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For more than seventy years, the Walt Disney Company has been an icon of wholesome family entertainment. Now Disney is under attack by family and religious organizations. Are the complaints hysterical censorship, or has Disney really lost its way? Investigative journalists Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer set out to find the answer. Exclusive interviews with Disney e For more than seventy years, the Walt Disney Company has been an icon of wholesome family entertainment. Now Disney is under attack by family and religious organizations. Are the complaints hysterical censorship, or has Disney really lost its way? Investigative journalists Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer set out to find the answer. Exclusive interviews with Disney employees, internal corporate documents, and law enforcement records reveal a story of a great American institution corrupted by greed and perverted by the lust for power - and even more bizarre vices. The Schweizers reveal: how Walt Disney put safety first, but the current management allows Disney World to have an injury rate twice the industry average - for money; how Disney became a partner in the nation's largest pay-per-view pornography distributor; Disney World's rampant pedophile and sexual abuser problem - and how the company prefers cover-ups to simple and inexpensive solutions; the weird message Disney sends when employees are caught peeping on - even filming - coworkers and guests in their dressing room; how Disney thwarts the efforts of local law enforcement at its theme parks; and how Disney licensees have been repeatedly charged with violating federal child labor laws.


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For more than seventy years, the Walt Disney Company has been an icon of wholesome family entertainment. Now Disney is under attack by family and religious organizations. Are the complaints hysterical censorship, or has Disney really lost its way? Investigative journalists Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer set out to find the answer. Exclusive interviews with Disney e For more than seventy years, the Walt Disney Company has been an icon of wholesome family entertainment. Now Disney is under attack by family and religious organizations. Are the complaints hysterical censorship, or has Disney really lost its way? Investigative journalists Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer set out to find the answer. Exclusive interviews with Disney employees, internal corporate documents, and law enforcement records reveal a story of a great American institution corrupted by greed and perverted by the lust for power - and even more bizarre vices. The Schweizers reveal: how Walt Disney put safety first, but the current management allows Disney World to have an injury rate twice the industry average - for money; how Disney became a partner in the nation's largest pay-per-view pornography distributor; Disney World's rampant pedophile and sexual abuser problem - and how the company prefers cover-ups to simple and inexpensive solutions; the weird message Disney sends when employees are caught peeping on - even filming - coworkers and guests in their dressing room; how Disney thwarts the efforts of local law enforcement at its theme parks; and how Disney licensees have been repeatedly charged with violating federal child labor laws.

30 review for Disney: The Mouse Betrayed: Greed, Corruption and Children at Risk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    An extremely well put together book all about infamous and many lesser known controversies surrounding Disney. Due to the massive amounts of evidence in different areas that has been exposed over the years, I don't think anyone sees Disney as the picture of innocence anymore. However, there were so many terrible reports and details that I didn't know about, and I've delved into the dark side of Disney for many years now! A fascinating and important read for anyone who might want to rethink suppo An extremely well put together book all about infamous and many lesser known controversies surrounding Disney. Due to the massive amounts of evidence in different areas that has been exposed over the years, I don't think anyone sees Disney as the picture of innocence anymore. However, there were so many terrible reports and details that I didn't know about, and I've delved into the dark side of Disney for many years now! A fascinating and important read for anyone who might want to rethink supporting this company.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    I was hoping for some great relevation and it never came. There is a lot of sad stories that lesser Disneyland fans might take as "oh i'm never going there again" but not me. Since I love the 'Land, the book seemed to try and find ANYTHING to make the Disney company look bad, it didn't work on me. Obviously, if you have been to the 'land you know how much people and especially kids just LOVE IT. The writers seem a bit too conservative and take any incident and blow it out of proportion. Some of I was hoping for some great relevation and it never came. There is a lot of sad stories that lesser Disneyland fans might take as "oh i'm never going there again" but not me. Since I love the 'Land, the book seemed to try and find ANYTHING to make the Disney company look bad, it didn't work on me. Obviously, if you have been to the 'land you know how much people and especially kids just LOVE IT. The writers seem a bit too conservative and take any incident and blow it out of proportion. Some of the accidents are tragic, but accidents happen. And the authors going on (and on) about Disney partnering with movie studios that make R and NC-17 movies, which to me is like - get over it already. They are not released under the Disney name, most people don't even know that Miramax is part of Disney. Just an over critical book that I fell is written by uber-conservatives.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Don Incognito

