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As you know, my friends, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to review a Disney-related book! So, when I was recently approached by Adam Berger, author of the brand new book Every Guest is a Hero: Disney’s Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling, with an offer to review the book, of course I said “yes!”
About the Book
Though you may not be aware of it, whenever you’re playing in any of Disney’s many theme parks, the Imagineers who designed those parks are busy playing with your
EVERY GUEST IS A HERO reveals for the first time how the artists and technical wizards of Walt Disney Imagineering have harnessed the magic of mythic storytelling to
press all sorts of psychological buttons you never knew you had, inspiring you and millions of your fellow visitors to return to the parks again and again.
Join attraction designer and show writer Adam Berger for an eye-opening tour of the Disney parks as he uncovers Walt Disney Imagineering’s best-kept storytelling secrets.
Along the way, you’ll learn how to recognize and decipher the mythic source code that’s hidden in plain sight throughout every Disney theme park. It’s a must-read volume for Disney enthusiasts and aspiring Imagineers alike
About the Author
Adam M. Berger is president and senior show writer at Berger Creative Associates, Inc., an Orlando, Florida-based creative writing and consulting firm serving the themed entertainment and attraction design industry. His credits include projects for Dollywood, Disney Event Productions, Kennedy Space Center, Nickelodeon Recreation, Paramount Parks, Ride The Ducks, SeaWorld, Silver Dollar City, Six Flags, Universal Studios Florida, Walt Disney Imagineering, and many others. Adam’s observations about mythic storytelling and the Hero’s Journey in contemporary pop culture and entertainment can be found at: www.themythinglink.com.
Heidi Says . . .
First of all, I feel that I must preface my thoughts by saying that I have “met” several Disney books that I haven’t enjoyed. This may be due to poor writing or grammar, or it may be due to the fact that I disagree with the way the content is presented in some way. Whatever the case, these books never make it past my eyes and onto my Disney Resource List.
I just felt the need to share that because I don’t want my readers to think that I love every single Disney-related book I pick up, simply because it’s got Disney content. That is not the case! I’m actually a very tough critic. (Don’t even get me started on Amish fiction!)
Now, with that being said, let me share my thoughts on Every Guest is a Hero . . .
This book is unlike any other Disney book that I have read! Why? Because, to me, it reads a lot like a literature textbook! And, as a homeschool mom and forever-student (I love learning, which is why I find myself researching so much), that has great appeal to me!
The book is divided into two main sections. The first is called The Magical Myth Story Tour. This section goes into great detail regarding something called “the Hero’s Journey” – which, simply put, is “a metaphor that describes a journey of transformation shared by everyone, everywhere.” The phrase was originally coined by a man named Joseph Campbell, but it is carried out in many, many books and stories. We’re all familiar with the concept, but it’s almost a part of our subconscious – we don’t even realize it’s there because we take it so much for granted.
The whole of Part I describes this journey in great detail – mapping out each step along the hero’s path and how various other characters play into the storyline. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking about how I could actually use this book as part of our high school curriculum.
I do have to admit, though, that Part II of the book was my favorite. That part is called Mything in Action and actually goes into great detail describing “the Hero’s Journey” as it relates to various attractions in the Disney theme parks.
Anyone who has spent much time at Walt Disney World should appreciate this book. As I read the case studies regarding some of my favorite attractions – such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Tower of Terror, I was picturing the attraction in my mind’s eye and could totally see how I am transported into the role of the hero when I’m experiencing these attractions.
Honestly, I never would have been able to think of these things on my own; so I totally appreciate Mr. Berger’s putting them all down in writing and compiling them into a book that I can keep handy at my desk and pull out and reference over and over again. My older daughter was once assigned the topic of writing an adventure story/book – I wish that we had this book as a resource at that time! I think it would have been so helpful to her to understand the concept of “the Hero’s Journey” and how it plays out in a story (or, in this case, a favorite Disney attraction!)
I’d definitely encourage you to check it out. Those with a “Disney Library” will be proud to add this book to their collection!
***This post made possible by Adam M. Berger.***