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Posted October 24, 2005
The Happiest Place in Anaheim?
I worked for Disneyland as a Jungle Cruise Skipper (yes, the guy who drives the boats and shoots the hippos and tells the dumb jokes) for two summers in the early 1990s, so I have had a fascination with Disney since then. Like in the original Mouse Tales, author Koenig interviews hundreds of cast members to get their experiences and thoughts, and presents a comprehensive look at the workings of the park. Mouse Tales and More Mouse Tales told me plenty of things I didn't know about the park (although I know plenty of stuff that's not in the books), and I especially enjoyed the lengthy overview of the drama in the Jungle Cruise that happened to some of my former co-workers in the mid-1990s. The end of the book gets a little preachy and tedious, though, with Koenig calling out management for their cost-cutting efforts. As a former Cast Member, I can attest that everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) who works at the park for any length of time starts commenting on what Walt would or would not have done or liked. Frankly, there's no way of knowing, because the man kept everyone on their toes all the time. Koenig seems to have bought into the typical long-time employee's lament that things are going downhill all the time, and he fails to remain truly objective. Oh well, it doesn't ruin a good tell-all book that is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in Disneyland.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2010
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