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Walt Disney World Hidden History: Remnants of Former Attractions and Other Tributes Paperback – November 19, 2010
"PassPorter's Walt Disney World" by Jennifer Marx and Dave Marx
Disney World can be daunting — simplify the process with this indispensable travel planner "PassPorter's Walt Disney World".
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The book is presented in an encyclopedia like format with a pretty comprehensive index. Does the name Bwana Bob's have any sort of meaning? Check it out in the index and find your answer. However, the book is actually readable too. Beginning at the TTC ticket booth the details flow like you are 'reading up Main St.' and then around the Magic Kingdom. The same applies to the other parks as well. As you read you'll be making a mental note of hidden details to check out on your next visit.
This is a nice book for any Disney fan. You're guaranteed to learn something. Casual fans will be amazed to know just how much effort is put into detailed theming while Disney veterans who thought they knew it all will be surprised at just how deep Disney goes to honor the past and ensure nothing is left to chance.
This book could be a lot better if the printing of the images were of a better quality and in color.
It's an ok purchase for those planning a first trip to Disney to keep an eye for the things mentioned. Not recommended if you already know your Disney trivia though.
Kevin Yee, a former Disneyland castmember, is an author and Disney Theme Park Historian. He publishes the Ultimate Orlando blog and is a columnist at MiceAge. He is one of the most prolific theme park-related authors with over 10 titles, including: Mouse Trap: Memoir of a Disneyland Cast Member and the 101 Things You Never Knew About... series.
Yee know his Walt Disney World details. The book has over 200 pages dedicated to the trivia, minutia, history and details of the theme parks and resort area. Sometimes, I think a review should be as simple as "This is a fun read and you will enjoy it." In this case, that is true, but I should qualify the review with more than that.
Do you know where the last two ticket booths in the Magic Kingdom are?
The book is presented park-by-park and area-by-area. We start at the Magic Kingdom Entrance Plaza and find ourselves strolling under the train station and down Main St. USA. Yee points out the details that honor the builders of Walt Disney World and the little details that make the magic even more arresting. From there, Yee takes us on a journey through each land, reminding us why we love the parks so much.
Have you seen the not-to-subtle nod to the World of Motion in the Test Track queue?
The presentation is fairly simple and is geared towards a blog-reading audience. This is not a slight towards Yee; it was very insightful to present the information in small chunks that the reader can enjoy. This is a book that you can skip around or read land-by-land. It would be ideal to read on your flight to Orlando or to read in the hotel the night before you head to a specific park.Read more ›
I received the book today, and I am close to 65 pages in. I am finding the overal facts to be great, but the presentation is very dry, and has a monotone quality to the writting. There is no pesonal narrative to be found, simply facts stated.
The photos could be larger, and in color. In some photos, I can. Ot even make out what I am supposed to be looking at, much less be able to know what to look for once I am at the park.
I am enjoying the facts, but there is no flair, no fun, no personalization. It reads more like a list than a book. Based on this one, I personally won't bother with any of the authors other works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Disney, you'll love this book. A great read to bring with you to the park so you can look for the hidden history as you're there. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christine
Great information. If your into Disney and want to find out some interesting things, get this book!Published 15 months ago by Judy
Interesting to learn background history of WDW rides and attractions,Published 19 months ago by Vic
This book has a lot of great info but it definitely needs a few updates as it pays homage to a few attractions that no longer existPublished 20 months ago by kasey
We love Disney and have lived long enough to see some of our favorites disappear and we look for the remnants.Published on November 27, 2013 by Anngora
Although there was some information in here that I had read in other Disney World informational books, it still contained many things that were new for me. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by David Schinkus
The book is filled with interesting facts about the history of park attractions and exactly where to look for parts of older attractions or nods to previous guest experiences. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Cory M. Westby
I won't go into any details as to why I chose to title my review "this explains a lot..." for fear of giving any spoilers to those who don't like spoilers but if you are a Disney... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Tracy