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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

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"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine-tuning God's work."
--from TEAM ROD
ebook, 96 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published May 5th 1998)
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Apr 25, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Before you spend $9 on this book you need to know that it's less than 100 pages. This is not so much a book but a critical essay. Many Disney lovers have obviously read and reviewed this book and written scathing reviews, you will notice that most of these reviewers live far away from the Disney machine. I grew up in Florida and lived for 4 years of it in Orlando, less than 20 minutes from Disney. Many of my friends worked there, we dealt with the Disney machine on a daily basis.

This essay may
Dec 02, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thin volume is a very quick read, and it starts off in a romp of well-written vitriol, a veritable salad of $10 words that promise a portrait of Disney that will reveal that company's avaricious and cynical soul.

But the rest of the book fails to fully deliver. Or rather over-delivers, but with misdirecting filler in place of convincing content. Hiassen's contempt for Disney is evident on every page, in nearly every paragraph. Yet too much of the mud he's slinging misses The Mouse and smears
Books Ring Mah Bell
Carl Hiaasen said his dream is to be banned from Disney... For LIFE. Let's go, Carl. I'll buy the tickets and we can be banished from that hellish place FOREVER!

Excellent read on the evils of Disney.
May 05, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We had a great family trip to Disney World. After a really good time in the sticky sweet world of Disney, I came back wanting to cleanse my palate with some pure bile. Thanks, Carl Hiaasen.
Nov 13, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a feeling that my opinion on this book won't be a popular one among many of my fellow Floridians. But I really did not agree with most of what Hiaasen had to say in this book. I think it's because I am not a native to Florida and I still consider myself a West Virginian. A West Virginian who tried desperately for six months to get a job after graduating college in her home state only to have to move to Florida because there are NO opportunities in WV. Maybe I'm a bit jaded.
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Sep 07, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Iona
First, this is a very short book. It's critical. But it's not investigative journalism. It's a summary of what it's like to have lived in South Florida before, during, & after Disney bought land there. And how the tactics they have used have made people feel. It's also written in a hilarious style. If you like Hiaasen's other books you'll see that same style here.

He brings up a lot of troubling points, though he concedes he likes being at DisneyWorld, so it's not all bad! But I think his ma
Jul 09, 2008 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college, non-fiction
This book is incredible, and forever changed by mind about the Disney machine. While some may laugh about a class in the Sociology of Disney, and blow it off as cake, I learned much about this and other American corporations that come off as "friend brands." A very short book, I highly recommend that everyone swayed by the Disney Marketing agenda read this and see the lives behind the scenes...and the amazing writing doesn't hurt.
Sheryl Tribble
This book starts out whining about how Disney brings in more tourists to the Florida Keys.

"High on the list [of tourists there to visit Disney] is the southernmost chain of islands known as the Keys, where I live, and where only one road runs the length of the archipelago. Maybe you can appreciate the concern." p. 6

