The JuJu hunt is over (at least for the time being)! The month long, guest interactive experience ended with a celebration and while supplies lasted, the limited release Skull JuJu was sold to all guests brave enough to tell a tale of adventure.
I made it to Disneyland as the last participant of the RunDisney 5K crossed the finish line and made my way to the front entrance. Not knowing if the special JuJu was limited to a small quantity, a couple hundred adventurers set siege to Adventureland. We were guided to the Indiana Jones Trading Post and purchased our $5 adventure card. Our mission was to report to Aladdin’s Oasis tell a story of our epic experience with the Adventureland Trading Co. or craft a group story with other guests. I finished my set of ten collectibles by revealing the mystery behind the dill pickles at Tropical Imports.
I was fortunate to meet several of the team responsible for this special event and they had more magic in store for us. There were further education opportunities for Jungle Cruise skippers, a Tiki Room sing-a-long, a Maraglyph decoding challenge, snake hunts and games of hot piranha concluding with venomade and pineapple parfaits for participants. An extra special treat was a Jungle “horticulture” Cruise with the ever enthusiastic, knowledgeable botanist Steve from
the Cultivating the Magic Tour. He traded his plaid for traditional jungle attire and wore it well.
Coordinators and Cast Members felt the event was very successful and enjoyed the opportunity to dive into the rich history of this classic land. They hope it catches on and returns to the park. I could not agree more. With adventure names of their own, the cast members where not just at work, they were on stage. Most of them were on stage all day long. I appreciated their spirit of aloha and feel like summer camp has ended and my new friends have scattered across the country. Seeing the excitement in their eyes when they helped a guest complete a set of JuJus or laughing at the comical stylings of a six year old skipper took me away from reality and made it okay to play with others in the park. It was fun to help vacationers put together a set of charms by trading with cast members. I spent more time, that one day in Adventureland than I have spent on rides in the last six months. Thank you Jungle Joey, Jungle Jim, Tiki Tiki Kam Kam, Dr. Dakota Danger Dingo, Skip, Tiki Kiki and everyone else involved with this magical Friday. It was a true Disney experience!