USCT 017: The Dark Side of Disney – With Author Leonard Kinsey

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In this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast, you get to meet Leonard Kinsey, the author of The Dark Side Of Disney. Today we are going to go into all of the tips, tricks, scams, and stories that Disney doesn’t want you to know about! From thrilling accounts of exploring off-limits areas to well thought out budget travel tips, we uncover a completely different side of “The Happiest Place On Earth.”


More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: 

  • We uncover all sorts of ways that adults can have a great time at Disney.
  • Find out what Leonard considers to be the all-time dirtiest secret about Walt Disney World!
  • Learn all about how you can visit the Disney hotel pools for free. Some are like mini-water parks! (Just don’t tell them I sent ‘ya!)
  • Learn what to expect from timeshare presentations and how you should go about seeing them.
  • Learn how to save money on park tickets.
  • Learn great ways to save on dining.
  • Discover the only restaurant in the Magic Kingdom where you can get alcohol!
  • Learn why Leonard highly recommends staying on-site at a Disney resort.
  • Learn how to save big when it comes to parking!
  • Get in the know about the latest upgrades (no more paper FastPass).
  • Hear Leonard’s thoughts on pin trading scams and find out how they can be avoided.
  • We also discuss dangerous wildlife to look out for.
  • Learn about legit ways to get a behind the scenes experience without getting kicked out of the parks!
  • Learn about “hidden Mickey’s.”
  • Learn why Spash Mountain has been given the notorious nickname “Flash Mountain.”
  • Plus, so much more!


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Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoyed this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast and will start planning that dream vacation to Disney, to see it like you’ve never seen it before! Check us out for more great Disney tips and ideas! Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Cheers!


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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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