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Guess what? It’s time for another Theme Park Press review! It’s been a few weeks; but this one was worth the wait . . .
About the Book
History Made Magical
In A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World, Andrew Kiste not only pulls back the pixie dust curtain on some of the most iconic rides in the Magic Kingdom, but also pulls back the nextcurtain, revealing the historical and cultural influences that inspired Walt Disney and his Imagineers.
Did you ever wonder why Walt wanted a Jungle Cruise? Or how closely his pirates were based on real pirates? Or why the original conception for Tomorrowland didn’t work out? Or how the Crystal Palace is really the work of a forgotten Victorian architect?
Learn the history BEHIND the history of such popular Magic Kingdom locations and attractions as:
- Main Street, U.S.A.: It’s always the Fourth of July on Main Street, and everything there has a purpose that might surprise you.
- Jungle Cruise: Despite the skipper humor, this ride has its roots in European colonialism and the scramble for Africa.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Yo ho ho, me hearties, but did the real pirates of the Caribbean act like those in Adventureland?
- Crystal Palace: The first two Crystal Palaces burned to the ground; how much is Disney’s popular restaurant their carbon copy?
- Tomorrowland: Disney’s original plan to faithfully represent the future fell apart when the future didn’t cooperate.
Find out where the Imagineers got THEIR ideas!
About the Author
Andrew Kiste teaches high school history in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has loved both Disney World and writing for as long as he can remember. He was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and made many family trips to Walt Disney World over the years. Always interested in American and world history, he found himself gravitating to the rides and attractions that centered around historical topics, such as the Hall of Presidents, Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Spaceship Earth, and The American Adventure.
After a lengthy trip to Walt Disney World while still in high school, Andrew began doing research online about the park and frequenting fan blogs, forums, and websites. Some time later, he published his first historical article about a Disney attraction, and from there has not looked back.
Heidi Says . . .
If I hadn’t read the author’s bio on the back of the book, I would have wondered if he was a history teacher or history buff of some sort. Why? Because this book totally reads like a history book! In other words, I loved it! I mean, what’s not to love? History and Disney rolled into one. Two of my favorite things!
Even though this book is only 115 pages long, it took me a while to read it because there’s so much meat between the pages. In it, the author covers all the aspects of the Magic Kingdom listed above, as well as The Crystal Palace, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and my personal favorite – Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
He describes each of these in so much detail that a person who has never been to Walt Disney World could get a perfect picture of these attractions formed in their mind. Call me a nerd, but I loved it.
And the best part . . . the cover of this book says “Volume I,” which to me means that there will be more books in this series to look forward to.
You can learn more about this book (and read an excerpt) over at Theme Park Press. While there, be sure to browse all their other new additions! I’m excited to read some of these!
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***