Then, at the end, he says that,

"Chamber-of-commerce types in Key West got ticked off recently when Disney World unveiled its own quaint version of America’s southernmost city, a hal
Aug 18, 2008 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recently-read
Carl Hiaasen has a chip on his shoulder - an obsessive hatred of the Disney Corporation. As far as I can tell he hates Disney because they have a strong brand and are successful. I was expecting this book to reveal a lot of shocking dirt on Disney. While there are certainly instances in the books where Disney acted arrogantly or where their actions led to some bad consequences for people, there is nothing too surprising. It seems like Disney is actually pretty well behaved as far as corporations ...more
Sheather Nelson
I found this book disappointing. It was really too short to be a book, too long to be an essay, and it also couldn't decide between being nonfiction reporting and a personal essay in style. I like Carl Hiassen and I'm interested in his work as a journalist, most of which I haven't read, but I had hoped this book would deliver much more in the way of inside dish on the evils of the Disney empire. I did learn some about how the company bought politicians and weaseled out of responsibility for its ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_in_2016
My first trip to WDW was only 16 months after it first opened, and I've been going regularly ever since.
It's very interesting reading this 18 years after it was written. This was written during the Eisner years which in my mind were the dark years of the company. Even the biggest Disney fan has to say this is an honest review of the parks during that time.
I do wonder if he wishes he'd left out the part about sneaking in and putting gators in Bay Lake.
Erin M
Oct 30, 2015 Erin M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a super-quick read, and a recent trip to Orlando where the prevalence of Disney disgusted me I felt like I needed to read this. Hiassen's writing style is fabulous - I am definitely going to check out more of his work. The book is a little outdated, and I was totally hoping for more Disney dirt, but it was still a satisfying read.
Jan 22, 2017 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 24, 2015 Shawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Walt Disney Company is unquestionably the largest entertainment empire in the world. From its film, music and television wing to its parks, resorts and cruiselines and its reach in numerous other industries, it has certainly grown a great deal from even the level its founder may have envisioned before his untimely death in 1966. While it is certainly not beyond criticism (and more than deserving in some respects), Hiaasen’s Team Rodent reads like a 75 page diatribe against Disney with no jus ...more
Blain Dillard
This book was a laughable example of a blathering anti-capitalistic liberal ranting against good American business success. You can always find isolated examples of mistakes and wrongdoings in an enterprise as large as Disney, and Hiaasen has done just that, while making broad sweeping generalizations about the "evil" of Disney, all the while giving a slight nod to some of their positive attributes.

In one chapter he rants against how Disney takes over a place and provides all sorts of "clean" s
Oct 30, 2012 secondwomn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to secondwomn by: Lauren Marcus Couture
Shelves: borrowed, travel, 2012
the only reason i didn't give this 5 stars is that i suspect my florida prejudice is involved. but maybe not. this book is sharply written and riotous.

carl hiaasen is a gem - and he writes about florida with all the wit, brilliance, sarcasm, and love that only a native can muster. trust me, no one else laments when wetlands full of water moccasins get bulldozed. we do.

the book itself is a record of a particular moment in time, which is exactly what the series intends. folks who aren't in close p
Books like this really spark my interest. I am a HUGE Disney fan & I love everything Disney but it's always interesting to read the opinions of people who despise it with every fiber of their being & to hear the reasons why.

This book, however, didn't really give solid evidence of anything. Maybe one court case regarding poorly constructed houses in Country Walk. But everything else..not so much. And in regards to the dalmation chapter, Disney is a huge corportation. It is bound to have
Mar 15, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book when looking at the published works of Hiassen after I read Hoot. It sounded interesting. I've been to Disney World many times and I was interested to read his opinion.

I learned several things I didn't know about Disney from this book. It is well written and interesting. It also exposes some darker things about Disney. But I think he misses the point. I don't understand why Disney trying to evict porn shops from Times Square is bad. I don't think he understands that many o
A fun polemic, full of good-natured vitriol. Occasionally relies on some spurious notions, like the assumption that the Times Square Disney store was responsible for displacing all the infamous perversion vendors. Still, Hiaasen's essay compellingly argues that Disney's ever-growing, tentacular hold on America is deadening both our culture and our democracy.

The company offers a bland but effective cocktail of commercial aspirations to children, angry teens, and striving adults alike--from prince
Mar 14, 2016 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked this book. I'm not sure what the point was. Yes, Disney is a large, publicly held company that is interested in growth and profit. They're also focused on making sure they uphold a good public image and do as much as possible to keep stories that make them look bad out of the press. This isn't a surprise - nor is there a big smoking gun of nefarious corporate behavior that is implied on the cover and within. The author wants us to hate Disney and make them into an evil empire. ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2016
People who love, with a capital-L love, Disney will hate this book. Carl Hiaasen, journalist, best selling author, and long time Florida native, exposes some of the ugly behind the Disney corporation especially those related to Michael Eisner's reign as CEO. And does so with a wondrous glee.

