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Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World [Paperback]

David Koenig
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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Bonaventure Pr; Reprint edition (2 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964060531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964060531
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read - if a little short on recent history 23 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm travelling to Florida shortly, and have visited Disney World three times in the past so ordered this ahead of time as holiday reading. Unfortunately I'm going to have to order something else for the trip, because once this book arrived I wasn't able to put it down.

David Koenig starts with a slow build up detailing the planning and construction stages of WDW, and it's in these first chapters that the book really shines. Following a largely chronological order, we start at the concept initially debated when Walt Disney was alive, through to the completion of the park and subsequent opening. This makes for a fascinating reading, as the scope of book covers the big ticket items of interest; the internal Disney politics, design decisions, construction issues, third party management, the egos, the logistics, the sheer scope is revealed in what was clearly an enormous and complex project.

About half way through the book starts to cover the subsequent EPCOT era, and whilst there's a similar range to the content, the detail is a little lighter. This light-touch pace then follows for the rest of the book, and eventually you find that by the time the author gets around to covering Disney's Animal Kingdom . by which point Disney MGM Studios has also been discussed - there's only a handful of pages left in this 300 page tome. So it comes as a little disappointment not to find the same in-depth, extensive coverage for the later parks.

In a way, David Koenig does almost too good a job covering the first parks history, the Magic Kingdom, with such vigour that you can't help yourself but be a little disappointed with the last third of the book. It feels slightly rushed, and I could have easily have read another 200 pages more. Maybe we can expect more of a revision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 8 Oct 2011
By Clare
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
an absolute must for the disney enthusiast. full of interesting facts and information, it's a very good book to read just for fun, even if you're not going to walt disney world.
it details the parks planning and first years of operation. it also details walt's ideas for EPCOT Centre.
like the previous reviewer, i also felt that the book became very rushed, not really going into much detail about MGM, just brushing it slightly. i could have kept reading.
but still a good addition to any disney addicts collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 11 Jun 2012
By Lew1
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a great in-depth history of the extraodinary jouney that culminated in the creation of Disney World in Florida.

It is true to say that the book mainly focuses on the Magic Kingdom and Epcot parks, but it is made quite clear that these are the two that have the most interesting stories to tell - at a time when Disney was still desperately trying to follow Walt's 'vision' rather then the large profit-chasing corporate entity that it is now.

Highly recommended for everyone with an interest in Disney World!
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