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OK, so you all know by now that I’m a huge fan of Disney and that I love to read, right? (If you haven’t figured that out, you clearly haven’t been reading my blog for long!) I love combining these two loves by reading BOOKS ABOUT DISNEY! One of my favorite publishers is The Intrepid Traveler. I have read a lot of their books and have yet to be disappointed with one.
Recently, I was offered the change to get a sneak peek at their newest book – The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance! And I’m so glad I did. I have to say that this might be my favorite Disney book, to date!
Introducing A Different Kind of Guidebook for a Different Kind of Theme Park Experience
This Is NOT The WDW Guidebook For You If . . .
• You want to run around like a crazy person from dawn to midnight trying to accomplish the superhuman task of seeing everything in Magic Kingdom
• You need a description of every hot dog stand and turkey leg in the park
• You want a mathematics Ph.D. to guide you through the maze of ticket options.
Do yourself a favor. Step beyond the rush-here, do-that frenzy of most guidebooks to truly appreciate the magic behind the attractions.
Aaron Wallace avoids the ephemera of prices and menus to explore the heart of the Disney experience. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the history, lore, and literature that inform the designs and storylines of every ride and attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
Far from being mere “amusements,” these attractions provide a complex, multi-layered narrative that can be experienced and appreciated just like a great novel, play, or film.
This is a guide for those ready to immerse themselves in the magnificent achievement that is Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It will fascinate Disney buffs with the sometimes surprising insights it offers into old favorites while offering newcomers to the Disney magic a much richer experience.
For the first time, WDW is appreciated not as a mere theme park but what Disney’s Imagineers always intended it to be — a work of art.
Heidi Says . . .
I adore this book! I read it cover to cover! I read it in the car – to my family – when we were traveling. My 6-year-old son even asked me to read it to him at bedtime. “Can you read me a Disney story tonight, Mom?” The funny thing about that is that this isn’t a children’s book in any way, shape, or form. It’s actually rather hard to read aloud. But, he loved it, and my husband and older children enjoyed hearing me read parts of it too.
Aaron goes through each “Land” in the Magic Kingdom and talks about each attraction in that land. But, as stated in the book description, this is far from a guidebook. Much more than just tourist information, this book goes into the nitty-gritty details of each attraction, sharing its history and how it has evolved over the years. After each attraction, he shares a “Watch This” – a recommended movie that ties in with the attraction.
I was literally sad when I finished reading. So much so, that I willingly went back and re-read sections to my son at bedtime. Seriously.
I love Aaron Wallace’s writing style. It’s intelligent, with a hint of humorous mixed in for good measure. I don’t think my inner-editor found a single misprint in the book! You can learn more about Aaron and what inspires him here.
I hope that this book will become a series – with books added for Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom!
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my reading it and sharing my thoughts on it here on my blog. Regardless, I only share products that I feel would be of benefit to my readers. This post contains affiliate links.