MiceAge/MiceChat’s 15th anniversary and Gumball Rally are now in the history books, and what an amazing celebration it was! If you were able to join us for the cocktail reception, Gumball Rally and/or Disneyland Day of Play, or even if you just followed along online, we sincerely thank you. Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that we put this site online. We have made so many friendships in that time, met so many legends, and sailed the seven seas, but one thing truly stands out – through all these years we have grown into a most unique and wonderful family. We love you and thank you for your support!
Let’s take a quick look at the weekend that was and share the results of a most impressive Gumball Rally:
This photo says it all. . . Anniversary was special this year as hundreds and hundreds of you showed up for a long weekend of events.
Cocktail Reception and Panels – Feb 2nd
The Anaheim Hotel hosted us on Friday night in their new wedding garden for a lovely cocktail reception with Disney Imagineers, Jungle Cruise skippers and celebrated Disney authors. We sold the event out and then added an additional 50 of you!!!
The patio is now available for weddings and events. We asked for it to be set up with reception space, two bars, a theater and stage.
MiceChat’s celebrity author, David Koenig, hosted a panel of ex-Jungle Cruise skippers. It was simply amazing. Then they stuck around to sign autographs and books!
We also had beloved authors David Marley, Dave Bossert, and Mindy Johnson!
One of the highlights of the evening was the legendary Garner Holt (Animatronics wizard) interviewing the grand lady of Imagineering, Tania Norris. Tania was hired by Walt Disney to work on New Orleans Square. She ended up doing most of the design work for Club 33 and Plaza Inn as well as designing several of the Disney family’s personal residences!
Tania brought a photo of herself with Walt Disney taken in front of the plane she designed the interior for. She was such a gracious and delightful guest. And kudos to Garner Holt for bringing her to MiceChat Anniversary to meet with the Disney fans for the very first time!
And presto, just a few hours after we were done cleaning up the Cocktail Party, we had to be in the Anaheim Hotel’s ballroom for Gumball Rally check-in!
Pastries, fruit and coffee for the general admission guests and a full plated breakfast for the VIP ticketed guests.
All ages compete in the Rally. It’s rarely the team you think is going to win that actually does.
Dusty explains the rules while the teams follow along. Essentially . . . ride attractions and answer questions to prove you rode them. The team with the most completed attractions at the end of the day (in the shortest time possible) wins!
Then we walked the teams over to the La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney to pass out their game books. Nearly 400 people waited while their team captains gathered the books.
This year’s books were inspired by the 60th anniversary of the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Alice herself wrote many of the questions in her own unique style. Curious.
The Team Are Unleashed
Our very own Hastin Zylstra created another amazing game show to entertain the teams while we were waiting for the scores. And from the hooting and hollering, it sure looks like they had a great time!
Best Team Logo:
Best Team Name:
“Olaf With Her Head”
Team Spirit Award:
Gumball Rally Traditions Award:
The Davison Family
1st Place in the Gumball Rally
Top 3 Teams:
Top 10 Teams:
Results through 75th place. If you don’t see your name below, you placed below 75th place – but keep on playing, who knows, you might just win the whole thing next year!
(While we can’t answer questions about individual scores in the comments below, if you have questions, please contact [email protected])
|Place Team # Team Name
|1||281||Red Rose Painters|
|3||231||From The Land Behind The Eyes|
|5||235||Axes of Power|
|6||246||Pink Striped And Filled With Advice|
|8||214||Bibbidi Boppidi Booze|
|10||238||Painting The Gumballs Red|
|12||366||Watch Us Whip & Win|
|13||287||Mushu’s Merciless Mercenaries|
|14||499||We’re All Mad Here (Kim Schull)|
|15||201||To MARS and Beyond!|
|16||288||Los Disney Hermanos|
|18||284||Skip The Drama Stay With Mama!|
|20||278||Gotta Ride ‘Em All!|
|21||230||We’re All Mad Here (Matt Bunn)|
|22||280||OMG It’s Our Princesses…Down The Rabbit Hole|
|23||341||We’re All Mad Here (James Jackson)|
|24||338||The Famed Arts & Crafts Movement|
|25||245||The Tweedles – Dee & Dumber|
|26||283||Powered by Pixie Dust|
|27||234||Jack & Sally|
|28||261||Peculiar Little Figures|
|29||202||Off With Their Ears!|
|30||334||We’ve been DINAH meet you|
|32||254||Very Merry Unbirthday Party of 2|
|35||229||The Cheshire Chasers|
|36||279||No, YOU’RE Tweedle Dum|
|38||255||French Toast Mafia|
|41||321||Too Late, Too Late, These Rides Have Met Their Fate|
|43||285||Smells Like Team Spirit|
|46||248||Crop Dusting Park Hoppers|
|47||257||Yas’ Gay Old Time|
|48||232||Curiouser & Curiouser|
|49||222||Dodgers in Disneyland|
|50||466||Absolem’s Midnight Raiders|
|52||220||Purveyors of Impossible Things…|
|53||275||Ron & Chris|
|54||241||TEAm TEA parTEAm|
|55||335||Sisters in Wonderland|
|56||481||Olaf With Her Head|
|57||243||As Lost As Alice|
|58||340||The Tweedles 3: Mum, He and She|
|60||240||The Mad Madam Mims (Marney Dragoo)|
|61||215||Go Ask Alice (I Think She’ll Know)|
|62||462||4 Mr. Meeseeks|
|65||422||The Evil Queens|
|67||333||The California Adventurers|
|68||473||Snow White Walkers|
|69||292||TEA for 2|
|71||282||5 O’Clock Escape to Wonderland|
|74||337||Harold’s Riding Royals|
|75||260||Trader Sam’s Clams|
We had staff and former prize winners help announce the results this year.
We Couldn’t Have Done It Without . . .
We are blessed with an absolutely amazing team of volunteers. While there isn’t time or space to thank them all, this little video thanks the primary crew and sponsors who produced this year’s event:
The Gumball Rally is a very expensive event for us to run. While we charge for the event, what we pass on to you is just a portion of the larger total. But thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we are able to produce the event and keep the prices as low as possible so more folks can afford to play.
Please join us in thanking the following AMAZING sponsors:
Next Gumball Event
The next Gumball Rally will be here before you know it. We may even offer a mini event in the Fall. And MiceChat is always planning meetups, panel discussions, scavenger hunts, trips and more. Please be sure to add your name to the mailing list below so you don’t miss out:
YOU are the reason we do this. You are the heart and soul of MiceChat.com. Happy Anniversary and thank you for the most amazing 15 years of friendship and fun in the parks!!! We can’t wait to get started on the next 15.
With love and thanks,
Dusty and the MiceAge/MiceChat crew
P.S. Many of the above photos can be found in larger sizes by going here – https://photomatt.smugmug.com/Gumball-Rally-2018/