Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen (Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway!)

I've only been to Disneyland once. It was twenty years ago when I didn't have children. I loved it and promised myself that if I ever had children, I would take them to Disneyland. I now have two kids, early teens and we are planning a trip for next year when my hubby and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. So when this book landed on my desk, I was excited. A scavenger hunt in Disneyland? Who wouldn't love that!

I asked the author what inspired her to write this particular book. She wrote her answer in the form of a guest post. I hope you take the time to read it. Then make sure you enter her awesome giveaway. She is offering a Disney Prize Pack that your kids would love.

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt: A Detailed Path throughout the Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Parks by Catherine F. Olen
Category:  Adult nonfiction,  180 pages
Genre:  Family travel, Tourist destinations, Theme parks
Publisher: Morgan James
Release date:  July 2016
Content Rating:  G (The content of this book is great for all ages. From families with small children to Disney enthusiasts of all age, there is something for everyone.)

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."

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Guest post by Catherine F. Olen

As a published author I have been asked many times where the inspiration for a book comes from. Speaking for myself, inspiration comes from the activities I enjoy most.

The inspiration for The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt came one morning while I was sitting on Main Street USA. I perched myself on the small porch next to China Closet shop and watched the guests walking down the street towards the attractions Disneyland has to offer. Wave after wave of people, families, young couples and children moved past me not noticing anything or anyone around them. All with the same goal, get to the attraction lines as quickly as possible.

Later, as I strolled through Frontierland I watched and family with a little girl trying to decide which of the ride to go on next. While mom and dad were discussing plans I watch the little one playing in the fence of one of the gardens entertaining herself during the lull. Suddenly I heard mom call out to her, “Come on, it’s time to go on Pirates of the Caribbean.” Their child was perfectly happy with her choice of entertainment and refused to move from her spot. As mother and father began moving away, I could not hide the smile that came when she stomped her little foot on the faux dirt road and screamed, “I don’t want to stand around anymore.”

It was these two incidents that brought the moment of inspiration. How to expand on Walt Disney’s vision to keep parents and children entertained together during their time at Disneyland resort. At first, most of my time was spent researching how many other authors had the same idea over the years and was shocked to find virtually no one has created this type of book. My excitement for this project was building each day but there was one major hurdle to overcome, where to find a publisher to help make my vision a reality.

As with most of the events of my life, either the answer is a definitive yes or no. My belief in this book was so strong I sent one book proposal to one publishing house. Most of us have heard how difficult it can be to find a publisher willing to take a chance on an author, even as established one. Even without a publisher, I moved forward researching and writing furiously. Within thirty days I had my answer and it was yes!

As an author I tend to get in my head rethinking as idea of second guessing the path I am taking to convey my message to the readers. This was not the case with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt. The only struggle was to decide how much information to contain within this first volume. I was even more energize when I had my daughter and her friends take the finished manuscript into Disneyland and begin answering the questions. The feedback was overwhelming as I heard over and over how fun the book was and how they wanted more.

This feedback has continued as I have heard nothing but encouragement from cast members of the Disneyland resort, friends and family offered their praise and strangers I have met in my travels were genuinely interested in the journey of discovery that has been The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt. Now, with this book completed, I look forward to my next venture, The Great Walt Disney World 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. 

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram

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  1. I would like to win this prize pack so that I can give it to my wife. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com


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