Fun summer reads for theme park fans
Published: June 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Unlike other cast members memoirs out there, this book won't take you to any dark or outrageous places -- it's more a reminder of why we fell in love with theme parks in the first place, with plenty of silly and embarrassing moments along the way of course. Hey, that's what happens when your work is someone else's vacation.
For another look at the theme park industry, download a copy of Theme Park Insider reader and correspondent TH Creative's 7097-050719 (a theme park trilogy) ($3.99 for Kindle). It's fictional what-if mystery that explores the popular urban legend that Walt Disney didn't really die in December 1966, but was cryogenically preserved. This fun tale follows a couple of writers from a certain theme park website as they cross the country to pursue the truth. Or, at least, to drink a lot of beer along the way.
If you're in the mood for a more, well, reality-based look at the creation of Disneyland, Walt Disney World and just about every other major theme park in America, the definitive read is Walt's Revolution!: By the Numbers (from $23.77), by the late "Buzz" Price. Price, a Disney Legend who never actually worked for the Disney Company, helped select the site for Disney's U.S. theme parks, as well as pave the way for multiple other theme park developments around the country. You'll feel like a real Theme Park Insider after reading Price's delightful memoir.
Finally, if you're a theme park fan with a love for snark and sarcasm, you simply must read Native Tongue ($14.99 paperback, $7.99 for Kindle) by the dean of contemporary Florida authors, Carl Hiaasen. It's a hilarious, though very irreverent, look at the misfits running a Florida theme park called "The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills," a fictional mash-up of many of our favorite parks. (Hiaasen's newest book, Bad Monkey, just debuted this month, if you're already a fan and haven't read his latest.)