/ Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Liz Driscoll

Hi everyone!  Hope you are continuing to enjoy the book–it’s hard to believe we are more than half-way done!!  Watch the blog, as we will very soon be announcing some big news about our next book club selection!

In the meantime, please enjoy this week’s discussion questions!

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel

Pg. 233 A podcaster that has Jim on to tell the stories “only Jim Korkis knows”… hmm J

Pg. 247 When did you first hear about the “Cinderella Horse”? When did you learn of the inaccuracy?

Circarama 1955

Pg. 261 When you think of “Circarama” – “America the Beautiful”, “American Journeys”, “Wonders of China” – do you think they are still technologically appropriate?

The Story of Storybook Land

Pg. 265 Did you do a little chuckle at “The Mud Bank Ride”?

Pg. 266 Madurodam, another miniatures reference! Do you think the miniature theme works in Storybookland?  Would you rather see this full size?

Pg. 267 ‘aging’ the copper! OH MY! Can you look at the roofs the same way again?

Pg. 269 Did you know that DLR had both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles?

Liberty Street 1959

Pg. 278-279 Which current attractions do you think about when you read about Walt’s visions for, “Lincoln stands up and begins to talk” or cannons firing and “It was smell-o-vision!”

Pg. 282 When you visit the parks, what do you notice as you visit that reflects Walt’s vision for a memorial to the freedoms that make the American way of life possible?

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through

Pg. 285 Reading through the many choices for castle names, what name, other than Sleeping Beauty, would you have chosen?

Pg. 289 Do you notice the lighted burning fire and “Pepper’s Ghost” effect more at other attractions after you are read about the development and use of the techniques in the parks?

Pg. 292 Did you realize that the castle was named Sleeping Beauty four years before the film came out? Do you think that helped the movie?


Liz Driscoll went to Walt Disney World for the first time when she was five years old, though her Disney passion began seven years ago.  She has visited Walt Disney World about twelve times in the past seven years.  In the non-Disney world, she is a teacher who enjoys bringing a little bit of pixie dust in the classroom each day!



2 thoughts on “WDW Radio Disney Book Club: Vault of Walt Discussion Questions Week 5”

  1. erin says:

    Book Club Questions
    2. Cinderella herself told me about her horse! I learned that this was a myth when I listened to Jim Korkis talk about the carrousel on the wdw radio podcast.

    3. I really enjoy the circle vision shows. I’m sure the technology is relatively archaic compared to today’s standards, but having the movie wrap around you is so unique!

    4. Yes!! I can’t believe the “attraction” was allowed to open in that condition.

    5. I absolutely adore the miniatures of Storybook Land. One of the main reasons I look over my Disneyland photo album is to look at my Storybook Land pictures! I wish the attraction was slower so I could take my time exploring the intricate details of the miniature houses.

    6. I had to read that paragraph a few times to make sure I read it correctly!!! I wonder if anyone ever saw him “aging the copper”!

    7. I had no idea both castles coexisted in Disneyland.

    8. Hall of Presidents, American Adventure, Horizons, Soarin’.

    9. Everything within the park is a testament to the rights and freedoms we Americans’ have.

    10. I can’t really imagine Sleeping Beauty’s castle being named anything different, especially not Robin Hood’s castle!! Bleh!

    11. I’ve always been fascinated by the Pepper’s Ghost illusion and have done research on the effect so I have always paid close attention to it. The “burning fire” has always just been cool.

    12. I have read before that Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was named for her long before the movie came out. I don’t think that this type of synergy really helped promote the movie since at the time there was no other type of characters to link the castle to the animated movie.

  2. Sherri says:

    1. I laughed when I read this and couldn’t wait to comment on it in the blog. Who could that podcaster be? I just don’t know.

    2. I learned that Cinderellas horse dosn’t really exist from Jim Korkis in the wdw radio podcast about the carosel.

    3. I think that circarama and other such films are probably outdated, but are still fun to watch.

    5. I have never been to Disneyland, but would love to see the miniatures.

    6. Wow! aging the copper. All the great ways imagineers have made attractions amazing, this definately is one of the greats.

    7. I did not know that there was also a Cinderella castle in DL.

    8. I think of Hall of Presidents(one of my favorite attraction) and Soarin with the smell o vision.

    10. The only other name I can think of fro the castle would be Snow Whites castle, since that was the original princess.

    12. I did not realize that the castle was named sleeping beauty castle four years before the movie came out. I’m sure it didn’t hurt the movie and kept synergy between what was going on in the park and in the movies.