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Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland Paperback – July, 1995
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Elizabeth Loftus, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Whether you are a big Disneyland fan or just not a swooner for Disneyland, you will find something in this book you'll enjoy reading. You see although many wonderful, magical things have happened inside Disneyland, several naughty things have happened too. This book will expose the employee that liked to take his pants off and run around the elevator in the Haunted Mansion (page 87). The submarine worker who stripped down to his underwear to save a mermaid. The worker that used to hide under the Haunted Mansion track to put his hand under women's skirts. The overweight man stuck in Injun's Joe's cave. The rats that used to jump around Tom Sawyer island. The kitty cats that hide in the forestry waiting for Disneyland to close. The obese woman stuck in the railcar. Her husband had too push her out with his feet to get her out (page 121).
The lovers did what on the Inner Space ride? Security was waiting for them at the end of the ride.
Did you know that New orleans Square had a jail . It was not an attraction, but the real thing. That was where security took the unruly guests the park.
Security used to be in every dark corner and entrance/exit. Now they have cameras in trees, in the walls and on the rides. You can see one on the Splash Mountain ride hidden in a little house with a roof. Security can even be dressed like a guest waiting in line in front or back of you.
Also you will learn how the creator of Mickey Mouse's voice and cartoonist, Walt Disney had this idea of creating a new modern amusement park that almost was built in Burbank. You will see just what was on those acres of land before the bulldozers took over.Read more ›
I enjoyed reading about the many things that happen every day and night at Disneyland that help to make the customer experience better. One example is the army of workers that come out at night to make sure that everything is clean and safe for the next day's customers. I think that it would be fascinating to watch what happens at night at Disneyland or Walt Disney World but I doubt that I will ever have that opportunity.
This book shows that Disneyland is like all other parks in that there are the unglamorous and even dangerous areas. I think that the author might have gone into more detail on some of the more gruesome accidental deaths than I would have liked. However, I appreciated that the author presented this information in a factual way and did not betray the reader's trust by getting on a soapbox to preach and draw unsubstantiated conclusions based on these isolated incidents as other authors have.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how Disney runs their parks and makes those parks so popular. This book is an easy and quick read and gives the reader a lot of information is a fairly short amount of time.
In a nutshell, the book shows that Disneyland, despite its magical mystique, is still a very human place with gemstones and lumps of coal. The one chapter that lost my interest was "Lawsuit Land" which, after going through several other stories of how guests can be so careless or thoughtless, began to be redundant.
Overall, the book was an enjoyable and easy read. It's a collection of interesting notes and stories of the park, its founder, its cast and its guests; not an intellectual dissertation of Disney's impact on culture. There's a laugh here and there; some awe at peoples' kindness or stupidity; and interesting snippets of the park's growing pains. It certainly left me with a better appreciation of what troubles the cast-members have to go through, and an understanding of how to be a more gracious guest on my next trip to the kingdom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just purchased this book and started reading it the other day I am on chapter 1 and I have to say it is very well written in a very easy read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lorianne
Wow. the things that go on behind the scenes are mind blowing. The pranks the staff do to the visitors are funny and unbelievable how they get away with it. A fast and easy read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dennis Kwiatkowski
This book shares insight into what happens backstage at Disneyland. Lots of funny stories, but lots of serious stories as well. A must read for any Disneyland fan.Published 9 months ago by SuddenStorm
Awesome book. If you like Disneyland, you'll love this book. Lots of funny cast-member stories.Published 9 months ago by The Man
I have read this a few times throughout the years and it's just as good as the first time I read it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melissa
Loved it!, was a little hesitant because I did not want him to put Disney down, which it does not, very informative.Published 12 months ago by SHERRI JUNE REED