Aug 31, 2013 2:12 PM  Disneyland Talk Land

​Deadliest Cast Member SEASON ONE COMPILATION is here! Click More for details!

Thank you to everyone who loyally followed the release of each Episode and provided positive feedback through our interactive form and Amazon reviews. Your comments inspired me, and I don’t know if I would’ve finished the Series if it weren’t for your encouraging words. Many wrote saying that Deadliest Cast Member made them feel as if they were in the Park, and that it opened up a whole new world to them as they discovered things at Disneyland that were mentioned in the book. Messages came in from around the world thanking me for allowing them to relive memories at Disneyland through this story. Parents told me this book ignited their children’s desire to read and learn. One reader said she loved the way real history was infused into the plot. Several active duty members of our military stationed overseas said that this story kept them going while they were missing home.

I have to admit, I didn't know what I was getting into in the beginning . It started out kind of rough as I struggled to portray the characters and balance the story with physical descriptions of Disneyland. I worked with several different editors including Missshelly to refine the manuscript. I worked with developmental editors as well to improve the storytelling. I think I hit my stride on the 2nd and 3rd Episodes, and everything seemed to flow after that. I rewrote Episode One no less than twenty times over the past year! Now, at over 120,000 words, roughly 500 pages, I am extremely happy with how the story turned out and I think it benefits anyone with an interest in Disneyland history and all of its intriguing legends.

I originally envisioned Deadliest Cast Member as a “thriller at Disneyland,” however once I dug deep into the history of the “Gentleman Pirate” Jean Lafitte, and I read his memoirs—I realized this story could be so much more. If you've ever seen the sunken brick archway in front of the Haunted Mansion on the River esplanade and wondered what it was, this story will cause you to look at New Orleans Square, and Disneyland, in a whole new way.


​​I studied everything I could get my hands on about Walt Disney, I watched him talk for hours on YouTube, analyzing the inflections in his voice, and the way he captivated audiences with his soothing mild-mannered tone. I tried to make the scenes with Walt special for true Disney fans, giving them a rare chance to experience private moments with him so they could fully appreciate his genius.


I was in awe when I watched Walt explain his vision of EPCOT, with the climate-controlled bubble and the underground transportation system—I realized that Walt was ​far​ ahead of ​everybody​ from his era. I knew that if anyone was capable of creating something that was out of this world, it would be him. I wondered—if Walt was speaking publicly about an elaborate city with an actual bubble surrounding it to control weather—what else could he have been working on that no one knew about?


This question made me dig deeper into the phenomenon of Disneyland, and its creator. I wanted to examine the brilliant mind of Walt Disney—the greatest innovator of our time, and uncover projects that he might have been secretly developing. How did he have the vision to pull something off as grandiose as Disneyland? How did it continue to flourish after all of these years?​


​​I wanted to weave Disney history and facts--along with US history--into a fictional story so people could learn interesting things about the Parks while they were reading. I spent hundreds of hours over two years researching underground tunnels, the dark water system, Walt's Apartment, Club 33, New Orleans Square, and Walt's peculiar fascination with Lafitte. I purchased Lafitte's Memoirs and read them cover to cover trying to figure out a connection between him and Walt. Why did Walt make him a central figure of New Orleans Square?


Did Walt ever dine in Club 33? Read the book and find out!

​This story will take you on a journey through time allowing you to experience Disneyland throughout several different ​decades​. ​Have coffee​ with Walt Disney in his 1959 Fire Station Apartment on Main Street, and then eat a lobster sandwich with Walt and Admiral Fowler at Maurie’s Lobster House on Fowler's Harbor. Witness a fairy-tale love story set on the romantic Skyway in 1​​994. Travel to 1966 to see the opening of New Orleans Square, and hear some of Walt’s last words before his death in December of 1966. The “time travel” storytelling aspect permitted me to show the magnificence of Disneyland through the years​, which will hopefully trigger fond memories from your past.


The Compilation includes all six Episodes (remastered), and special bonus content including a transcript from a never before released audio interview with Giada De Laurentiis for the Food Network Magazine outlining Jack Duncan's favorite things to eat at the Disneyland Resort. The compilation will ALSO contain an excerpt from our brand new Voyageers series!


For a limited time, the entire Compilation is available for $4.99. Make sure you are on the Deadliest Cast Member Priority Email list so you know the minute the Compilation goes live on Amazon. Also, follow the Deadliest Cast Member on Facebook for more info.

