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Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World by David Koenig

Next page of related Sponsored Products. May 07, Katy rated it it was ok. Many of the stories were rehashed from other Disney and Eisner books Walt Disney: Oct 08, Annie rated it liked it Shelves: Top 10 Washington, DC: I think this book is infinitely more enjoyable if you realitylanv actually been to Walt Disney World. It doesn’t take away from the fascinating stories shared throughout the rest of the book, or the painstaking detail the author chose to share with his readers.

Since the World Began: With larger-than-life characters like Walt and Eisner involved in WDW, there were of course many amusing vignett The topic of building and creating Walt Disney World is fascinating – a large private works project on a scale that is still mind boggling.

Towards the end, you got an underst I am an all things Disney freak. Read reviews that mention disney world walt disney mouse tales magic kingdom behind the scenes cast members david koenig theme parks disney fan theme park animal kingdom well researched easy to read michael eisner highly recommended card walker disney company experimental prototype disney-mgm studios must read.

Books by David Koenig. Even more impressive, once exposed, eralityland Disney management got special legislation passed to avoid Florida’s usual zoning codes, essentially granting permission for Disney to do whatever they wanted.

I really understood the pressure that the workers and builders were rdalityland as the time kept ticking away towards opening day.

Feb 16, Jennifer rated it liked it. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Some of the topics discussed in the later chapters include safety of the rides, what realitgland experience of cast members rewlityland like, Disney vs. Sponsored products related to this item. Rezlityland book is packed with anecdotes, pictures, stories, and interviews. I’ve been fascinated with the Disney phenomenon since childhood, when it was ubiquitous, and with Disney World ever since I was taken there as a year-old.


Koenig has unearthed dozens of stories worth telling about how the Disney company has managed vast construction projects which are our modern Pyramids, corporate sponsorships, human resource challenges, tourism downturns and community relations. With insightful interviews, amusing anecdotes, and occasionally unsettling revelations, Koenig reveals the world of laughter, tears, hopes and fears that is Disney. Koenig drags every skeleton out of the Mouse s closet and makes them dance.

Was nice to read about International students becoming cast members for the summer as my sister is lucky enough to do that this year. While the majority of the book is factual and not opinion-based, I do think that Koenig makes it clear how he feels about the parks, and it seems that he isn’t a big fan of how they’ve been run and operated recently – particularly since Walt no longer has a strong influence.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with them, but imagine how much more I would love them if they loved me back a fraction as what Walt would have.

In particular, I have researched extensively on Walt Disney World and its history. Dec 02, Sydney W rated it it was amazing.

It’s a must-read for anyone who has been to Disney World. It sounded pretty dull and I’m not suprised people were annoyed on opening day to find no Disney Characters on anything and a bunch of broken down rides. Jun 11, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Dinner in Paris would be nice.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Though he has his biases as we all doKoenig presents series of facts and research. Refresh and try again.

Don’t read this and then, a day later, go to Disney World as I did. It is absolutely fascinating, well-written and engaging. It covers everything from the initial concept, to the acquisition of land, to the planning, and finally, the building of WDW. The author of the best-selling Mouse Tales: Other interesting facts I learned few possible spoiler realityand


It also goes into detail about various lawsuits, accidents, fights, complaints, injuries and deaths that have happened at the park over the years.

The evolution of the company from visionary to profit-machine has been a painful one for fans to watch. However, as with the other Koenig books I have read. Aug 12, Becky Ginther rated it it was amazing Shelves: They should have just been happy to be a part of it! Only for very I’m afraid that although I am a massive Disney fan, I found this book very dry and realitykand took me a long time to read, considering how short the book is.

Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World

It is the comprehensive story of the development of WDW. Everything from Walt’s original vision, to how they acquired the land, to the day-to-day construction debacles is covered thoroughly.

Not because I want to dig up dirt on the company, but because to me it makes them that much more heroic. In erudite and fluid prose, Koenig takes readers on Walt’s clandestine land acquisition exploits in central Florida, through the chaotic construction and frantic early years of the Magic Kingdom and into Disney’s disastrous entry into the hotel business. In all it kept me glued to the pages from start to finish, and is a must-read for Disney fans the world over.

When the author does editorialize, it’s subtle, and the book chips away at the Disney fantasy just enough to reveal that nothing-not even the happiest place on earth-is perfect. Koenig marshals an impressive array of research, including many first-hand interviews with former cast members and Disney insiders.

Sadly, this world doesn’t produce a whole lot of Walt Disneys. For someone who isn’t a full-blown Disney obsessive and doesn’t already know all the stories, this is a great primer.

Also includes the history of the two additional parks, Hollywood Studios and AK.