Anyone who truly knows me understands my deep love of all things theme parks. I am a sucker for a collection of rides with overpriced food and souvenirs all neatly themed together. This is probably why you can find me on most weekends at one. So when my wife bought me this book a few months back, I knew I'd love it.
Delving into the complex and convoluted history of Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, not much in this book was new to me as I already had a pretty firm grasp on how this park almost folded several times in its history. I had already read a great book about this (see Nick Sim's Unofficial History of Universal Studios) but it was a nice refresher.
My only critique of the book was its length. Clocking in at 336 pages, this one is longer than it seems with most of the history being about Universal in its early days. As fascinating as it is, I felt that Gennaway could've wrote this with a little more urgency and expounded on some of the more modern history a bit.
Where Gennaway shined is how he highlighted all of the battles between Universal and Disney and how Universal won a good number of them (and lost the rest). This made the book interesting as I've always known the two parks don't particularly care for each other and that Disney really screwed over Universal in its early days.
If you are a theme park fan, read this book. It is interesting, fascinating, and really gives a nice historical setting to look at each attraction in the park the next time you board.
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