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    Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    The Gumball Rally is one of my absolute favorite experiences every year. I love being a part of such an amazing group of people who produce this incredible, unique event year after year (all of whom volunteer their time and expertise). We have a good mix of new and returning teams for this year's Rally. I already have a list of favorite Rally moments to add to my list this year.

    Here are a few of my favorite memories through the years:

    Gumball Rally 2006


    • The anticipation on the Motorboat Dock as we waited for the first ever winner of the Gumball Rally to show up.
    • Being really nervous in front of everyone at the Awards Party while playing the "Have You Ever" game.
    • Going back to the Disneyland Hotel to find that we had checked in so late that we got a suite!



    Gumball Rally 2008


    • Waiting at the waterfall in DCA for it to be turned on after rope drop. Then realizing after 15 minutes that it wasn't going to be turned on that day.
    • Being able to have a nice, quiet walk over to Tortilla Joe's with Dusty, talking about the future of the Gumball Rally.
    • Having the chance to meet teams at the Awards Party.
    • Meeting Minkertonkey for the first time and giving her the first of many heartfelt hugs.
    • Trying not to make eye contact with Elly since I knew that her team had placed third in the event.
    • Being excited when Kuzcochick knew the answer to the trivia question about Kuzco during the Awards Party game.


    Gumball Rally 2009


    • The first ever Pasta Party! It was so much fun! The look on Charlie's face when he realized that people were stealing the trophy for fun during the party.
    • Since I am normally over briefing the Spotters at a secret location when the teams are receiving their Rally packets, I never get a chance to see all the teams together the morning of the Rally. I had to take a couple extra packets back for the teams this time. I was in complete awe when I saw all the teams assembled in one location.
    • Enjoying a quiet moment at the Hearthstone Lounge in the middle of the day.
    • Looking out over the Awards party as it was being setup.
    • The feeling of quiet exhaustion after the final results had been tallied.


    Gumball Rally 2010


    • Being able to watch IndianaJenn receive the first ever MiceChat Staff Award for the Rally. She does so much for the site, not just during the Rally, but all year long. She is the bestest Rally partner in crime a girl could ask for!
    • The simple fact that I worked hard at ensuring that I met as many teams as possible during the event. I get a chance to talk to a number of the teams before the event, so it is always good to be able to put faces to the names and voices.
    • The lengths that teams went to for their outfits! Is It October Yet's 3D t-shirts. The Gumball jewelry that Wonders in Wonderland made. Tiki Room Rejects incredibly coordinated outfits.
    • The big hug I got from Tinkermonkey when she placed in the top three.


    Gumball Rally 2011


    • The planning meetings and phone calls. We have an incredible and dedicated staff who put so much energy into the event every year!
    • Planning being at the event with my mom and kids and the daughter of one of my oldest and dearest friends.
    • The nervous feeling I keep getting in the pit of my stomach when I see the number of participants and teams in this year's Rally. The numbers boggle my mind every time I see them.
    • The knowledge that this is the biggest and best Rally we have ever produced for our participants! There are still lots of surprises in store for everyone.
    • Sharing my favorite cupcakes with a friend at the Pasta Party.
    • Having people tell me that they were impressed with how well my son did with helping with the Rally.
    • Watching my exhausted daughter cross the finish line.


    There are so many more memories that I have that I hold close to my heart. The Gumball Rally is one of the events I look forward to the most every year. It brings me closer to my friends, brings new friends into my life, and gives me something to into which I put a lot of heart and passion. I am looking forward to adding new memories to the list this year!

    If you would like to see some of what has happened during the Gumball Rally through the years, check out the older threads talking about the Rally. The pictures, the videos, the trash talking thread (especially the one for the second year!), the questions, the memories. I love it all!

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    Thank you to everyone who continues to make the Gumball Rally possible, teams, staff and all!
    Anything listed on the park maps as an attraction is fair game for inclusion in the Rally.
    I cannot confirm nor deny the inclusion of any attraction in the Rally.



    May the Gumballs Be with You...Always.

    NO GOATS!

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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    Yay! We must be getting close if it’s time for this thread to show up again!!

    Rally #1 - I wasn't at this one. Living up in Washington has it's disadvantages. Or it did. Now Rally is on my calendar as a "definitely going" weekend every year! Thank you for Jet Blue and cheap flights!!

    Rally #2 RALLIVERSARY WEEKEND!! Team Dorkalicious, powered by Goldentinis!
    Pezz on the hotel bathroom floor doing the ironing for our fabulous and very bright team shirts (his part for the teamwork on the shirts!)
    Standing in lines and having people ask about our shirts and then asking about what the rally is and the looks on their faces when they heard what it was.
    9th place!! Not bad at all!!
    The rain – and the awesome decorated ponchos that we didn’t need until that fated hour at Tortilla Jo’s!
    Elly and I going full out head to head...at Tuck n Rolls in Bugs Land!!
    One of my best Gumball memories -- not because the moment was so amazing, I mean, it was, but because it was the start of something wonderful! -- hearing someone say "Where is Tinkermonkey? I have to meet her!" and finding out it was Mamabot. To me, a random user from the Northwest, this was a big deal - "she's like Micechat user #3!!" We had no idea that such an amazing friendship was born that night!

