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  • MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

    IT'S TIME FOR THE MICECHAT GUMBALL RALLY 2015!
    REFER TO THIS THREAD FOR ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR QUERIES


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    Who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland and California Adventure in a single day? Could it be you? Let's find out.

    There is only one event in the world of Disney fandom which holds the status of the legendary . . . MiceChat Gumball Rally. It is a full day adventure through Disneyland and California Adventure to see how many attractions you can ride in a single day. Sound easy? It isn’t. However, we are told over and over again that this was the most fun our attendees have ever had in the parks.

    • Compete in teams of 2, 3, or 4 people.
    • You don’t have to be a trivia buff, ride warrior, nor a theme park nerd to play. The game is designed to put everyone on a level playing field.
    • You can play at the speed that you like. Take it easy or tear through the park. It’s up to you.
    • For one low price, you get breakfast, the game, and the awards party, complete with entertainment. (admission into the parks is not included).
    • VIP OPTION guests will get a full breakfast, full dinner, T-Shirt, pin, and reserved viewing for launch and Award Party.
    • Lavish prizes will be awarded for 1st – 10th place, Best Team Logo, Best Team Name, and Spirit of MiceChat Award. There are plenty of chances to win!
    • Plus, while you are waiting for the results, we'll present you with a fun game show where we give away prizes worth thousands of dollars.
    • A 12 hour race through Disneyland and California Adventure to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day . . . There is simply no better way to challenge yourself, what you think you know about Disneyland and California Adventure, and have a fantastic time with your family and friends (whether you win or not).



    • - NEW THIS YEAR - VIP TICKETS -
    In addition to the above, VIP ticket holders will receive early registration, full breakfast at the ESPN Zone, full post-Rally dinner at the Anabella Hotel, VIP Reserved spots up front for both the kick-off and the Awards Party, extra chance to play in the Game Show after the Rally, Rally T-Shirt, and special commemorative 2015 Gumball Rally pin. Make your Gumball Rally experience extra special with our VIP package!

    • - Book a stay at the lovely Anabella Hotel
    Just a short walk from the Disneyland Resort, Anabella offers a VERY special rate to our event guests.
    Friday (5/1/2015): $139
    Saturday (5/2/2015): $139 (free parking)
    Sunday (5/3/2015): $69.50 if staying Friday and Saturday – Anabella will manually adjust the rate to show the discount.

    You can book via this link: Anabella Hotel MiceChat Offer, or call 714-905-1050 and ask for the special MiceChat Gumball Rally Discount. Those staying at the hotel Saturday will receive complementary parking, a great perk for your MiceChat Gumball Rally weekend!



    MiceChat Gumball Rally is sponsored by Fairy Godmother Travel. For all your Disney travel needs, contact MiceChat’s official travel partner:













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    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q - Do I have to be a member of MiceChat to play? A - Not at all. MiceChat produces the event, but ANYONE can participate (children under the age of 14 must play with a parent or guardian).
    Q - I don't have a team and would like to play on one, what do I do? A - Don't suffer in silence! Post on MiceChat that you are looking to join a team. OR contact your friends and drag them kicking and screaming to the Rally!
    Q - How will the Rally be affected by rides that are closed or which close during the day. A - That is part of the fun of this event! Everyone will be in the same boat (so to speak). Which attractions you choose to ride at any given time of the day, may impact how you finish. Park hours, ride hours, parades and fireworks, sudden ride closures, queue waits, weather, and many other factors will challenge you and your team!
    Q - If you don't complete every attraction in the Rally, can you still finish. A - Absolutely! Points will be awarded for each attraction completed. The team with the most points wins. It is highly likely that the winning team will simply have completed the most attractions (or collected the most points), and not actually completed all attractions (though completing all attractions may in fact be possible under perfect conditions).
    Q - What if there is a tie? A- First, we look for most points collected. In the event of a tie, the team which turned their packet in first will win. Points first, followed by time.
    Q - What if we finish late? A - That is part of the game. You must finish by the time allotted or you will receive a penalty equal to the number of minutes you are late x 2. For example being late by 2 minutes will result in a 4 point penalty. Being late by 15 minutes will result in a 30 point penalty.
    Q - Can I bring my kids along? A - Each person 8 years or older must be a registered part of your team. Kids have turned out to be very good participants in the Rally and have sharp eyes for potential answers.
    Q - How do you know if we completed an attraction? A - We have 3 very good ways of knowing. First, you are given a packet of questions (one or more questions per attraction). The questions are easy to answer if you've been on the attraction, but difficult to guess if you haven't. Second, we have a team of spotters who are watching the teams as they make their way through the parks. They are keeping track of what you ride and whether or not your team is following the rules of the game. Finally, we rely on you to be honest. There isn't any joy in winning a competition if you had to cheat to do so.
    Q - What time do the events start and when and where can I pick up my packet? A - The Rally will start at approximately the same time Disneyland opens for the day. Once you register, you will be contacted by our staff with more details regarding where the check in and start locations will be held.
    Q - Why are you asking for contact details? A - We will need to contact the team captain of each team prior to the event to let them know where the registration table will be located. Further, we may have additional information that we need you to be aware of.
    Q - What if it rains? A - The event will be held rain, shine, wind, or wonderful. As long as the parks remain open, we'll be playing. Due to tremendous expense in putting on this event, there are no refunds. The advantage to you if it rains is that the park is usually less crowded. Some folks actually hope for rain! However, if there is heavy rain in the evening, the award party may be canceled, with the results announced online and the prizes mailed to the winners.
    Q - What if a member of my team is unable to ride an attraction? A - All members of your team must go to the attraction as a group. Once all riding members have entered the queue, the member not riding must go straight to the exit to wait for the rest of the team. The non-riding member may not use this time to do anything else (no eating, using the rest room, shopping, gathering FastPass) you may ONLY wait at the attraction. In other words, all members of the team must be AT the attraction even if some of the members are not riding it. In addition, if the riding members of the team use FastPass to enter the attraction, the non-riding members of your team must have a fast pass ticket as well. Spotters may ask the waiting members of your team for proof that they are holding a FastPass ticket (if other members of your team entered the attraction with a pass).
    Q - What if I can't compete but have already purchased a ticket? A - Event tickets are non-refundable. However, you may be able to sell your ticket to someone else who would like to compete. Simply let us know who you sold the ticket to and give us their contact information. These events tend to sell out, so someone always seems to be looking for a ticket at the last minute. We are also keeping a waiting list, so please let us know if you are having trouble selling your tickets and we'll try to help you.
    Q - Can we use FastPass on the Gumball Rally? What about Child Swap and other passes? A - Aside from waiting in the general standby queue, only a valid FastPass is allowed. Teams must stay together and everyone in the party must have a ticket. HOWEVER, child swap, single rider, AAA, Special Birthday FastPasses, any form of special assistance, nor priority passes may NOT be used this year - UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED IN YOUR GAME DAY INSTRUCTIONS - WE THROW IN SURPRISES EVERY YEAR!!!
    Q - Can the team split up during the Rally? A - NO. This is a very important rule. Your whole team must stay together at all times. If one member of the team uses the rest room, all members of the team must wait at the exit. If one member is hungry, all must go to the restaurant together. You must not be more than 15 feet away from each other at any time (with the exception of restroom breaks and a member waiting at the exit of an attraction).
    Q - Can I have someone bring us food or water to help save time? A - Under no circumstance may anyone help you during the day. Teams consist of 2, 3, or 4 members. If anyone outside of your immediate team assists you in any way (Answers, wait time information, food, water, FastPasses, etc) you will be disqualified. Please DO NOT seek the help of those outside of your team.
    Q - Can we use our cell phones, cell phone apps, iPads, lap tops, etc. to help us with the event? A - Under no circumstance may you seek assistance from any source other than your immediate teammates. Apps, websites, phone calls, or any other device or service which would give you an unfair advantage over another team is not permitted. As a result, phones are no longer allowed to be used during the Gumball Rally. If you are seen using a phone or other electronic device, we will disqualify your team. If you need to make a call, please find a MiceChat staff member and make your call in their presence so there is no question about the fairness of the competition. We will provide you a list of locations where you can easily find MiceChat staff. Please DO NOT seek the help and advice of those not on your team.
    Q - How do I know if my registration has been accepted to the event A- If you registered through PayPal, you will receive an email confirmation from PayPal - and an email from Eventzilla. About two weeks before the event, all team captains will receive an email asking them to confirm their team name and information regarding each member of the team. We will also post the same information to this thread. If you had difficulty during registration and are unsure if your order went through, please contact Mamabot - mamabot@Mac.com
    Q - I use a wheel chair and/or have a special assistance pass, can I compete? A - You can certainly participate, however, due to the fact that special assistance passes are an unfair competitive advantage to the other players, you must use the regular queue whenever possible. You may split up from your team to access an attraction from the special assistance entrance; HOWEVER, the rest of your team must use the regular line and you must all wait for each other at the exit before proceeding to the next attraction. You may sit out on attractions which you can not ride; However, at least one member of your team MUST be able to ride the attraction and wait in the regular queue. That ensures that your team always waits the same length of time as any other team in the competition.


    Last edited by Dustysage; 03-19-2015, 05:10 PM.
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  • #2
    Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

    Wow... so excited for rally!!
    Quick question... is the pre check in at pasta party the same as pre registration included with VIP tickets?

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    • #3
      Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

      Rally Registration - Check!
      Anabella Reservation - Check!
      Pasta Party Tickets - Check!
      Team Shirts Ordered - Check!

      The Neverland Travel Company is ready to roll!!!

