The Disney Parks Book Tag [An Original Tag]

You’re girl’s back with another original tag – this one inspired by my obsession with all things Disney.

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I can’t pin point exactly what it is that makes the Disney Parks feel so magical – I think it’s a combination. It’s the attention to detail, right down to the hidden Mickeys or the different scents wafting throughout each land. It’s the fact that every facet of each Park is fully-fleshed. The rides fully immersive, compete with an intricate, rich history. I mean, have you ever read the full backstory behind the Jungle Cruise or Phantom Manor? Seriously, said backstories read like sweeping epics. It only adds the that feeling of stepping into a fantasy.

So, let’s celebrate said magic – and the books that remind me of my favorite rides – as we take a virtual journey with the Disney Parks Book Tag.

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The Jungle Cruise will always been my favorite ride at any given Disney Park. Not only is it a seriously immersive adventure though the rivers of the world [also I’m low key screaming because we’re getting a movie] but I love the puny tongue-in-cheek humor of the skippers. If any book could match the vivid grandeur of the Jungle Cruise, it would be Journey to the River Sea. Much like the ride itself, Journey to the River Sea takes us on a voyage down the murky river of the Amazon complete with an eccentric cast of characters. The plot is shrouded in mystery and the prose is witty and lush, a sweeping homage to the Amazon Basin.

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirates life for me! Pirates of the Caribbean is a staple at any Disney Park. Did you know it was the ride that actually inspired the films? That’s right, Walt Disney himself oversaw the development of the ride which opened in 1967. To Kill a Kingdom is somewhat of a Little Mermaid retelling with a swashbuckling twist. Just like Pirates of the Caribbean, To Kill a Kingdom features a crew of buccaneers on an epic, high seas adventure. There’s plundering, deadly sirens who will literally rip out your heart and a hidden treasure – serious On Stranger Tides vibes.

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I am quite literally obsessed with The Haunted Mansion, namely it’s Parisian counterpart Phantom Manor with it’s more intricate, eerie theme. Located in the Western-esuqe Frontierland, Phantom Manor’s narrative centers around the bride herself and tells the story of Melanie Ravenswood who is haunted for all eternity by the menacing Phantom. House of Salt and Sorrows boasts a similarly vivid aesthetic and general spooky feel. A dark retelling, House of Salt and Sorrow blends the Twelve Dancing Princesses seamlessly with Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee to create a moody world of brine and terror. There’s a creepy seaside manor, a plummeting fall of a craggy cliff and ghostly apparitions that stalk the night.

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Knott’s Berry Farm eat your heart out because Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the best mine cart ride. Ever. Set in a seemingly haunted canyon, Thunder Mountain is a thrilling coaster-like ride through a rickety gold mine. Just like Thunder Mountain, All the Stars and Teeth is everything you’d want in a riveting adventure. The stakes are high, the atmosphere tense and the pacing full throttle as we’re swept up in shifting politics of this watery kingdom. And while All the Stars and Teeth is a wild ride there’s still that perfect balance between those high impact scenes and the quiet moments with the Keel Haul’s crew.

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Ah, Splash Mountain – the best thrill ride in any Disney Park. Hands down. Nothing like a five story drop to ground below to get that heart pumping, am I right? Splash Mountain is a classic log ride though the bayou that features a cast of animatronic critters from The Song of the South. And, isn’t there just something so atmospheric about the Deep South? Briar Rose is a sexy, dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty with an antebellum twist. Jana Oliver explores the South’s conservative culture through the Civil War and old root magic. And while we only spend a little time in the fictional town of Bliss, Jana evokes the sense of a sleepy little town dripping with Southern charm.

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Of all the flagship castles, there’s something to be said about the sprawling simplicity of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World Resort. I mean, the lofty spires, the climbing turrets, the ornate trims – the moat? It just screams happily ever after. Also, dinning in Cinderella’s Royal Table is a high priority of mine. When I think castles, I generally think Erilea’s beautifully detailed glass castle from Throne of Glass. The plot is rather confined to the walls of said castle, what with it’s cutthroat competition to become the king’s champion, but there’s still so much to explore. You’ve got dungeons, secret tunnels, a labyrinth of sewers and even a library with secluded passageways.

