Here’s a Christmas experiment that you can help ensure turns out to be anything but a disaster.
Building on the popularity of various types of scavenger hunts throughout its theme parks, Walt Disney World has introduced a new such game at Disney Springs for the holidays. Through Jan. 8, guests can play Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt.
This scavenger hunt takes participants from the West Side of Disney Springs to the Marketplace in search of the presents Stitch forget to buy because he lost his Christmas shopping list. At the end, there is a reward (beyond the personal satisfaction of finding each item). It probably goes without saying by now, but there is no admission fee for Disney Springs and parking is free.
To get started, guests can pick up a complimentary booklet with directions on how to find the gifts Stitch planned for his ’ohana (family): Lilo, Nani, David, Cobra Bubbles, Jumba, Pleakley, Mrs. Hasagawa, Moses Puloki, Mertle, Elena, Teresa and Yuki. Locations to get the free booklet are the Disney Springs Welcome Center, Once Upon a Toy, Super Hero Headquarters and the information desk inside World of Disney. The various starting points allow players to join the game at any point in their shopping and dining experience.
My 14-year-old son tried the new Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt recently on his own and enjoyed it. He said the game leads participants into 12 different stores on the hunt for pictures of Stitch with the gifts he has chosen for his ’ohana. Some pictures are just inside the doors while others are deep inside the stores. Unlike Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak game, which takes place outdoors during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt is indoors except for walking between stores so the game easily can be played during the day or at night.
You also can modify the difficulty level of the game if you play with more than one person. The booklet gives written and visual clues and also lists the actual stores to look inside, so you could work off just the clues if you have an individual who is keeping the store locations secret. Hint: One store is a sweet spot; be sure to collect your free chocolate! Hint No. 2: Another store is located near the new Christmas Tree Trail, so you might want to take a few minutes away from the game to check it out.
As the players find each picture of Stitch and his gift, they paste a sticker that depicts the same image on the appropriate spot in their booklets. If your children are at all competitive, like mine, I would recommend having them take turns with the clues to keep the game a friendly endeavor. Of course, each child can complete his or her own booklet and receive a prize, too.
When you finish, head back to one of the starting locations to collect your prize, a Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt button. Happy Holidays!