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- Publisher: Theme Park Press (January 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCVQ5QA
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For Tuan, Disney rides are often a family affair and her sharing experiences with relatives and friends adds a layer of companionship to the entire book. She is especially good at recognizing the ways Disney evokes nostalgia in unexpected places, like the old-fashioned harkening of midway games at the high-tech Toy Story Mania. Totally Biased Ride Reviews conveys a sensibility that acknowledges how Disney creates fantastic illusions, yet understands that drawing back the curtains to reveal some of the manipulations and artistry can actually enhance the ride experience. As Tuan explains about the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, “If you look closely, you can see the puppeteers dressed in black moving about the stage. Rather than ruining the magic, I love watching them work.”
Totally Biased Ride Reviews is also filled little details that will heighten the rider’s awareness of the subtle touches that characterize the better attractions. Whether Tuan takes the reader through Pirates of the Caribbean (“Keep an eye out for the singing, murderous mermaids at the beginning of the ride, before the drop. You can see a glimpse of their silhouettes below the water”) or the Haunted Mansion (“Make sure you keep an eye out for the shadow of the invisible piano player on the ground – it’s a neat effect I never noticed until my friend, who did the cast member tour, pointed it out”), she offers new wrinkles for riding the venerable attractions. On a more practical level, Tuan also guides the reader, everything from where to get 100,000 points on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (shoot at the top of the volcano) to avoid wearing a short dress on Space Mountain.
Although Tuan is a diehard Disney fan, she is simultaneously clear-eyed in her assessments. Describing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, she concludes, “I love Disney, but I stand by my beliefs that Escape from Gringotts over at Universal kicks the sweet little Mine Train’s ass.” And about the lines at Big Thunder Railroad: “The queue is also filled with gags and interactive elements, but it doesn’t make long wait times any less bearable.”
Throughout Totally Biased Ride Reviews, the attraction commentaries are punctuated by clever little italicized breaks with pithy citations from the given ride, such as “First the wind, and now this.” Tuan has given the reader much to enjoy here, and I know that my next trip to Disney will be enriched from her fine advice.