I really enjoyed reading this book. It offers a different way to look at the park and its attractions, not your traditional guidebook route. I was curious going in to see what is considered a Thinking Fan’s guide… and as luck would have it they think like us geeks think! … Also be sure to spend a few minutes checking out the footnotes. I found many of the observations and references there to be just as interesting as the main pieces of the book.
Jason Dziegielewski, DisneyGeek.com
Few could come to the same brilliant conclusions.
Alex Reif, LaughingPlace.com
Personally, I have a new appreciation for several rides (Jungle Cruise, anyone?) thanks to the book.
Anthony Markham, WDW Happy Place.com
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.
David Younger, Theme Park Theory.com
[Wallace] 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.
Charlie Hensel, NJ Biblio
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.
Estelle Hallick, This Happy Place Blog
The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World is like giving every Disney Guest who reads it their own Disney historian as a guide
Natalie Reiner, Ink and Paint Blog
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!
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review