Book Review - The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom by Susan Veness
Hi, I'm Tom, and I'm a Disney addict. I couldn't help myself when I ran across The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom by Susan Veness at the library. I had to check it out and see what I had overlooked and missed in my many trips there. Turns out, the answer is "quite a lot." Veness compiled a large number (gee, over 600!) observations and details to look for on your next trip to WDW. Even though I picked this up as a library book, I'd think seriously about purchasing a copy before my next trip just so I could use it as a "follow along" guide.
Veness covers each of the main theme parks at Walt Disney World and takes you on a tour as she points out things that have hidden meanings or details that most everyone overlooks. Some are quite significant, such as noticing how each land transitions to the next by way of music, plants, and structure design. The goal is to have you seamlessly move from one area to another and be totally submersed in the new environment without any remnants of the one you just left. Others are small details that I've never noticed, such as how the lamp posts on Main Street go from gas lights to electric lights as you travel from one end to another. Even on my favorite ride, Tower of Terror, she pointed out a couple of things to look for (and try) that I had never knew existed. Now if I can only remember long enough...
One of the reasons I liked this book as much as I did was due to our last trip to WDW. We took the Keys To The Kingdom tour, where a Disney guide takes you behinds the scenes and points out some of these same things. The Magic Kingdom is rich in detail and history, and it's impossible to point out every single thing that's there to see. But with a book like this, I felt as if I was off on another tour, being shown the attention to detail in ways I hadn't never noticed before.
Needless to say, The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World has me all jazzed up and ready to go back to the parks again. I'm not sure when we have the next trip planned, but I know I'll be taking a few little detours throughout the day to catch some of these gems...
Obtained From: Library