Millions of people flock to Orlando every year to visit the most popular theme parks in the world. Among them are first time vacationers who have their hearts set on seeing their favorite characters or riding the thrill rides they’ve been dreaming of since they started planning their trip. While these people are coming in masses, we don’t for a moment forget our frequent flyers.
If you’re a regular visitor of Orlando then you know that the theme parks don’t add new rides or shows that often so after a while it can be hard to find reasons to keep going back. However, we’ve stumbled across a trend that some theme parks have started to catch wind of: scavenger hunts.
A quick search and you can find dozens of sites that list scavenger hunts for the City of Orlando, theme parks, and other locations. We’ve even previously written about some of the popular scavenger hunts we’ve found for Orlando previously (see: https://bit.ly/2O7T4Ca). Today, we’re going to talk about some fan favorite theme park scavenger hunts.
Disney World Scavenger Hunts – Disney has put together some cute scavenger hunts at a few of their parks to keep kids entertained as you make your way between attractions. The best part? These are FREE.
- A Pirate’s Adventure (Magic Kingdom) – Adventure Land has added the experience A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. Choose from five different maps and search for lost treasure. You can earn free fast passes for Pirates of the Caribbean and as an added bonus, the maps are yours to keep.
- Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure (Epcot) – If your little ones are fans of Phineas and Ferb, they will certainly want to participate in this high-tech scavenger hunt. Get briefed by Agent P at the Intern Recruitment center before you start your mission to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz. This is a great way to keep the kids engaged in Epcot considering that this park is a bit limited in the rides department (although this is changing with the addition of the new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster and Ratatouille dark ride expected next year).
- Wilderness Explorers (Animal Kingdom) – Join the Wilderness Explorers Club with Russel and Dug from the Disney-Pixar animated film Up to earn explorer badges all around the park. The official handbook is free and can be picked up at the park entrance. There are hands on activities to complete at various locations around the parks. There are 32 badges and one special badge for those who complete the entire challenge. This is a super cute way to entertain children that might be a little too small to get on rides like Everest or Avatar Flight of Passage.
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Magic Kingdom) – Battle Disney’s villains by unlocking magical spells throughout the park with your collectible trading cards. Once you enter the hidden portal, you’ll get to view the park in a whole new light with characters interactions in the most unexpected places. These cards make for unique souvenirs that you can’t purchase and the experience makes magical memories for the whole family.
Disney World Scavenger Hunts Made by Fans – there’s no shortage of fan-made scavenger hunts for any given Disney park. You can find so many of these on Pinterest that it might be hard to find a good place to start. Here are a few places you can find some fun ones.
- MouseQuest Podcast – https://bit.ly/2Dqtc07 – These are built for competing with other members of your group. Perfect for larger groups or families looking to get some great photo memories of your Disney trips. They have one per park and the printable lists have sections where you can tally up your points.
- Sand and Snow – https://bit.ly/2ObFhdA – This is a 100+ item scavenger hunt perfect for anyone spending multiple days at the parks. It’s a Magic Kingdom photo scavenger hunt so be prepared to take a lot of great photos. This one lists characters, attractions signs, and some challenging photo ops.
- Elite Daily – http://elitedai.ly/2NB0w9m – If you haven’t heard about the walls at Disney, you’re in for a treat. This list is a list of the 9 Best Instagram walls at Disney. They are all in various parks so get ready to join the millions of Instagramers who have helped make these walls famous. Which is the most popular? The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland (Magic Kingdom).
Universal Orlando – Disney fans aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Universal has its own pretty cool scavenger hunts. If you’re an avid fan of Harry Potter or other films showcased at these parks, you won’t be left wanting. Here are some of the best scavenger hunts we’ve found.
- We 3 Travel “Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt Challenge” – https://bit.ly/2OOjc1Y – As the name suggests, this is a great Harry Potter themed photo scavenger hunt. If you solemnly swear that you’re up to no good, don’t pass this one up. You’ll have to decipher the clues, find the locations and take your photos.
- Walls of Universal – https://bit.ly/2NDOax4 – Return of the Instagramable walls, this time at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. If you enjoyed the Disney walls, these will really make your Instagram feed pop.
- I-Spy Universal Studios Florida – https://bit.ly/2O9ImuP – Found on A Mom’s Take, this photo hunt is also a BINGO game that spans the two parks. Some of these locations are harder to find than others, but if you’re a frequent visitor of these parks you’ll have no problem finding most of these.
You can find dozens more scavenger hunts across many fan sites, forums, and Pinterest. Don’t forget to add us to your scavenger hunt adventures and tag us in a photo of yourself checking in at our hotel using the hashtag #RosenInnUniversal.