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Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland Hardcover – 1 Jul 1994
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After having this book for 3 years, it is time to retire my old copy and obtain a new one. After being in many hands, and chapter 8 being dog-eared to where the corner finally fell off.
This book is great reading even if it is fiction or non fiction. Read about silly lawsuits, secrets behind the scenes at disneyland, what the characters in costume have to put up with, and in chapter 8 - read about how the slowest ride has claimed the most lives. A must have for anyone who loathes or loves disneyland!
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.
Koenig puts the Park into a realistic perspective: Disneyland is one of the most enjoyable, magical places on earth, but will still strive to make as large a profit as possible.
Still, the background info in this book is indespensible to anyone who loves the Park and even to many that don't.
It should be noted this book is unauthorised by Disney, so the leash is off on details and accounts. As such there are funny and rude stories and some incredibly graphic ones. This book isnt for kids or those faint of heart. Though do be rest assured that such situations as Chapter 8's are incredibly rare and in most cases those people sped up the process wherein they met their maker. If you follow the rules set out at the parks you'll be fine!
If anything allow this book to give you respect for the many Cast Members over the years whom have put up with demanding guests, abusive kids and troublemakers - all with a smile. Be it silly teenagers or Yuppie invasions, Disneyland managed through them all.
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