We did the scavenger hunt yesterday. It was our first time doing one of these and while it was fun I have to agree with the previous posters who noted the many shortcomings of the event.
Aside from the heat it is had to isolate which issue was the most frustrating.
The organization of clue book made it unnecessarily difficult to read.
The fact that some groups had to walk across the resort while trying to read the book while other teams got to sit down in the ballroom and read the book (both before the official start time) made things a little lopsided.
There was really no reason to ride anything. Nearly all of the 5 & 10 point questions just required you to run from one area to the next writing down prices, addresses and 1st letter of this word or that. I understand that the park was crowded and having people ride attractions all day long would mean "wasting" alot of time in lines the alternative was that riding the attractions made it impossible to be competitive.
The cheating was unbelievable. I can accept that people were using their smart phones to search on-line, that is unavoidable and was not specified as being against the rules. I personally saw the following occur which is clearly outside the spirit of the event:
Clue books being split-up into pieces and the team then spilt-up.
Clue books being split-up into pieces and given to people who were not part of the event.
Teams sharing answers (this happened alot).
Teams stealing/copying answers. Not overhearing, but looking over people's shoulders and copying the answers (this happened to us).
These were not isolated incidents, the splitting-up and answer sharing was very widespread. I didn't expect to win, I will have been very happy just to have finished in the top 50% so I don't feel like I was cheated out of something by the cheating of others, but it was disappointing to see how much of it was happening.
In the end I would do it again but there is alot of room for improvement. I think two clue books for each team would be helpful so would better organized books. Ultimately it would be nice if the points were balanced properly, either fill the event with the more complicated 5 & 10 point questions and severely limit the 1 point questions or vice-versa (I would prefer more of the complicated questions) or run two (or three) different events. One a more basic event (only 1 point questions) another more difficult event (no 1 point questions).