Disney was a huge part of my childhood. The first movie I saw in the theater was a re-release of Lady and the Tramp, I don’t remember much of it but look very happy in the picture. Although, my true love for the Mouse in pants did not begin until age three when I discovered a little movie that featured seven dwarfs. I was obsessed with Snow White. She was the reason why I learned how to work the VCR (in my Snow White costume of course), I had themed parties, and my room was a living shrine with merchandise. Anyway, whether it be childhood reminiscence or because I’m a sucker for happily ever afters I have always held a special place in my heart for Disney.
When I was eleven my family moved to Missouri. While our home was being built we lived in a small apartment and were always looking for excuses to get out and explore. One weekend my dad gave my brother and I an ultimatum. We could either go to Disney World or take a weekend trip to Hannibal, Missouri, to show you how desperate we were my brother and I chose Mark Twain over Mickey Mouse. Instead of a tour of Cinderella’s Castle we visited the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens. Rather than posing with princesses, we had photo ops with Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher.
I would have taken the annoying “it’s a small world after all” theme over this weekend trip any day of the week, and being the gullible children we were never thought a parent would deprive their child of a tea-cup ride. True to his word, our dad upheld our choice and at the ripe old age of 31, I have yet to cross the gates of the happiest place on earth.
Therefore, I must live vicariously through others and magical films and books, an example being The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen, an enchanting look at the land of Disney.
The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen
Published by Morgan James Publishing on March 17, 2016
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."
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About the Author
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.