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No trip to Disneyland’s complete without taking a spin through the whimsy of Alice’s Mad Tea Party. I don’t know about you, but I’m always the one shrieking with laughter, spinning the teacup as fast as it can go and holding on for dear life. [Would not recommend riding after a Dole Whip]. Similarly, Caraval is a sprawling fantasy and a feast for the senses. The world had a wonderland-like quality that only intensifies as you continue down the rabbit hole. It’s whimsical and lush with plenty of twists and turns. Basically, Caraval will leave you dizzy as you question everything you think you know.

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Okay, so the Matterhorn isn’t as cool as Thunder Mountain but it’s snow-capped aesthetic and alpine vibe is seriously atmospheric. As you hurtle though snowy chutes and jagged edges, you might even glimpse the Abominable Snowman himself. And, if frostbitten settings and mountain treks are your thing, Even the Darkest Stars is your perfect read. Inspired by early expeditions to Mt. Everest, Even the Darkest Stars takes place among the stars, high up in a Himalayan-esque empire. There’s a serious unsettling mood as Kamzin joins an expedition, trekking through the wilderness to the tallest summit of Raksha.

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Ignoring that fact that It’s a Small World is the most annoying song ever written [try getting that one out of your head], I can’t fault it’s child-like celebration of world peace and unity. It’s whimsical and iconic as you board a boat and traipse across the globe. This might make me seem like a Basic White Girl™, but I’ve always been fascinated by French folklore and culture. Bone Crier’s Moon is a morbid world of macabre bone magic inspired by the legends of les Dames Blanch. The land of South Galle itself is deeply rooted in the rural countryside of France, even featuring a complex labyrinth of tunnels – a nod to the very real catacombs beneath Paris. It’s a seriously vivid setting with a rich, fully-fleshed mythology.

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As far as roller-coasters go, you can’t beat the thrilling breathlessness of racing through the cosmos in Space Mountain. The attention the detail – the futuristic space station vibe, the swirling strobes and the nebulae as you hurtle through the void of space makes Space Mountain a truly immersive, out-of-this-world experience. The only space opera that could rival that of Space Mountain is Skyward. Basically Top Gun in space, Skyward is an action packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure which literally blasts us off to flight school to study aerial combat. The final frontier of humanity at the edge of the universe, Skyward will literally take you to infinity and beyond.

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51 thoughts on “The Disney Parks Book Tag [An Original Tag]

    • I’m actually in the process of writing my review for All the Stars and Teeth. Basically, YOU ARE GOING TO FREAKING LOVE IT! It felt VERY reminiscent of To Kill a Kingdom and Caraval – I felt all the vibes! It was the pirate book of my dreams so I can’t wait for you to read it. 100% would recommend. Also, Bastian the pirate who prefers the term “sailor” is the actual BEST. I swooned so dang hard.

      And you’re most welcome – I can’t wait to read your post! x ❤

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  1. ALEXANDRA THIS TAG CAME IN THE PERFECT TIME YOU MADE MY DAY!! Disneyland is like part of my soul and I’ve been really down and sad lately but I’ve been watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+ to cheer up and it’s reminding me of all my nostalgic childhood moments in Disney and making me happy thru this craziness (the day disney closed was like my heart breaking how can there be happiness if the happiest place on earth is closed lol) and literally reading this tag made me so happy and hopeful I can’t even lasdkfjsdlf I’m being weird and melodramatic ignore my babbling

    I totally agree with House of Salt and Sorrows (okay but like all the girls dancing in their rooms –> the ballroom scene in the haunted mansion??? right???), To Kill A Kingdom, and Caraval! I definitely want to read Even The Darkest Stars and All The Stars and Teeth now too after reading your descriptions!

