The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom [NOOK Book]

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The Thinking Fan’sGuide is different kind of guidebook for adifferent kind of theme park experience. Aaron Wallace avoids the ephemera ofprices and menus to explore the heart of the Disney experience, the attractionsthemselves. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the history, lore,and literature that inform the designs and storylines of every ride andattraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square,Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, as well as the Walt Disney World Railroad, ...
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The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

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Overview

The Thinking Fan’sGuide is different kind of guidebook for adifferent kind of theme park experience. Aaron Wallace avoids the ephemera ofprices and menus to explore the heart of the Disney experience, the attractionsthemselves. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the history, lore,and literature that inform the designs and storylines of every ride andattraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square,Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, as well as the Walt Disney World Railroad, theSorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, the Celebrate a Dream Come True andSpectroMagic parades, the Wishes fireworks show, and Main Street, U.S.A.itself. Far from being mere “amusements,” these 36 attractions provide acomplex, multi-layered narrative that can be experienced and appreciated justlike a great novel, play, or film. TheThinking Fan’s Guide will fascinate Disney buffs with the sometimessurprising insights it offers into old favorites while offering newcomers tothe Disney magic a much richer experience. If you are ready to immerse yourselfin the magnificent achievement that is Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, thisis the guide for you.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937011260
  • Publisher: The Intrepid Traveler
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 182,792
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Table of Contents

Introduction

1: Adventureland

2: Frontierland

3: Liberty Square

4: Fantasyland

5: Tomorrowland

6: Main Street, U.S.A.

Notes

Index

Acknowledgements

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    As advertised, The Thinking Fan¿s Guide is not your typical guid

    As advertised, The Thinking Fan’s Guide is not your typical guidebook, but then again, Walt Disney World is not your typical theme park.  You get some of the “typical” information about attractions like wait times, best time to visit, and “fear factor”, but there is so much more as well.  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 Walt Disney World to see the park in a totally new light and hopefully gets them to slow down on their race to the next ride.




    Broken into chapters based on the themes lands of Walt Disney World (Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, USA), The Thinking Fan’s Guide serves as a vitrtual tourbook of the park, taking guests on a morning ride on Jungle Cruise straight through to a spectacular view of Wishes at the end of the day.  Wallace’s easy to read writing style also adds to this relaxing tour as well.  He is able to introduce attractions in a way that doesn’t make old WDW vets feel as though they are being talked down to, but also allows the uninitiated to understand what they are looking for without even having seen the actual attraction itself.




    Learning about the history, subtle differences between the Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions, and discovering some of the hidden secrets and meanings to these attractions helps you to understand why the Disney properties have been so successful over time.  More time is spent in the details, making it so that each time you visit you will see something new that you may have missed or overlooked before.  Books like The Thinking Fan’s Guide only help to remind us of these subtleties and gives a new incentive to look during the next visit — I know I will be when I am in WDW in August!




    My only criticism (and this is almost unfair) of The Thinking Fan’s Guide is that there is very little on the attractions in the New Fantasyland expansion that took place in the Magic Kingdom recently.  The two attractions I was looking forward to reading about, Enchanted Tales with Belle, and Journey of the Little Mermaid are missing here, apparently a victim of time constraints for publication as they only opened in December, 2012.  Hopefully there will be a new edition with these new attractions (as well as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) will come in the future.




    I highly recommend The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom to old and new fans alike.  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.  I sincerely hope that with the success of this edition, we’ll soon see similar guides for the other three parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resort.

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