8 books about: Theme Parks!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990). The movie is better, but whatever.
  5. 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!
  6. Paper Towns by John Green (2008). There’s a scene when they’re in a theme park! It counts!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

6 thoughts on “8 books about: Theme Parks!”

  1. I do not judge the BSC book at all, though my personal favorite was the one where they all are in a production of Peter Pan. They all irritate the crap out of me in that book, and yet I love it so. It’s the only BSC book I regularly reread.

    1. Oh, I don’t think I ever read that one!

      (I also have a copy of one of the older Sweet Valley Twins books, the Christmas special one where they wish to be adults and then actually turn into adults? lol.)

    1. The Forbidden Game sounds really creepy, haha!

      I think there’s a R.L. Stine book set in a creepy amusement part, but I can’t remember the title. Whatever it was, it made me not want to go into an amusement park after dark for a long while.

  2. Isn’t there a whole BSC super special where they actually go to DisneyWorld? Or is that this one and I’m just not remembering? The skiing one was always my favorite, but my mom gave away my whole collection years ago, so all of the details have gotten a little bit fuzzy.

    1. Yup, that’s this one! It’s a cruise/park combo trip.

      I also really liked the one where they go camping and then…something happens. My copy was really grody so I sold it a while ago, and now I can’t remember! But I really liked the super specials (because they were so much longer than the regular books!).

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