Hey everybody, welcome to my 4th annual Gumball Rally trip report. As usual, I will be including photos of many different teams we encountered during our adventures throughout Disneyland as well as some descriptions of the rally for those of you who could not attend.
Lets get started with Episode 1: “Breakfast is Served”
As we made our way to check in at the ESPN Zone we saw that something else was being set up early in the morning. I was not aware that Disneyland was hosting the Orange County AIDS walk. When we passed by they had just finished setting up a huge water table:
As we made our way though Downtown Disney we saw some of the AIDS Walk teams taking photos:
Soon enough we spotted the rally check in location!
As usual, the check-in staff was amazing! Even though they had been setting up since 5AM or so, they were so friendly.
After the team captain checked their team in, it was off to stand in line for team photos and breakfast.
Once inside Fishbulb took photos of every team:
Our team (looking good in our Jolly Roger/Gumball logo):
After team photos, it was time to socialize and enjoy the ESPN Zone breakfast burritos…..
Some teams, realizing that they stood NO CHANCE against team “Dead Men Blow No Bubbles”, decided they should start hitting “the sauce” early to numb the pain of certain defeat:
Other teams decided to get a few more moments of rest before the big race (I also have an interesting fact about this team – to be shared later in this TR):
The object of everyone’s desire:
At breakfast I found “The Jungle Cruise Jedi”. I had seen their fantastic logo on the official logo page (Gumball Rally 2013 - Best Team Name and Logo Contest ) , and they were kind enough to pose for a quick photo:
Some teams were busy
conspiring against usplotting their strategy at breakfast:
After breakfast, Dusty took the stage to tell everyone the rally rules:
At one point he asked everyone who was a first-time rally participant to raise their hands…..I was shocked at how many people were running their first rally. I would estimate that 2/3 of the people in the main room indicated they were first-timers.
Dusty also decided to conduct a pop-quiz while he had everyone’s attention. His first question: If given the opportunity, how many of you would switch teams to become a member of “Dead Men Blow No Bubbles”? The response was overwhelming:
2nd question from Dusty: Do you think “Dead Men Blow No Bubbles” should be forced to take an hour-long lunch break at the Big Thunder BBQ to give the rest of you a fighting chance to win?
We decided that, since everyone was so intimidated by our team, that we would go ahead and take that long lunch break.
Not long after the pop-quiz, team captains were given their Rally Questionnaires and the race was on!
COMING UP: OFF TO THE RACES!