    Since I read this book circa 2001, I have never watched another Disney movie or bought any Disney merchandise again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Logan

    Extremely disappointing. The authors very clearly had a narrative they wanted to push that tends to become distracting. Some chapters were interesting and eye opening while others I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they were. The main issue I have with this book is the missed potential that this could have had. The dark side of Disney as a company garners a lot of attention and the authors had plenty of material that could have been included to make a great book. I would recommend anyone Extremely disappointing. The authors very clearly had a narrative they wanted to push that tends to become distracting. Some chapters were interesting and eye opening while others I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they were. The main issue I have with this book is the missed potential that this could have had. The dark side of Disney as a company garners a lot of attention and the authors had plenty of material that could have been included to make a great book. I would recommend anyone thinking about reading this go find an article online, it will probably be much more interesting and informative.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole G.

    Even though this book was published in 1998, I'm sure a lot of this still goes on. Disney has a pretty serious paedophile problem, but they do not prosecute those cast members who have been involved in such events. The only thing they seem to prosecute is shoplifting, and that to the fullest extent of their law. Yes, their law. Disney creates their own laws, due to the way the corporation has set up themselves in Orlando. Disney also has the highest injury rating among employees and guests of an Even though this book was published in 1998, I'm sure a lot of this still goes on. Disney has a pretty serious paedophile problem, but they do not prosecute those cast members who have been involved in such events. The only thing they seem to prosecute is shoplifting, and that to the fullest extent of their law. Yes, their law. Disney creates their own laws, due to the way the corporation has set up themselves in Orlando. Disney also has the highest injury rating among employees and guests of any other theme park. Since they have their own law, they do not cooperate much with the area law enforcement and Florida Highway Patrol. What's super scary? Apparently, employees are enforced to call a guest services manager before calling 911, even if an incident requires immediate attention. Guests in the park who dial 911 will be rerouted to guest services first, and THEY will decide whether to dispatch you to 911 operators. I guess they want to keep up the "magical" ruse that no one dies in Disney. It reminds me of that Snopes urban legend about no one being declared dead at Disney parks. That might be more real than they think.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Though provoking, eye opening, but over all sad. The problems listed in this book are the problems of our world in total. If Disney hasn't fixed or evolved any of their processes in the decade since this was written then shame on them. However, we all have to protect ourselves, be careful, and watch our children no matter where we are. And - never sign a document without your lawyer present - duh! Though provoking, eye opening, but over all sad. The problems listed in this book are the problems of our world in total. If Disney hasn't fixed or evolved any of their processes in the decade since this was written then shame on them. However, we all have to protect ourselves, be careful, and watch our children no matter where we are. And - never sign a document without your lawyer present - duh!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Incredibly disappointing. I don't know what I was expecting, but this definitely wasn't it. The information presented was incredibly biased and the way the information was presented was subpar. A hard read, not for its intelligence or subject matter, but for its incrediblly boring dragged out and redundant information. Incredibly disappointing. I don't know what I was expecting, but this definitely wasn't it. The information presented was incredibly biased and the way the information was presented was subpar. A hard read, not for its intelligence or subject matter, but for its incrediblly boring dragged out and redundant information.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I remember finding this book at the library. While I get it. I am more worried about Disney Monopoly. I kinda wish the writer would write an up date about Disney now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ellen bivins

    Such high hopes. Dashed. Poorly written and not very interesting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tammie Gunter

