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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom Paperback – June 18, 2009
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About the Author
Susan Veness (Orlando, FL) is a travel writer, researcher and itinerary planner specializing in Florida, Disney, and the theme parks. A former online travel agent, she became principal research assistant for the UK's bestselling Brit's Guide travel series in 2002. She also writes for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and other media. She has been visiting Walt Disney World since it opened in 1971 and, with a home just minutes from The Mouse, she continues to tour the parks on a regular basis.
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This book has alot of information tucked away in its pages. Most is factual, but not all. The author takes liberties sometimes, tries to put the pieces of the puzzles the Imagineers left behind and makes assumptions, usually incorrectly, instead of inquiring WDW castmembers or any other source available(internet, other books, Imagineers, podcasters, other books, etc....). There is alot of information out there and most the time all you simply need to do is ask a cast member.
I would recommend this book to first timers, people who dont really want to go to WDW but are going with their family, mabye teens who think WDW is not cool, or people who have gone quite a few times to WDW and are looking to get a little more. You take the book with you and find a small percent of the "hidden magic" at WDW, and maybe spark an intrest is learning more.
If you have done any research into WDW, read other books on "secrets" of WDW, listen to podcasts about WDW, etc.... than this book is NOT for you. You will immediatly find errors and the "hidden magic" the author presents is pretty basic information. Mind, it is information most WDW visitors most likely will not know, its most likely information you already have learned from other sources. You will probably get a laugh from the errors and assumptions the author makes.
As WDW is a constantly changing place, some of the content of the book is dated, such as Mickey's Toon Town Fair, which no longer exists (was removed to create room for the current contruction phase of the Fantasyland Expansion). And that is not the fault of the author.