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The Dark Side of Disney (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 November 2015 (USA)
The Dark Side of Disney is a film inspired by the bestselling book examining how far Disney fans are willing to go for a good time.


Philip Swift


Philip Swift

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World Famous Dave Ensign World Famous Dave Ensign ... Hoot Gibson


The Dark Side of Disney is a feature-length documentary film that examines what happens when Disney fans take their obsessions to the extreme. In 2005, filmmaker Philip B. Swift and his mother scattered his grandmother's ashes in the moat around Cinderella castle in the Magic Kingdom. It's that event that sends him on a journey to discover other Disney fans who may have pushed the envelope in their desire to experience the darker side of the Disney theme parks. "Disney Gangs", urban explorers, podcasters, drug abusers, even the filmmaker's own mother, they're all part of The Dark Side of Disney.

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Was good. But a bit underwhelmed...
30 April 2016 | by avpagesSee all my reviews

Wasn't bad, but wasn't that good either. I was expecting more tips / "hacks" and secrets on how to enjoy the Disney theme parks from an adult perspective. I really enjoyed the "cast members only" footage... Seeing the parks from a different perspective was pretty cool.

Inspires me to create a "Disneyland Hacks" video, since I live in CA and know a few tricks of my own... Have been to WDW 3 times and thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to read the DSOD book and compare it to the film since that's what it was based on. Honestly though, I learned more from Leonard Kinsey's and other YouTube videos than the film. (Dole Whip and rum, riding the people mover to enjoy some alcohol and many more)...

The pacing was good, the story and character development could have been stronger. Kept waiting for the money shot and it just never happened.

I was just a bit underwhelmed, only a bit. Overall it was good and totally worth the 3 buck rental on Vimeo.

Would recommend to any die-hard Disney fan such as myself.

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