    Rally #3
    Sarcasmic! New team name, new teammate...new energy?
    Memory that makes me laugh the most is the trip to Target the night before. Those that were there remember how silly we all were that night! Pink or blue? And a Gumball Eve tradition was born that night too!
    Knowing how close to killing each other my teammate and I were, yet we kept going (ok, in his defense, he didn't know that quitting was an option -- I still remember the look on his face "we could have QUIT?")
    The rafts to Tom Sawyer Island...we were on the first raft of the day and were fast enough in and out of the caves that we made the same raft back!
    Tweeting about today's rally brought to you by the number...4. Right before finding the answer to the next question was...3.
    It's a race! (the number of things that conspired against us that day included a broken flip flop, a lost wallet and... The curse of Mickey's House aka "Spirit Killer!")
    Top 10 again! Woot!!
    Winning team name so randomly when it was really just so perfectly "us"
    All the text messages from people supporting us to keep going since they all had quit by then! (because, yes, you could quit!!)
    The look on Disney1978's face when we came in to the finish area and how she took care of me.
    "I can neither confirm nor deny any attraction as a part of the Rally..." said Mamabot. It makes me laugh when she says it at random times when I start a conversation with "hey, I have a question...."

    Rally #4
    New name...same teammate...different outcome? Heck yeah!
    “I know what we're gonna do today...”
    The shirts arriving at the last minute (shipped to the hotel!) and they turned out to be really cool!
    Target shopping again!
    Realizing that every strategy needs a back up plan
    Going back to Mickey's house and after having flashbacks from last year, really not wanting to go in - and then realizing we were having so much fun that we nearly stayed and got our picture taken!
    "Never pass up a walk on for a line"
    Looking at the time and realizing that there was over an hour left and we were DONE?
    Hearing our name called (last, thanks Mamabot!) for top 5,
    Third place. Totally awesome and satisfying... a small improvement on the previous year in outcome but a fantastic day spent with my best friend!

    Rally #5
    This one is a challenge. Started out as third time’s a charm with my awesome partner, but things changed and I ended up planning a fantastic weekend with my 12 year old daughter – the Tinker half of my Tinkermonkey. We worked hard on coming up with a name that was uniquely us – and she did it herself. Faith Trust and Gumballs! She even designed the shirts!
    Everyone welcoming her as though she was supposed to be there all along
    “Mom – there won’t be a line at Snow White – hello? Snow White’s SCARY adventures!”
    Starting the day with the best rule ever for the gumball rally “If we stop having fun, we’re done” – and knowing when it was time to follow it.
    Tink taking the dare to jump in the hot tub…crazy girl.

    Rally #6… this is something new and different… I’m not playing! It’s not easy but helping call all the teams and hear their stories as to what made them want to play, or their favorite parts from years past helped get my energy up.


    Oh, and so far, Mamabot hasn’t said “I can neither confirm or deny…” to me!
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    I love my awesome crazy wonderful friends!!

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    then 10 seconds later you’d be playing like you were best friends?"
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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by tinkermonkey View Post
    Oh, and so far, Mamabot hasn’t said “I can neither confirm or deny…” to me!
    I haven't needed to this year! Since the new rule is in place, I won't ever have to say it to you again.
    Anything listed on the park maps as an attraction is fair game for inclusion in the Rally.
    I cannot confirm nor deny the inclusion of any attraction in the Rally.



    May the Gumballs Be with You...Always.

    NO GOATS!

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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    You and this new rule...
    I love my awesome crazy wonderful friends!!

    "Do you remember in kindergarten, how you’d meet a kid,
    then 10 seconds later you’d be playing like you were best friends?"
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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by tinkermonkey View Post
    Tink taking the dare to jump in the hot tub…crazy girl.
    How quickly that went from "ha! that would be funny" to "Oh God, she actually did it" to "maybe we shouldn't have said anything" regret.

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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    C! It was all in fun. She was feeling happy and that's all I wanted for her that day. BUT - did I ever tell you the funny thing we realized when we got home? She was wearing zip off cargo pants...and the lovely hot tub water did have enough chemical in there to alter the color of her tan shorts so they are no longer the same shade as the bottoms she zipped off them!
    I love my awesome crazy wonderful friends!!

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    then 10 seconds later you’d be playing like you were best friends?"
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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    The Rally is a ton of fun, but it seems that my best memories (of both the years I've played) have been of the wonderful people we meet. MiceChat Gumballers are some of the best people in the parks! I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I love how Gumball Rally lets you go play in Disneyland with 500 instant friends.
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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by bookwyrm View Post
    The Rally is a ton of fun, but it seems that my best memories (of both the years I've played) have been of the wonderful people we meet. MiceChat Gumballers are some of the best people in the parks! I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I love how Gumball Rally lets you go play in Disneyland with 500 instant friends.
    This is so true! I was trying to explain the Gumball Rally to a friend whose family are big DL fans and she asked me "doesn't that take the fun out of it?". My response was "No Way, you see people all day to talk to and laugh in line with". It is such an amazing fun way to spend the day:-)

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    Re: Gumball Rally Memories - 2012 Edition

    The best was being able to sit on the balcony and watch the after party
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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