Thirty Days in the Kingdom

ThirtyDaysCoverWelcome one and all to my week long Disney extravaganza. I want to kick things off with a review and giveaway of the book Thirty Days in the Kingdom: Searching for a Laughing Place by my friend, the extremely talented Matt Ferrell.

The blurb available on Amazon says “For author Matt Ferrell, it’s not always pixie dust and flying elephants as he tackles a month at a certain amusement park in Anaheim, California. In Thirty Days in the Kingdom, he relays his day-to-day experiences beginning on September 1, 2008, and continuing each day for the rest of the month. Following an inner urge to relive Disneyland3his childhood, Ferrell experiences the sights, sounds, rides, crowds, food, music, shows, characters, and more at this popular theme park.” All I can say is the book is wonderful. Matt describes his days at Disney in colorful, evocative language. Reading about his month in the park brought back that sense of wonder and excitement I’ve associated with Disney ever since my first trip to that wonderland. Anyone who has ever visited Disney will be transported back to the park while reading Matt’s book. He describe the sights, smells, and controlled chaos that is uniquely Disney. For those of you Disneyland2who are looking forward to a Disney trip, Matt’s book will act as a primer for you. It teaches you to look beyond the surface and truly explore the entire park. Matt shares stories about not just the rides and exhibits but about his interactions with cast members and other guests.

Matt balances his unabashed love of all things Disney with wry, witty observations. He notices the rare occasions that Disney doesn’t live up to their own standards. I think part of the reason I loved the book so much is the honesty of Matt’s observations. Despite his occasional snarkiness, I really do feel that Matt found the laughing place he was looking for.

Thank you for reminding me to look beyond the surface when we visited Disney in August. I’ve been to Disney innumerable times before and I noticed things on this trip that I never noticed before.

By the way Matt, I think you are right. The designers of Splash Mountain did have an obsession with bear butts.

Come back tomorrow (actually, later today…Tuesday) to read my interview with Matt and enter to win a copy of his amazing book!

4 Responses to Thirty Days in the Kingdom
  1. Battynurse
    September 19, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Sounds interesting. I love Disneyland and would love to go to disneyworld some day. It still seems magical to me every time even though I’m not a kid. I actually never went as a child, my first time there was when I was 23. I even considered getting a year pass this upcoming year even though its 4 hours away.

  2. Geochick
    September 19, 2013 | 3:46 pm

    What a cool premise for a book!

  3. Emma
    September 23, 2013 | 8:10 pm

    Hi from ICLW! This sounds so cool 🙂
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  4. cindysn
    September 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Looks like such fun!!!

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