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      • #4
        Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

        Originally posted by rallyhappy View Post
        Wow... so excited for rally!!
        Quick question... is the pre check in at pasta party the same as pre registration included with VIP tickets?
        That's a great question! I am curious too, as my team won't be able to make it to the Pasta Party, but we did purchase VIP tickets.

        Also: SOSOSOSO excited!
        sigpicGumball Rally 2015: The Beatle Girls, formerly known as The Beagle Girls

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        • #5
          Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

          Team Poor Unfortunate Soles is ready to roll!
          Proud member of Team "It Doesn't Matterhorn"!

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          • #6
            Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

            Team Bambo is signed up and excited! We love the gumball rally!!!
            ~ Katie ~
            My Gumball Rally teams:
            2015 - Bambo
            2014 - We Are The Ones Who Rally
            2013 - The Jawawockeez
            2012 - Why is the Rum Gone?

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            • #7
              Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

              Anyone know offhand if it's always on a day where some AP's are blocked?
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              • #8
                Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                The VIP pricing seems unfair for groups of 3 or 4. The group of 2 cost $50.50 per person more than non-VIP. The group of 3 cost $75.33 more per person and the group of 4 cost $87.75 more per person than the non-VIP prices. Very unfair if you ask me... You're getting the same perks.
                Last edited by SanDiegoAl; 03-27-2015, 09:05 AM.
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                • #9
                  Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                  Challenge accepted! This will be our second rally but our first time tackling both parks. Last year was incredibly fun (and superbly well-organized-- thank you, staff and volunteers!) If anyone is on the fence about signing up... go for it. You'll be glad you did.

                  @SanDiegoAl - I think it's sort of a glass half-empty / glass half-full type of scenario. Since each individual person gets his or her own food included with all of the packages, it's safe to say the the cost of operating the event increases with each person in attendance (as a general rule; some exceptions may apply depending on the nuts and bolts of the booking/reservations process). This is probably especially true with the VIP packages, where even greater individual perks are included. If you look at the price difference between 2 VIPs / 3 VIPs / 4 VIPs, they scale linearly at $125 per person, which seems to be in line with the linearly scaling benefits offered at that tier. As for why the standard packages are all the same price, I choose to look at that as a sale of sorts-- you can double the size of your team from 2 to 4 people for no additional cost, which is pretty generous in my opinion.

                  Any way you slice it, it's a quality event no matter which ticket you buy.
                  Last edited by Polycosm; 03-28-2015, 02:09 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                    Is it weird every time I hear Gumball Rally, the Christmas song 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' starts playing in my head? Love the Gumball Rally! I definitely look forward to it every year! I can't wait to start rallying again!
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                    • #11
                      Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                      Team Skip the Drama, Stay With Mama will be back for our second rally! We are soooo excited!
                      Skip the drama, stay with Mama!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                        My son and I played in the 2014 Gumball Rally. Since the price for a 2-person team more than doubled ($70 to $150), we're going to sit this one out.

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                        • #13
                          Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                          Originally posted by rallyhappy View Post
                          Wow... so excited for rally!!
                          Quick question... is the pre check in at pasta party the same as pre registration included with VIP tickets?
                          Folks who sign up with a VIP Package will be able to check-in early on Rally morning. Folks who attend the Pasta Party can pick up their packets during the pasta party. There's no real advantage to picking your packet up early other than avoiding waiting in line. :-)

                          Most folks attend the Pasta Party for the fun of it. :-)
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                            Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                            Originally posted by SanDiegoAl View Post
                            The VIP pricing seems unfair for groups of 3 or 4. The group of 2 cost $50.50 per person more than non-VIP. The group of 3 cost $75.33 more per person and the group of 4 cost $87.75 more per person than the non-VIP prices. Very unfair if you ask me... You're getting the same perks.
                            Thanks for the question Al. Our cost on the VIP is MUCH higher per person than the non-VIP. Each VIP gets full breakfast, full sit down dinner, t-shirt, and pin. Along with that, we have had to rent space for the event, the dinner, and early morning wait staff for breakfast, and other fees. We make very little on the Rally, and even less on the VIP. On some of the packages, we'll actually lose money. We are offering a wide variety of options and we hope folks will find one which works for them and their team size. One tip for those looking to pay the least would be to sign up a team of four for the basic Rally. That price is essentially the same per person as last year.

                            Thanks folks! FYI - The team of two option for the basic Rally and for the 2 person VIP Rally is almost sold out. Just a few spots remain for basic Rally 4 person teams as well.

                            We still have good availability for teams of 3 and for the 3 and 4 person VIP. Sign up today!
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                            • #15
                              Re: MiceChat Gumball Rally 2015 - May 2nd - Disneyland Resort

                              So exicted for Gumball Rally, its my favorite event every year. Our team name this year is The Gumball Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet Too!Quick question the FAQs stated that single rider is not allowed but it was allowed for the past two years...is this a rule change or will single rider be allowed?
                              Oh... I just love happy endings.

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