Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland–Book Review

Do you ever read something and say “Wow, I wish I’d written that”? I mean, something clever and creative and well thought-out and original and you’re like “That’s such a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?” but you didn’t, so you feel just a little bit inadequate? Well that happens to me all the time.

All. The. Time.

And it’s happened again, but in this case, I’m so glad I get to share it with you!

Here it is!

I was recently given a review copy of the new book Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Now, I know the title Lots To Do In Line is kind of an obvious hint to its contents, but in case you didn’t get it (and that’s okay too, I still love you),  this book is one big game you can play while waiting in lines at the Disneyland Resort. So it basically involves two of my favorite things: 1) Playing games, and 2) Waiting in line.

Oh wait, I only actually enjoy one of those things.

But Lots To Do In Line certainly makes #2 a whole lot more pleasant.

From the same publisher as the Hidden Mickeys books, Lots To Do In Line is slim and pocket-sized, if you happen to have big pockets, or fits well in a backpack. It focuses on basically four different activities–1) Multiple-choice questions about things you see in line, 2) Scavenger hunt-type ticky box lists, 3) Memory games with yes/no answers, and 4) Suggestions for “collections.”

I’ll break it down. Cue music. (I’m playing Superfreak in my head, but you can use any song you like as background music)

1) Multiple Choice Questions. These are a series of questions about things you can see or hear while you’re in line. The question asks for your observation and the choices include things that might be correct. For example, on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, a question is:

What does Mr. Toad have in his hand as you enter the queue?
a. A lollipop
b. A cane
c. A key
d. A monocle

(I actually knew this one off the top of my head, because I’m awesome like that)
Anyway, so there’s the question and multiple potential answers, and the correct answers are listed at the end of each section. The multiple-choice format makes it particularly accessible for the very young or for the Disneyland newbie, so give yourself a point.

Did I mention you get points? Well, you get points.

2) Scavenger hunt-type ticky boxes. Ticky boxes are those little blank boxes next to list items where you can tick or place a checkmark when you find it. If this is your first introduction to the term “ticky box” then you’re welcome. At any rate, the ticky boxes in this book are called Treasure Hunts, and they’re a lot of fun. Quite simply, they’re a list of things to look for. To use the Mr. Toad example from above, items on the Treasure Hunt ticky box list include a “slow” sign, buckteeth, a handlebar mustache, and a few other things. Spot these items, tick off your box, give yourself a point! Yay!

3) Memory games with yes/no answers. These are where you look at something completely and then try to remember you saw in a yes or no format. One example is the clock display on the Small World facade (which goes off every 15 minutes), with questions like: Did you see someone who was dancing? Did you see someone with wooden shoes? If you happen to have a good memory, this is a great game. If you’re like me and you don’t, you pretend that this part of the book doesn’t actually exist.

4) Suggestions for “collections.” Collections are a free-for-all gathering of points that can be done in any line or just walking around in the park. They actually remind me of the games we used to play in the car before the advent of in-car DVD players and such. Some suggested collections include spotting hats, girls in princess dresses, and people texting. Each one you spot, give yourself a point! Collections are a fabulous way of using up the rest of your queue time once the other questions are done.

But what about Fastpass? FEAR NOT! Applicable questions about Fastpass sites are clearly marked.

What I really liked about this book was the flexibility for all age levels and Disneyland experience. Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, Lots To Do In Line will keep everyone entertained while waiting.

For the more experienced park goers (*cough*me*cough*), Lots To Do can be adapted to still be challenging. My suggestion is to simply ignore the multiple choice answers and leave the questions, if you’re looking for more difficulty. For the ticky boxes, if you’re playing competitively, give yourself a time limit (one minute!) and see who can tick off the most. And don’t be afraid of making up your own collection criteria (people picking their noses? 10 points!!!).