Thanks again for your support. I hope that these books will add a new dimension to your love and passion for Disneyland! ​


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So proud of all of your hard work!!  The book is amazing!!  - MrsPrinceCharming 10:30PM
Thank you for all of your help and support, there's no way I would have finished this without you! - Admin  10:11AM
Oh how sweet, our two admin lovebirds!!  You two are awesome the way you love and support each other.  Your kids have the best role models!!!:) - secretagentangel  4658.7 #28 3:55PM
Congrats Admin on all your hard work and success! Now, to start working on the screenplay for the film... - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 2:19PM
Thanks BaseballMickey_CM for your help with this! - Admin  10:10PM
Saving Mr. Banks, part 2? - alankeno  57.8 #4483 10:30AM
This so cool!  Thanks for pouring so much heart and soul into this!  We're doing unit studies in our homeschool this year and using DCM as our kickoff for the year!!  We are so excited to see where it takes us in our studies and after reading this post, I'm sure we're going to get way more out of it than we realize right now....and it's going to be SO.MUCH.FUN!!  Thank you for re-igniting a love of learning in my boys with this series!!   - BluRayn  72.6 #4101 10:57PM
It's great to hear that it has had an impact on your boys, thanks for sharing that! The book is dedicated to people who serve our country in the Armed Forces, law enforcement, first responders, and anyone else who puts their life on the line to save others--so hopefully it points them to their dad as the true hero of the story! - Admin  10:17AM
Thank you to everyone who purchased the Compilation. You helped it stay at #1 on Amazon's Tourist Destinations list for an entire week! - Admin 12:36PM
Holy wow admin!!! That was amazing!!!! - LilMissPixie84  309.5 #860 2:21PM
Thanks! - Admin  10:40AM
How awesome!  I need to finish reading this, so will definitely be getting the compilation!  Thank you!  Love the Giada food interview. So cool! - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 8:10PM
when will you be casting the movie?  I want to audition for a part!!!:D - secretagentangel  4658.7 #28 9:58PM
Season One should be live on Amazon tomorrow (Labor Day)! I added several interesting pics to this post as well as an intriguing Walt Disney video.  - Admin 10:09PM
Is it just me, or does Jack look a little bit like Aaron Hotchner from Criminal Minds? - GoofyMom77  904.1 #203 10:22PM
I was thinking more like Jack Bauer from '24' - disneygirl11  37.3 #5366 10:28PM
Dennis Quaid. - Grindcore  556.2 #365 6:29AM
There's actually a tribute to Jack Bauer in one of the Episodes, see if you can find it! - Admin  10:41AM
Ooh, now i have to find this jack Bauer tribute, we loved that show! - FrozenMommy  58.0 #4479 10:51AM
I thought he looked like david james elliot from jag. (I hope that I spelled his name right)! - secretagentangel  4658.7 #28 3:57PM
I love this series!! Since episode 1 I have been visiting each spot that's mentioned in the book. I can't wait to finish the series and see how it ends. Great job!!  - disneygirl11  37.3 #5366 10:27PM
Great to hear that you're visiting the spots, thank you for reading! - Admin  10:41AM
I absolutely love the series and can't wait for the updated versions. - sallyg  239.0 #1483 12:19AM
Thanks for your support and feedback throughout the Series! - Admin  10:42AM
Thank you so much for all your hard work!!! - Boundin  711.7 #272 1:15AM
Thanks for your support Boundin ! - Admin  10:42AM
Just bought it! Excited to read!  - FrozenMommy  58.0 #4479 10:08AM
Thanks! Let me know how you like the Finale! - Admin  10:42AM
Fun!  I just purchased it, and had to read the Giada interview right away. It was so much fun!  I NEED to eat at the Napa Rose now. And am in serious need of all my favorite Disneyland snacks!  When is my next trip?!  Not soon enough!!  Thank you!  Can't wait to start over and read the entire series now!  😂👏 - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 10:22AM
Glad you liked it! It was fun to write, and I packed a lot of real food tips in there, thanks! - Admin  10:43AM
I just read the Guadalupe interview too, loved it!! My husband makes fun of me because I love the food at Disneyland so much- reading that was so fun! - FrozenMommy  58.0 #4479 10:54AM
Um, Giada, not Guadalupe...😳😂 - FrozenMommy  58.0 #4479 10:54AM
Teehee, Guadalupe. Gotta love autocorrect!  😂😂😂 - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 10:59AM
Congratulations!! I just bought it and I can not wait to finish this exciting series! Thanks for teaching me more about the place we all love!  - Deltachiq  1232.3 #139 10:58AM
Thank you! - Admin  6:59PM
..... - the_names_rich  8.6 #12086 11:44AM
Purchased and waiting for download...... Love the series! Thank you! - MamaRoo  466.7 #465 12:35PM
Thank you! - Admin  11:17AM
Yay! Got mine. - HalfCaff  518.2 #402 4:01PM
Thrilled that I got the compilation today! - TinkerBelinda  218.4 #1751 9:51PM
When is season 2 out I want more lol - sctoaonk75  284.2 #1022 1:39AM
Thank you for making the season 1 compilation. Very excited to start from the beginning again.  - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 9:22AM
Thank you thank you thank you!!!! - waltfan  278.1 #1075 10:39AM
Just bought the compilation. Thanks! - Melody_CM  13474.2 #3 12:49PM
Yay!!! So excited to finish Season One! :o)  - HadMatter  471.7 #454 9:13PM
- GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 12:07AM
- missariel33  2115.5 #72 12:02PM
My wife love these !!! - snakeinmyboot40  394.0 #571 3:04AM
Great work - momaloho  11.5 #10114 11:09AM

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