Final Secret Stories
of Walt Disney World:

Conclusion of the First 50 Years

A new book by Jim Korkis, published July 16, 2022
Final Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: Conclusion of the First 50 Years

In 2016, I had the honor of writing the foreword to MORE Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: More Things You Never Knew You Never Knew, the second book in a series by Disney historian Jim Korkis. In 2017 and 2018, Jim followed up with two more volumes (OTHER Secret Stories of… and EXTRA Secret Stories of…).

As of yesterday, Jim has a fifth and final volume in this series, fittingly titled Final Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: Conclusion of the First 50 Years. In the tradition of the series, we can expect around a hundred two-page topics, each packed with keen observations, relevant quotations, historical perspective, significant facts, and entertaining trivia.

The “about” description below is from the book’s back cover.

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Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland, July 17, 2022

About Final Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: Conclusion of the First 50 Years

The Stories Behind the Story

In the previous volumes of this Secret Stories series of books, hundreds of tales have been shared about the storytelling elements at the Walt Disney World theme parks, the WDW resort hotels, the water parks, the shopping areas and much more.

This book is designed to help Disney guests understand what they are seeing and why it is there. This volume concludes the first fifty years of the Florida vacation destination with a hundred more similar stories to enhance the understanding and appreciation of WDW.

As WDW enters its next fifty years, extreme changes are happening so quickly that it is more than challenging to try to document them. In the blink of an eye, the Confectionery on Main Street tossed out twenty years of theming and expanded into The Chapeau hat shop next door, removing all of its theming as well.

Epcot has begun its massive transformation into four “neighborhoods”: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. Not only has the MagicBand been upgraded and made no longer complimentary for resort guests, FastPass has been eliminated and replaced by Genie+ and Lightning Lane.

So it seemed an appropriate time to conclude the Secret Stories series of books with this volume and let others document the next fifty years. As with previous volumes, this book shares the rarely told stories of WDW including:

Ariel the Little Mermaid at the Magic Kingdom, the music of Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the stories of the Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Norway pavilion trolls at Epcot and more are documented.

The detailing in the Art of Animation Resort includes subtle references to the Disney-Pixar animated feature Cars, how pin trading began at WDW, the backstories of some of the locations at Disney Springs, Grand Floridian fun facts, and much more fill the following pages.

Things that were advertised but never built—like Dick Tracy’s Chicago Land, the Buena Vista Street PeopleMover, the Epcot International Airport and the things that disappeared like the Mickey Mouse Revue, Walk Around the World Bricks, Cranium Command, Fort Wilderness Resort Railroad—are in these pages.

The exciting thing about Walt Disney World is that it is a living entity and constantly growing, so there is always something new to discover, and this book will help remember many of the things before they are changed yet again.

About Jim Korkis

Jim Korkis is an internationally recognized authority on Walt Disney whose hundreds of articles and presentations about all things Disney have been enjoyed by people worldwide for decades.

Jim grew up in Glendale, California, where he was able to meet and interview Walt’s original team of animators and Imagineers. In 1995, he relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he worked for Walt Disney World in a variety of capacities, including Entertainment, Animation, Disney Institute, Disney University, College and International Programs, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Design Group, and Marketing.

His original research on Disney history has been used often by the Disney company as well as other organizations such as the Walt Disney Family Museum. Jim is not currently an employee of the Disney company. Several websites currently regularly feature Jim’s articles about Disney history, and he is a frequent guest on multiple podcasts.

How to Buy the Book

The paperback is available at Amazon. As of July 17, 2022, the Kindle edition is not yet available—although it should be soon. Click on the link for the paperback and then click in “See all formats and editions” to see if the Kindle edition has been released.

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