“What Shannon has done with Going To Disneyland is a gorgeous and whimsical tribute to the Park itself. Part guide, part activity book, your kids will love going through it even as exploring the Park…or you can enjoy looking at Disney through the eyes of a kid again. This book is a must for Disneyland fans.”
– Jeff Heimbuch, Communicore Weekly Host & Disney Historian
“There are not enough adjectives to describe this incredibly creative book, designed by a fantastically creative artist. For starters, it’s UNIQUE, IMAGINATIVE, WHIMSICAL, EDUCATIONAL, CHILDLIKE, THOUGHT PROVOKING, INTERESTING, DELIGHTFUL, and obviously, a labor of love. It’s a wonderful ‘memory’ book for any and all that visit Disneyland. What more can I say – I LOVE IT!!!”
– Rolly Crump, Former Imagineer & Disney Legend
“Every so incessantly, a book crosses your path that just blows you away…I’m tempted to predict that the author/illustrator,Shannon Willis Laskey, has fashioned for herself a ‘calling card’ with this book that could get her hired by Disney or other studios. It’s that good…And how is it as a guidebook? Pretty good, actually. It sets out to be something for an audience who otherwise has very little: kids themselves. The illustrations help, in a Small World kind of way, but the book is also an activity book, and it kind of shines in this regard as well.”
– Ultimate Orlando
“New Disneyland guidebook gives equal parts history and fun…A perfect guide for anyone you know who is going to Disneyland for the first time regardless of their age…I will’t recommend ‘Going To Disneyland’ enough.”
– Theme Park University
“But instead of being just a listing of the rides and restaurants, it is done in a style meant to involve those who buy the book.”
– Orange County Register
From the Author
Thank you so much for being interested in my book! The following is an excerpt from the book that explains the inspiration behind “Going To Disneyland”…
A NOTE TO GROWN UPS
When my oldest son was seven, we were planning a trip to Disneyland. I headed to the kids’ section of the old Lafayette library to get him a guidebook for kids about the park and was so surprised to find out that they didn’t have any! Not only that but, when I looked into it further, I couldn’t find any at all. Sure, there were guidebooks about how to go to Disneyland WITH kids but nothing FOR kids. Being an illustrator, graphic designer, writer and Disney devotee, I knew I had my next project.
As I used to be writing the book, a fellow Disney fan shared an interesting theory with me. She said that if you go to Disneyland as a child, you are going to all the time have a magical feeling about it–and if you go for your first time as an adult, you can never quite understand what all the fuss is about. I used to be three when I first visited Disneyland and my most vivid memory was being absolutely thrilled riding Pirates of the Caribbean. I thought the pirates were really firing
cannons over our heads!
To me, Disneyland is the most special Disney park–not only because I went there when I used to be young but because it’s the one Walt Disney himself created. He was so successful because he never lost that sense of wonder about the world that every child has. It’s so cool that we will be able to visit Disneyland, walk in his footsteps, experience the things he himself oversaw and recapture that wondrous joy of childhood that he knew so well.
If you are giving this book to a child, I hope it enhances their visit–and yours–and helps them enjoy a lifelong, nostalgic glow each time they return to the park. If you’re an adult reader with no kids in sight, I warmly welcome you! I hope you enjoy this book–and Disneyland–just as much as the kids do. Have a magical time!
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An interactive guide and activity book that’s almost as much fun as Disneyland itself! Enjoy info on attractions, shows and restaurants along with fun activities, games and quizzes. Discover little-known hot tips and fascinating fun facts and learn about Walt Disney, Imagineers and how Disneyland came to be. The built-in trip journal, scrapbook, autograph pages and fill-in-the-blank spots create a magical souvenir of your visit. The book is filled with over 400 color photos and illustrations by author Shannon Laskey and exciting contributing artists! PLUS be sure to take a look at the companion guide “Going To Disney California Adventure” about the park across from Disneyland. Together, the two parks make up the Disneyland Resort.Visit the Fan Club page at the GoingToGuides website for fun, free printables including the “This Just In!” Bookmark which covers all the recent updates to Disneyland!