- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2005 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Bonaventure Press (28 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KNBCZBI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World Kindle Edition
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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.
In the meantime, the book is still worth the entry price for the content that's there. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in theme park construction or management. or indeed that of the company - Disney - behind it.
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.
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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