- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Theme Park Press; 2 edition (November 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 168390091X
- ISBN-13: 978-1683900917
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy Place: Living the Disney Parks Life Paperback – November 1, 2017
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Scott attempts to answer those questions through vignettes of numerous types of die hard fans, and throughout them all offers readers his own experience as a life long fan of Disney's theme parks. The stories are interesting, and Scott does a great job pulling them out without coating them in editorial fluff or scorn. It's just their story, portraits of who these people are and why they have such an affinity for the parks.
I am also a huge fan of the Disney theme parks, but I don't think you need to be in order to enjoy reading this. This book is inherently about Disney theme park fans, yes, but behind that primary perspective is an interesting series of essays on fans and fandom. Definitely recommend.
I've only been to Disney World once when I was around 10, and Disneyland once in my 20's. I had no idea Scott was such a big fan of Disney before reading this book, nor did I know about the culture of the very regular visitors. I guess the best compliment I can give to this book is that I now want to visit Disneyland soon just to get a feel for the kind of experiences that I've read about in Scott's book.
If you are at all a fan of the Disney experience, or might be, or are just passionate about your own particular part of popular culture, you'll enjoy reading about the people who are passionate about Disney parks. Scott may not be a 3+ visits per week level fan, but he understands and respects them, and you'll understand and respect them as well through his book.
My last trip to Disney World was about four years ago. I got overwhelmed by the crowds and lines so we walked around and looked around then ate at the themed restaurants. We had fun noticing the details of each area in the park. I had thought I sort of wasted my trip to Disney world because I was so old by the time I got there. Now I realize that going there and observing can be the point of a trip.