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Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks Paperback – April 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2nd edition (April 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598800612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598800616
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most important thing you can read to prepare yourself for the Kingdom." -- Margaret Cho --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jeffrey Epstein is a native of Newton, Mass who now lives in Los Angeles, CA. The former West Coast Editor of Soap Opera Digest, he is now the Senior Editor of Out Magazine, and is one of the organizers of Gay Day at Disneyland. ' Eddie Shapiro is the Event Manager for AIDS Walk New York. A former resident of Long Island, he now makes his home in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The information is accurate and the commentary is so much fun.
kutefisk
The writing style is very funny, including the quotes from other people, and I enjoyed how it speaks to the reader as an adult.
Erin N. Blackwell
Great book and I really admire these guys, someday I want to grow up just like them!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lanewburn on May 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why shouldn't the Happiest Place on Earth not also be the Gayest?! This audacious little guidebook puts the Disney parks in a whole new light. Reverent with a touch of irreverence, Jeffrey and Eddie take their hapless readers on a hilarious romp around each theme park, citing the best and the worst of every ride, show, and restaurant. Each review however is tinged with a love of all things Disney, an underlying respect for the sheer childlike glee most people feel when running down Main Street. Quippish sarcasm marks a good chunk of this tome, leading to numerous laughs while weighing the differences of the California Space Mountain and it's Florida counterpart. And let's not forget the Fairy Facts! Trivial tidbits that are proof positive that these queens reign in their research efforts. Whether you've been to the parks before or are treading through the castles as a new-comer, whether you're gay, straight, or bi, this is one guide that's worth the price of admission.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ellen Epstein on May 24, 2004
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Not only have I bought this book for my own use but for gifts for all the people I know who are going with and without children to Disney. The book gives insight into the various attractions, helping one to know what is age appropriate and what you should definitely see (especially for first time goers). The hotel and restaurant critiques are great! What I loved the most was that while reading a well written Guide, you smiled and laughed all along the way.
The book is great for all ages !
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on May 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro have a very entertaining writing style giving snappy remarks and one liners every now and again. It spices up a book that any reader of previous guides will need to keep them interested. Although all the rides, hotels and areas of the parks are covered there's just not that much specifically 'gay' to write about. For gays who are going to one of the parks for the first time, this book might be helpful in choosing a hotel to stay at, but only in conjuction with another guide as the reviews are very brief.
My favorite part of the book is the Compare & Contract appendix which describes the similarties and/or differencees between rides that are at more than one park. But like most features in this book, I wish it went in to more depth.
Also fun are the 'Fairy Facts' that are sprinkled thoughout the book. Did you know that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland was originally supposed to be where Pirates of the Caribbean is located now? Long time Disney enthusiats and triva buffs will get off on 'Fairy Facts'.
It's obvious that Epstein & Shapiro throughly enjoy the Disney parks, yet they're not timid in saying what they think of an attraction. Example: they quite accurately re-name Superstar Limo (from California Adventure) Supersucky Lame-o.
All in all the book has something to offer most Disney visitors (gay or not), but not enough to cater to any specific segment. Newbies will be frustrated at the lack of depth, but appreciate the authors honest opinions. Long time guests will have to make due with triva and a snappy sense of humor. The book is best enjoyed in conjunction with another more comprehensive guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cullinane on May 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Frankly I'm not a Disney geek...never really was that impressed by the theme parks because they don't have any good coasters, and never got why anyone over the age of 12 would go. Then a friend of mine bought this book and made me go with him to Disneyland, book in hand to try it out. I'm not kidding, I laughed my butt off the whole day. The trivia, the behind the scenes stuff, the whole skewed way these guys look at the makes you see it in a whole new way. Some of the guys on the Davey Crockett canoe rides are actually pretty hot, and I never would have done that ride, I had never been to the Tiki room until I read this book (you have to go) and I have a totally new appreciate of the Alice in Wonderland ride (but you have to read the book to find out why...) So...do yourself a favor, check this one out whether you are a Disney fan or not...and it makes a great gift for any homo in your life!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Aside from being a fun read, this book is right on target because gay men and lesbians look for different things in recreation places than heteros often do. Most importantly, we want gay-friendly places where we know we can be ourselves and have a good time. This book is full of fun, frank descriptions of the attractions (yes to Disneyland's Fantasmic!; no to California Adventure's Golden Zephyr), and the Fairy Facts are great-alone they could make a book. The authors provide an hilarious revisionist read on the Disney characters like the fairies, but Alice in Wonderland makes a great fag hag circuit queen if you look carefully. The book also highlights the ways in which the Disney parks are gay-friendly, tricks and tips for getting good seats for attractions and minimizing your wait in lines, reviews of the eating establishments (a culinary lifesaver!), and the top spots to share a gay moment (like the Hall of Presidents in Walt Disney World), all to help you get the most out of each of the theme parks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
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I read about this book in Out Magazine and bought it for a recent trip to Orlando. It was just great. It's also really funny. And I dont think you would have to be gay or lesbian to really appreciate and use the book to get the most out of your Disney vacation. Highly recommended.
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