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Thank you, MA Staff!!
A great big THANK YOU to the MA staff--you guys really outdid yourself this time!! A huge improvement was the way you grouped the teams and had them exit the ballroom--I doubt you will hear any complaints about that any more. Well done. I can't believe you had 52 things for us to do! Amazing! We could easily go back and spend the same amount of time working on all of the ones we didn't have time to finish. I loved getting out of the ballroom earlier--it was nice to have Downtown Disney all to ourselves and my SIL said it was great to have Fantasyland and Toontown empty as their first location. Speaking of the DD section--I was just plain giddy when I found that painted MA board with the names on it--how cool was that?! Really, really neat and so completely unexpected!!
I'm still trying to decide if I like this format better or the old way better. I have decided that if anybody truly liked the old way better they could simply forfeit all of the A-10 cards and only work on the J, Q, K cards and that would pretty much be "old style". Having figured that out, and realizing that we didn't do any of the K quests, even though we got them, I suppose we really liked the new style better. Our only serious hiccup which caused some angry team members was that at 3:50 we had a choice--turn in the cards that we had finished to get the J, K to work on or do the Q quest (that we had in our hands). We had 100 points ready to turn in and the Q quest was 60. In hindsight, it would have been smart to turn in our cards. However, I had specifically asked Andrew before the presentation what would happen at 4:00 and he was pretty clear (to me) that we would NOT get the J, Q, K quests after 4:00 but that we COULD turn in anything else after 4:00 and we would get still get credit for the points. So we did the Q, and of course, did NOT get the credit for the rest and we didn't have anything else to work on after that either since I thought we could work on more 20 point cards and we couldn't. But, after finding out that my main competition didn't get credit for their points either, I felt a lot better! lol
We had fun working on the Queen quests--I especially liked the charades. So those were a welcome addition to the game.
I think the only thing that I actually missed was that in past MA, quests were limited to a much smaller area. My only suggestion for improvement would be to make the J items in Critter Country, the Q items in N.O. Square and the K items in Frontierland, for example. There were some that we could have done and would have liked to do but it meant going way out of the way and then going all the way back to turn in the cards. I think we entered and exited the security line on the DD Disney quest three times. We definitely did a LOT more walking this time from all of the walking back and forth to the same places over and over again.
I was very surprised at how how much information the staff gave us this time. We NEVER would have been told that we had the wrong answer in the past. I felt like we were cheating by having the chance to figure out what we did wrong and fix it. I discovered that the other teams were given the same opportunity, so of course, it was fair but it felt funny. lol I'm not complaining, however! It was nice and we appreciated it! Made for a lot less aggravation! It was nice having "free hints", too. The staff was plentiful in the right areas, too.
The eye spies were really fun this time, too--we found the majority of them and had fun determining which one was the right one. I'm amazed that you not only had 52 unique cards but that the backs of the cards were all unique, too.
Really, really well done guys (and girls!)!!!!! THANK YOU!!!