    Great book that tells you all about Behind the scenes at Disney that you would not know otherwise. A great book for any Disney fans. It really opened my eyes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    This book was very 1 sided and biased. It was not made clear why these authors even began to write this book or why they have such dislike towards Disney. They brought up a lot of things that frankly, I don't see Disney is 100% at fault. Being a huge company they have a lot of employees. They can not be held responsible for everything those employees do simply because they work for them. I think these authors find it easy to blame Disney because it is such a huge company. Why not let the people This book was very 1 sided and biased. It was not made clear why these authors even began to write this book or why they have such dislike towards Disney. They brought up a lot of things that frankly, I don't see Disney is 100% at fault. Being a huge company they have a lot of employees. They can not be held responsible for everything those employees do simply because they work for them. I think these authors find it easy to blame Disney because it is such a huge company. Why not let the people that supposebly committed these acts, be responsible adults and take responsibility for their own actions instead of pointing the finger at Disney and saying they are the problem. I was also annoyed with the chapter on Minnie Mouse being played by a male. I mean really? That is not an issue I think really matters. There are so many other things in this world to be concerned about than to cry about that. I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It is just filled with 2 people's opinion and sounds like hatred towards Disney. Blah- 1 thumbs down!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    For anyone sitting on the "fence" about Disney, this book should be the final push. Filled with amazing & sad incidents that happen at Disneyworld yet the public is never told about, the authors do a great job of being honest, inpartial, and factual. It's so sad that a great institute like Disney has been "sold" to the modern generation to pillidge. Revealing safety concerns, crimes, pornography, and sex crimes that Disney not only knows about, but is involved in is so upsetting. Very informativ For anyone sitting on the "fence" about Disney, this book should be the final push. Filled with amazing & sad incidents that happen at Disneyworld yet the public is never told about, the authors do a great job of being honest, inpartial, and factual. It's so sad that a great institute like Disney has been "sold" to the modern generation to pillidge. Revealing safety concerns, crimes, pornography, and sex crimes that Disney not only knows about, but is involved in is so upsetting. Very informative, yet disheartening.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Always-interesting dig into the Disney underbelly; particulars include the political machinations that made Disney World in Orlando, Florida possible, as well as its operations; some of the politically correct excesses of recent Disney films; and Disney's legendary, arguably overaggressive protection of its intellectual properties. A clue that this book gets a bit overly hysterical itself at times is dropped in the last bit of its subtitle, that 90's-era chestnut "children at risk". Always-interesting dig into the Disney underbelly; particulars include the political machinations that made Disney World in Orlando, Florida possible, as well as its operations; some of the politically correct excesses of recent Disney films; and Disney's legendary, arguably overaggressive protection of its intellectual properties. A clue that this book gets a bit overly hysterical itself at times is dropped in the last bit of its subtitle, that 90's-era chestnut "children at risk".

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Kiefer

    It's been a while since I read this, but it's amazing the things Disney has done over the years. Whether it's pedophiles working in their parks, stealing movie ideas or people injured in the parks - this is a real eye-opening book about the greed of Disney and the lengths they go to. I own this book and will gladly loan it to you. It's been a while since I read this, but it's amazing the things Disney has done over the years. Whether it's pedophiles working in their parks, stealing movie ideas or people injured in the parks - this is a real eye-opening book about the greed of Disney and the lengths they go to. I own this book and will gladly loan it to you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    i grew up in Calif and have been to Disneyland many times. I know Mr Disney had his grand vision for his park and for his movies that I loved and still love. After he passed away the new people that run this stuff are only after the money and I think the prices they charge leave many children never able to go there. It is all the money now.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    This was a sad book, to know that this family oriented business no longer feels they need to worry about the entertainment or ethics they represent. It was as if your "sweet little mom" had ended up doing a series of "MOM's gone wild", drinking, partying, raunchy and hardcore sex, that most would turn away from...."NOOOO not my momma!" Disney has lost it's path...it's way. This was a sad book, to know that this family oriented business no longer feels they need to worry about the entertainment or ethics they represent. It was as if your "sweet little mom" had ended up doing a series of "MOM's gone wild", drinking, partying, raunchy and hardcore sex, that most would turn away from...."NOOOO not my momma!" Disney has lost it's path...it's way.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dalice

    In terms of sensationalized attacks on Disney, this one takes the cake. Beware the gays at Disney... In all honesty, there are some hard hitting facts here in this book, but the dogmatic and clearly vindictive narrative is transparent and tiring--to say the least.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Siegel

    The first, and best, book I read on Disney. Great!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenn De

    This has cured me of any desire of going to Disney World.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    made me never want to go to Disney world that is for sure. Had real accounts and documents of things that went on and still goes on apparently at the so called magic kingdom. very disturbing!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was surprisingly interesting. I was shocked at some of the things they uncovered about Disney. I still dont want to believe some of this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Belisa

    awesome inside look at disney's corrupt side. From porn to perverts dressed as disney characters to very SHADY medical policies within the theme parks, this book will inform and surprise. awesome inside look at disney's corrupt side. From porn to perverts dressed as disney characters to very SHADY medical policies within the theme parks, this book will inform and surprise.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorene

    This isn't a book you like or dislike, but it was definitely disturbing. This isn't a book you like or dislike, but it was definitely disturbing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trudy Pomerantz

    What an eye-opener.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  26. 5 out of 5

    Spring

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danie Thornton

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jay Lash

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Buchanan

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