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the Disney Diaries Volume 1

the Disney Diaries Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Robin Goble Wilmot , Larry Wilmot , Paula Hanna
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Long ago, Larry “Planning is for Wimps” Wilmot and Robin “Let Me Check My Schedule” Goble lived on two different continents. Despite countless personality differences, they both shared a passion for Disney, a love of travel, and a habit of writing about their journeys. Now, you can read all about their adventures in “The Disney Diaries,” a compilation of trip reports spanning thirteen years, two continents, three countries and an infinite number of bad jokes.

Their diaries cover numerous trips to Disneyland Resort in California, Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World in Florida and are written in their own unique styles which Larry (the pessimist) likes to refer to as “fairly good, mainly Robin's bits;” whereas Robin (the optimist) prefers to call them “awesome-covered awesome with an awesome filling!”

Journey with them as they travel with family and friends and share an irreverent look at all things Disney. You’ll laugh till your spleen explodes; you’ll cry till there’s enough Kleenex on the floor to reverse engineer a tree.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 591 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PYCL8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 30 Aug 2012
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What an amazing book! I laughed, I cried, I spluttered out loud on the train and people stared .....

An incredible amount of detail has gone into these trip reports, and it is wonderful to read all the way back to the early years of their visits, and to see how the parks have evolved and changed.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it was interesting and very funny.

Buy this book now!! You won't regret it; trust me, I'm a Disneyphile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Fantastic!!!!! All you need to know about the happiest place on earth! Look no further than the Disney Diaries Volume 1!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Sep 2013
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Wasn't overly sure if this was my type of book, but got a sample and after a few pages I was hooked.
This has to be one of the funniest books out there, they way Larry often pokes fun at him self, family & our American cousins is fantastic. They way he drops in little bits of Yorkshire-isums or british-isums, makes this all the more readable. I wasn't soo keen on on Robins accounts, but it maybe that it's less comedic than Larrys.
I enjoyed how he would talk about meeting up with various internet friends. If you have a intrest in other peoples lives or are just plain noisy, you'll enjoy this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 4 Sep 2012
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Thought it would have been more interesting,couldn't be bothered to finish it complete rubbish from beginning to end!
Don't buy unless you like being bored
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise cannot overcome lack of quality 2 Mar 2014
By L. Christopher Bird - Published on
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First some context for my review. I am a huge fan of Disney Media and Parks, but willing to see faults when they are there. I love the theme park experience both actually doing it, and visiting vicariously through other's accounts of trips to the parks, which is what the description of this book promised. I will admit that this review is based on a partial reading of the text, but if I am not enjoying something, I am in no way obligated to continue through to the end to give it a fair chance, and while there are some gems hidden in there, all the digging one has to do to find them, gives too little reward for too much effort.

The first report, by Larry, seemed to focus on the negative. I actually came away with the impression that he does not enjoy Disney World at all, but visits there time after time to satisfy some sort of compulsion, or he thinks that finding and relaying fault is an enjoyable pursuit. It is obvious he has a clear idea of the "right" way to do a Disney trip, and refers to those who do things differently as "losers".

The second trip report was also by Larry, but not wanting to work through another one, I skipped ahead to Robin's first trip report. This was much more enjoyable, as she seemed to convey joy and happiness, as well as relating the experiences of her young nephew, and a few friendly interactions with other guests (the very young girl dressed as Cinderella she interacted with stands out to me). And while the tone was an improvement over Larry, it did share some of the lack of quality that detracts from this book overall.

It is clear that this book could have benefited by some competent (or any) proofreading and copy-editing. It seems to be self-edited by the authors, and a parsing through an automated spell check was done and it was called good. This leads to many problems which should be unexcusable in a professional work, such as substituting the word "Fist" instead of "First". Even allowing for differences in British and American spellings, this was most evident in Larry's trip report, but was still present in Robin's.

I am also under the impression, that these reports are very "stream of consciousness" probably intended to be posted on an online forum. They have a very unrefined "first draft" quality to them. Reading these on a free forum where they are members of a community I belong to, this could be forgiven -- or even expected. But as a commercial product? They should have gone through some editorial process, and refined and polished these reports.

One of the things I would have left out in the transition from forum to print (or whatever the equivalent of an e-book is) is to remove the use of acronyms. I can understand the use of them in a fan-forum when you are typing off the cuff, and the acronyms are commonly known and used in replies, but again in a published book, it just looks unprofessional. One thing that was very annoying about this practice, is that an attraction would be mentioned, then an acronym given in parentheses after it, only for the acronym to not appear anywhere else in the narrative.

In summary, this had the potential to be good with a little more effort and professionalism, unfortunately, the authors failed to bring this to bear.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney love 25 Mar 2014
By melissar2112 - Published on
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I am a huge Disney dork. So I suppose it is not surprising I would enjoy this book. I love reading trip reports. They help me stay connected to the place I wish I was in as well as help me plan for my next trip. For Disney newbies I think there is a lot here to help you. The authors stay at a range of reports and offer insights into them. They also have varied party size and needs. I think this book gives you more fun and human element over your basic Disney travel guide.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh 31 Jan 2014
By Jill-Nicole Ogilvie - Published on
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Not what I hoped it to be. Too repetitive and there are grammatical and spelling errors all over. Don't waste your money.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don`t waste your time 9 Jan 2014
By Jo Ellen S. Keller - Published on
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This is absolutely the worst book I have ever read in my 61 years. I

love all things Disney but how many times can I read that someone rode TofT with an FP.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Disney trip report addicts 3 May 2013
By geri coronado - Published on
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Do you love to read trip reports? Then Disney Diaries Vol 1 and Vol 2 are definitely what you want to have on your Kindle reader. Binge read to your hearts content.
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