Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland by David Koenig

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If you enjoy stories about the dark side of paradise — i.e., Disneyland, which is paradise as far as I’m concerned — this is a great read.

I say that but I would that the multiple under-reported accidents at Disneyland was grating after a while.

Like, really, how many accidents do we need to read about here?

Even after reading this book, I still have incredible love for Disneyland.

You would think that reading “behind the scenes” books would discourage people, but I think it’s more of a preventative book.

Book cover for Mouse Tales
Book cover for Mouse Tales

If people were paying attention, the prevention of these accidents would’ve been high.

Koenig makes that point too.

But, unfortunately, Cast Members and guests get so caught up in the magic of Disneyland that they ignore whether they’re coming or going half the time.

It’s why they’re called accidents:

  1. a happening that is not expected, foreseen, or intended 
  2. an unpleasant and unintended happening, sometimes resulting from negligence, that results in injury, loss, damage, etc.
  3. a) a collision involving a motor vehicle b) the wreckage, etc. at the scene of such a collision [watch out for the accident on the freeway overpass]
  4. fortune; chance
  5. an attribute or quality that is not essential

Or the fact that Disneyland had terrorists before terrorists became a part of our every day lingo.

The book was quite substantial in reporting on the unpleasant stuff, like Club 66, and how that works and things.

He also had chapters on what it’s like to work for the company and the indoctrination you go through, which can be found in any corporate jobs.

As their employees, you have an image to uphold.

If you know that you’re going to chafe against it, don’t worry about it.

They’ll find someone who will allow themselves to become a part of the faaaamily.

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