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Introducing Park Pursuit, a visual scavenger hunt for iOS and Android.

Park Pursuit is an interactive, mobile-based, scavenger hunt. This version contains 55 clues taken from Disney's Animal Kingdom Park and BYU Provo, with more to come.

The game is designed to allow scavenger hunts to be created anywhere in the world. However, living in Central Florida, the Disney Theme Parks seemed to be the natural place to start. As a bonus, we recently added 20 clues to seek from the Brigham Young University Campus in Provo, with more to come soon.

Park Pursuit began life as a team-building exercise that a former boss ran for us at Epcot a number of years ago. The clues were printed on multiple sheets of paper, duplicated, and distributed to teams. Each team had four hours to find as many clues as possible.

A few years later, I ran a similar scavenger hunt for my boy scout troop. We did one in the Magic Kingdom, and another in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. One day, it occurred to me that a mobile version would not only be fun, but easier to distribute, and a lot less costly in terms of paper and ink. Park Pursuit was born.

The game is designed to allow scavenger hunts to be created anywhere in the world. However, living in Central Florida, the Disney Theme Parks seemed to be the natural place to start. 

To start a hunt, select an available park, and then you will be presented with a series of images. Each image is a clue to a landmark somewhere within that park.

If you need a hint, tap the "Hint" link (or the ? icon), and the app will tell you the rough compass direction you should seek, along with a snarky comment about your distance from it.
      
When you think you have found the landmark, tap the "Found It" link (or the eye icon). The app will compare your current location to the location embedded in the clue itself. You must be within 25 meters of the clue's location to consider it "found." Once found, that image will be marked as found and updated in the list of clues.
      
There is no limit to the number of clues or parks you can seek simultaneously. Your progress is saved automatically.

We intend to add more parks (and not just Disney Parks) to the mix, along with the ability for players to submit their own parks and clues. Watch for application updates.
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Park Pursuit is available for iPhone and Android.
Note: Disney, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are registered trademarks of the The Walt Disney Company, and are used herein only for descriptive purposes. They are not intended to imply any relationship, connection, authorization, or approval from the The Walt Disney Company. All photographs and images used in the app are either in the public domain, released under a Creative Commons license, or taken by private citizens and are used with permission.

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