    I admit, I have to fight you on Cinderella’s Castle though– I will defend Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland with my dying breath haha. I know it’s smaller, but it’s just so magical it’s literally the only castle that Walt Disney himself built ❤

    Doing this tag RIGHT NOW

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    • I’m not going to lie – I TOTALLY tagged you because I know you’re as Disney obsessed as I am! 😂 But I’m so glad that this tag found you at the perfect time! I’ve been feeling down about Disney being closed too (lol even though we don’t have a park in Australia!) which is actually what sparked the idea for this tag.

      And please don’t apologize for being melodramatic – honestly your comment made my day!

      OHMYGOSH I can’t believe I never made the connection of House and Salt and Sorrows –> the ballroom scene! How did I miss that??? “Well I feel sheepish!”. You are so right – now I just want to read it again! But trust me – All the Stars and Teeth was AMAZING. You’re going to LOVE it!

      And okay, okay – Sleeping Beauty Castle is beautiful too. Being a blue girl I just love the aesthetic of Cinderella Castle. That being said, Sleeping Beauty gets brownie points because not only can you walk through it but you can also go inside without having to shell out the big bucks so i’ll give you the win. 😂

      AND THE IMAGINEERING STORY!!! YAS! I am obsessed and currently re-watching it too. I love getting a behind the scenes look at the parks!

      Much love, Kay – I cannot wait to read your post! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Alexandra is this the point where I confess I have NEVER BEEN TO A DISNEY PARK. NOT A SINGLE ONE. I’VE BEEN ROBBED OF MY CHILDHOOD 😭💔 Can I say though that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your prompts for this tag?! 😍Ooooh…Briar Rose sounds so interesting! Omg there is NOTHING more iconic than the glass castle from ToG – seriously, name anything more iconic. Ahhhh I STILL haven’t picked up Caraval yet?! HOW. WHY AM I LIKE THIS. SOMEONE FIX ME PLS. 😂

    Cannot WAIT to do this tag, girl!!! 😍

    💛 Your saltmate

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    • WHAT??? MY HEART JUST BROKE – YOU’RE CHILDHOOD IS MOST DEFINITELY ROBBED! IT’S INCOMPLETE! YOU ARE LIVING A HALF LIFE – A CURSED LIFE. NOOOOoooooooo! 💔💔💔

      You know what though? It’s better to go as an adult anyway – I really feel you get a better appreciation for the sheer magic of it all. Also you’re tall enough for all the fast rides so it’s win-win! ❤

      I've got my review for Briar Rose coming up next week – it's honestly my go-to trashy book. I'm not going to lie, it's not the best work of fiction. The characters are a little one dimensional and the dialogue is iffy to say the least but man – the world building and plotting is FABULOUS. It takes place in this medieval fairy-tale inside the nightmare-ish sleeping curse. And it's DARK. There are metallic beasts with rotting flesh and these feather covered fairy-like creatures. Lol – can you tell I'm obsessed?

      Also – a quick shout out to Ruric, the sexy, rugged “stable hand” who unapologetically stole my heart with his overall swoony-ness.

      But you really should read Caraval… 😂

      Can't wait for your post!!! ❤ Your saltmate x

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      • HAHAHAHA that’s so trueeee, imagine wanting to go on a ride as a child & being too short 😢 I am 1000% going as soon as I finish my degree & have enough money saved 😍 (I propose we go & break into Rewrite the Stars in the middle of a Disney park. Just a thought 🤷🏻‍♀️)

        Ooooohhh that sounds SO good – I can’t wait to read your review of Briar Rose! Hahaha I haven’t found a good trashy read in awhile so this might be just what I need rn 😂

        Afoejfaoeoij what a NAME as well! *sighs*

        Once I decide which edition of Caraval I want, I will DEFINITELY be giving it a go 😍

        💛 forever, your saltmate

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  3. Great tag!! Caraval is a whimsical book FOR SURE loved that series!! (Tara and Dante = LIFE) Splintered by AG Howard is another good whimsical book if your looking for something a bit Alice and wonderland type of twisty 😉 and yes yes to Throne of Glass and To Kill A Kingdom (the perf high seas read). And omg I am dying to read A House of Salt and Sorrows… how good is it?? I’ve also been wanting to get my hands on All the Stars and Teeth!!! Awesome tag Alexandra 🙂

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    • Haha – right? Although I’m prepared to fight you over Tella and Dante – I more of a Scarlet and Julian girl. 😉 #scarletandJulianforthewin!

