The Story Comes Alive: Volume Three

A Guide to Experiencing Movies and Characters at Walt Disney World: Disney Classics: 1940s-1990s

by Trisha Daab | Release Date: December 2, 2019 | Availability: Print, Kindle

A Super Fan's Guide to Disney Magic

At Disney theme parks the stories really do come alive, and this is the ultimate guide to seeing your favorites at Walt Disney World. From characters—where to find them, how to meet them—to staying in movie-themed resort rooms, this guide covers it all.

In the third volume of a five-part series, perennial Disney author Trisha Daab becomes your personal tour guide, taking you on a trip through Walt Disney World Resort to see your favorite Disney stories come alive. In this volume, you will find movies and characters including:

  • Pinocchio, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Tinker Bell, and more from the 1940s & 1950s
  • 101 Dalmatians and Winnie the Pooh and more from the 1960s & 1970s
  • DuckTales, Lion King, and more from the 1980s & 1990s
  • Country Bears and Figment
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion
  • Orange Bird and Dinosaurs

With four parks, Disney Springs, two water parks, over 20 resorts, hundreds of restaurants and more, Walt Disney World offers countless ways to showcase characters and movies. And when you’re there, you get to go inside those stories. Trisha will take you to the parks and beyond, giving you dozens of ways to experience the movies you love, including:

  • Character Meet & Greets
  • Attractions & Shows
  • Special Events & Festivals
  • Resorts, Shops, Dining, and so much more

Get ready to take a magical trip and see your favorite stories come alive!

Table of Contents


How to Use This Guide

Disney Classics: 40s and 50s

Pinocchio (1940)

Fantasia (1940)

Dumbo (1941)

Bambi (1942)

Chip ‘n’ Dale (1943)

Song of the South (1946)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Peter Pan (1953)

Tinker Bell (1953)

Lady & the Tramp (1955)

Disney Classics: 60s and 70s

101 Dalmatians (1961)

Sword in the Stone (1963)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Jungle Book (1967)

Aristocats (1970)

Winnie the Pooh & Friends (1977)

Pete’s Dragon (1977)

Disney Classics: 80s and 90s

Fox and the Hound (1981)

Tron (1982)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

DuckTales (1988)

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Lion King (1994)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Hercules (1997)

Tarzan (1999)

Disney Parks Authentic

Country Bears



Haunted Mansion

Pirates of the Caribbean

Orange Bird

How to Use This Guide (Extended Version)

Magical Tips —Disney Celebrations

Pirates. I need more Pirates! Where is all the Pirates stuff at Disney World?

I need a sprinkling of Tink’s pixie dust. Where do I find my favorite fairy?

I am a huge Lion King fan. What are the must sees for me?

Do any of these questions—or a version of them—sound familiar? If yes, you’re reading the right guide.

Whenever people ask me to help them with planning their Disney World vacation, the most common questions I get are: 1. Should I stay on property? (Yes; see my first book, The Not-So-Evil Stepmother) 2. Where should I eat? (Lots of places; see my second book, Tasting the Magic.) And 3. How do I find Alice, Pirates, 101 Dalmatians or insert your favorite movie or character’s name? That’s what this book is about.

A Character Meet & Greet should be on your list, of course, and will be in this guide. Also in this guide are many other magical experiences to add to your list of ways to see your favorite story come alive. When you are at Disney Parks, you get to go inside the stories—from rides and restaurants that feel like you are in the movie, to resorts with movie-themed rooms, to the hidden magic the Imagineers have sprinkled in everything from candy apples to wallpaper.

Character Meet & Greets are fun. There are hugs, autographs, and stories of Neverland and Cherry Tree Lane. But there is so much more. How about flying through the sky with your favorite character? Or sleeping in a room that transports you to Pride Rock? Or eating in a moving restaurant with a few chipmunks? This guide will tell you everywhere to experience the movies and characters you love including:

  • Character Meet & Greets
  • Attractions
  • Shows
  • Special events and festivals
  • Resorts (Yep! There are movie-inspired hotel rooms.)
  • Shops
  • Dining and so much more!

My hope is this book will be like having a personal tour guide take you around Walt Disney World and help you see your favorite Disney stories come alive. And if you have a fun fact or a way you make that story come alive at Disney World that’s not here, share it and tag #TheStoryComesAliveWDW and maybe you’ll see it in a second edition!

"We have never lost faith in family entertainment—stories that make people laugh, stories about warm and human things, stories about historic characters and stories about animals. ——Walt Disney"

Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is an author, mom/not-so-evil stepmom and food lover. She is the author of multiple books about Disney World: Tasting the Magic from A-Z: The Best Food and Beverages at Walt Disney World; The Not-So-Evil Stepmother in the Most Magical Place on Earth: Planning Your Walt Disney World Family Vacation; and a five-volume series of guides called The Story Comes Alive that help people experience their favorite Disney movies and characters, often in unexpected ways, at Walt Disney World.

Trisha has been visiting Disney since the 1980s, when she took first trip at 3 years old. Writing books about Disney World has been the perfect excuse to visit the parks more frequently, eat a lot of Disney food, and get characters and cast members to autograph her books.

According to her sons and husband, she takes altogether too many pictures at Disney. You can see a lot of these pics, find out more about her and get updates on her next book on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom and on Facebook @authorTrishaDaab

Thank you for taking the time to read this book. If you found the book magical or useful (or both) please consider sharing a copy with a friend and leaving a review on Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads or wherever you geek out about Disney or books.

Reviews, shares, likes, reposts, follows, tweets and any and all the love you give this author is greatly appreciated. It’s what keeps me going to write that next paragraph. It’s you that makes this a magical experience.

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