- Taschenbuch: 172 Seiten
- Verlag: Bamboo Forest Publishing (2. August 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0615506135
- ISBN-13: 978-0615506135
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 307.749 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Dark Side of Disney (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. August 2011
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Leonard Kinsey was born and raised in Clearwater, FL, and was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World over 100 times by age 18. As an adult he still harbors an unhealthy obsession with The Mouse, has acquired a large collection of vintage EPCOT Center memorabilia, and visits WDW at least once a year, maintaining connections throughout the rest of the year with Cast Members and other Orlando-based friends and relatives. In his spare time he has published a comic book and written and directed a feature film which received international distribution. He is also the guitarist in a rock band who appeared on a hit FOX show and released two internationally acclaimed CDs.
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Having been to the parks so many times I thought I knew it all and was pretty smug about my Disney expertise...turns out, I didn't know jack. I loved the stories of he and his friends roaming the parks, going down to the Utilidors (something I MUST do now...thanks), and all the tips and tricks he's come up with through the years. While many are not tips and tricks I would personally use (what with them being illegal and all), they were still funny to read about. Being military, we get obscene ticket discounts through ITT on base, so that whole section wasn't quite as interesting. However his advice on where and when to drink (the monorail bar crawl? Genius!), scams to watch out for, and suggestions of things to try or to look out for were a lot of fun (loved the fastpass tips).
Overall, if you're a Disney fan and not a total prude (yes, there's swear words in this book...get over it), this is definitely a fun read. Mr. Kinsey has YEARS of experience exploring these parks, and he really knows what he's talking about. We just got back from a 2 week vacation in Disney and I'm kinda bummed I didn't find this book a bit sooner. No worries though, hubby has us going BACK down there in December, so I'm absolutely gonna be on the look-out for those Utilidors! Don't think I'll be able to talk the husband into exploring them, but you never know! Fun book...now I just need to check out the blog!
Without specifically advocating any potentially untoward activities, the author does a fantastic job of explaining how one might enjoy Disney in ways not specifically intended by the park's designers. Only a true fan of WDW could have written this book; the suggestion by some that that the DSOD subverts the very spirit of Disney is as misplaced as it is silly. Respect for both Cast Members, and other guests remains paramount throughout the entire book. Having said that, Churchill warned us to "Never trust a man who has not a single redeeming vice." The Dark Side of Disney is a well-written and humourous guide to how one might indulge one or more of those vices in the midst of white bread and white picket fences so that a good time can be had by all.
I did find it very interesting - there are plenty of semi-licit things listed that really piqued my interest, though I'd never actually attempt them. I did find the author's language to be pretty crude - the profanities took what was actually a very well-written (and well-researched, though that's a whole 'nother story!) book and reduced it's credibility factor to near zero; it was just too much, too often, and too immature coming from a married adult.
I would recommend this only with serious reservations. It had lots of very interesting information that might appeal to the vicarious scofflaw, but its true audience is probably those who think rules are meant to be broken and who are willing to break them.
Note on Kindle formatting: Very good. There were many illustrations (and not all are in the G or PG or even PG-13 range) and those displayed well on my Kindle, though the captions would often be on the following pages. There were none of the common editing/formatting errors like homophones wrongly used; words run together, incorrect hyphenation, and the like.
As I went to wrap it, it took me forever, because of course, I had to open it to see what it contained! This book is chock full of information, but beware, this is truly the "Dark Side" and for adults only. Do not leave this book lying around for your children to see.
Among fun anecdotes, it also tells you have to scam money, places to have sex without getting caught and places you can get into to sneak around.
My sister loved it (not that she would do any of those things)...and learned something new
Leonard Kinsey urges the reader to make a "do no harm" policy that upholds the right of every WDW visitor to not have their vacation spoiled by the readers of "Dark Side of Disney." Besides, some of the things there have fatal consequences. Pages 106 to 114 detail some of the "critters" that can injure or kill, ranging from the alligator to "brain eating amoebas." The rides and attractions themselves are dangerous when not used as directed--David Koening mentions several fatal guest accidents in his Disney theme park books. Going `backstage' has hazards--the `on stage' portion of Walt Disney World is perhaps the safest environment in the USA. Backstage, the industrial areas are rife with hazards--and ignorant people wandering around in the innards of the American Adventure can easily be crushed by Audio-animatronic cassettes (small stages) that are used in the 30-minute automated presentation. In an interview with "Chief" and "Hoot Gibson:" "Understand that you might die. Being caught is nothing but being killed is very real."
My tours of the Utilidors are not very adventurous--I booked backstage tours that took me through the place with a tour guide. Expensive, but safe and legal. Call me a sucker if you wish, but I am risk adverse. The pay-off wasn't worth the risk for me.