Lots To Do In Line gets the My Year With The Mouse stamp of approval! Particularly if you don’t have the luxury of coming in the off-season, Lots To Do will be a great activity for the whole family while you’re waiting. And it’s also comprehensive for California Adventure too! I highly recommend it.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? Well WAIT NO MORE!!! I’ve got a spare copy to give away to one very lucky MYWTM reader!

To enter, leave a comment here saying “I’m bored in line–help me!”

Yeah, that’s all! Tell your friends and neighbors. Tell your dog. But only helper dogs with mouse ears will be allowed to actually win the contest. Don’t forget to put in a real email address.

Giveaway closes at 11:59pm Monday, March 19th.

Good luck!



39 responses to “Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland–Book Review

  1. Suzy Berhow March 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

    “I’m bored in line–help me!”

  2. Amanda Sikos March 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

    “I’m bored in line–HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  3. Stephanie Oslick March 15, 2012 at 1:22 am

    leave a comment here saying “I’m bored in line–help me!” =D

  4. Alexis Hilgert March 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I’m bored in line-help me!

  5. JHealy March 15, 2012 at 3:15 am

    “I’m bored in line–help me!” says I.

  6. Denise Armstead March 15, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I’m bored in line–help me! Also finding sleep elusive, so thanks for the post, Shelby.

  7. Linus V March 15, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I’m bored in line–help me!

  8. Nancy March 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I’m bored in line – help me!

  9. Stacey Silberman March 15, 2012 at 6:08 am

    “I’m bored in line–help me!” As an aside, went last night and the lines were manageable! Even got to ride in the back car of the Monorail without waiting.

  10. Jill March 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I’m bored in line–help me!

  11. Shira March 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I’m bored in line– help me!! 🙂


  12. sunnydalegirl March 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I’m bored in line–help me!

  13. Tawnya Clark March 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

    ”I’m bored in line-help me!”

  14. Hannah Patton March 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I’m bored in line — help me!

  15. Amber March 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’m bored in line–help me!”

  16. Casey March 15, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I’m bored in line-help me!

  17. Randy Gamble March 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    “I’m bored in line–help me!”

  18. Mayken March 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m bored in line – help

  19. MelindaB March 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m bored in line-help me!

    I hope that we can take our kids to DL sometime soon–we went to Epcot last year with 3 of the 4 (the other was very disgruntled that he couldn’t teach his college classes online.)

  20. RoudyMama March 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I’m bored in line — help me!

  21. Roxann March 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I’m bored in line-help me! We’re going next week, I can’t wait!!

  22. susan March 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’m bored in line–help me!!!

  23. Michael H. March 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I’m bored in line-help me!

    Thank you for having this contest. 🙂

  24. WKS March 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I’m bored in line – help me!!! (and my introverted husband and 5 -year old daughter)

  25. Stephanie O March 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    That book sounds fabulous! I’ve already banned iPod touches in line at the parks – my boys don’t actually *know* they’re banned, but I don’t take them with us and they’re so excited to be going to Disneyland that they don’t think to ask about iPods before we’re there. Togetherness rules, even (especially?) in line!

  26. Naomi Johnson(Kat's friend) March 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I’m bored in line-help me!!

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  28. ajubilation March 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I’m bored in line — help me!!

    … if you’re willing to ship to Japan, that is. I’m sure this book will be just as useful at Tokyo Disneyland! 🙂

  29. Adrian Croft March 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I’m bored in line–help me!

  30. Carol March 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    “I’m bored in line–help me!” Me! ME! PICK MEEEEEE! I hate lines, and I love books!!!! You’ll be helping all who have to wait in line near me, too, since my favorite game is to play “step-on-your-toes” in line, and that just pisses everyone else off…. 🙂

  31. Claire March 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    “I’m bored in line–help me!!!

  32. Liz March 18, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I’m bored in line – help me! Thanks! Liz

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  34. Lynsey March 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m bored in line – help me.

  35. Kris C. March 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    “I’m bored in line–help me!”

    My sis is taking her kid and stepkid this summer. She’d love to have this.

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