Last month, when I announced I was going on the SOLO: A Star Wars Story Premiere trip to Los Angeles, there were a number of things on the itinerary that had me SCREAMING with excitement. There was the fact that I would be walking the red carpet at the SOLO premiere, be part of a Ron Howard SOLO interview (YES!!), taking a Tour of Walt Disney’s Office (WHAT??), and participating in the Ultimate Disney Scavenger Hunt – at Disney Headquarters! Oh my!
A scavenger hunt at Disney headquarters?
Let’s chat about this for a moment, because you need to know how thrilling this was for someone like me.
(Disney invited me to California on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for our coverage of events. As always, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links in post.)
First, I think it’s a given by now that I’m a Disney fanatic – from childhood nickname to the sheer number of times I travel to the Disney parks. It’s in my blood in more ways than one. Every time I step foot on the closed to the public Walt Disney Studios lot, I get goosebumps. This is where Walt Disney walked, ate lunch, and created classics like Peter Pan.
But there’s more…
There’s a certain show that’s been on television for more than a decade. It’s a show where contestants travel the world, progressing from one clue to the next. I’ve been hooked on the show forever, wishing so desperately that my husband, or good friend, or hey, random stranger, would be my partner and take on the world to win 1 million dollars. Though I’ve got the navigation skills, great memory, and enough geography in my head to lead the pack, there were certain things that kept me from ever applying. I’m thinking of all those exotic eating challenges (I don’t do bugs), scary animal encounters, and thrillseeking activities like bungee jumping. So it wasn’t meant to be.
But a Disney scavenger hunt? One which would require Disney trivia and personal knowledge of the Disney lot? Sign me up!
A scavenger hunt of epic proportions!
Disney Scavenger Hunt – at Disney Headquarters!
5 Disney employees to help us navigate Disney headquarters and confirm that we completed our tasks.
I along with (from left to right) Shelby Barone (OC Mom Blog), Melanie Kampman (Giveaway Bandit), Disney senior publicist Chris Belcher, Louise Bishop (Mom Start), and Kathy Cano-Murillo (Crafty Chica), comprised Team Peter Pan.
It couldn’t have been more perfect. Though teams were assigned randomly, I would have wanted Team Peter Pan because I had not only worn green, but I had brought a Peter Pan hat with red feather all the way from Dallas. Fun Fact: Towards the end of our hunt, the rest of the team was able to grab Peter Pan hats, Tinker Bell wings, or even a John (Darling) tophat for added fun. I was way ahead of the game.
You could tell we were serious competitors.
We started running when they said go, just like in that television show I adore. With rising temperatures, a team of five, and around 90 or so minutes to jaunt around the lot, we soon realized we had better pace ourselves.
There were certain rules. There were a lot of points.
As the five teams scrambled across the Disney lot, we were causing quite a scene. It seems that we were all given tasks in different orders, so there was no telling how well we were doing.
Disney employees stared, wondering what fun we were up to.
Tasks were tackled, like this Peter Pan jigsaw puzzle.
We were sent from location to location across Disney headquarters.
This task had us heading completely across the lot (breathing hard), crossing a bridge, and finding Sorcerer Mickey’s hat to recreate a film scene from Peter Pan involving the Lost Boys.
Thankfully, we quickly knew where to go. There was only one giant Sorcerer Mickey’s hat that we could think of, and it was on top of the Roy E. Disney Animation building.
The Lost Boy scene we had to recreate – the one with a certain someone upside down. You got extra points if someone could do that – thanks to Louise we did!
While running, we also needed to keep our eyes peeled for Peter Pan’s shadow.
He was worth extra points and I spotted one above!
From the old Animation building to the Frank G. Wells building, and from the intersection of Mickey and Dopey Drive’s to Ink and Painting, we were having the time of our lives.
There were thimbles to be found, so we searched bushes high and low.
There were questions to be answered.
George Darlings cufflinks? What could we see while flying over London?
Oh, we should have watched Peter Pan before this Disney scavenger hunt!
This Disney scavenger hunt was more like that famous television show than I thought.
Though so much fun, it was tough. We were running and out of breath. It was hot. Two teams collided while going for extra points with Shadow Tag (if you stepped on another teams shadow, you got points – it’s all Peter Pan themed of course).
A few tears were even spilled.
We were a team, and there were moments we needed to help each other out. And we did.
Best part – we finished first.
Unfortunately we didn’t realize that this didn’t matter. LOL The winners would simply be who had accumulated the most points.
Oh, but there was TREASURE to those who won. Something like an Apple TV – WHAT??!! Yes! (insert sad face)
But this ultimate Disney scavenger hunt at Disney headquarters experience – priceless!
Why the Peter Pan theme? We were celebrating the 65th anniversary of PETER PAN (available on Digital 5/29 and Blu-ray 6/5) and the in-home release of the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition of the film by exploring the place it was made!
Take a look at this classic…
More Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Fun:
Coming Soon: We had the chance to see original Peter Pan artwork at the Animation Research Library!
More Disney SOLO Trip Posts:
- Tour of Walt Disney’s Office
- General Hospital set visit
- SOLO premiere – you’ve got to see my red carpet dress!
- SOLO movie review – NO SPOILERS
- Alden Ehrenreich interview
- Emilia Clarke interview
- Paul Bettany interview
- Who plays Chewbacca – interview with Joonas Suotamo
- L3-37 Droid – interview with actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge
- Woody Harrelson interview