The book provides a very biased and entertaining anti-Disney rant. Putting the marketing and corporation back into the "magic" of Disney is an important point to remember. He is probably better equipped than
This is not a 2010 publication; it's an ebook release of a book from 1998. As I read this supposed 2010 book, I kept wondering why on earth Hiaasen didn't have any information from after 1995, so I went looking online, and of course, found the original release date. Wish my public library would stop buying older books that have been repackaged as "new" ebooks.

I love Carl Hiaasen; he's clever and raunchy and satiric, and a great storyteller. His adult novels skewer people who value money or powe
Edy Gies
Nov 08, 2016 Edy Gies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have highly enjoyed the Carl Hiaasen books I have read so I was interested to hear his anti-Disney thoughts. One can tell by reading Hoot that Hiaasen is not into big business and cares deeply for the environment. Our family enjoyed our stay at Disney World a few years ago so I am not a Disney hater, but I am also not a lover. The secrecy and self-autonomy make me shake my head. There is something weird that happens in the air at that theme park. I am not an addict, but I know those who are. " ...more
Tom Malinowski
This felt like a long pamphlet instead of a book since it's less than 100 pages. I recently went to Disneyland and upon returning and detailing my time a co-worker suggested I read this. The book is under the banner - "Library of Contemporary Thought." There are around a dozen of these, each with a specific subject and slant. They are no longer made to my knowledge. This was written more than 15 years ago, and Disney has grown even more as it has acquired the Star Wars franchise and Marvel. Sinc ...more
Lee Anne
3.5 stars.... This is a very fast read at only about 80 pages. It addresses Disney and it's ability to just do as it pleases since the dollars it brings to a community often times outweigh all other consequences. Kudos to Mannasass, VA they kept it out. The events are dated though and Disney has grown even larger since this was published. It is a subject near and dear to my heart as a Floridian and Disney lover (one of this 70's kids brought up on the mouse). As an adult, I see the "evil" busine ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This book was... okay. Short, so more like an essay than a true novel. I love Disney, but I also love seeing opposing viewpoints, so my "meh" feeling of this book doesn't come from that, but from.. well, the strange-ness of the book. Some of the author's points didn't make sense. His story about the lion was not Disney's fault at all, so why include it? It had almost nothing to do with Disney, other than it happened in Florida.

That said, if you plan to read this book, I definitely suggest getti
Mar 03, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short book--expose on all the things Disney does wrong, in the author's opinion, running things in its own way while everyone else allows them to do as they wish.

Interesting to read as a counterpoint to the squeaky-clean Disney image; it's evident that the author is anti-Disney and believes that everyone born and raised in Florida holds the same opinion.

The chapter about Disney wining and dining the press was especially interesting as I was just reading a discussion about the upcoming Disney Soc
Team Rodent depicts Disney in a different light than how the company is usually shown. Of course, I'm not sure why the depiction within the book is such a surprise--Disney is a corporation after all and is in the business of earning money. I guess I'm just cynical.

There were areas that seemed as if the author, Carl Hiaasen, had an ax to grind, but he freely admits his bias. Hiaasen does highlight a few questionable actions by Disney, but it is a slight book that isn't bogged down with a tedious
Ken Deshaies
Mar 02, 2011 Ken Deshaies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful look at how the Disney empire manipulates local governments for its own benefits, often denigrating and harming citizens who are concerned about the effects Disney developments might have on their societies. Whether you are a Disney fan or not, you will come away with an entirely new perspective. Carl Hiassen, a popular author of Florida mysteries, was first known as a muckraking journalist who was well respected for his research and thoroughness. He also has a strong love for his ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was just this guys rant against the Disney corporation. He only used personal experience and anecdotes about friends. He does little to no research and doesn't seem to understand that Disney is a corporation designed to make money. I'm not going to say Disney is perfect, but they are very good at what they do (making money). They are also run by humans, so will be undeniably flawed. This guy needs to take a chill-pill.

Isn't this the same Carl Hiaasen who is a children's author? The incredib
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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