute your own to get it up to 100. This same list was used at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, pretty successfully as well.
Welcome to the DAK Photo Safari. In this safari, you will be documenting your experience with photographs of possibly difficult things to find around the park. It will require a great attention to detail. If possible, try to capture at least one member of your safari group in each picture. None of these photos will require you to ride a ride. To be successful, some subjects may require a little creativity, but don’t bring anything from the list into the park with you.
- Henson characters
- An animal in a habitat where it doesn’t belong
- Someone in mid-jump in front of the entry to a new land
- Three boats
- A car built before 1970.
- A Coca Cola sign in another language.
- A brass drinking fountain
- A celebration button
- A Mickey Mouse balloon
- A Cast Member performing a magic moment, take 5 or going above and beyond.
- An Airstream trailer
- A castle
- A crate
- A barrel
- A hero
- A bell larger than your head
- A footprint larger than your head
- A golden trowel
- A waterfall
- A Christmas greeting from a previous decade
- A payphone
- An attraction queue with two stories
- A frying pan
- Lost and Found
- A child too large to be in a stroller, in a stroller
- A moose
- A squirrel
- A basketball hoop
- A jukebox
- Something healthy
- An airplane
- A hotel
- Something Hawaiian
- A quarter in a fountain
- Food that can’t be bought in the park
- Something from Florida in California / Something from California in Florida
- Non-American currency
- Mosaic tiles
- Ropes holding something up
- Ropes holding something down
- A stroller parking sign
- A sign that prohibits something
- Two trashcans that look different in the same photo
- Something in a merchandise shop that costs less than a dollar
- Something in a merchandise shop that costs more than $500
- Something labeled “Limited Edition.”
- Guests studying a map
- A typographical error
- An upside-down tree
- A flag from another country
- A fireplace
- A wait time posting more than 30 minutes
- A clock mounted to a wall
- A member of the team using a drum
- Flowers in bloom
- An island
- Something Olympic
- A fish
- Snow, not on a mountain
- A pirate
- A princess
- A pineapple
- A sponge
- A starfish
- A Guest wearing socks with sandals
- A hidden Mickey
- A Guest wearing neon colors
- A Guest doing something they should not be doing
- A Guest who looks like a celebrity
- A Cast Member doing something they should not be doing
- Spilled popcorn
- A Mickey Mouse sticker
- Someone wearing a rain poncho
- A working fountain
- A bird bath
- A bird eating people food
- One of the seven dwarfs
- A family photo
- Something hiding
- Something camouflaged
- Something with 8 legs
- The king
- A net holding something
- “Thank you” in another language.
- Something from Australia
- A character that cannot sign his/her name with a pen
I’ve read most of the novels John Varley has written, so when I saw Slow Apocalypse, I wanted to read it. If you’re a fan of Varley, this may not be the book for you. It is very unlike his other books at a macro level, though there are some familiar threads (Red Lightning deals with the after effects of a disaster).
When I read the synopsis on Amazon, it seemed to be the setup for a Tom Clancy like thrilled. This is not a book like that. It is much more similar to a disaster story, like you might see in a movie, but as the title implies, the story unfolds much more slowly. I think the book takes a very literal and methodical approach to describing what would happen in the hours, days, and months after devastating catastrophes.
This is the story for my submission for the Baby Rabies Inappropriate Elf 2012 Contest. Voting starts on December 7th! I’m #27. If you enjoy this, please vote!!
Twas the month before Christmas, we welcomed to our house
An elf named Petraeus who was quite a louse.
He fell for his biographer, while she was making her edits
And then this general was betrayed by his privates.
Now we know why she called the book “Elf In.”
They had an affair, an illicit liaison
But now we know why she called the book “Elf In.”
He lost his CIA job and was out on his own
Until Santa found him and threw him a bone.
Santa took pity on Petraeus and brought him forth
To lead his elfen spies based far to the north. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I posted a Magic Kingdom Photo Scavenger Hunt that I did with my son. This weekend, we wanted to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, so I put together another scavenger hunt for him for the rest of the day.
