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Riding the Black Ship Japan and Tokyo Disneyland

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Media Type: Book
Type: Other
Release Date: 1999-05-01

Geek's Thoughts: This book takes an academic look at Tokyo Disneyland and its relationship with Japan society. The book explores how the park came to be and thrive. There are four main sections. The introduction, Onstage, Backstage and Offstage. The introduction includes the history and how the park came to be. The Onstage section includes a case study of three attractions, the Jungle Cruise, Castle Mystery Tour and Meet the World. The focus of the backstage portion is the cast member experience both for Part-time employees and regular employees. It looks at the hiring process, training and organization. The final section Offstage looks at theme parks as a whole in Japan and the various demographics that visit Tokyo Disneyland.


I was looking forward to reading this book since it was referenced in several other books I had read and enjoyed. I found it to have some interesting tidbits but overall it was rather academic and spent a lot of time on social science type discussions that do not really interest me. If you are looking for more of a high level look at the parks and their backstory I would recommend “Building Magic – Disney’s Overseas Theme Parks “ over this one. Also this book is a little dated having been published in 1999 before Tokyo DisneySea and the other expansion projects opened at the resort.

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