I’m currently on vacation at Disney World, so this was, I think, an obvious choice for a Birdwatching list!
I always thought it would be fun to live in Disney World (especially the Magic Kingdom), especially since it seems like such an excellent place for magical happenings to occur. I mean beyond the gooey “where your dreams come true” kind of magic– more like the “new gods” kind of thing in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Right? Disney World is, like, the center of all things middle American, and surely that’s enough power to raise up a new deity or two! I haven’t run across a book that has that angle on it, though some come close.
Anyway, there aren’t enough books actually set in Disney World to merit its own list, so I also included books that are set in other theme parks.
- The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (2005). This one sort of touches on the concept of belief turning into magic, but I wasn’t enamoured with it.
- Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (2003). It’s been a while since I last read this (five or six years?), but I THINK it has something to do with the power of…systems? Which relates to Disney World? I think I got distracted by the techno-language and the romance– I’ll probably reread this eventually to refresh my memory.
- Baby-Sitters on Board! (Baby-Sitters Club Super Special 1) by Ann M. Martin (1990). What? They go on a CRUISE, okay, and Mallory is all into Harriet the Spy! And it’s my favorite BSC book!
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990). The movie is better, but whatever.
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2003). I guess technically it’s a fair instead of a theme park, but…er…I’m counting it!
- Paper Towns by John Green (2008). There’s a scene when they’re in a theme park! It counts!
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders (1996). I had to read some of the stories in this for my utopias/dystopias lit class, and I wasn’t overly thrilled (no good female characters), but the title story is pretty good, with a creepy theme park setting and not entirely hateable characters.
- One I haven’t read yet: Pastworld by Ian Beck (2009). Futuristic dystopian YA book that’s set in a “theme park,” with some romance?
Do you know of any other books set in theme parks?
Thanks to Courtney at Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!