I don’t really know what to call this book other than a combination of a journal and guidebook to some of the experiences I have been able to create with my six-year-old son, Derek. We have been fortunate enough in the past two years to be able to frequently walk over and use our annual passes to the point that we feel like we are quite the experts. We live closer to the Disneyland Resort than most people are when they stay at a hotel! It’s definetly been a unique experience and we want to be able to share it with you and your family.
"Continuing the Vision" is in reference to the experience that led Walt to build Disneyland Park. Walt visited other amusement parks and found himself by himself on the sidelines, bored, and anxious to go home while his girls rode the rides. Walt said, "What this country really needs is an amusement park that families can take their children to." We all know his vision now stands and we get to enjoy it. My grandfather took my dad, and my dad took me. I think the memories we have created here are exactly what Walt had in mind. And by using this guidebook, you have an easy way to navigate through all of the many available options while you're there!
This handbook has been split up into ideas for 12 trips/missions that both father and son can do together while either visiting the resort for a few hours or several when vacationing for a few days. Typically, Derek and I would go on a visit to the park from as little as two hours to as long as a full day. These trips are designed to take between two to four hours and have a loose theme. I originally had a monthly trip in mind, so I have organized them that way in the handbook. As an example, one trip is based in New Orleans Square in the Disneyland Resort and includes scavenger hunts for specific pirate items, a trip to Pirate's Lair, a mint Julep, some ride history and much more. We'll provide the most efficient way to complete those things and entertain you along the way.
Here are a few other highlights:
Scavenger Hunt: People Watching
Each section also has a few reasons to be on the lookout while in the queues or while walking from ride to ride. Some of the items are easy and you shouldn’t have too much of a hard time finding them, while other are hard and you may not see them until after several trips! Here's an example. Easy: spot the Wicked Queen from Snow White while in line for Peter Pan. (Every few seconds, she pops out from behind the curtain above her ride.) Harder: find a can of Pepsi. (Disneyland doesn’t sell Pepsi, which means someone would have had to bring it into the park on their own. Tricky, right?)
Activity: “This Time Around”
Rather than make your trip a complete checklist of things to do, this section is to guide you to discover some new memories of your own. There are some fun things to do and see around the resort area and not necessarily in the parks. We'll help you find them.
As this is a Father and Son theme, we hope to do another with Father and Daughter and Date Night. We also have ideas not just for Disneyland, but for many other tourist attractions and fascinating cities.
Also note that while this is father and son themed (and I know I just said I want to do a Father and Daughter version), this can be used for any combination of people. Mom and son, grandma and granddaughter, uncle and nephew, you name it. Not everything is gender specific, but our daughter version will have more about visiting princesses and the son one will have more about visiting pirates, etc.
Risks and challenges
This is not an official book from the Walt Disney Company. The costs to create a first run small book or booklet would be covered by this goal.
We have a first draft just about done. I will post previews of sections throughout our Kickstarter campaign. I am going to design this with my wife and use photographs that family members have taken.
I also want to make sure that all my information is accurate and legal so I'd like to have it reviewed by a lawyer and editor.
I want to make sure it is the best it can be in every way possible and that there is a demand for the handbook.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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