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The Dark Side of Disney by [Kinsey, Leonard]
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Editorial Reviews


"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, even the tell-all 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 and author of Mouse Trap

"'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,

"Kinsey has a great style and he forces you to look at the parks in a different way.... 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,

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2012 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bamboo Forest Publishing; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I had not been to Disney in over twenty years. On a recent trip to Orlando, I was introduced to the concept of DSOD.

Without specifically advocating any potentially untoward activities, the author does a fantastic job of explaining how one might enjoy Disney in ways not specifically intended by the park's designers. Only a true fan of WDW could have written this book; the suggestion by some that that the DSOD subverts the very spirit of Disney is as misplaced as it is silly. Respect for both Cast Members, and other guests remains paramount throughout the entire book. Having said that, Churchill warned us to "Never trust a man who has not a single redeeming vice." The Dark Side of Disney is a well-written and humourous guide to how one might indulge one or more of those vices in the midst of white bread and white picket fences so that a good time can be had by all.

Well done.
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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 I just need to check out the blog!
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Being a lover of all things Disney and having been known to visit the dark side in the past, I saw this listed on Amazon and decided to treat myself and buy it.

I was skeptical at first, after reading the cover that listed "scams" as part of the book but once I started getting to the actual tips and tricks, my fears were alleviated. I was afraid this book was going to be written by some jaded ex cast member or disgruntled visitor but to my delight I found that Leonard grew up here in Florida and loved Disney. So much so that he even worked in the parks for awhile.

The book has A LOT of really good info, especially for people that think there is an easy or scamable way to get into the parks or buy tickets for 10.00 from a reseller.

There are some other tips regarding best places to have sex or scam a free meal. There are ideas about how to enjoy the parks while high or tripping. Leonard says that he included these because as a teen and young adult, him and his friends had been to the parks literally hundreds and hundreds of times and was basically looking for other ways to enjoy the Disney atmosphere while being burned out on rides like It's a Small World and Dumbo.

I would recommend this book to adults going to Disney. It will help you decide how to get there (fly), where to stay (on property), get your tickets (at Disney or at their official website and how to plan for some great meals that really don't involve loading up on a toppings bar or putting bugs in your food.(less)
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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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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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