The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

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by Aaron Wallace
     
 

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A different kind of guidebook that leaves out the usual ephemera on trip planning, ticket prices, restaurants, and shopping to concentrate on what visitors to Magic Kingdom came to see – the rides and attractions. Each attraction gets its own essay covering the history and lore behind it along with a serious discussion of the attraction as a work of narrative… See more details below

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A different kind of guidebook that leaves out the usual ephemera on trip planning, ticket prices, restaurants, and shopping to concentrate on what visitors to Magic Kingdom came to see – the rides and attractions. Each attraction gets its own essay covering the history and lore behind it along with a serious discussion of the attraction as a work of narrative fiction, which is what Disney attractions actually are. Ideal for the enthusiast and returning guest.

Editorial Reviews

Disney Hipster Blog, March 19, 2013 - Andrew Tipton
“The Thinking Fan’s Guide” is insanely readable. Through personal experiences and opinions, Wallace is able to keep the reader grounded in the real world, while still taking time to look back at the history of the attraction. ...I had a lot of fun reading this book.
Disneygeek, The Geek’s Library March 29, 2013 - Jason Dziegielewski
Aaron Wallace has put together a very interesting book that is a little hard to classify. It is part guidebook, part Disney history, and part academic discussion. ... Many of the attractions, concepts, etc. are explored through the lens of their Disneyland roots and ultimately Walt. Being a fan of Disney history, I enjoyed learning about the connections and reasons for them Aaron makes.
Theme Park Theory.com, April 3, 2013 - David Younger
I actually found the notes section the most interesting place in the book, and any readers of Wallace’s book should not bypass this wonderful section. Wallace has mini biographies of influential individuals, comments on the nomenclature in the parks, and even includes the full Shakespearean verse that gave rise to the phrase ‘Grim Grinning Ghosts’ (wonderful!). ...[The book is] a perfect introduction to the wonderful depths of artistry that so many eyes overlook.
Rudy Maxa’s World (rudymaxa.com), April 15, 2013 - Rudy Maxa
Ever wonder why the Disney parks are so successful? A new book called “The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom” goes a long way toward answering that question.
What's Going on in Heidi's Head, April 4, 2013 - Heidi Strawser
I have to say that this might be my favorite Disney book, to date! … I love Aaron Wallace’s writing style. It’s intelligent, with a hint of humorous mixed in for good measure.
NJ Biblio, July 3, 2013 - Charlie Hensel
Playing on the fact that Disney is more about the story than the spectacle and thrill, Wallace gives you more of the back story and notes on the theme and development of the attractions in Walt Disney World as well as some of the hidden meanings behind them. The result is a guide that allows new visitors and veterans alike ...to see the park in a totally new light. …Make sure this book is either a pre-visit read, or take it along with you so you can fully appreciate all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer.
Orlando Theme Park News, April 29, 2013 - Sam Carta
Regardless of how many times you have personally visited, ... this book will not only increase your knowledge of the rich history and all the great attractions that the Magic Kingdom Park offers, but will also entertain you and give you an overview of the park you love... from another fan's perspective.
Ink and Paint Blog, May 25, 2013 - Natalie Reiner
“The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World” is like giving every Disney Guest who reads it their own Disney historian as a tour guide.
This Happy Place Blog, August 20, 2013 - Estelle Hallick
Aaron supplies fans (new and old) with a refreshing take on Magic Kingdom… he has an amicable way of making his information feel accessible and fun.
WDW Happy Place.com, July 16, 2013 - Anthony Markham
The author presents each ride separately, weaving a story of its creation, why it fits within each land (or doesn’t), and paints a description so rich that… I have a new appreciation for several rides.
Midwest Book Review, August 2014 - Small Press Bookwatch
The descriptive, contemplative views of each ride are so comprehensive that The Thinking Fan’s Guide To Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom is recommended for erudite armchair travelers as it is for starry-eyed tourists!
WDW Hints, August 9, 2014 - Crissy
The highlight of the book for me… was learning about Walt’s influence on the attractions as they were created for Disneyland and later re-created for the Magic Kingdom. I think it a great book for Disney fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937011260
Publisher:
The Intrepid Traveler
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
223,147
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Aaron Wallace, who lives in Orlando, Florida, has always had a passion for Disney, from movies to theme parks and everything in between. He first started thinking critically about the company’s artistic output during his time at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Communication Studies (with a concentration in Media Studies) and English.


Today, Aaron is a writer and an attorney, having earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University. He is also a professional film and media critic, who has published more than two hundred movie, television, and music reviews to an audience of millions. Since 2004, Aaron been a part of the writing staff at DVDizzy.com, one of the Internet’s most-accessed sites for entertainment journalism.

In addition to writing, Aaron hosts Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod, the web’s second-longest-running non-commercial podcast dedicated entirely to Disney. He also appears as a regular co-host on The Hub Podcast, another popular show devoted to having fun with Disney.

Aaron visits the Walt Disney World Resort on at least a weekly basis and tweets his adventures on his Twitter page, @aaronspod. His website is available at www.AaronWallaceOnline.com.

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