MiceAge/MiceChat’s 15th anniversary and Gumball Rally are now in the history books, and what an amazing celebration it was! If you were able to join us for the cocktail reception, Gumball Rally and/or Disneyland Day of Play, or even if you just followed along online, we sincerely thank you. Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that we put this site online. We have made so many friendships in that time, met so many legends, and sailed the seven seas, but one thing truly stands out – through all these years we have grown into a most unique and wonderful family. We love you and thank you for your support!
Let’s take a quick look at the weekend that was and share the results of a most impressive Gumball Rally:
This photo says it all. . . Anniversary was special this year as hundreds and hundreds of you showed up for a long weekend of events.
Cocktail Reception and Panels – Feb 2nd
The Anaheim Hotel hosted us on Friday night in their new wedding garden for a lovely cocktail reception with Disney Imagineers, Jungle Cruise skippers and celebrated Disney authors. We sold the event out and then added an additional 50 of you!!!
The patio is now available for weddings and events. We asked for it to be set up with reception space, two bars, a theater and stage.
MiceChat’s celebrity author, David Koenig, hosted a panel of ex-Jungle Cruise skippers. It was simply amazing. Then they stuck around to sign autographs and books!
We also had beloved authors David Marley, Dave Bossert, and Mindy Johnson!
One of the highlights of the evening was the legendary Garner Holt (Animatronics wizard) interviewing the grand lady of Imagineering, Tania Norris. Tania was hired by Walt Disney to work on New Orleans Square. She ended up doing most of the design work for Club 33 and Plaza Inn as well as designing several of the Disney family’s personal residences!
Tania brought a photo of herself with Walt Disney taken in front of the plane she designed the interior for. She was such a gracious and delightful guest. And kudos to Garner Holt for bringing her to MiceChat Anniversary to meet with the Disney fans for the very first time!
And presto, just a few hours after we were done cleaning up the Cocktail Party, we had to be in the Anaheim Hotel’s ballroom for Gumball Rally check-in!
Pastries, fruit and coffee for the general admission guests and a full plated breakfast for the VIP ticketed guests.
All ages compete in the Rally. It’s rarely the team you think is going to win that actually does.
Dusty explains the rules while the teams follow along. Essentially . . . ride attractions and answer questions to prove you rode them. The team with the most completed attractions at the end of the day (in the shortest time possible) wins!
Then we walked the teams over to the La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney to pass out their game books. Nearly 400 people waited while their team captains gathered the books.
This year’s books were inspired by the 60th anniversary of the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Alice herself wrote many of the questions in her own unique style. Curious.
The Team Are Unleashed