Maps are an indispensable resource for guests, particularly those who are visiting the park for the first time. Some annual passholders poke fun at guests who are using maps, often going so far as to turn up their mouse ears at such people, call them names (“lost boys,” “Princess Wanderound,” “mapadopeys”), or go out of their way to give them bad advice (“The nearest restroom? Just hop on the train, get off at Adventureland station, and it’s to your right.”) What these mean-spirited passholders are forgetting is just how intimidating a place like Disneyland can be for someone who isn’t used to it. One guidebook asks passholders to gain a little empathy by imagining what it would be like to visit Disneyland blindfolded, wrapped in iron chains, covered in pine sap, seasick, and having been recently eaten by a lion.
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