Preparing For A Disney Park Scavenger Hunt

Frequent Disney park guests are always looking for ways to create new memories from their park visits. Although the Disney parks always hold a certain amount of magic for everyone, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with new experiences to share with your friends and family. Planning an interactive scavenger hunt inside the park can be a great way to see the park through fresh eyes. Whether you create your own or order one of ours, below are some thoughts to consider as you plan this type of activity inside the parks!

Consider the amount of time you’d like to spend on the hunt itself. More active participants will be able to last longer than less active participants, resulting in the option for longer hunts. Additionally, consider the competitiveness of the members. The more competitive, the more draining it will be for them as they’ll likely be expending more actual energy on the activity

How long should it last? Not to be confused with the above, here we’re referring to extending the hunt to more than just one day. For many, going to a Disney park is a week long (or longer) vacation experience with the whole family. For a more leisurely approach, consider allowing for two days to complete the hunt. In this way you’ll be able to have more on the list while also allowing for a slower pace.

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When should you start it? It’s strongly suggested that the activity begins closer to the beginning of your stay when everyone’s minds and legs are filled with energy. Saving it for later in the day might not be met with as much enthusiasm.

For larger groups, consider forming smaller teams. Teams of 2 or 4 tend to work the best (try to keep it an even number as many attractions pair up riders.) You can either pair up the team members according to familiarity with the park (making sure that the seasoned park guests aren’t all on the same team) or allow them to form their own teams. A fun way to randomize the team formation is to put the names of different Disney characters in a hat and allowing each player to pull a name out of the hat. The characters in the same story are all on the same team (i.e. Snow White, Dopey and Doc would all be on the same team.)

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Although scavenger/treasure hunt adventures can be a lot of fun to create, consider this important factor before you create one of these yourself. Keep in mind that this is about CREATING MEMORIES. Everyone participating in the adventure will be bonded by the activity. If you aren’t able to participate because you already know the answers, etc. then the memory could be create WITHOUT you. Not ideal, especially for families. We thought of this when we began designing different theme park adventures – to provide exciting adventures that EVERYONE can participate in so that everyone is a part of the memory!

If you are creating your own scavenger hunt list, consider grouping different tasks/items into like categories, awarding bonus points for completing all of the tasks/items in a particular group. It will add a new level of fun as the players will strategize to make sure that they concentrate on completing specific groups to earn the bonus points.

If the players will need to go on a couple rides/attractions in order to complete some tasks, suggest in advance that they get Fast Passes for those attractions right from the get go. They’ll thank you for it later!

Keep in mind the mobility of all the players. Walking the park can be quite exhausting…adding onto that the climbing of the Treehouse steps, for example, can really wear folks out. Make sure that you don’t plan a path that you aren’t willing to enjoy, as well.


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