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#MicroblogMondays 47: Treasure Island

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Mental Floss had an article about Disney’s abandoned Discovery Island.  I don’t have strong feelings about the space like I do about the abandoned River Country (I loved that place!), but I was totally intrigued by an idea floated in the article:

Soon after the island closed, Disney met with Robyn and Rand Miller, the creators of the hugely popular computer games Myst and Riven, hoping to recreate a real-life version of the adventure game. A certain number of guests would be admitted to the island each morning and would have a set number of hours to explore, unlocking secrets and finding hidden passages in the process. No two experiences would ever be the same.

I clicked around and read more about the abandoned project.

What?  I want to go to the Myst-themed amusement park.  I want my own real-life adventure.

We have something similar-ish sounding here in DC (and I know it’s in a lot of other towns).  You get locked in a room and have to solve a mystery and get out.

What do you think: sounds fun or not your cup of tea?


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1 Mina { 07.20.15 at 6:12 am }

Hmm, it doesn’t sound all that bad. Except I’ve seen too may films that start equally innocent, and end disastrously. I’m of the opinion that I don’t want to openly invite danger in my life. Plus, one is not completely alone there, there is someone watching to ensure everything goes smoothly, so the adventure sense, knowing that someone is watching and taking care of you, should anything happen, is not exactly genuine, is it? I would love to play the game on the computer, would definitely not go there in real life.
I’m getting old, aren’t I?

2 Middle Girl { 07.20.15 at 7:31 am }

An island? Never. Locked in a room? Hmmm…not anymore. Given the right set of circumstances I might entertain the idea of being part of a kind of adventure.

3 persnickety { 07.20.15 at 8:10 am }

Interesting. I know that there is a locked room mystery place in my town. Kind of like those host a murder dinner party kits you can buy from game stores.
I don’t know I would be game to try an island adventure. On one hand, interesting, on the other the potential for things to go wrong (too many movies start with the premise)

4 SuzannaCatherine { 07.20.15 at 8:15 am }

Not my “cup of tea” t all. Certainly not my definition of entertainment either. That sounds like my idea of Purgatory. I’ll pass.

5 Heather { 07.20.15 at 8:29 am }

I would totally sign up for that amusement weekend. Why the hell not. My imagination would totally run away with it, and it would be really fun to do it with friends.
I don’t know, life at the moment is pretty average, very routine. Which is fine after the upheaval of the spring. However, having that as an option would be cool.

6 Jennifer { 07.20.15 at 8:42 am }

Definitely not my cup of tea but I bet my husband would like something like that!

7 andy { 07.20.15 at 8:44 am }

not my cup of tea, but Liam loves checking out the abandoned Disney island and would love to go!

8 Michelle { 07.20.15 at 9:08 am }

Oh my goodness! I had compleeeeetely forgotten about Myst and Riven. My dad bought the games for me when I was very young – too young to understand them – but I played for hours anyway and was just never able to figure anything out. I think I need to dig up the old discs! Wonder if they’d work on Windows 8?

9 Shilpa { 07.20.15 at 9:47 am }

An, not my cup as well

10 Katherine A { 07.20.15 at 9:50 am }

I’m not familiar with Myst, but I could totally be on board with an “experience” type weekend adventure. In my case, I’d be absolutely excited to have someone set up a castle like Hogwarts or somewhere like Gondor or Rivendell and have to figure out a quest or something for a weekend. The general idea sounds really fun.

On the other hand, I found myself nodding at Mina’s comment above when she mentions the films that start out well but end disastrously involving these sorts of weekends…

11 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 07.20.15 at 9:54 am }

We have a couple places similar to this in Toronto. I’ve never been, but I’d go once. But not for a whole weekend.

12 Isabelle { 07.20.15 at 10:22 am }

I love escape games on the phone, and I would like to try one of those real life ones offered in a room. But in a whole park is a little bit scary….

13 Kimberly { 07.20.15 at 11:35 am }

My husband would love both. He loves all puzzles. He’s loves having stuff to figure out like that. Me? I’d go to make him happy but I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much. But I wouldn’t hate it either.

14 Geochick { 07.20.15 at 11:41 am }

I’ve done a Clue Room with friends. While I’m not really into puzzles/scavenger/treasure hunts, it was pretty fun for an hour.

15 illustr8d { 07.20.15 at 12:15 pm }

Probably not my cuppa. If you want to see me freak out, lock me in somewhere and don’t give me the key. No, no.

Now an island, I could cope with. (And I’m rewatching Lost right now and I say that.) But a room, never.

16 JustHeather { 07.20.15 at 3:29 pm }

I’d love it! It sounds like live role playing games and the sort of online game I played 20 years ago (OMG that is ancient history).

17 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.20.15 at 3:55 pm }

Wow. I had no idea these existed.

I think, if I’m going to solve a puzzle, I’d rather do it in my own space. That does creep me out a bit to have to rely on my wits to literally make it out of something. Guess I don’t have as much confidence in my wits as I thought I did.

18 Daryl { 07.20.15 at 4:00 pm }

Hmm…could be interesting. I do love a good puzzle. But I have to agree with Mina that it sounds an awful lot like the beginning of a horror movie.

19 torthuil { 07.20.15 at 4:08 pm }

I don’t have time to read all the articles right now, but I think it sounds fun! It would be a great date activity for a couple who was into it.

20 Laurel Regan { 07.20.15 at 5:03 pm }

I wouldn’t mind the island (I think), but no way on the being locked in a room thing. I get claustrophobic even thinking of it!

21 Mali { 07.20.15 at 5:32 pm }

I’d try the island, but not the locked room. As long as I could take my husband with me – my own personal MacGyver.

22 Cynthia Samuels { 07.20.15 at 6:00 pm }

I think it sounds amazing! A little scary maybe — I can think of a dozen thrillers you could write Mel. I personally am still dying to go to Harry Potter in Orlando – we moved West at the wrong time.

23 Regina { 07.20.15 at 6:11 pm }

I like the idea of solving a mystery to get to a particular place. Just not the locked in the room part. Maybe solving a mystery to get into a place, like a theme park.

24 Jess { 07.20.15 at 10:01 pm }

That sounds kind of amazing. As long as there’s no scare tactics and we are safe the entire time, I think I could get behind that! The locked-room mysteries scare me a little, to be honest. I like the idea of a choose-your-own-adventure theme park quest, and it wouldn’t be crowded! I like it. Sign me up.

25 Traci York { 07.20.15 at 10:06 pm }

OMG! Real life Myst! I would totally do something like that! It’s one of the very first games I ever played on the first computer hubby and I bought together, back in… *cough* *cough* 1995 *cough* *cough*

Okay, now I feel old. But I’d still totally do it. *grin*

26 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 07.21.15 at 1:13 am }

I’ve heard about the being-locked-in-a-room thing, and I don’t think I’m up for that. Exploring an island sounds much more intriguing!

27 Symanntha { 07.21.15 at 1:22 am }

I want to do this with my husband so bad!!

28 Cristy { 07.21.15 at 1:44 pm }

I haven’t heard of this. I never managed to get the hang of Myst, but that has more to do with my struggle with computer games than with the idea (I like group work vs. solo work). What an intriguing idea.

29 Amanda { 07.21.15 at 4:14 pm }

I got the link fixed…didn’t realize it wasn’t working on my blog post! Eek!

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