• Buying Disney's World

  • The Story of How Florida Swampland Became Walt Disney World
  • By: Aaron Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Susan L. Crawford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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By: Aaron Goldberg
Narrated by: Susan L. Crawford
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Publisher's Summary

In November of 1965, after numerous months of speculation surrounding a mystery industry that had been purchasing large amounts of land in central Florida, Walt Disney finally put an end to the rumors. He announced to the public his grandiose plans for the thousands of acres he had secretly purchased.

For the 18 months prior to the announcement, Walt entrusted a small group of men to covertly make these purchases. Next, they were tasked with drafting a legislative act to submit to the state of Florida that would allow Disney to wield nearly absolute legal control over the property under a quasi-government municipality.

Staying true to its storytelling roots, Disney wove a tale of mystery centered around a high-ranking CIA operative, who was rumored to have been, just a few short years before, the paymaster behind the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba.

This savvy and well-connected CIA agent became the de facto leader for the group of Disney executives and attorneys who orchestrated and executed a nearly perfect plan to keep Disney’s identity a secret from the public by utilizing aliases, shell corporations, and meandering travel itineraries, all in an effort to protect the company’s identity during the land acquisition process.

As told through the personal notes and files from the key figures involved in the project, Buying Disney’s World details the story of how Walt Disney World came to be, like you’ve never heard before. 

From conception to construction and everything in between - including how a parcel of land within Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort was acquired during a high-stakes poker game - explore how the company most famous for creating Mickey Mouse acquired central Florida’s swamps, orange groves, and cow pastures to build a Disney fiefdom and a Magic Kingdom.

©2021 Aaron H. Goldberg (P)2021 Aaron H. Goldberg

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Its a good start!

I have read others book and this one its short but ok, because it only talks about the buying of lands and construction of WDW! I was expecting more but that’s ok.

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Walt

Great listen for Disney fans! I agree with another review that says it feels like it’s read as a children’s book. Maybe better as a traditional read.

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For Disney fans

The story is very thorough and interesting. The only thing that kinda bothered me was the narrator sounds like she’s reading to children.

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Kinda boring

Short and kind of boring. Better books out there. I would look elsewhere. Could be more exciting.

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Narrator too heavy on the sweetness

The story was interesting and focused on the usual facts. The narrator just over hammed the 1950’s folky happy female, over selling her sweetness and fake happy laughter at the wonderful world “those Disney boys” created.

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Modern Disney should take lessons

A fascinating story of hard work, creativity, perseverance and empathy. A reminder of what made the Disney company great and the titans they lost.

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To long and a bit dry for some basic facts

I found this a bit on the morning side most people I don't thing would be thrilled with this book

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A must read for Disney Fans.

Really interesting insight into how Walt Disney World came to be. The back story has some familiar names, and a couple twists. Well written and concise history of the WDW origin.