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The Unofficial Disneyland Drinking Companion Paperback – June 21, 2017
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There's a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde interplay running throughout the book. On the Jekyll side, there's the childlike love of Disney that wants to preserve the magic for the actual children in the parks by shielding them from the excesses of drunken adults (and protect said adults from curtailing their own enjoyment of the parks by being ejected for their indiscretions). On the Hyde side, there's the bartender who has undoubtedly experienced his own share of inebriated joy while taking a whirl through Alice in Wonderland. That dynamic comes to a head in the final chapter when Schmidt details the "California Adventure Drinking Game". Jekyll becomes downright coy in his cautions (with sly "If you insist on continuing..."). Be that as it may, I appreciate that Schmidt drops gentle and not-so-gentle reminders that Disney is not any one individual's personal paradise to use and abuse. Those who feel entitled to such things might be put off here.
The rest of us can enjoy the writer's enthusiasm for the subject, dovetailing the childhood wonder with more adult pursuits of drinking and still coming out pure Disney. It's obvious that the writer loved writing this manual. And if you're not craving a Raspberry-Ginger "Vojito" by the end, you're more of a tee-totaler than I am.