Around the Worlds in 80 Days

One Fan’s Journey to Conquer Disney’s Magic Kingdoms

by Dustin Engels | Release Date: October 28, 2019 | Availability: Print, Kindle

Circumnavigating the Magic

Dustin Engels traveled 28,649 miles chasing a mouse named Mickey. Obsessed with Disney’s revered theme parks and seeking an escape from the humdrum routine of his daily life, he set out on a personal quest to visit all of the company’s fourteen parks around the world. In eighty days.

Before the adventure was over, he would get lost in a cab in Shanghai, run drenched and tragically under-dressed through Tokyo Disney, befriend total strangers while shirtless at Typhoon Lagoon, and experience a wildlife encounter at Animal Kingdom that was just a little too real.

Chronicling his epic, whirlwind journey to Anaheim, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Orlando, Paris, and all the way back home, this travel memoir captures Dustin’s visits to the world’s greatest theme parks as he explores the attractions, shows, parades, and food of each, and seeks to understand the ways in which a quintessential American experience has been adapted for cultures abroad.

Along the way, he reflects on his personal history with the parks, grapples with the highs and lows of Disney park fandom, and discovers the many ways in which Disney continues to capture the minds and imaginations of people all over the world.

Table of Contents

The Plan


Disney California Adventure

Shanghai Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland

Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom

Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach


Magic Kingdom

Disneyland Paris

Walt Disney Studios

The Exhaustive, Definitive, Unassailable Chapter of Lists



Dustin Engels

Dustin Engels has spent much of the last decade researching and writing about American popular culture. His work has focused on topics ranging from the role of Disney in America to independent film and rap music and has been published in The Journal of Hip Hop Studies. He works as a process analyst at the University of Richmond and lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Alicia; son, Arlo; and canine fur baby, Ellie.

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