      As for All the Stars and Teeth and House of Salt and Sorrows I can’t rave enough. Both are favorites of mine and I feel like I never shut up about HoSaS! If you love Caraval and To Kill a Kingdom you’re going to LOVE All the Stars and Teeth. ❤

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  4. this tag is so much fun, alexandra!! the only time i’ve ever gone to disney was when i was a lot younger, i think, so i’d like to revisit it — because you’re right, it just feels so magical <33 and oh i didn't know that bone crier's moon was based on french culture! the setting you described sounds so eerie and intriguing

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    • It’s been 5 years since I’ve been to a park – ah, not that I’m counting or anything – but if everything goes to plan, I’ll be hitting up Florida next year for the 50th anniversary of Disney World. Fun fact: I was there by pure chance for the 40th anniversary and promised myself I’d return for the 50th. I hope you get back soon!

      And YES – there is SO much French culture in Bone Crier’s Moon! I just know you’re going to love it! ❤

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  5. I love your love for Disney 😍!! This tag is so well-thought out, and the books you chose sound so fitting for each prompt! Disneyland truly is magical, and I can’t wait until I can go back 😭. Space Mountain was my favorite ride (the Haunted Mansion was a close second 😄)! I’ve been eyeing Skyward for a while now, but I need to brace myself a bit more before starting another Sanderson series again 😅.
    When I was in middle school, I had a disney-themed Tumblr blog 😂. I was and am still a huge fan of Disney, so thank you so much for the tag, Alexandra 😄💛!

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    • Awwwww thank you so much Belle! It’s 100% a product of too much spare time during isolation haha! ❤

      I would highly recommend Skyward. I haven't read Brandon Sanderson's other series yet [Mistward is next on my radar] but as far as sci-fi'c go, it was EPIC. Even if you're not big on sci-fi it's just a refreshing coming-of-age story. And the MC is such a badass! 😉

      And I LOVE that you had a Disney Tumbler! If I was tech savey back then, I would have definitely had one too! 😂 😂 😂

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  6. Awesome tag!! I so want to go to Disney one day although it feels like something that will never happen 😦 but anyway I loved To Kill A Kingdom!! It was such an addictive read. I loved what I’ve read of TOG so far too!! And I can’t wait to finally read House Of Salt & Sorrows and All The Stars & Teeth (it’s release date got pushed where I am so it’s not out yet)

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    • I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you get their one day – it’s honestly such an amazing experience. I believe the parks can be enjoyed by all ages! 🙂 I can 100% relate though – we don’t have a park in Australia so I don’t get to one often enough.

      And ohmygosh – just how good was To Kill a Kingdom!?! I got all the Little Mermaid vibes. I would definitely recommend All the Stars and Teeth [especially if you loved To Kill a Kingdom!] and House of Salt and Sorrows. House of Salt and Sorrows was one of the BEST books I read in 2019 and I’ll be 100% re-reading it again this year.

      Happy reading and thank you for stopping by! 💙

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      • Aww thank you ❤️ well I hope that you get to go there again sometime then 😊

        It was incredible!! I loved the world as well – all of the different kingdoms sounded fascinating and left me wanting more.
        Yay that’s fantastic!! Well I hope you enjoy your reread of it.

        Thank you, Happy Reading to you too ❤️

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  7. […] Don’t we all just wish we could leave the pandemic behind us and head to Disneyland/world right about now? I was tagged to do the Disney Parks Book Tag by Alison at Our Book Boyfriends. This tag originated over at Reading By Starlight. […]

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