Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World

Overview

"Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World" takes the first-ever in-depth, unauthorized look at the creation and operation of the world's most popular vacation destination. Step backstage and witness: Walt's original plans for Disney World-and how his dreams completely changed in the hands of his successors. His undercover agents who secretly bought 44 square miles of swamps. The chaotic construction and frantic first years of the Magic Kingdom. The underground caverns that wind beneath the theme park. Disney's unconventional,
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Overview

"Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World" takes the first-ever in-depth, unauthorized look at the creation and operation of the world's most popular vacation destination. Step backstage and witness: Walt's original plans for Disney World-and how his dreams completely changed in the hands of his successors. His undercover agents who secretly bought 44 square miles of swamps. The chaotic construction and frantic first years of the Magic Kingdom. The underground caverns that wind beneath the theme park. Disney's unconventional, initially disastrous foray into operating its own hotels. The behind-the-scenes machinations that led to EPCOT Center. How safety and security are maintained on property-at all costs. The tumultuous change of leadership that turned the cherished "Ways of Walt" upside down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964060524
  • Publisher: Bonaventure Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 297,980
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     10
Waltopia: Mr. Disney's last and greatest dream     13
Project X: The undercover expansion     17
Planning the Invasion: Preparing for the ground attack     34
Trouble Building: The fight to finish on time     57
A Grand Opening: Through the gates of the Magic Kingdom     85
Room Change: Turmoil and turnover at the hotels     102
Power Plays: The energy crisis, Reedy Creek and rocky community relations     118
Crash Mountain: Space Mountain and the never-ending quest for safety     133
Showcase for Sale: Sponsoring a piece of the kingdom     156
Constructing the Future: The hardships and headaches of breaking new ground     176
Starring in the Show: Making little money and lots of magic for a living     201
EPTPOT: Experimental Prototype Theme Park of Tomorrow     229
Upheaval: A coup at the kingdom     246
Reel Competition: Disney vs. Universal-and everyone else     258
It's a Jungle in Here: Survival of the shrewdest     278
The Polite Force: Security with a smile     303
Backwards to the Beginning: The Homogenized Mouse     315
Notes     325
Index     331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    WedWay1955

    Nothing out there like it! A must read for those crazy disney fans that need to know everything behind the scenes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Beautiful! Fully beautiful!

    Absolutely incredible “behind the ears” look at the making of the vacation destination. Even a diehard fan of Walt Disney World should find something in this book they didn’t know. I had heard a lot of the stories that are told, but it was great to see them all together as one. I hope you enjoy this story sometime…Realityland! ***blowing out flame***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Disney World = Reality Land!

    David Koenig knows how to research Disney. In this, his fourth book relating to Disney, he finally gives us an in-depth look at Disney's most popular property in the world--Walt Disney World. So many things contained in this book I have never read or heard about anywhere else. Only by the immense research and candid interviews he conducts does one find out so much information. Most everyone thinks of Disney World as being magical, but it's all the more fascinating to learn and consider all the real-world implements and actual living persons that went into creating this ultra cash cow and dream-come-true vacation destination.Read it! You'll be fascinated!

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Loved It!!!

    I really enjoyed this book. I found all the details just amazing. I have been to WDW many times but didn't know any of the back stories. I loved this book and would recommend it to everybody who is a Disney fan.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Good Insider Info

    I am an avid Disney fan and read and collect all Disney books. Although I have a good firm bearing on the history of the House of Mouse this was still a good piece.

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