Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland

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Celebrate The Fun

That Most People Overlook On Their Visits To The Disneyland Parks?The Lines

That?s Right, The Lines! Puzzled? Read On?

No one likes to stand and wait. But happily you don?t have to just stand and wait at the Disneyland theme parks. Disney?s Imagineers and designers have packed a wealth of detail and delight into just about every queue for every ride. All you...

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Celebrate The Fun

That Most People Overlook On Their Visits To The Disneyland Parks—The Lines

That’s Right, The Lines! Puzzled? Read On…

No one likes to stand and wait. But happily you don’t have to just stand and wait at the Disneyland theme parks. Disney’s Imagineers and designers have packed a wealth of detail and delight into just about every queue for every ride. All you need to do is look around you.

Here is a guide that will immerse you in Disney magic every step of the way. As you join each new ride queue, you’ll find challenging questions and scavenger hunts that turn your time in line into amusing games. If you can recognize Mickey and Minnie, you’re all set to play.

Just bring a keen set of eyes. Disney provides all the rest--with occasional help from your fellow guests.

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Editorial Reviews

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A great book…based on all the things to see while in line at specific attractions…We especially enjoyed…the scavenger hunt[s].
--Michelle McCoy, the talking trekaroo, Trekaroo.com, 6/9/2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887140973
  • Publisher: The Intrepid Traveler
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Meredith Lyn Pierce has been visiting Disneyland regularly since her childhood and ten years, when she lived in Orange County, California. She decided to create “Lots To Do In Line” when she began visiting the parks with her husband and their young daughter on trips from their home in Lacey, Washington. Looking at the park in the role of Mommy made her notice things she had failed to register before: the lines were a wonderland of things to see and do, and they were going unnoticed and under appreciated.
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Most of the challenges in this park take place strictly in the lines. However, there are times when you will be wandering around the park from one place to another. Perhaps you need a break or want to find a good lunch spot. For those times, turn to the Disneyland Park Scavenger Hunt at the end of this chapter.

Tip: You may want to read over the list now and then stay on the look-out. The treasures on the scavenger hunt list are scattered throughout the park. You get 1 point for every one you find.

Note: Unless specified otherwise, give yourself 1 point for each correct answer, 1 point for each Treasure you find, 1 point for each item you add to a Collection, and 1 point for any similar finds you make when you are hunting for something rather than answering questions. Good luck!

Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad Station

1. How much does it cost to get your weight?
a. 25 cents b. 5 cents c. 1 penny d.10 cents

2. Who was on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on November 17, 1956?
a. Snow White b. Pluto c. Walt Disney d. Pinocchio e. All of the above

3. What is the address of the fire department?

a. 484

b. 10

c. 105
d. 31

4. Find a detailed map of the route the Disneyland Railroad tracks follow. What is the name of the No. 2 train?
a. Ernest S. Marsh b. E.P. Ripley c. Lilly Belle d. C.K. Holliday

5. What is the name of the full-sized train that was created using the Lilly Belle as a model?
a. C.K. Holliday b. E.P. Ripley c. Ernest S. Marsh d. Fred Gurley

6. Treasure Hunt Time! It is time for a quick treasure hunt. Give yourself 1 point for each item you find from the list on page 24.
__A photograph of Walt Disney riding the miniature Lilly Belle in his backyard
__An antique child’s admission ticket to Disneyland
__Four trunks
__The Golden Gate Bridge
__Grizzly Peak
__Tower of Terror
__The name of Walt Disney’s daughter
__A map of California
__Bobbin Timer (You will know what it is when you find it.)
__A small model of the Lilly Belle

7. Collection Time! If you are still waiting to board your train, this is a great time to work on a Collection or two. Choose from Collections listed on page 17. Here are some that should work well on Main Street:
__Shoes with no laces
__People texting
__Mickey Mouse ears

Main Street, U.S.A. Answers
1) d. 10 cents
2) a. Snow White
3) c. 105
4) b. E.P. Ripley
5) a. C.K. Holliday
6) Total Treasures found _______
7) Number of items collected _______

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Table of Contents

Enjoy the Fun Before the Ride
How Do I Use This Book?
Collection Suggestions
Disneyland Park
Main Street, U.S.A
Mickey’s Toontown
New Orleans Square
Critter Country
Disneyland Park Scavenger Hunt
Disney California Adventure Park
“A Bug’s Land”
Golden State
Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Paradise Pier
California Adventure Park Scavenger Hunt
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Welcome to the “happiest place on earth.” Congratulations, you are in for a wonderful time. If you are a child, or a child at heart, the fun is everywhere. Many guidebooks have been written about Disneyland and I have no intention of writing “just another guidebook.” I wrote “Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland” to celebrate the fun that most people overlook on their visit to Disney’s magical kingdom—the lines. That’s right, the lines. Puzzled? Read on.

