Use Landmarks to Find Your Way

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Dland Hotel landmarkThere are two types of people in the world – those who get lost and those who don’t. I am the former. If I have a map and I am paying attention then I can get anywhere. But my mind tends to wander and I am easily distracted (squirrel!) so I often find myself somewhere other than where I planned to be. While this usually isn’t a problem and I discover many wonderful things sometimes I really am trying to get somewhere at a certain time. How do I keep myself on course? I use landmarks.

This is especially easy to do at the Disney parks because there are many distinct objects that can be used as landmarks. When I was staying at the Disneyland Hotel last summer I often forgot how to get out of the hotel area and into the Downtown Disney area. The hotels are very tall and hide the outside world. Luckily, there was a handy landmark. Between our hotel and Downtown Disney there was a large sorcerer’s apprentice hat covered in stars. All I had to do was see this hat and I knew which way to go. It was nice to be able to wool-gather and not get lost.

I try to use landmarks wherever I go. If you are like me and often wander off the beaten path, try finding your own landmarks. And remember, not all who wander are lost. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: If you are a runner, or have ever wanted to run in a Disney event then I have ultra-fun news for you. Disney has added a 10K to the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend that takes place on Labor Day weekend. Along with the 10K they have created the Dumbo Double Dare, a special medal for people who run both the 10K and the half marathon.

This is a similar event to the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge that takes place at the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. To earn a Goofy you have to run the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.

I think the Dumbo will become a coveted medal. In fact, the all the spots for all the 10K, the Dumbo, and the Disneyland half marathon for 2013 filled in 26 hours. I finished the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2012, but now that I know about the Dumbo Double Dare I will be signing up in 2014 the moment it opens.