More From Jim Korkis

Recently I mentioned that Disney author/historian Jim Korkis has released two new books —  Vault of Walt Volume 9: Halloween Edition and Hidden Treasures of the Disney Cruise Line. From the Embarrassment of Riches Department — Jim is also releasing  Secret Stories of EXTINCT Walt Disney World.

Like so much of our lives today, it was definitely not planned that way. The first two releases were delayed as the pandemic’s upheaval gave everyone a reason to pause, then this book’s release was delayed over a bit of confusion with Amazon Kindle over copyrights.   The good news is all three are now available for this holiday season.

What more do you need to know? This is Jim’s description —

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World and to be a companion to my book Secret Stories of EXTINCT Disneyland, I decided to take a nostalgic look at the dozens and dozens of things that have disappeared at the vacation destination over the decades.
Recent years have seen a rapid and massive demolition of much of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to make room for new additions, from a mythological galaxy far, far away to an ambitious rat who became a renowned chef.

“However some things even disappeared within the first year to be replaced by others that have also vanished. Jim was fortunate to personally experience many of the shows and attractions included in this book so that helped with providing an accurate perspective of these long-forgotten treasures.

“The chapters are filled to overflowing with quotes from Imagineers and show producers, facts, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes stories that have rarely if ever been told.

“ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Cranium Command, Skyleidoscope, Catastrophe Canyon, Diamond Horseshoe Revue, Pocahontas, Fort Wilderness Railroad, Walt Disney World Speedway, DisneyQuest, the Disney Inn Resort, and eighty more things that only still exist in the memories of past WDW guests are documented.

“The book brings back fond memories for those who experienced these shows and attractions but is also designed to tantalize the curiosity of others who might have only briefly heard about them if they knew they had ever existed at all.

So now that at least some of the dust has settled, Secret Stories of EXTINCT Walt Disney World is available at

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