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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom [Kindle Edition]

Susan Veness
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Sure, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, but how much do the 45 million-plus people who visit the Disney World theme parks annually really know about it? From where to find all the hidden Mickeys to the truth behind Madame Leota's ring at the Haunted Mansion, learn all about the hidden magic that permeates these fabulous resorts in this tell-all handbook. Readers also get the insider's take on:

  • The smell of home-baked cookies on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom
  • The Fountain of World Friendship in Epcot that contains water from rivers and oceans around the globe
  • Walt Disney's opening day speech tapped out in Morse Code in Frontierland
  • The eco-friendly benches (recycled milk jugs) in the Animal Kingdom
  • Two versions of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Complete with secret tips from Disney's Imagineers, this book is the perfect in-park companion for Disney World fans.

About the Author

Susan Veness (orlando, FL) is a travel writer, researcher, and itinerary planner specialising in Florida, Disney, and the theme parks. A former online travel agent, she became principal research assistant for the UK's bestselling Brit's Guide travel series in 2002. She also writes for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and other media.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605500631
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Original edition (18 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QYM1LE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the disneyworld lovers 5 Dec 2011
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Lots to read, but in a simple layout. You can come and go back to the book as a point of reference. It will be of interest to anyone who is going to WDW, especially those that have been before, and want to understand the other side of Disney, and see the park from a different angle. It is very informative and explains what the thought process is behind each thing added into the parks. Very interesting. I have been six times, and have never noticed 90% of the things the book points out, and i can not wait to go again shortly, with the book in hand to discover a whole new WDW. It covers all four of the major parks in Orlando. Enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - could do with updating 8 May 2013
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Love this book - bought a paperback version of it some years ago and downloaded it again this year on the kindle to make it easier to carry about!

Could do with updating tho (otherwise would have been 5 stars) as some of the things are very out of date.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read......... 24 Aug 2009
As a first timer to WDW (going Easter 2010) I am reading up as much as I can about WDW to enhance my (and my families) experience. We did DLP last year and used one of Susans (and Simons) guide books which we found fab.

This book is great. There are some nice little niggets of info, all of which I will be looking for when we go. I found the history behind the parks and the lengths the creators went to to develop the various places and lands astounding. The book has certainly opened my eyes and enhanced the magic and excitiment of going to WDW. I have read other WDW info which I found to be long winded and quite boring in fact, whereas Susan's down to earth style is more absorbable and enjoyable.

I tend to agree with the other report above that some photos of the "secrets" or even photos of the parks etc would have enhanced the book no end, but I take on Simons comments about this. I do think that the text only layout of the book lets it down slightly (and I do stress the slightly) but this is the only negative I could find.

On the whole a good, informative read from the view of a WDW first timer, but I will add that my friend who is going for her 5th or 6th visit in October has borrowed it as she said it looked interesting. Some of the bits I told her about she didn't know about either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insider tips! 10 April 2013
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We bought a hard copy of this book but forgot to take it with us so downloaded while we were away to read on the Kindle in the parks. Was a great buy - each of the Disney parks has it's own detailed chapter, each with a synopsis at the beginning if you're short on time. We've been to Disney three times now so had the time to spare to read through it and look at some of the things it was suggesting. If you're going for the first time you might be better enjoying all the experiences than using this book as a bible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book, it was magical 25 Mar 2013
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Would recommend this book to anyone visiting Disneyland. It brings all the magic of the parks and memories back once you have visited. An enjoyable read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 24 Aug 2013
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This is a great book to read before you head to Disney in Orlando. This was our 6th visit so we wanted to do things a little differently, see things that as a first time visitor you miss. This book was great for secrets to find and see just how clever the Disney Imagineers were and are. We had a great time and saw things we had never noticed on previous trips. A few things mentioned in the book no longer exist due to the years passing since the book was written but it is still worth buying. Would be great for this book to be updated. A definate must for anybody visiting for the 2nd time (way toooooooo much to see on your first visit, no time for a book!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
As a huge fan of the Disney Parks & a frequent vistor, I consume the majority of books, magazines & DVD's available and on an almost daily basis, will spend time on a number of websites to keep upto date with the latest news & devour any good stuff I've not previously been aware of. I therefore needed little encouragment to pick up this book as it apparently contains over 600 secrets but I'm sad to say found it a poor read.

Firstly, the positives. Well done on the Author for getting a book released that solely focuses on the second-to-none, finer details of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks. It's also refreshing to see a release focus on the other three parks other than just the Magic Kingodm (something that can also be said about the Anaheim Resort). Susan Veness definitely has her heart in the right place & has fine taste when it comes to spare-time, the trouble here is however that there are thousands of other Disney & Theme park fans who'd love to get a similar book published but are very aware that deep-down they are neither talented enough as a writer to work on such a project or have much to tell that hasn't been written a hundred times before. Unfortunately the Author here has pushed on & released a book anyway.

The style of writing is informal to say the least & less than halfway through the book, I began to detest the way in which Veness has decided to convey her message. It's actually difficult to put your finger on quite why it's so bad .. too cutesy, too childish, too familar ? I'm not certain but in short, it's horrible.

The main negative of the book however is the lack of information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item. would use seller again
Published 13 days ago by Vicky Mottram
5.0 out of 5 stars Friend says it's great
Bought as a present for someone going to Disney this year- they loved it and have said it's really interesting.
Published 15 days ago by MmaAmenze
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the history of WDW and this was really interesting
I love the history of WDW and this was really interesting. I think it is probably quite overpriced for what it is however it has got me in the mood for my forthcoming Florida trip!
Published 25 days ago by Booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but dated
some interesting facts in here, but some of it is really out of date now. Could do with updating for park changes made in the past couple of years.
Published 2 months ago by Martin Millmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Having read hundreds of disney books, this one completed my knowledge of the wdw. Great book.
Published 2 months ago by chelsc182
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous
an absolutely brilliant read, looking forward to finding some of the hidden magic on our next trip. a must buy
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Suzanne Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read
A wonderful read for those who wish to learn more about Walt Disney world and the magic behind the scenes.
Really enjoyed it, would recommend to everyone! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Krystal Hulme
4.0 out of 5 stars hidden magic of walt disney
recommended present - it is Walt Disney world what more can be said - brilliant
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars book
As expected and well packed
Published 4 months ago by Yvonne Draper
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your cash
I'm afraid that all of the things in the book are freely available to find on the internet. Sheer waste of money.
Published 4 months ago by Pixie
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