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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
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This is a priceless collection of peaks behind the theme park curtains. You won't look at theme park "cast" members or your fellow guests the same way again after the insight gained from this fast read. The entertaining anecdotes cover a broad range of human leisure-time activity, from the idiotic to the heroic. And the entire family can take it in. Our 12-year-old son, who very, very seldom reads a book, wouldn't give me back my Kindle until he had finished reading it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Loved this book. The writer shares interesting and amusing stories about the time he spent working for Disney. I read the whole thing in one sitting. The book is clean and wholesome and would earn Disney's stamp of approval but it's not stuffy. Highly recommend it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 12, 2011
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I have a love for all things Disney, especially Disney parks related. I love hearing about the inner workings at all the parks and the behind the scenes "goings-on" to make the parks work and seem flawless, and, well, magical.

This was a great book, I was laughing and smiling through the whole thing. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer! I also loved the little bonus chapter interlude called "How to have a horrible theme park vacation" I was laughing out loud because on every Disney vacation I have taken, I run into these EXACT people! That chapter was priceless.

The anecdotes were great and covered everything cast members have to deal with from cast aways on Tom Sawyer Island to how to pick a pregnant woman out of a lineup (it's not as easy as you think!!)

Get this one if you love Disney parks. It's clean (well except for that one POTC story, but even then the author doesn't say anything bad he just hints at what is going on) and hysterical and just all out fun.

P.S. I don't know about you but I wish the eggroll cart in Adventureland still sold the Eggroll Hot Dog. I would love to try one! I've been craving a hot dog now since I read that chapter!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2011
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Niles takes you behind the scenes and the smiling faces and the patter to show you all the effort that goes into making a Disney World vacation memorable. Lots of funny anecdotes and stories make it clear that the "cast members" really are hard working and dedicated to the mouse and everything Disney stands for. The stories flow and you can't stop reading. Hopefully, we'll hear more from Niles about the theme park experience. Couldn't help thinking that mother was really looking forward to that beach day, and being a bit chagrined knowing my daughter has used a few of those tricks to appear taller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
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I should confess straight off that I am one of the Disney Generation. We were there from the start, watching on TV as Uncle Walt built us the world's greatest playground. When his program showed us the Wonderful World of Color, we begged our parents to get color tv sets, then gasped in amazement as we watched. We were the generation who nagged our parents for coonskin caps or toy rifles...yes, even the girls... who learned our (sometimes wrong) science and nature facts from his show and would have happily walked through dark jungle or burning building if Walt Disney's calm, authoritative voice told us it was the right thing to do. And if we ever actually got to see the park we watched grow from a hole in the ground, we are the ones who were in kid heaven, hardly believing our dreams had come true. This book could have been written by one of us. Robert loves the parks in Florida, not California, but that's ok. The spirit is the same. Robert describes the rides like a proud papa, and tells some great stories about things that happened on or around them. This is NOT a book that claims to tell us all the behind-the-scenes dirt about any of the Disney parks, nor does it make snide remarks about unqualified or unappreciated bosses, so, if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the book you want. This is a book written by a man who loved working there and wants us to love it like he does. He explains the reasons behind certain height requirements and what could happen to the person who somehow got on without meeting them. He talks about a few not-nice "guests" and a lot more nice people who are having the times of their lives. He talks about what happens when it snows on Florida parks, and he shares the feelings of a little boy who, just for a moment, thinks it would be fun to hide from the last raft off Tom Sawyer's Island one late evening. This is a good book. It's well written and the love is obvious. Hey, Robert; I hereby grant you membership in The Disney Generation. You missed the age limit, but everything else makes you a perfect applicant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
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I purchased this book last night and enjoyed it so much that i stayed up until i had finished it
It flowed really well and was fun to learn some more things about disney
If you love disney world you will enjoy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
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A quick read but laugh out loud funny! I loved getting some insights from behind the scenes. I'm a WDW veteran with 39 trips since 1972 & I really enjoyed this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
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Though the book is short, it is filled with wonderful anecdotal stories of workers' times at the Disney Parks. It is a short must read for anyone on a trip to Disney World and has a lot of fun facts that you can tell your traveling party as you wander through the parks. Again, a must read for any Disney World fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
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I found the stories entertaining and enjoyable as the author spent 5 years there in-between school. I believe some of the stories are funnier to the people who have actually worked there, but I enjoyed them in the context of the author's point of view. The stories are short enough to pick up the book anytime and read one or two without investing a great amount of time as you would with a novel, but I finished the book in a couple of days of on-and-off reading. Some of the relatives would enjoy this also having been down there to visit. All-in-all, I enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2012
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Just finished reading " Stories from a Theme Park insider. I loved it, So many funny and great stories. I can see all of them as if I was there. Great Job! I grew up in Fl 4 hours from the main gate o the MK. As I read the different stories, I saw myself there and laughing with very one. A friend and I went to "Casting" right after we graduated from High School, but all they had open was part time, and at that time, the minimum wage was not that much ( hint, only the MK was open at the time) I wonder if I had taken the job, if Iwould have enjoyed all the wild happeings that Robert ran into. waiting for volume two :)
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