Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen Book Spotlight

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."

Meet 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. 

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Author Interview
1. What was your favorite part of writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

What I love most about writing this book was seeing Disneyland again and again in different ways.
While I have been an annual pass holder for over twenty-five years, I saw the theme parks through new eyes and I have come to appreciate the details the Imagineers have put into the planning of Disneyland resort on a whole new level.

2. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you during your time at Disneyland?

One of the things I love to do when I am at Disneyland is entertain myself by interacting with guests and cast members. Many times I will stand in line for pictures with the characters. When I get have my time with Mickey Mouse or Cinderella I like to run to them, get a hug and then say, “I am so excited! I didn’t know we were see celebrities today.” The cast members laugh and the characters will react with surprise or play along with my silliness. I also love interacting with guests on the parks for the first time. It has been said that everyone is my best friend and one of my joys is to gab with people while standing in line, pointing out something they perhaps did not know or just finding out a little bit about their time in the parks.

3. What were some of the unexpected hurdles you faced while writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

After writing the first draft of The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, I found that I had included too
much information and had to make the difficult decision what to share with my readers. This is a
tremendous challenge for me since I wanted to include everything about Disneyland and Disney’s
California Adventure but at the same time did not want to overwhelm someone visiting the Disney
resort for the first time. I feel now that I have done the theme park justice with this version but I look
forward to sharing much more with fans in the future.

4. If there were one thing you would want readers to remember about The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, what would that be?

My goal in writing this book was to allow guests of Disneyland to see the magic created by Walt
Disney and his Imagineers. If my book brings the readers more joy to their time at the theme parks, I
have succeeded in my goal for writing this book. Walt Disney wanted parents and children to interact
together and I had the same goal with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt. Readers will notice the
questions are broken down into one two or three stars. The one star questions are for first time visitors or families with small children. I want the kids to participate and feel like they are succeeding in finding the items within the book along with mom and dad.

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