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Disneyland Detective: An Independent Guide to Discovering Disney's Legend, Lore, and Magic

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This enthusiastic investigation of Disneyland's hidden treasures leads both first-time visitors and aficionados through the legendary theme park while pointing out tiny surprises around each turn. Helpfully organized as a reading tour, this guidebook features the whereabouts of many of Disneyland's secrets, including the locations of several “Hidden Mickeys,” and original ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Permagrin Publishing
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I could not believe this was written by a professional writer. If I remember the author info correctly, this isn't her only book, and I'm astounded. The writing was horrible, and the book itself had so many printing errors, I would have guessed she did it herself in Publisher. That aside, of the many Disneyland books I read in preparation for our trip, this one was definitely the most "enthusiastic" as the cover says. Trahan is clearly a fan of Disneyland and can't say enough good things about i ...more
There's very few books out there on Disneyland I haven't read, but I came across this one and actually learned a few things. One, for example, is that anyone can wake up Jose the Parrot in the Tiki Tiki Room (not just cast members)! All you have to do is ask. :)
Although it was a long and detailed section, I liked how it gave a little history about each of the people who have windows/stores dedicated to them on Main Street.
Nov 09, 2008 Kim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: disney
This book needs an editor. It's not quite cohesive, but there's a lot of good information here, if you can get past the erroneous use of the apostrophe.

I would recommend this for a die-hard fan, but not the casual tourist. It's an odd blend of Disney history and fun facts, not entirely balanced or jelled. I'm looking for a better book.
Great book for Disneyland lovers full of information to add layers to your Disneyland trips. The info make great topics to discuss and share with others in your group while standing in line, including information on some of the hidden Mickeys.

This book is due for an updated version. A lot has changed since this edition of 2005.
I loved this book! There were so many interesting facts about the history of the park. It was a clever book and well worth reading. I don't know that I would consider it too helpful in actually navigating the park but it's definitely helps you appreciate the history of the park and the work that goes into keeping it up.
Aug 15, 2008 Peggi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love Disney and history
This book has all kinds of insider information about Disneyland. I'm a Disney freak and I enjoy any cool info I can find. It gives funny stories of thigs people have done and said both guests and "cast members." There are also cool things to look for in the park you might otherwise never notice.
Kelli Stephenson
My kids had fun reading the trivia and about the many different rides. They shared the information with us as we waited in line. They went back each night and looked through it after going on rides, so I was happy they were reading on vacation. They found the book very interesting.
Kelly Sermeno
good book on the unknown facts and history behind rides and buildings and meanings behind the names on the windows on main street. Also includes details on hidden mickeys throughout the park. Great book to read before a trip to disneyland to add to the experience.
Richard Harrison
Disneyland Detective: An Independent Guide is par for the course for this type of reader friendly history/trivia genre. It will serve as a good reference but wished it went just a bit farther in its delivery.
Katie Ann
Right before I was going to disney land I read this book. It was great so I could connect to the rides a little more.
When it was talking about main street it got al ittle long,but over all it was a good book.
Love this book- it has so many facts and behind the scenes info on Disneyland. My whole family loves it and we always pull it out to read before a trip to the happiest place on earth!
Enjoyed more detail about all the attractions at Disneyland. I found out where to look for more hidden Mickey's for our next visit.
Love this book. I learned so much about my favorite place to go! There aren't many books about Disneyland that I actually learn from!
this book is what first got me into the lore and legends of Disneyland:) It will forever be a favorite in my disney library:)
Sep 08, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys Disney
Shelves: domestic-travel
Super interesting!!! Lots of facts and Disney trivia.
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