As you are doubtless aware, lines at the Disneyland parks tend to be daunting much of the year. No one likes to stand and wait. But happily, you don’t have to just stand and wait at the Disneyland parks. Disney’s Imagineers have packed a wealth of detail and delight in just about every queue line in the park. All you need to do is open your eyes and your imagination.

With this book as your guide, a writing implement in hand, and a child (or a child at heart) by your side ready to play, you’ll be all set to make your time in line some of your happiest memories of your visit. Disney provides all the rest, with occasional help from your fellow guests.

How Do I Use This Book?

“Lots To Do In Line” turns your wait time into fun time by using the wealth of visual (and sometimes audio) detail Disney builds into its parks and most of its queue lines to create games for each ride in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The rides are grouped alphabetically in the “lands” and “areas” found in the official park Guidemaps (see the Index in the back of this book for specific page numbers).

As you join a new queue, open your book to the appropriate ride. You’ll find challenging questions and treasure hunts that turn time in line into an amusing game. You don’t need any prior knowledge to play these games. All the answers can be found just by looking around you, in the queue and beyond, for those clever details the Disney Imagineers and designers have provided. The questions are multiple-choice, meaning you never need to stop to fill in an answer, and the hunts ask you to circle or check the items you find, so again, you have nothing to write in.
Waiting times vary, of course, and some ride queues are less well detailed than others. To ensure that you have fun all the way up to the loading dock, you will sometimes be directed to build a “Collection.” Collections are groups of things to look for that you’ll find sprinkled all around the parks (weather vanes, for example) or things you can spot on your fellow guests, such as sparkling shoes and character T-shirts. You can hunt for Collection treasure anytime you choose, while in line or while walking around the parks. …

Order Of The Questions

Where possible, questions are presented in the order you’re likely to encounter the visuals or audio to answer them. In this way, the clues are sprinkled throughout the queue lines. Keep checking the next few questions ahead in case you pass something without noticing it. If you think you’ve passed by a clue, don’t worry, it means you’re getting closer to the ride. …

A Special Note For Grown-ups:
Most people, regardless of age, truly hate waiting in line and children find it particularly daunting because the very nature of a child is to be active. They are learning, thinking, seeing, and doing beings. They are never sedentary. Children do not just “look and enjoy,” they “do” things. So while everything you need to stay happy and entertained is right there for you in most of the queue lines, it’s easy for children (and many older folk, as well) to miss them. That’s where this book comes in.

“Lots To Do In Line” will help you and your child experience the Disneyland theme park queues actively, turning the wait into a game. Instead of asking kids to appreciate, say, an interesting prop when they come to it, it will have them hunting for that prop, trying to discover something about it, and earning points for their accomplishments. And let’s face it, adults and teens enjoy that, too; this book is designed to keep the whole family interested.

The questions are intended to offer a challenge but not to be so hard that a child feels he or she is losing the game. To that end, the multiple-choice design provides hints as to where to look to find the answer successfully. Disneyland, after all, is designed to be “the happiest place on earth,” not a place to lose. While children are focused on a quest, they can’t be complaining of being bored, hot, or hungry.

Happy kids at Disneyland equal happy parents. Have a great time enjoying the challenges.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    A great way to enrich your Disney Day

    This book was fun and easy to use and made me almost sorry for the short lines we had, I especially like the scavenger hunt suggestions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Keeping kids busy in line is fun

    Have you ever had to wait in line with kids? It’s generally hard to keep kids in one place on a good day. When you are waiting in line for a ride or event that seems interminably slow, the waiting can be hard and frustrating. Visiting a place like Disneyland can be exceptionally taxing with the inevitable long lines Disney is famous for.

    Meredith Lyn Pierce to the rescue. Pierce recently published a book called Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland. The concept behind this book is fantastic and I imagine the research that went into it was a ton of fun. Pierce has compiled dozens of trivia quizzes and game ideas for your time at Disneyland. As you are standing in line waiting, you can engage your children by asking them questions about what they see.

    Pierce and her family must have spent hours standing in line to research everything you would see from different vantage points along the “queue” for many of Disneyland’s attractions. The quizzes offer a great way to keep kids engaged and interested in what is happening in their vicinity. It helps to keep the parents active with their kids as well. There are different questions for the FastPass lines as well as the standby queues for the regular folk.

    I love the thought and attention to detail in the quizzes. The author clearly spent a lot of time working on the quizzes and finding great activities for the kids to do while in line.

    Another interesting idea Pierce presents is the idea of Collections. Collections are groupings of things you find while at the park. Each thing you find and place in a collection is worth one point. The person with the most points at the end of the day wins. You get extra points for completing the most collections. You can make up any rules to go along with this fun game. Some ideas of collections the author offers are funny hats, button collectors, Mickey Mouse ears, crazy backpacks, the list can go on.

    This book is a must have if you are planning a trip to Disneyland in California with kids. It will keep everyone entertained even while you are waiting. Make up some great prizes for the most points and you have incentive for maintaining cooperative behavior as well.

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