Fans of Disneyland will enjoy Chris Strodder’s impressive Disneyland Book of Lists. It includes almost 250 lists about the park from every topic imaginable. There’s enough information in this book to create several seasons of a Disneyland trivia show. I was provided a copy of the book for this review.
It’s safe to say if there’s anything you’d want to know about the park, there’s a good chance that Strodder touches on it in this book. From the pop culture connections anyone can relate to, to the details that even regular visitors might have missed, Strodder’s book covers the present and the 60 years of Disneyland’s past.
My 3 Favorite Lists from The Disneyland Book of Lists
I’m by no means a Disney fanatic and I’ve only visited Disneyland once. Even so, I found several lists intriguing and a few other lists will be useful on future visits. Here are a few of my favorite lists:
15 Urban Legends About Disneyland (Page 309)
Any place with this much history is going to have generated a number of good urban legends and this list doesn’t disappoint. Strodder proves or disproves each. My favorite was the true legend about feral cats that are permitted to roam Disneyland at night in order to keep the mice population down.
I’d actually heard about the “basketball court” inside the Matterhorn. Sounds like that one’s an exaggeration as there’s just a basketball hoop on the wall of an employee break area.
Other urban legends include the brass spike said to mark the center of Disneyland (false), a death on the Skyway (false), Walt Disney’s face in The Haunted Mansion (false), and real skeleton bones on The Pirates of the Caribbean ride (once true, now false).
20 Touchable Objects That Generated Unexpected Actions and/or Sounds (Page 162)
List like this and the the lists including quotes from the attractions are great for enhancing your visit with things to look out for. Here are a few examples of touchable objects:
2: Indiana Jones Adventure: While in the queue, pull the rope marked “Do Not Pull Rope!” to hear a voice yelling.
10. Mickey’s Toontown: Push the Dog Pound’s doorbell to hear cats.
15. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Touch the Dead Man’s Chest inside Dead Man’s Grotto to see special lighting effects, hear warnings, and feel Davy Jones’s heartbeat.
A Half Dozen Ways to Experience Disneyland’s Attractions (Page 144)
Looking for a strategy to conquer the park? This list has a number of strategies including: Only ride the attractions Walt Disney could have ridden, in the summer bunch three indoor attractions and then three outdoor attractions and so on, work up to the scarier rides, and visit attractions in the order they were built.
An Informative and Entertaining Resource
Whether you’re a Disneyland regular or someone planning a trip, The Disneyland Book of Lists, has more than enough facts about the park to enhance your next trip. I recommend it and I’d think an electronic copy would be even more useful as you could peruse will waiting in line at attraction. You could use the lists to quiz your group or look for the smaller, detailed things that Strodder has noted in the book.
Also, check The Disneyland Encyclopedia Third Edition.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The opinions I have expressed are my own.