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- Print Length: 136 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1941500390
- Publisher: Theme Park Press (May 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 23, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y7A5716
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Even though the author is a self-proclaimed fanatic, what is most impressive about A Year of Disney is how it exudes a calm unhurriedness to a place that often inspires touring akin to complex military operations. That doesn’t mean Bashor avoids throwing herself into crazy challenges (like the weekend she chased down a cadre of Disney princesses to record a video birthday message for Samantha), but she regularly slows down enough to enjoy herself. As she said of the Polynesian resort: “Seriously, if you don’t relax just walking the grounds and smelling whatever addicting scent they add to the flowers, there’s no hope for you.”
Then there is the wealth of valuable tips, from the ins and outs of the Disney Vacation Club and discount websites to the multiple uses of a blanket. Her attention to costs and money-saving opportunities is particularly appreciated (hey, there’s a high price for magic). Since she made an effort to visit as many restaurants and hotels – on and off site – as possible, Bashor offers a broad range of comparisons and is excellent at getting to the gritty details of any encounter. From her trip camping at Fort Wilderness, she advises, “The Fort can get very windy. . . . Failure to properly secure your tent can result in a kite for other visitors to enjoy.” Plus, the list of items to bring to Fort Wilderness is awfully handy and transferable to any camp experience.
Then there is the practical advice drawn from Bashor’s own experiences as a mother in Disney on how to handle situations from shyness to meltdowns, always measured by a good dose of empathy and perspective. Simply put, Bashor has a charming, self-deprecating approach: “… there might be some mornings when the benefits of a virtually empty Magic Kingdom are just not worth leaving a nice warm room that early in the morning. However, I feel sure I will forget this by our next trip.”
What is similarly easy to forget is that so many of Bashor’s best experiences come from the cast members and costume characters who generally inhabit their roles so fully that they embody a surprisingly level of spontaneity and improvisation. Her anecdotes on how essential the human interactions are to enhancing the attractions are revelatory.
A Year in Disney is a rich book of advice and insights from a writer indefatigably searching and roaming. I like that at the end of the book Bashor is still looking ahead – she plans to allocate more time on future trips for Epcot’s Holidays around the World – since this book is a great example of how good planning and a great outlook can enrich vacation experiences to Disney and beyond.
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