18 July, 2016

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt - A guest post

Book Description:

See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.

See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.

If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Books-a-Million ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Powell's Books ~ Chapters.Indigo.ca

Author's Bio:

Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.

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Guest Post:

Recently I was asked, “What would you say is the funniest experience you have had in writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?”

After giving it some serious thought, well, as serious as I ever am….I could not come up with a funny moment but rather came to the realization of how fun my life has been writing this book. I continually enjoy the rides, shows and attractions, but there is one aspect of my life visiting Disneyland that I enjoy more than anything else.

Engaging guests to become present during their time at the theme parks is one of my private joys. So often I have witnessed families that forget they are visiting the happiest place on earth. The frustrations of the day start to overwhelm anyone. Heat, long lines, crying children can distract from the magic of Disneyland. More often it is the crowds themselves that offer tremendous stress on even the happiest day at Disneyland. At some point, guests will fall into line with others without even knowing what attraction they are waiting for.

How do I fit in? Here are just a few of my favorite moments helping people find the joy again.
On one particular day I watched a family having a bad day. Mom and dad were frustrated, the kids were hot and they had forgotten their purpose for the vacation. As someone not involved in the moment I gentle walked up and said, “You spent thousands of dollars to come here, remember to have fun.” It was then I visible saw the shift from anger to realization. “Thank you” was all the father said to me and hugged his wife.

Another aspect of theme park life is watching guest fall into a line even though they may not know what attraction people are waiting for. In my pin trading days, we would line up to purchase a limited edition item first thing on a Sunday morning. When other guest would get in line and ask, “What ride are you in line for?”

My response would be, “This is not a ride, it’s soft taco Sunday.” So often, the guest will thank me and begin to walk away. They take just a few steps and I can visibly see the wheels in their head turning as they realize what has been said. Usually I will answer their stare with a small mile to let them know I am playing and mean no harm.

Writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt was another way for me to engage the guests to be present on their adventures at Disneyland, to enjoy the moments that are so important when the children are little. Walt Disney’s vision to have parents and children interact to form memories that would last a lifetime still lives in Disneyland to this day and I hope I have added to that joy with this book.

Interacting with cast members has become another important part of my day when visiting Disneyland. I have formed many friendships over the years and love to tease with cast members when they working.

“Excuse me, can you help me find the line for Daffy Duck?” I asked a manager. I caught the visible moment when before he spoke when he realized I what had been said. With a cheeky smile I apologized and let him know I was just entertaining myself.

It is with an air of fun, never malice that I love to engage people, it adds to my fun and hopefully give a little laugh to others during their time. 

Until next time,

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