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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Bamboo Forest Publishing (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615506135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615506135
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's the finest collection of underground WDW stuff ever assembled and is a true bright light in a world gone bland.... Buy this thing and treat the naughty side of your brain to some adventure."
-Hoot Gibson, Mesa Verde Times

"For the first time in 29 years, I'm actually inclined to visit the Magic Kingdom.... This is the GREATEST travel guide ever."
-William P. Tandy, editor/author of Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!

"I found it to be an entertaining read, but it's definitely different from the usual books.... Those who don't buy into the Disney "magic" may find it most interesting of all, though Cast Members will also recognize the undercurrent of reality in this book, missing from most other guides."
-Kevin Yee, columnist at Miceage.com

"...it's the literary equivalent of 'Jackass.' In that you get the pleasure of reading about how Kinsey and Co. broke the rules without then having to deal with any of the consequences of breaking the rules yourself."
-Jim Hill, JimHillMedia.com

"This is a title I would recommend for someone who has seen it all and is looking for something different. It is also a great read for anyone that wants more than just the regular theme park experience. Or someone who thinks Disney is only for kids."
-George Taylor, Imaginerding.com

About the Author

Leonard Kinsey was born and raised in Clearwater, FL, and was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World over 100 times by age 18. As an adult he still harbors an unhealthy obsession with The Mouse, has acquired a large collection of vintage EPCOT Center memorabilia, and visits WDW at least once a year, maintaining connections throughout the rest of the year with Cast Members and other Orlando-based friends and relatives.

In his spare time he has published a comic book and written and directed a feature film which received international distribution. He is also the guitarist in a rock band who appeared on a hit FOX show and released two internationally acclaimed CDs.

More About the Author

Leonard Kinsey was born and raised in Clearwater, FL, and was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World over 100 times by age 18. As an adult he still harbors an unhealthy obsession with The Mouse, has acquired a large collection of vintage EPCOT Center memorabilia, and visits WDW at least once a year, maintaining connections throughout the rest of the year with Cast Members and other Orlando-based friends and relatives.

In his spare time he has published a comic book and written and directed a feature film which received international distribution. He is also the guitarist in a rock band who appeared on a hit FOX show and released two internationally acclaimed CDs.

Customer Reviews

The Dark Side Of Disney was a fun read.
Randy
As far as writing, I think the author could get the point across and writing the book with less curse words.
C. Bass
I literally read this book in one sitting.
chris

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Platner on December 9, 2012
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In spite of the cheesy cover, I thought this would be an insight to parts of Disney that I wouldn't normally be able to find on my own. Not that I would try to score illegal substances at the park, but why include that chapter if all you are going to say is that you can't really score in the park. Some of the recommendations are just pointless. Save money on food at the park by ordering pizza at the hotel? Most of the best tips are public knowledge and the rest are practically useless.
Save your money!
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80 of 99 people found the following review helpful By SEPtember is Here! on October 13, 2011
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I kind of expected that this book would be more of a 'tell-all' from former Disney employees. It isn't... it's a travel guidebook to the 'dark side' of Disney's parks in Orlando. And by 'dark side', the author means many things, from perfectly licit money-saving tips to the totally illicit and illegal (which he does warn may garner you jail time either for real, or in "Disney jail", which he doesn't elaborate on). Did you ever want to know where to buy drugs in Orlando? Or know which shows at Disney were best seen while high? Or the best places to have sex in the parks? Or how to gate-crash the parks? You get the idea... This is not a family-friendly book!

I did find it very interesting - there are plenty of semi-licit things listed that really piqued my interest, though I'd never actually attempt them. I did find the author's language to be pretty crude - the profanities took what was actually a very well-written (and well-researched, though that's a whole 'nother story!) book and reduced it's credibility factor to near zero; it was just too much, too often, and too immature coming from a married adult.

I would recommend this only with serious reservations. It had lots of very interesting information that might appeal to the vicarious scofflaw, but its true audience is probably those who think rules are meant to be broken and who are willing to break them.

Note on Kindle formatting: Very good. There were many illustrations (and not all are in the G or PG or even PG-13 range) and those displayed well on my Kindle, though the captions would often be on the following pages. There were none of the common editing/formatting errors like homophones wrongly used; words run together, incorrect hyphenation, and the like.
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79 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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I really liked this book! My husband is an obsessed Disney World fan, so that's pretty much the only place we vacation (he bought an RV almost solely for use at Disney's Fort Wilderness to eliminate the hassle and cost of dealing with hotels...he's committed). We usually go a couple times a year, depending on where the military has us stationed at the time. If we're within 12 hours of driving (I don't fly...sorry Leonard), then according to him, we're close enough!

Having been to the parks so many times I thought I knew it all and was pretty smug about my Disney expertise...turns out, I didn't know jack. I loved the stories of he and his friends roaming the parks, going down to the Utilidors (something I MUST do now...thanks), and all the tips and tricks he's come up with through the years. While many are not tips and tricks I would personally use (what with them being illegal and all), they were still funny to read about. Being military, we get obscene ticket discounts through ITT on base, so that whole section wasn't quite as interesting. However his advice on where and when to drink (the monorail bar crawl? Genius!), scams to watch out for, and suggestions of things to try or to look out for were a lot of fun (loved the fastpass tips).

Overall, if you're a Disney fan and not a total prude (yes, there's swear words in this book...get over it), this is definitely a fun read. Mr. Kinsey has YEARS of experience exploring these parks, and he really knows what he's talking about. We just got back from a 2 week vacation in Disney and I'm kinda bummed I didn't find this book a bit sooner. No worries though, hubby has us going BACK down there in December, so I'm absolutely gonna be on the look-out for those Utilidors! Don't think I'll be able to talk the husband into exploring them, but you never know! Fun book...now I just need to check out the blog!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Angela R. Meli on January 15, 2012
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This was a purchase for my sister who is a huge Disneyphile. While everyone in our family fall under that category, she lives in Southern California and frequently flies to Florida just to go to the parks. She know everything about the parks. So, I saw this and thought that this had to have something she didn't know!

As I went to wrap it, it took me forever, because of course, I had to open it to see what it contained! This book is chock full of information, but beware, this is truly the "Dark Side" and for adults only. Do not leave this book lying around for your children to see.

Among fun anecdotes, it also tells you have to scam money, places to have sex without getting caught and places you can get into to sneak around.

My sister loved it (not that she would do any of those things)...and learned something new
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on January 28, 2013
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Started out funny and interesting but just about after the free sample it petered out. Almost as if it was written that way a few f bombs throw in to be edgey did not help to make it be any more interesting
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