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The Vault of Walt by Jim Korkis
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Read from July 17 to August 12, 2012

I am a huge Disney fan, and I think this book can probably only be appreciated by other Disney fans. It is basically a collection of (true) short stories about little known facts and tales involving Walt Disney and the Disney company. The book is divided into four sections: Walt's Life, the Disney Movies, the theme parks, and then basically a miscellaneous section.

Even as a hardcore fan, some of the stories were just so obscure that I found them difficult to relate to. The writing style was pretty dry, so that didn't really help to make them more appealing. I believe the author had interviewed a number of people to put this book together, so some of the information is coming from different sources - and unfortunately, you can tell. There are times when the editing is pretty poor. Things are repeated in a chapter almost word for word, or something is told that would have fit much better earlier on or later on in the chapter. It could have been better organized, and someone with more skill at telling an interesting story could have made the book a lot more interesting (I don't know if a storyteller like Walt would be pleased!).

On the plus side, many of the stories are relatable and interesting. Behind the scenes info on some of our favorite movies or theme park attractions were particularly successful. The first part, about Walt's life, was probably the most interesting. Some of my favorites included "The Miniature Worlds of Walt," "Gospel according to Walt," "Walt's 30th Wedding Anniversary," "Snow White Christmas Premiere," "The Alice in Wonderland that never was," "Cinderella's Golden Carrousel," "Sleeping Beauty Castle Walt Through," and "Khrushchev and Disneyland."

Another nice thing is that you don't have the read the book straight through (and in fact, the author recommends that you don't), so you can jump around and just read the stories that interest you.

Overall, I recommend any serious Disney fans - you know, the ones that watch the movies over and over again, visit the theme parks on a regular basis, wear their Mickey Mouse t-shirts all the time, etc. - definitely check it out. Even if you're a casual fan, if you have the chance to look through it you should, but I wouldn't seek it out.
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