MiceChat’s 2017 Gumball Rally Has Concluded
Photos and results will be posted later this week. Please stay tuned for a big announcement about next year’s event!
. . . Avast thar be squalls ahead and thundering pirates waiting to board . . .
Who can ride the most attractions at the Disneyland Resort in a single day? Could it be you? Let’s find out!
There is only one event in the world of Disney fandom which holds the status of the legendary . . . MiceChat Gumball Rally. It is a full day adventure through Disneyland AND California Adventure to see how many attractions you can ride in a single day. Sound easy? It isn’t. However, we are told over and over again that this was the most fun our attendees have ever had in the parks.
2 Great Parks 1 Amazing Day – How Many Attractions Can You Ride? Let’s Find Out!!!
And be warned, pirates have invaded the 2017 Gumball Rally. If you be ready to face a pirates curse . . . proceed!
- Compete in teams of 2, 3, or 4 people.
- You don’t have to be a trivia buff, ride warrior, or theme park nerd to play. The game is designed to put everyone on a level playing field.
- You can play at the speed that you like. Take it easy or tear through the park. It’s up to you.
- For one low price you get breakfast, the game, the awards party complete with entertainment. (admission into the parks is not included)
- Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 10th place, Best Team Logo, Best Team Name, and Spirit of MiceChat Award. There are plenty of chances to win!
There is simply no better way to challenge yourself, what you think you know about Disneyland, and have a fantastic time with your family and friends (whether you win or not).
Is it fun?
You need only ask previous competitors to know that this is one event that you won’t want to miss! Assemble your family and friends and get ready for a day of fun you’ll never forget.
Over the years, we have conducted the Gumball Rally event at Disneyland in California and at Walt Disney World in Florida. But, wherever the race is held, it is ALWAYS an amazing day of fun, friendship, and teamwork. People of all ages can participate in the Gumball Rally. Whether you are playing to win or just to spend a day in the park with your friends and family, you’ll be glad you joined the fun.
The Gumball Rally is fun for the whole family, but it is also a challenging event. You’ll race through Disneyland for a long day in your quest for glory. Along the way, you’ll discover aspects of the Disney Parks you may never have noticed before. One lucky team will walk away with the Gumball Rally Trophy.
MiceChat’s Gumball Rally is a uniquely fun event that nearly ANYONE can participate in. Being a Disney nut may make it more fun for you, but anyone can compete and do well in this event. You don’t need to come to the event knowing any Disney or Theme Park trivia. But you’ll learn a lot about the parks throughout the day. Thousands of people of all ages and all walks of life from all over the world have participated in the Gumball Rally since our first in2006. We are inviting you to join the fun in May and become part of Gumball Rally history!
We have great swag this year. Be sure to pre-order yours today as there are only 100 each of the t-shirt and pin!
The Pizza Press
The major sponsor for the 2017 Gumball Rally is the amazing Pizza Press at The Anaheim Hotel, across the street from Disneyland on Harbor Blvd.
Join us the night before the Gumball Rally for a special Pizza Party and to pick up your packet early. The Pizza Press is also the perfect place to recover after the Rally with a custom pizza made just for you (and a beer too, it helps numb your aching feet!). Pizza Press is really the best pizza you’ve ever had (even better than mama makes) and is always just across the street from Disneyland waiting for you to drop in.
Fairy Godmother Travel
Your friendly neighborhood Fairy Godmother assists you with all of your theme park travel. Did you know that using a travel agent doesn’t cost you anything extra and usually helps you save the maximum amount of money on your trips? It’s true! It take a little magic to make a vacation special. Consult Fairy Godmother Travel today: Email [email protected]
Book a stay at the Anaheim Hotel!
The Anaheim Hotel is offering a VERY special rate to our event guests. Please call 714-772-5900 and ask for the special “MiceChat Gumball Rally Discount.” Those staying at The Anaheim Hotel will get free parking on Rally Day, the perfect accommodations for your Gumball Rally weekend as our Launch, award party and pasta parties are all hosted at The Anaheim Hotel and/or its Pizza Press Restaurant this year. Stay and play!
Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
The HoJo Anaheim has been a sponsor of the Gumball Rally from the very beginning. With t
he celebration of Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th Anniversary, HoJo has stuffed your game packet with some very special pirate swag. They’d like to remind you that they have their very own pirate themed water playground for the little ones. When you book your stay at the HoJo using the MiceChat discount code, you save at least 15% on your room: MiceChat HoJo Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground discount page HERE
The lovely Hotel Indigo (near the corner of Harbor and Katella) is MiceChat’s newest sponsor. Their beautiful rooms and amazing guest amenities make them an ideal place to call home for your Disneyland vacations. The Hotel Indigo has donated lots of great prizes to the Gumball Rally and has worked behind the scenes to give us space for event planning! For 10% off, call 714-772-7755 and ask for the MiceChat rate.
