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THE MOUSE EXPOSED!,
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This review is from: Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland (Paperback)
For those that have visited a Disney Park whether it be in California or elsewhere, David Koenig's "Mouse Tales" should be of interest by letting you into areas both operational and corporate not accessible to those entering through the turnstiles.
Starting with a concise account of how and why Walt Disney conceived and built his 'Palace of Dreams' the book deals with the many challenges and problems encountered by the architects and Imagineers in creating Walt's 'Utopia',and evolving the cast of characters that ensure that the dream is shared by the tens of thousands of daily visitors.
There are a multitude of narrated incidents involving the use of the various rides and some of the crassly stupid things that visitors do whilst in the Park (as do staff sometimes) that cause danger to themselves and innocent bystanders as well as causing mass inconvenience when a ride has to be temporarily closed down. There is a close correlation between being of a young age, high alcohol consumption and doing something reckless that causes these incidents some of which, regrettably result in serious injury and death.
Some visitors look upon Disney as a potential 'cash cow' to be milked for as much as possible and a section of this book deals with some of the numerous lawsuits that are threatened or brought each year and the robust defence put up by the now well experienced Disney lawyers that ensures that only the genuine claims receive recompense.
A thumbnail sketch is given on the parks other than Disneyland, Anaheim, particularly the not as successful as expected Disneyland Paris and The California Adventure.
Of interest to those who have visited a Disney Park, but those that have not might not get the same 'feel' for this book, and, quite possibly could be deterred from going, although it should be borne in mind that for the many millions of annual visitors, the type of occurrences reported in this book are miniscule.