The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World - Special eBook Edition: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World - Special eBook Edition: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom

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by Susan Veness
     
 

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Sure, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, but how much do the 45 million-plus people who visit the Disney World theme parks annually really know about it? From where to find all the hidden Mickeys to the truth behind Madame Leota's ring at the Haunted Mansion, learn all about the hidden magic that permeates these fabulous resorts in this tell-all handbook. Readers

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Sure, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, but how much do the 45 million-plus people who visit the Disney World theme parks annually really know about it? From where to find all the hidden Mickeys to the truth behind Madame Leota's ring at the Haunted Mansion, learn all about the hidden magic that permeates these fabulous resorts in this tell-all handbook. Readers also get the insider's take on:

  • The smell of home-baked cookies on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom
  • The Fountain of World Friendship in Epcot that contains water from rivers and oceans around the globe
  • Walt Disney's opening day speech tapped out in Morse Code in Frontierland
  • The eco-friendly benches (recycled milk jugs) in the Animal Kingdom
  • Two versions of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Complete with secret tips from Disney's Imagineers, this book is the perfect in-park companion for Disney World fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440504327
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
05/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
278,444
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Veness (Orlando, FL) is a travel writer, researcher and itinerary planner specializing in Florida, Disney, and the theme parks. A former online travel agent, she became principal research assistant for the UK's bestselling Brit's Guide travel series in 2002. She also writes for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and other media. She has been visiting Walt Disney World since it opened in 1971 and, with a home just minutes from The Mouse, she continues to tour the parks on a regular basis.

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Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
reesesc1802 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy books about Disney and normally don't judge them harshly. But people should be warned about this one. In just the first couple dozen pages, there are numerous items that are out of date. It's kind of sad that families will go searching for the old-fashioned phone in the General Store, will go to awaken Tinker Bell in the Fantasyland shop, will go to see Tink in the keyhole of the sewing table there, the wooden leg on the lost and found shelf at the Frontierland station -- when all of these features have been removed over a year ago. In addition to being outdated, the information is sometimes just wrong. For instance, it isn't true that "WDW imagineers could not dig a basement in Orlando as they did at Disneyland in California ..." There are no utilidors in Disneyland. (Walt was frustrated to see a cowboy walking through Tomorrowland on his way to work in Frontierland in Disneyland -- since there was no other way to cross the park. And the idea for the WDW ultidors was born!) If I can spot things that are wrong, I wonder what a real Disney expert would find. The editing was skethcy, too. For instance, the red and green faces of Cinderella's evil stepsisters are "belying" their anger and jealousy. "Belying" means hiding or contracting. What the author meant was "revealing." Unfortunately, this book is a regurgitation of all the "WDW Secrets" lists on the Internet. Some of the items on those list aren't legitimate. For instance, the three-circled cut-out shapes in the stone wall that curves along the walkways to the front of the castle - at no time of day do they cast a Mickey-shaped shadow on the ground. I read about this online a couple of years ago and went on many occasions to the castle to see the shadows. I kept coming back to check. I asked castmembers. It doesn't happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more "magic" from this book. I was disappointed when I finished. I guess I was hoping for a little more depth. Eventually the book started to repeat itself as it moved from park to park - "Make sure you look for..." (the same bunch of things you looked for in the other parks). Overall, I'd say not worth the money. There are better WDW books available.
Joanne13 More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Having been to DisneyWorld 10 times, I thought I knew almost all of the world. How wrong I was! This book told me things I never would have imagined. Not to spoil it, but things like little hidden clues about the imagineers, or what certain designs mean. Things in each ride that give you a little more insight without going on a tour. My kids are grown now, but the next time I make a trip to DisneyWorld, I will have some notes along with me and enjoy the "real" magic and not just the rides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard the title, The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and American Kingdom, I knew I would love the book written by Susan Veness and I was not disappointed. The book is broken up into four sections which focus on the separate parks in Walt Disney World. Within each section, it is broken into smaller sections within the park. Rather than tips for a good trip, the book focuses on small, unknown facts and hidden sights that guests may never have noticed. As I read through the book, I learned things I had never noticed before during my 10 + trips to Walt Disney World in Florida. This book was interesting to me, since I have enjoyed trips to Disney World in the past. Some of the things I found most interesting were that the water in the Lagoon at Epcot is made of water from other countries and the fact that buildings were all made to be under 200 feet high so no beacons would be required for planes. I think this book would make a great gift for a first-time visitor to Disney World or someone who doesn't think they will enjoy their trip because they have "seen it all before." I know I really enjoyed reading it, and I will be looking at Walt Disney World more closely the next time I visit. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
jack1016 More than 1 year ago
We love Disney World and cannot get enough of it. This book points out things we would have never noticed before or taken the time to appreciate. We're going back soon and making a note to stop and take in some of the hidden gems when we come across them in the parks. The book makes you look at Disney in a different perspective and gives us just one more reason to appreciate Walt's dedication to Disney World, to entertainment.
Mary Morgan More than 1 year ago
This little gem of a book is a must read for any Disney fan, especially if you are heading to the parks. Although some of the tips and secrets mentioned are well known and not really 'hidden,' they are still worth noting. The book is not a complete spoiler either. Some secrets are revealed, but others are referenced and then you have a chance to find the solution in the parks. If you can't wait for the parks then Appendix B contains the answers. The Imagineers' work on attraction and land theming is a major focus of the hidden secrets. However, if you are looking for Hidden Mickeys this is not the book for you. Very few are mentioned. This lovely, fast read enhances the magic of Walt Disney World!
Teleclashter More than 1 year ago
An okay first effort from the author, although everything she has written has been covered by other (and better) books about the World. I did not read it while in park as it is supposed to, but having been there many times it wasn't really necessary and I think it might be even more confusing to read in the parks since some rides get their own bolded section and then the next thing you know she'll be discussing an entirely different ride/restaurant/shop and then you'll be back to the original one. Needless to say, this book could've used some edits for organization as well as errors in the information presented. Maybe next time around she'll research a bit more and have a better editor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom bought me this book in paper back for my birthday it looks good ( i'll be 11 Febuary 4th :) )
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I got this book in paperback and i have no idea how many times ive read it!!!! I recently went to WDW over Thanksgiving and i brought this book with and kept it in my backpack all week! I brought it every where and it was a GREAT guide. I looked at all the secrets and even went on the Haunted Mansion (which i was afraid to:)) to look at the hidden objects. I really liked the wedding scene with the bride (which i forget how to spell her name) and the new hitch hiking ghosts scene. I had read this book at school all November and felt like a pro when i got to WDW:) If i go this year or any other year im definatly bringing this book again.
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I am only 11 years old and i have been to disney about 17 times. My family loves disney. My dad gets a disney guide book thing every year and we try to go to disney at least once a year. I saw this book on my nook and touched it. I read the review when it first came up. The thing i got most excited aboit was when it said 2 versions of the great movie ride. When my family goes me and my dad go om the great movie ride. My dad said that when you go you might not get a gangster as the bad guy . He said people might get a cowboy. It hasnt jappened to us yet .
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