Pizza Press Party – Friday, June 5th – 7pm to 9pm
Join us at the Pizza Press (at The Anaheim Hotel) the night before the Rally for a pre-Rally dinner and social hour. Pre-Register your team a night early, get a 25% discount on food and beverage with your Gumball Rally registration, and be the first to see the Gumball Rally trophy! Write us at [email protected] to let us know you are coming and we’ll prepare your team packet and have it waiting for you!
Other Gumball Discussions to explore:
- 2017 Best Team Name and Logo Contest
- Who’s the fastest rider in Disneyland? – OC Register
- Teams thrill to Disney challenge – OC Register
- Gumball Rally ’15 Results – Who won last year’s events
- Gumball Rally ’16 Results – Photos and results
- The Poor Unfortunate Soles Gumball Rally Trip Report – Gumball Rally veterans share their experiences from the 2015 Gumball Rally.
Gumball Rally Event Rules:
It’s simple: PLAY FAIR, HAVE A GOOD TIME, AND DON’T DISRUPT THE ENJOYMENT OF THE PARK FOR OTHER GUESTS. We use an army of spotters and volunteers to make sure that everyone is playing fair and that no one is disrupting the enjoyment of the parks for the regular guests at the Resort. If you disrupt the normal functioning of the park by leaving attractions early, being overly loud in attractions, creating an unsafe environment for others, or disrupting cast members or guests, you will be disqualified from the event. You may NOT have anyone other than your own team members help you with the event. If we find that you are calling others for answers, sharing answers, or in any other way attempting to gain an unfair advantage, you will be disqualified. While it is always tempting to ask questions of cast members or call a friend, doing so will result in your disqualification from the event. These events are designed for everyone to have a great time, but it is important that we not have our good time at the expense of others. Please be respectful of Disney staff, guests, and park rules at all times!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q – Do I have to be a member of MiceChat to play? A – Not at all. MiceChat produces the event, but ANYONE can participate (under-age 16 must play with a parent or guardian).
- Q – I don’t have a team and would like to play on one, what do I do? A – Don’t suffer in silence! Post on MiceChat that you are looking to join a team. OR contact your friends and drag them kicking and screaming to the Rally!
- Q – How will the Rally be affected by rides that are closed or which close during the day? A – That is part of the fun of this event! Everyone will be in the same boat (so to speak). Which attractions you choose to ride at any given time of the day, may impact how you finish. Park hours, ride hours, parades and fireworks, sudden ride closures, queue waits, weather, and many other factors will challenge you and your team!
- Q – If you don’t complete every attraction in the Rally, can you still finish? A – Absolutely! Points will be awarded for each attraction completed. The team with the most points wins. It is highly likely that the winning team will simply have completed the most attractions (or collected the most points), and not actually completed all attractions (though completing all attractions may in fact be possible under perfect conditions).
- Q – What if there is a tie? A- First we look for most points collected. In the event of a tie, the team which completed the most attractions to collect those points will win. If there is still a tie, the team which turned their packet in first will win. Points first, then number of attractions, followed by time.
- Q – What if we finish late? A – That is part of the game. You must finish by the time allotted or you will receive a penalty equal to the number of minutes you are late x 2. For example being late by 2 minutes will result in a 4 point penalty. Being late by 15 minutes will result in a 30 point penalty.
- Q – Can I bring my kids along? A – Each person 8 years or older must be a registered part of your team. Kids have turned out to be very good participants in the Rally and have sharp eyes for potential answers.
- Q – How do you know if we completed an attraction? A – We have 3 very good ways of knowing. First, you are given a packet of questions (one or more questions per attraction). The questions are easy to answer if you’ve been on the attraction, but difficult to guess if you haven’t. Second, we have a team of spotters who are watching the teams as they make their way through the parks. They are keeping track of what you ride and whether or not your team is following the rules of the game. Finally, we rely on you to be honest. There isn’t any joy in winning a competition if you had to cheat to do so.
- Q – What time do the events start and when and where can I pick up my packet? A – The Rally will start approximately two hours before Disneyland opens for the day. Early morning check-in is at the The Anaheim Hotel on Harbor Blvd. Once you register, you will be contacted by our staff with more details regarding where the check in and start locations will be held.
- Q – Why are you asking for contact details? A – We will need to contact the leader of each team prior to the event to let them know where the registration table will be located. Further, we may have additional information that we need you to be aware of, or we may need to contact you to notify your team about important last minute changes.
- Q – What if it rains? A – The event will be held rain, shine, wind, or wonderful. As long as the parks remain open, we’ll be playing. Due to tremendous expense in putting on this event, there are no refunds. The advantage to you if it rains is that the park is usually less crowded. Some folks actually hope for rain!
