Disneyland continues to find ways to playfully engage guests with new experiences. Those fans who have been to the parks many times and may be in the mood for something other than rides will now find the puzzles of the Adventureland Trading Company to be great fun, particularly when taken on in teams of friends.
The new limited time experience begins in (where else?) Adventureland at the Indiana Jones shop. There guests can select a variety of quests to purchase with the promise of a collectible reward in the end.
Yes, unlike the recently added Legends of Frontierland interactive experience, the Adventureland Trading Company costs money to participate in. A mere $5 will buy into most of the scavenger hunts with a couple costing $7.50 that involve special food or drinks.
Adventure begin with inventive paperwork – collectibles unto themselves – in the form of newspapers, newsletters, or even sealed envelopes, each intended to guide guests to their first step to completing the task. Every task is different, be it bird spotting, message decrypting, or lost shipment finding. But in the end, the goal is the same for all: acquire Juju, a collectible trinket commemorating a job well done.
Explorers are posted and well trained to explain each of the available options. But be warned: Asking them to explain all of them will wind up with hearing quite a long speech as there is much to describe. But they are good at it and can make even the most convoluted tasks seem easy.
Adventures can range from fairly simple, able to be completed in 5-10 minutes, to rather complex, requiring venturing into other lands or even outside the park, taking far longer.
Quests can lead guests to the Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure, and even Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Hotel, just to name a few.
And sometimes the experience can even overlap with the recent Frontierland addition, with just the right timing, as a “hold up” was occurring in one store necessary for finishing one puzzle.
Along the way, it’s easy and helpful to team up with fellow adventurers who are working on the same task. At any given time, it’s easy to spot several other guests trying to solve the same puzzles.
And in the end, the hunts are fun and a sense of accomplishment reached as the Juju trinkets are earned. The drinks are a pretty good reward too.
Pictured here are just four of many adventures currently available at Disneyland, but the Juju are available in limited quantities. The added cost may initially be a deterrent but considering the much higher cost of Disney’s trading pins, paying $5 – $7.50 for far cooler Juju collectibles and the experience of hunting them down (plus the potential for food and drinks) is well worth it. The Adventureland Trading Company adds a lot of new excitement to the classic Disneyland area, especially for those who have its attractions memorized and are looking for a new type of fun.
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