Find out how narrative drives the Magic Kingdom and get more from your vacation
The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom is designed to help you get the most out of your Magic Kingdom visit. Aaron Wallace does a great job in providing the reader with unexpected ways to prepare for the trip while also explaining what a guest can expect.
This guide book is not for those who want to run from one ride to the next. While there is a certain amount of fun to be had in riding all the rides, Wallace offers a different approach focusing on the details of the Kingdom and what they might mean to the real world. He explains the storytelling side of the park, the aspect that sets Disney parks apart from all other amusement parks.
When something doesn’t seemingly make sense in the context of a land, Wallace does his best to find the tenuous, sometimes tangential, connection. His justification for the Magic Carpets in Adventureland is amazing, and it explains how the ride is more than another Dumbo or Astro Orbiter. Just in case you get the feeling that Wallace is a Disney apologist, he is not. He sharply criticizes Stitch’s Great Escape even though he still finds a redeeming light for it in the end.
Wallace ends his book on the right note, literally. In many well-researched books, you can just skip the notes appendix. Wallace’s notes are entertaining and informative. They are well worth reading.
Wallace’s stated intent is to help a visitor to the Magic Kingdom enjoy his or her experience more. With this unconventional guide that includes history, movies to watch before you get there and featuring the all-important story of each ride, he achieves that objective. Whether this is your first visit or your 101st, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom will give you something to think about before, during and after your visit to the park. Get this book and have many magical days!