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Heart and darkness : scary adventures and the evolution of Disney's dark rides

Author: Shawn Patrick Farrell
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Theme Park Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"The dark rides in Disney theme parks have delighted --and sometimes terrified-- millions of people. The history of these attractions is a fascinating story of creativity, engineering, and pop culture, and it's told here for the first time. From their primitive beginnings in the 1800s, to their perfection by the Disney Imagineers, dark rides are an ingenious way to tell a visually exciting story to guests who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shawn Patrick Farrell
ISBN: 9781683900962 1683900960
OCLC Number: 1014182502
Notes: "The definitive book of Disney Dark Rides"--Back cover.
Description: vii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Engineering terror --
A trick of the brain --
The genesis of the Disney dark ride --
World's fairs, pirates, and happy haunts --
Go east, old man --
Dark rides in the land of the rising sun --
Dark rides in the world of castles and kings --
Culture in the dark --
Bringing magic to the mainland --
The dark ride genre outside of Disney --
Gone into gloom.
Other Titles: Heart & darkness
Scary adventures and the evolution of Disney's dark rides
Responsibility: Shawn Patrick Farrell.

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"The dark rides in Disney theme parks have delighted --and sometimes terrified-- millions of people. The history of these attractions is a fascinating story of creativity, engineering, and pop culture, and it's told here for the first time. From their primitive beginnings in the 1800s, to their perfection by the Disney Imagineers, dark rides are an ingenious way to tell a visually exciting story to guests who "travel" through the action, scene by scene, aboard vehicles ranging from boats to (Doom) buggies. Despite their popularity, dark rides still retain an aura of mystery: when did they originate? how did Disney transform them from curiosities into crowd pleasers? why are they such a draw to young and old? [This book] dispels the darkness with the definitive history of Disney's dark rides, from Disneyland's Peter Pan, Mr. Toad, and Snow White, to Disneyland Shanghai's cutting-edge version of Pirates of the Caribbean. Farrell also explores notable dark rides not in a Disney park, the many that have gone into the gloom, and some hints of what's to come"--Back cover.

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Disney's Immersive Entertainment Explained

by dandilandro (WorldCat user published 2018-01-09) Excellent Permalink

As a librarian, I'll always look for content to add to my collection that is going to engage potential readers, but there are certain types of books where a balance is required.  While of course it depends on the subject matter and the audience, I want something that isn't too dry but at the...
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History of Disney Fantasy

by terriannnettehart (WorldCat user published 2017-12-14) Very Good Permalink

What starts as a history of how dark rides came to be, quickly focuses on how Walt Disney basically reinvented them when he opened Disneyland in the 1950s.  Rides at each of the Disney parks...
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by BillMacy (WorldCat user published 2017-12-08) Very Good Permalink

Tracing the evolution of the narrative "dark rides" made popular in Disney theme parks around the world, Farrell begins rather cleverly with a look at what it is that makes humans so drawn by fear.  Why are we so excited by being afraid, whether it's a scary movie, a haunted house, or a thrill...
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