- Q – What if a member of my team is unable to ride an attraction? A – All members of your team must go to the attraction as a group. Once all riding members have entered the queue, the member not riding must go straight to the exit to wait for the rest of the team. The non-riding member may not use this time to do anything else (no eating, using the restroom, shopping, gathering Fastpass) you may ONLY wait at the attraction. In other words, all members of the team must be AT the attraction at the same time even if some of the members are not riding it. In addition, if the riding members of the team use Fastpass to enter the attraction, the non-riding members of your team must have a Fastpass ticket as well (even if they aren’t riding). Spotters may ask the waiting members of your team for proof that they are holding a Fastpass ticket (if other members of your team entered the attraction with a pass).
- Q – What if I can’t compete but have already purchased a ticket? A – Event tickets are non-refundable. However, you may be able to sell your ticket to someone else who would like to compete. Simply let us know who you sold the ticket to and give us their contact information. These events tend to sell out, so someone always seems to be looking for a ticket at the last minute. We are also keeping a waiting list, so please let us know if you are having trouble selling your tickets and we’ll try to help you.
- Q – Can we use Fastpass on the Gumball Rally? What about Child Swap and other passes? A – Aside from waiting in the general standby queue, only a valid Fastpass or Single Rider is allowed. Teams must stay together and everyone in the party must have a ticket. HOWEVER, child swap, AAA, Club 33 Fastpasses, MaxPass, Special Birthday Fastpasses, any form of special assistance, or priority passes may NOT be used this year. If you are using Single Rider, all members of your team must ride and you must wait at the exit of the attraction for all of the members of your team to regroup before moving on to your next attraction.
- Q – Can the team split up during the Rally? A – NO. This is a very important rule. Your whole team must stay together at all times. If one member of the team uses the restroom, all members of the team must wait at the exit. If one member is hungry, all must go to the restaurant together. You must not be more than 15 feet away from each other at any time (with the exception of restroom breaks and a member waiting at the exit of an attraction).
- Q – Can I have someone bring us food or water to help save time? A – Under no circumstance may anyone help you during the day. Teams consist of 2 to 4 members. If anyone outside of your immediate team assists you in any way (Answers, wait time information, food, water, Fastpasses, etc) you will be disqualified. Please DO NOT seek the help of those outside of your team.
- Q – Can we use our cell phones, cell phone apps, iPads, lap tops, etc. to help us with the event? A – Under no circumstance may you seek assistance from any source other than your immediate teammates. Apps, websites, phone calls, or any other device or service which would give you an unfair advantage over another team is not permitted. As a result, phones are no longer allowed to be used during the Gumball Rally. If you are seen using a phone or other electronic device, we will disqualify your team. If you need to make a call, please find a MiceChat staff member and make your call in their presence so there is no question about the fairness of the competition. We will provide you a list of locations where you can easily find MiceChat staff. Please DO NOT seek the help and advice of those not on your team.
- Q – How do I know if my registration has been accepted to the event A- If you registered through EventZilla, you will receive an email confirmation from WePay and an email from the MiceChat Eventzilla Store (check your spam folder if you don’t receive confirmation within 30 minutes). About two weeks before the event, all team captains will receive an email asking them to confirm their team name and information regarding each member of the team. We will also post the same information to this thread. If you had difficulty during registration and are unsure if your order went through, please contact Dustysage – [email protected] or [email protected]
- Q – I use a wheel chair and/or have a special assistance pass, can I compete? A – You can certainly participate, however, due to the fact that special assistance passes are an unfair competitive advantage to the other players, you must use the regular queue whenever possible. You may split up from your team to access an attraction from the special assistance entrance; HOWEVER, the rest of your team must use the regular line and you must all wait for each other at the exit before proceeding to the next attraction. You may sit out on attractions which you can not ride; However, at least one member of your team MUST be able to ride the attraction and wait in the regular queue. That ensures that your team always waits the same length of time as any other team in the competition.
The small, but important print: For your safety and the safety of others, please follow all rules of the park you are in and obey the instructions of cast members at all times. No running, aggressive behavior, pushing, or in any way disrupting the enjoyment of regular park guests will be allowed. Those found cheating or breaking the rules of the event or of the park will have points deducted or will be asked to leave the events. Tickets are non-refundable. Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older). Gumball Rally event tickets do not include theme park admission. Participation is at your own risk. A full day at Disneyland can be a very long time in potentially hot and humid conditions. You MUST take care of yourself. Try to keep cool, drink lots of water, and make sure that the members of your team are safe and healthy at all times. It isn’t any fun to get heat stroke or worse! Again, YOU PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
- If you have any further questions, press inquires, or requests for additional information, please contact [email protected]
- Gumball Rally 2017 discussion is being conducted on MiceChat HERE
- If you’d like to discuss the Gumball Rally on MiceChat, please sign up for a FREE MiceChat membership HERE
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