Learn to Slow Down and Savor the World's Boldest Theme Park There's no place like Epcot. It's the theme park that endeavored to change the world. Now, more than 30 years later, Aaron Wallace dives deep into the heart of Epcot. Step beyond the typical rush-here, do-that frenzy of most guidebooks to truly appreciate the park's history, storytelling, and controversies. The Thinking Fan's Guide is a lighthearted but scholarly tour through every Epcot ride and show. You'll learn to unpack big questions like: - Should a Future World attraction ever take place in the past? - Are Frozen's Anna and Elsa holding World Showcase hostage? - Do Disney characters belong in Epcot? - Why does the park spend so much time in Ellen DeGeneres's head? - Has Epcot lost its way? - Did the park really change the world? This is a guide for those ready to immerse themselves in the wondrous achievement of 1982's EPCOT Center and the multi-faceted, modern-day Epcot it has become. Longtime Disney buffs will find new insights and surprising perspectives, while newcomers will get more out of their vacations by learning to look at Epcot as a work of art. Fall in Love with Epcot for the First Time... or All Over Again.
Author: Susan Veness
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2009-05-18
Sure, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, but how much do the 45 million-plus people who visit the Disney World theme parks annually really know about it? From where to find all the hidden Mickeys to the truth behind Madame Leota's ring at the Haunted Mansion, learn all about the hidden magic that permeates these fabulous resorts in this tell-all handbook. Readers also get the insider's take on: The smell of home-baked cookies on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom The Fountain of World Friendship in Epcot that contains water from rivers and oceans around the globe Walt Disney's opening day speech tapped out in Morse Code in Frontierland The eco-friendly benches (recycled milk jugs) in the Animal Kingdom Two versions of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios Complete with secret tips from Disney's Imagineers, this book is the perfect in-park companion for Disney World fans.
The Hocus Pocus "BoooOOOoooK" Fans Have Been Waiting For In the first and only book ever written about the beloved 1993 Halloween movie, Aaron Wallace takes readers deep into the world of Hocus Pocus to learn everything they never knew. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the film in its all spooky-kooky glory. You'll learn: The fascinating history behind "Come, Little Children (Sarah's Song)" and "I Put a Spell on You" How Steven Spielberg shaped the movie Why there's all that talk about yabbos and virgins How Hocus Pocus got away with being the edgiest Disney movie ever made Whether a sequel could really happen And much, much more Featuring a foreword by Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus's Dani), afterword by Mick Garris (the film's writer and producer), and the largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled, this is the ultimate unofficial fan guide for Halloween and movie lovers everywhere. Finally, Hocus Pocus is celebrated as the classic it's become. You'll love the movie more than you ever knew you could. About the Author Aaron Wallace is a bestselling author, entertainment critic, and attorney with a particular interest in the artistic output of The Walt Disney Company. His critical interest in entertainment began at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Communication Studies (with a concentration in Media Studies) and English. While there, he taught a recitation course in analyzing children's literature, with an emphasis on Disney's adaptations in theme parks and film. Wallace later pursued an interest in law, earning a Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University. Additionally, he is a professional entertainment critic, having published more than two hundred movie, television, and music reviews to an audience of millions. Since 2004, he's been a part of the writing staff at DVDizzy.com, one of the internet's most accessed sites for entertainment journalism. In addition to writing, Aaron hosts Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod, the web's longest-running podcast dedicated to all things Disney. Apple has recognized the show as one of its "Featured Travel Podcasts," and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Pod can often be found among the top-ranking downloads on the iTunes Travel charts. Aaron also appears as a regular co-host on The Hub Podcast, another popular show devoted to having fun with Disney. The author's website is available at www.AaronWallaceOnline.com."
Author: Sam Gennawey
Publisher: Ayefour Publishing
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Performing Arts
Walt Disney's vision for a city of tomorrow, EPCOT, would be a way for American corporations to show how technology, creative thinking, and hard work could change the world. He saw this project as a way to influence the public's expectations about city life, in the same way his earlier work had redefined what it meant to watch an animated film or visit an amusement park. Walt and the Promise of Progress City is a personal journey that explores the process through which meaningful and functional spaces have been created by Walt Disney and his artists as well as how guests understand and experience those spaces.
Author: Rick Killingsworth
Release Date: 2015-10-26
Let's Go Around the World!No thrill rides. Few characters. Great food and shopping. Alcohol. For many Disney guests, Epcot's World Showcase is THEIR kind of theme park, and this first-ever, illustrated, pavilion-by-pavilion guide is YOUR passport to everything it has to offer.
Author: Christopher E. Smith
Publisher: Theme Park Press
Release Date: 2016-11-05
The Imagineering Graveyard. On an alternate earth, Walt Disney World guests are taking in the thrills of Thunder Mesa, braving the Beastly Kingdom, marveling at Villains Mountain, and staying the night at Disney's Persian Resort. Want to join them? This is your guidebook to the theme park that Disney never built.
Author: J. Jeff Kober
Release Date: 2014-04-28
Genre: Amusement parks
Guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios become the stars in a theme park experience like no other. In this behind-the-camera book, you'll find out how Disney does it, and how you can use the same techniques to bring some show biz into your biz, with your customers the stars. Former Disney University leader J. Jeff Kober shares little-known stories behind dozens of park attractions, restaurants, and shops, and teaches you how to use Disney's peerless storytelling and customer service secrets to take your life and your business to new heights. From the "ugly ducklings" of Min and Bill's Dockside Diner (and how to turn your own weaknesses into strengths) to Toy Story Midway Mania (and how to prevent "mania" from undermining your success), Kober takes you on a tour of Disney's Hollywood Studios that will change how you view the park - and how you view your own life, both personal and professional. --
A Society of American Travel Writers member and more than four-decade publicist for Disney recounts his long-standing career with the Magic Kingdom, a time during which he orchestrated such activities as the training of Peking ducks for Donald's fiftieth birthday celebration and the opening of parks in Orlando, Paris, and Hong Kong.