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The Optimist Alternate Reality Game

Mark M.
user 21652351
Garden Grove, CA
Post #: 2
How many of you in our group heard about and participated in this amazing Disney alternate reality game?
It started in June and finished up the weekend of D23. It was a great thing for someone like me, who saw Wald Disney as a visionary and always enjoyed the positive look to the future that were a part of the theme parks and TV shows from the 50's to the 80's.

The 'game' involved some clever characters and their web sites, Blogs and twitter accounts. It all started with a girl fro Rhode Island discovering her grandfather, a SF writer, was a part of a secret group of Imagineers who were working on the 1964 Worlds Fair and plans for WDW. A graphic artist with a web site dedicated to his unique Disney posters became the tour-guide for participants in the quest, which took places all over Southern California at some of Walt and his Imagineers favorite haunts.

The finale happened at Disneyland, where strangers had to team up to track down the clues that lead them to the goal. The games was designed so that people could join at any time and still complete the quest. A very amazing piece of social entertainment.

I think it would be fun at one of our park gathering for people who played The Optimist to bring their collected souvenirs and share their stories with each other and those who missed the event.

How many of you are "true believers" ? (as Wallace would say)
Ed K.
user 26774022
Carlsbad, CA
Post #: 15
Maybe next time there is an interesting event like this someone will post early enough for us to participate. An active link would also help.
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