Guestpost by Catherine Olen, author of The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt
As an annual pass holder for over twenty-five years, I have observed thousands of guests coming through the gates of Disneyland. I’ve watched as guests enjoyed the many attractions and shows, but so often they miss the hidden Disneyland; the Disneyland Walt put his heart and soul into creating.
Part of my inspiration for writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt was to share some of these hidden treasures with visitors to this magical place. Here you will find just a few of the many wonders you will discover while exploring the varied lands with your own copy of my book.
- Take a ride of the Lillie Belle – Go to the Main Street train station and request a ticket to ride on the Lillie Belle, the caboose decorated by Lillian Disney with crushed velvet furnishings and crystal lamps. Take a look at the Disney family album and sign the guest books as a permanent recording of your ride as a Disneyland Railroad VIP.
- Get a private birthday greeting from Mickey Mouse – Go to City Hall on Main Street U.S.A. and get a personal phone call from Mickey Mouse himself. Imagine the look on your child’s face when he or she hears Mickey say, “Happy Birthday” to them. While you’re there, be sure to get your personalized birthday button as a keepsake of your special day.
- Visit the wall Walt used to design Disneyland – As you stroll down Main Street U.S.A. take a moment to visit the wall outside the locker area. Notice anything unusual? This wall is made with three different kinds of brick. Walt Disney used this wall as a template to tell the builders which type of brick he wanted in the various areas throughout the park. It sits quietly as a testimony to Walt’s methodical design of this magic kingdom.
- Disneyland offers alternatives for guests with special needs – Did you know there is a special room within Sleeping Beauty Castle for guests unable to climb the stairs within the castle? This room offers video of the attraction for those needing special assistance. In addition, many of the attractions have special cars that will fit a wheel chair so smaller guests can stay comfortable while experiencing the rides.
- Ask for your map of The Jungle Cruise attraction – At the end of your Jungle Cruise adventure, see a cast member to receive your free map of the attraction as a souvenir of surviving this harrowing trip down the rivers of the jungle.
These tips and many many more are waiting for your next visit to Disneyland with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt to help you along your way.
About Catherine Olen:
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 pass-holders 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. Catherine currently resides in Orange, CA