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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Bamboo Forest Publishing (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615506135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615506135
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Kinsey has been involved in the world of media his whole adult life, winning a Pinellas County Cable Access TV award at age 16 for "Best Soundtrack" for a short film he directed and scored. From there Kinsey ran the television station at a prestigious university for four years, producing hundreds of hours of narrative, documentary, and live programming, including the genesis of THE DARK SIDE OF DISNEY, a 30-minute look at the off-limits areas of Walt Disney World. Kinsey then moved on to CNN International where he worked with foreign correspondents for two years as an audio engineer and robotic camera operator. Retiring from television, Kinsey now works as a Systems Administrator, maintaining server farms for one of the largest dot-coms in the world. 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Hudson on 9 Jan. 2012
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This is aimed at the American market. I gave up after chapter 4. Was xpecting a bit of disclosure and gossip but only it hints on money saving ideas for americans.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 22 Nov. 2011
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Had this book been written by an employee of Walt Disney talking about what really goes on behind the scenes then it would have been a great read, unfortunately it wasn't on both accounts.

I have seen more dark side coming from a lady bending down to tie her shoe laces than I managed to read in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Hill on 27 May 2012
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There is no Dark side of this book just some stories of a Disney fan boy using the F word more than is necessary. Save your money and don't bother. I gave up after the Introduction and 2 chapters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rl Clark on 2 Aug. 2012
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This book is beyond awful, it is just full of pathetic and embarrasing scams and says far more about the dark, sorry poor side of the author than anything it says about Disney
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This book or in my case Kindle download was downloaded whilst in a villa (sorry Leonard) and therefore offsite. I love America, Florida and off course Disney so read a lot of stuff, guides etc.

This one is to for the faint-hearted. It would probably upset a lot of UK visitors because it shows a more urban edge to the sugar candy coated experience most crave and experience. Please bear in mind some Disney visitors find the harmless Old Town at Kissimmee threatening so will probably be Apopleptic reading some of the escapades in this book.

It must be remembered the author visited Disney hundreds of times and eventually tired of it all - he did resin his love of all things Disney I later years though (hurrah).

Just take it with a pinch of salt and remember you do NOT have to follow his lead lol. Indeed he stresses several times and again at the end of the book not to do these things, but haven't we all wondered secretly about sharing tickets, do the finger testing really work? Are there cheap tickets, fast pass scams, ways to eat the queues, oops, I mean lines?

Ways to get free parking, all good - or bad depending on your viewpoint. I have annual passes so get free parking anyway. Basically any advantage or angle incorporating the good, (free food, drink and parking) the bad (sex in Disney) and the ugly (drugs in Disney?? - surely not)

As I say not for the fain thearted but an interesting take from a park veteran just looking to keep boredom at bay.

Just don't let the bairns read it!
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i REALLY liked this book. Although some parts of it were very detailed and a bit lost on me I found it a pleasant and very informative read! Even though i admit i wont be trying some of the 'TIPS' the book offers for fear of being caught and thrown out the parks themselves, the read is enjoyable and puts a whole new spin on what DISNEY has to offer. The book doesn't take itself too seriously and is very tongue in cheek. The writer has composed this book very well thru years of personal knowledge. I found this a very funny, witty and at some points LOL'd in public places while reading it so i would reccommend this book just for the giggles alone!
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As an Orlando native and former employee of Disney, I still learned about a few things I didn't know about before read this book. I'm a huge Disney nut and consider myself to be somewhat of an expert. I was laughing at the stories, taking notes, and researching some of the funny links posted in the books. It only took me 2 hours to read and I already want to re-read it! The only problem was that he gives away too many secrets. I'm afraid Disney will read this and make changes to spoil the free fun for all of us locals! Great read:-)
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Being a huge Disney fan I was very curious of this book. After reading this book I actually managed to save money on my Disney tickets by using a website mentioned in the book. The stories featured in the book are hilarious and some of the exploits Leonard has gotten up to over the years are insane. All in all if you are a Disney fan you will enjoy this book
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