Originally published August 5, 2008
I finished “Mouse Tales” by David Koenig from my summer reading list last week. If you want to know about the dark side of paradise (i.e. Disneyland, which is paradise as far as I’m concerned), read it. I think there’s an updated version out now, but I liked what I read from the original.
Mind you, I felt it was kinda grating after awhile. Like, really, how many accidents do we need to read about? I still have incredible fangirl love for Disneyland even after reading this book though. You would think that reading “behind the scenes” books would discourage people, but I think it’s more of a preventative book. The accidents and things that happened could have been prevented if people were paying attention.
Koenig makes that point too. People get so caught up in the fact that they’re at Disneyland that they don’t pay attention to whether they’re coming or going half the time. Things that they did so many times before successfully, and the ONE TIME they don’t pay attention (employee or guest), BOOM! Big accident, or death.
Or the fact that Disneyland had terrorists before terrorists became a buzzword. No joke. Read the book.
The book was quite substantial in between reading about the bad 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 is true for any corporation. You have an image to uphold at all times, and if you don’t like it, they’ll find someone who will.
I’ve also read some more recent accounts about what it’s like to work for Disneyland. It makes me appreciate my job. The last time I went (January ’07), I couldn’t help but notice the dour looks on the employees’ faces. It definitely made me think. I give them props though. Having to sit through 8+ hours of super hyper kids, rowdy teenagers, entitled parents. And they have to sit there and take it! Ugh, all for a paycheck.