Leonard Kinsey's book isn't only on the dangers of doing Walt Disney World `your way.' There are some legitimate tips that will save you time, money and frustration. I first visited Epcot in 1986 for one magical day between duty with the Army at Fort Riley and shipping out to West Germany. My total Walt Disney World experience is about two months in multiple visits with stays of up to two weeks duration--my most recent was in July 2005 for two weeks while my Nevada Army National Guard unit was in the Middle East for 12 months on Operation Iraqi Freedom II. "Driving is For Suckers" (page 7) is basically correct--driving can be much more trouble than it's worth. The horror story of "Matt's" 18 hour drive from Baltimore to Walt Disney World was appalling--I won't spoil your fun by revealing the ending. Stay on-site--there are hotels to fit every budget. Unless you have months to spend on your Walt Disney World vacation, staying on-site makes economic sense because you get to maximize your enjoyment of the four major theme parks. One of my sisters recently took a Walt Disney World vacation and she followed my "stay on-site" advice--she's been there before, but the sprawling Walt Disney World complex can take time--and money--to navigate, especially for newcomers. Parking is currently $14 a day--unless you'd rather risk having your vehicle impounded and towed for trespass. That impound and tow fee could easily be a thousand dollars--or you could lose your car.
That takes us to lodging. In the days prior to the Disney Value hotels my budget didn't permit me to stay on-site. Yes, there were issues with transportation, you have to factor in ALL costs (especially the time you spend travelling from the place you sleep to the theme parks)--but I was used to rough living and couldn't beat $15 a night in a place with hot water and clean towels. That was back in the late 1990's and the Kissimmee motel I used was bull-dozed--if it didn't burn down first! All Walt Disney World needs now is a storage locker complex--I rented a storage locker in Florida while working in the Middle East so that I didn't have to pack much through airline travel.
Food is another factor. Food at WDW can be expensive. There are multiple feeding cues. Those open air cafes aren't just for the enjoyment of diners--a feeding cue for us social animals is that other people are chowing down! "The Dark Side of Disney" offers solid advice on having groceries delivered--the off-site pizza deliveries sometimes have better hours than Disney room service as well as being less expensive.
There are ticket scams in the Orlando area. When I was there, there were people hawking "reduced price" tickets to Walt Disney World. I knew my limitations--I didn't think that I could tell a fake Walt Disney World ticket from a genuine one, and so I stuck to trusted outlets. If you are adventurous, you could try--but the two methods Kinsey mentions for "free" tickets are not the only ways to get free admission. The author suggests making friends with a Cast Member (Walt Disney World employee) and taking a Disney Vacation Club tour--sort of! There are multiple other ways to save money on admission media--legal ways--but all of them take time and research.
The Disney Company won't like the comments on the DVC (Disney Vacation Club) tours--but the advice on page 24 and the horror story that follows makes me glad that I didn't take a DVC tour. I had no intention and no resources for a `time share' when I was there--didn't even have the time to take the sales pitch and day away from one of the four major theme parks! Be wary of "free" stuff--weigh your time against the pay-off.
I agree with the author on the Disney theme park merchandise--it is over-priced when I can get the same items at my local discount store. Theme park unique items are what's hot, or things that remind me of the magic of Walt Disney World. One treasure that is hanging next to my computer desk is a `free' Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary poster that I got for having an annual passport to Walt Disney World (I was working in the Middle East at the time and would stay at WDW long enough to make the annual pass the most cost-effective ticket option--and in 2005 when I spent my two-week R&R from Operation Iraqi Freedom II the commercial annual passport available to everybody beat out two weeks of tickets through the military travel office--discounted). I framed the poster. So there is stuff at the theme parks worth having. I recommend looking over the Disney merchandise available in your local stores first, and then following Leonard Kinsey's advice on internet shopping to educate yourself before you take your WDW vacation. That way you will more likely recognize what is junk and what is treasure when your IQ drops 20 points from entering the gates at the Magic Kingdom.
The chapter titled "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll at WDW" is worth reading even if you don't do drugs. Florida has a minors' protection law that adds additional prison time if you are convicted of having illegal drugs within 100 feet of a minor--and can bring that charge of `possession' up to `trafficking.' Were you aware that the American Association for Nude Recreation is headquartered in Kissimmee, about an hour's drive from Walt Disney World (depending on traffic) and near the featured nudist resort of Cypress Cove? Kinsey mentions Cypress Cove and how to get in--but be aware that the admission charges will rival Walt Disney World's. The advice on sex and drugs helps AVOID those activities if you don't care to get laid by random strangers and get high while riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror--oh, wait! On page 88 the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is listed as one of five WORST places to get high!
Go to Walt Disney World to have fun. Please don't ruin other people's `Disney Experience.' Leonard Kinsey's "The Dark Side of Disney" can help you have fun even if you don't want to be naughty--there were new "utterly unauthorized tips, tricks, & scams for your WDW vacation!" Things are always changing at Disney theme parks--I've been to the parks in Paris, to Tokyo Disneyland, and to the original in Anaheim, California. Know before you go.
I like indexes--saves time when trying to find specific information. "The Dark Side of Disney" has both table of contents and an index.