James D. (NDD#152) (8 Posts)

A happily-married father of 4 children, James is a lifelong Disney nut. Ever since he found a map of the Magic Kingdom on his aunt's refrigerator over 25 years ago, he has been obsessed with planning trips to Walt Disney World, whether those trips were for himself or for others. This obsession led to the founding of MousePlanning.com which provides concierge-level custom itineraries for people traveling to Walt Disney World.

Last year in February, I was taken by surprise when I walked up to the Haunted Mansion.  The tombstones blocked from view by ugly pieces of plywood.  When I heard that Disney was going to be creating an interactive queue for the Haunted Mansion, a la The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or Space Mountain, I’m sure that my cadaverous pallor betrayed an aura of foreboding, almost as though I sensed a disquieting metamorphosis.

Was Disney actually going to tamper with my favorite attraction? Seven months later, at the end of September, I stood amazed in the new queue for the first time, listening to Walt Disney Imagineering show designer and art director Pete Carsillo tell all about the design process and details that went into the interactive queue.  Clearly, Disney wasn’t playing games with the Guest Experience. With the changes coming to the queues for Peter Pan’s Flight and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, it would seem that interactive queues are the wave of the future.

While the interactive queue is a relatively new development in Disney Parks, amazingly intricate details and hidden treasures in the existing queues are not.  Neurotic Disney People know that standing in line is a time to explore those details, look for Hidden Mickeys, and search for references that only passionate Disney fans might recognize.

“Lots To Do In Line” by Meredith Lyn Pierce is a book that capitalizes on the details and makes an interactive experience out of every queue in Disneyland.  Readers are invited to look and/or listen for the answers to many challenging questions about what they experience in the queue for every attraction.  Answering those questions is a fun game that will happily occupy any person waiting in line, whether that person be a child on her first trip to Disneyland or a Disneyland veteran who has been on Pirates of the Caribbean more times than he can count.  In fact, I think that Ms. Pierce would do well to consider making an Android and/or iPhone app out of the questions in this book!

Like many other books that are meant to be used within a Disney theme park, “Lots To Do In Line” is designed to be easily carried in a backpack, purse, or even a back pocket.  After reading the entire book for this review, I can say confidently that I can’t wait to be able to take it to Disneyland and use it.  However, reading the book in the comfort of your home is an exercise in frustration.  I didn’t want to look up the answers in the back of the book; I wanted to discover the answers for myself.  So while I may not be reading the book again any time soon, I won’t leave home for Disneyland without it!  It is definitely a “must-have” for me on my next trip to Disneyland.

Speaking of something that I “must have,” I’m hoping that we’ll see a Disney World version of “Lots To Do In Line” in the near future…

2 thoughts on “Lots To Do In Line

  1. Hi James, this is Meredith Pierce. I am so glad that you liked it!!! I wanted to let you and your readers know that the iPhone vershion can be found right now on iTunes. Keep your eyes out there for Disney World, I am hard at work.

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