The rules remained pretty much the same as last time:
Welcome to Alexander’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Photo Scavenger Hunt. In this scavenger hunt, you will be documenting your experience with photographs of possibly difficult things to find around the park. If possible, try to capture at least one member of your group in each picture. None of these photos will require you to ride a ride, though you may find some of the objectives in a ride. To be successful, some subjects may require a little creativity, but don’t bring anything from the list into the park with you.
My son and I had the opportunity to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks ago. I got the tickets last minute, so I had four hours to throw together costumes for the party. My son and I had previously talked about Gravity Falls characters, and knowing that the Wreck It Ralph costumes would be outside our reach in the limited time I had, I was able to make my son into a pretty good Dipper Pines, and myself into a passable Grunkle Stan.
While we were at Not So Scary, we saw a few other people dressed as Dipper and his sister Mabel, but I didn’t see another Grunkle Stan that night.
Overall, I think they turned out pretty good for the time/resources I had.
For my son’s Dipper costume, I found the vest jacket at Ross in the kid’s section for about $10. The hat is a plain white hat I found at Michael’s for $2.99. (One of the Mabels we saw made her brother’s Dipper costume and said she found a plain white trucker hat at Walmart.) The red t-shirt was $4 at Target, and the grey shorts were $12 at Target (but those can be worn all the time, so it was a good buy). The book is a faux leather journal that I glued the 3 hand to.
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Tagged costumes, dipper, disney, gravity falls, grunkle, halloween party, mabel, mickey's not so scary, mystery shack, pines, sous, stan
Yesterday, the fine folks at The Disney Parks Blog organized a Family Game Day Meet-Up at DisneyQuest with a preview screening of Wreck It Ralph. I was fortunate enough to be invited along with a friend from Twitter and her husband.
If you’re unfamiliar with DisneyQuest, it’s 5 floors and 100,000 square feet of video games and interactive attractions, like CyberSpace Mountain, where you can design a rollercoaster, and then ride it in a simulator with 360 degrees of movement (coaster with 13 loops FTW!).
For the upcoming release of Wreck It Ralph, they’ve added 7 arcade cabinets of Fix It Felix, Jr., the game from where Ralph comes. There was a long line to play these games, and while there’s a cluster of six on the 3rd floor, there’s a “hidden” one on the 4th floor, among the kiddie games.
I’m sure I could talk about the Lego building area that was set up that my son loved, or the Wreck It Ralph cupcakes that they had available, or the cool swag we got in the form of hero medals, or the contests that they had for playing the games.
But we all know you just want a review of Wreck It Ralph. Is it worth seeing? Is it worth seeing on the opening weekend?
Yes and yes!
My son and I got to see parts of the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom as they are doing their dress rehearsal. This is their soft opening while they test and adjust the attractions, food and merchandise. Almost everything was up and running except the Be Our Guest restaurant, though they let us walk in to see how it looks. This new area of the Magic Kingdom opens officially December 6th.
We had Le Fou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern, which is apple juice slush with Monin Toasted Marshmallow syrup and topped with a passion fruit foam, and a pork shank, which will probably be as popular as the ubiquitous turkey leg. It’s a pretty hearty meal, and well fit for Gaston’s.
The Enchanting Tales with Belle experience is what every character meet and greet should be. Ariel’s Grotto was done well so that there is plenty of individual time with everyone’s favorite mermaid. The Under the Sea ride is solid, with good audio animatronics, but the queue is awesome.
The attention to detail in the whole land is wonderful, with surprises to see everywhere you look. Along with the already-open Storybook Circus, the new additions to the Magic Kingdom really make you wish every part of the parks were as detailed and lush. The adjacent Tomorrowland could use a tender loving makeover with a fine bristled brush.
Here’s a slideshow of our New Fantasyland experience. The pictures are on Facebook, too, with captions. And, a few were posted on the very awesome Disney Food Blog.