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Stories from a Theme Park Insider

Stories from a Theme Park Insider [Kindle Edition]

Robert Niles
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Description

What time is the 3:00 parade? Why does a child need to be 40 inches tall to ride a roller coaster? What happens when the president of France gets lost inside Pirates of the Caribbean?

A former employee, or "cast member", at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom answers these and other questions while sharing humorous stories about working inside the world's most popular theme park.

"Stories from a Theme Park Insider" takes you inside the park's famous tunnels and backstage for a look at how theme parks really work, and the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your work is someone else's vacation.

About the Author

Robert Niles is the editor of, which has been named the "best theme park site on the Internet" by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines. He is a former Walt Disney World cast member who went on to a career in journalism, working at the Los Angeles Times and (Denver) Rocky Mountain News before starting his own website.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983813019
  • Publisher: Niles Online (12 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CK59EU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average! 9 Jan 2012
By Lucy B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of WDW & find the 'behind the scenes' world fascinating.

The product description didn't mention that the book was based in the 80's which immediately gave it an old feel. I also felt that the author was pulling stories from memory & a number of them lacked any real punch.
I also didn't realise that the majority of the book would be based around POTC & The Tom Sawyer Rafts. I'm sure with all his friends & contacts he could have embellished a little more. Some of the stories (such as the banana one) left me thinking 'what??!'.

I think I actually enjoyed the reader contributions more & I did find the chapter on the safety brakes really interesting, that's the sort of 'Disney detail' I personally like to know more about rather than the 'daring day it rained in the raft and I told guests they couldn't put their brollies up'.

I read this book in one afternoon & would recommend it as something to while away a train or plane journey. I paid a really good kindle price but don't think it's worth the full RRP.

This is the first book review I've written as felt really quite strongly about it. What frustrated me the most was the number of spelling & grammatical errors, I'm not even sure how it got published like that!

I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this as felt it really could have been so much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Brilliant, but bear in mind the stories here and more are available on the authors website.

The Author tells some amazing stories that make me want to move to Flordia and get a job at Disney.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 19 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Been a reader of the Theme Park insider website for such a long time. My favorite part about the site with out a doubt is the authors own stories about his time working for the "House of Mouse", and I am so glad that this book is a collection of those great stories.
A really entertaining read for theme park geeks like myself, or fans of a good story.
A must buy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theme park insider 26 April 2013
By juggler
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it, it took me right back to our fabulous Florida holiday of a lifetime for my husbands 50th birthday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 29 Oct 2014
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As someone who has been to Disney numerous times and going again next month I thought this book was such an amazing insight to the cast members and running of the park. Funny and heartwarming in parts as to the nature and laughs they have while working at "the happiest place on Earth"!

If it is possible, I think this book made me remember the amazing times we have had due mostly to the cast members and made me even more excited for my next trip!!! 27 days and counting! Xxx
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for fans of WDW 14 Jan 2014
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I love Disney World and probably read at least one book a year about people's experiences there. This author runs a successful website related to Disney, so it is no suprise that the book is reasonably well written and that the author knows the subject well. However, the author's own stories are dated and they are supplemented by responses from readers of the website. I didn't mind this too much. In my opinion, any book on this subject is always interesting and each one gives you a slightly different insight. I liked the story about draining the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer Island and what they found there!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book review 4 Nov 2013
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This isn't a 'deep' book but it's a good read and it's written with respect for the public. I'm always interested in what's behind the fake smiles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from inside theme park 21 Oct 2013
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Very good read from start to finish, I have been to Disney land in
Orlando florida and loved it, this goes on behind the scenes. If
Ride breakers down how they fix it great read all round
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Really enjoyed it. Well researched and written. Hugely enjoyable for the technical fans of theme parks and riders of rides and attractions.
Published 1 month ago by C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd never want to be a cast member
To a Disney nut like me, it is always fun to hear what its like from the cast members
Published 4 months ago by Laura greenfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
I really enjoyed reading this book, if you're a fan of Walt Disney World you probably will too. It's full of amusing stories from the author's own experiences and the experience of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. T. Kenning
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read from insider
A great read with amusing and interesting stories on working at the magic kingdom. Easy to read in bits or loads together. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J Viner
5.0 out of 5 stars Theme Park Insider
A must have for any theme park fans, especially the Disney Parks in Orlando, Florida. A very, very enjoyable read.
Published 20 months ago by V Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A light-hearted amusing read! I was looking for a guide to find out best ways around the parks when I found this - it has a few helpful tips and leads to a really interesting... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. J. E. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
I bought this book prior to my visit to Orlando and thoroughly enjoyed reading it from an insiders point of view
Published 21 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I enjoyed this, had varied storied and easy to read and well written. Wasn't to long that it looses your attnetion but inculded all relevent information. Would reccomend it
Published 21 months ago by WhyBirds
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