Editor’s Note: The content in today’s article deals with sex and theme parks. While the article itself won’t contain any graphic content, the idea is enough for some to become offended. In addition, Theme Park University does not condone naughty acts in theme parks, but we’re not naive enough to believe it doesn’t happen. Enjoy!
Even if you don’t want to admit it, sexual encounters and theme parks have been intertwined since the early days of fairs and carnivals. Don’t believe me? Here are some lyrics from Freddy Cannon’s song, “Palisades Park,” which was written by Chuck Barris:
That girl I sat beside was awful cute… And after while she was holdin’ hands with me…. My heart was flyin’ up like a rocket ship… Down like a roller coaster…. Back like a loop-the-loop…. And around like a merry-go-round
We ate and ate at a hot dog stand… We danced around to a rockin’ band… And when I could, I gave that girl a hug… In the tunnel of love… You’ll never know how great a kiss can feel… When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel… When I fell in love down at Palisades Park
As I have stated in several articles here at Theme Park University, time marches forward and now? That song is cute, but would never make the Top 40 regardless of the artist.
To prove my point, I just read “Dark Rides: Erotic Disney Theme Park Adventures” by Blu Carson, an erotic fan fiction novel that takes place in Walt Disney World. That’s right, every chapter is filled with extremely NC-17 rated stories about sexual escapades on rides, at hotels and beyond.
In addition, each chapter features a themed adult beverage recipe which ties in with a location at Walt Disney World where the stories take place. In my opinion, some of these stories are extremely believable while others are far-fetched.
Where does the truth lie? I’m not sure. I got a chance to interview the author of “Dark Rides,” Blu Carson, and ask her what her process was like. She provided me with a few photos that tie in with a particular chapter about sexual escapades in Epcot’s World Showcase featured in the book. Does this provide proof that it happened or were these just inspiration for a steamy story? The jury is still out. Does it really even matter? It’s all in good fun. Enjoy the interview!
Josh Young: What made you decide to write a book based on hooking up at Walt Disney World? Have you written any erotica before?
Blu Carson: I have never written any other erotica that has been published anywhere, just some fun little things for lovers when the mood hit me. I don’t necessarily consider myself a “writer” as of yet. I’m just a very creative thinker.
I wrote the book for a few reasons. First, there is nothing else out there quite like it. We’ve all heard sexy park stories, but never set in detailed Disney settings with a plot and a sprinkling of nostalgia for good measure. Second, I enjoy expressing my creative naughty side. This was a lot of fun to write. Last but not least, I got to work with Leonard Kinsey. If you’ve already read his book, “Dark Side of Disney,” you probably understand why I was excited. Besides that, he’s fantastic with the whole publishing side of things and has worked with some great people. Leonard has been the best supporter any writer could hope for when doing their first big project.
You originally approached Leonard Kinsey to write Dark Rides. How did you approach him and what did he think of the pitch to write this book?
I read “Dark Side of Disney” a few years ago. It was awesome. Some may say, inspiring. This past year, I saw Leonard advertising his latest book, a novel, “Habst.” I knew he had written another novel previously, “Our Kingdom of Dust.” I decided to get both books. After I read “OKoD,” I contacted Leonard and told him that I adored him as a writer, BUT the part about the dog SUCKED! (Go get the book. You’ll agree with me.) He laughed and made a few jokes and took my critique very well. For some reason, I decided to be bold, take a risk, and tell him my proposal for “Dark Rides.” I don’t really even remember how I pitched it to him. All I remember is him telling me that he’d been looking for someone to write something like that and to show him a writing sample. I had NOTHING written at the time. I just had an idea that I expected would be quickly shot down. So, the first thing I did was mildly freak out. Then, I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and wrote what was in my head. It was only about two paragraphs, but I stared at it all day. I finally said “screw it” and sent it to him. He said it was great and he wanted to hear the rest of the story. Within about a day or two, I wrote the rest. He said, “Great, now write me 12 more.” So, I DID!
Since Kinsey wrote “Dark Side of Disney,” he’s gotten a lot of feedback both positive and negative. Did he give you any advice on how to “brace yourself” for the reaction to this kind of novel?
Leonard has given me advice for nearly everything. I can’t imagine a publisher being more supportive. I’m so new to all of this. He’s walked me through every step of the publishing process. We haven’t discussed the “brace yourself” part as much. I have my fingers crossed that readers see “Dark Rides” as the fun entertainment that it is meant to be, and an expression of my love (no pun intended) of Walt Disney World, so that extreme “bracing” will not be necessary. It’s been an interesting experience so far and he has been great about answering all of my questions and concerns. I think the best advice that he’s given me has mainly been from sharing overall experiences of what he has personally encountered. In a nutshell, he’s told me that it’s normal to feel nervous about some things but that it will be ok.
Disney fans can be a particularly passionate bunch about what they love, for better or worse. Since the book has been out for a few weeks, what has the reaction been?
The reaction has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Nearly every day I am touched by a glowing comment that someone gives me about the book. I’ve had readers say they want to meet me and buy me a drink in Epcot. I’ve had couples say that they read the book together and are enjoying some fun bonding time. I’ve had a few people tell me that they couldn’t put it down and tore right through it in one day. But, the best compliment that I’ve had so far was a lovely lady in France (English is not even her first language) who read it and told me that she was in the middle of the recent violent turmoil in Paris, and that my book brought her smiles during a rough time. That one brought me to tears. If all the reviews suddenly turn the other way, I will have that one comment to help me keep my head held high and be proud of my work.
Of course, I hope that people continue to enjoy it. You see, I AM one of those “particularly passionate” Disney fans. You will find several very reflective moments in the book where I express my opinions on the recent direction that the company has gone. I’ll stop there before I get cranky. Hopefully, other Disney fans will relate to the book in a positive way. I’m just trying to do my part to make the world a happier place.
Out of curiosity, how much of Dark Rides is based on things you have personally done? How much of it is fantasy?
It’s inspired fantasy. Some is true, some is artistic license. Pictures are included that readers of the book will understand. (see:Red-Headed Geisha Adventure)
It seems that your stories in the book are all somewhat plausible. How much time did you put into making sure the stories were fantasy driven, that they were at least based in reality?
It was very important to me that all the descriptions were as accurate as possible. I didn’t want readers to feel “lost” as they read. I’ve been visiting the parks since they opened. I know almost every inch of Walt Disney World property; it’s my passion. I took great pride in including all kinds of little hidden details in my adventures. If I was unsure of a location or detail, I went to the park/resort and checked it out again… and again… and again…
You seem to have a passion for “old school Disney”, a common theme in the book. If you could bring back just one thing from Disney World’s past, what would it be?
That is a cruel question, Josh. Twenty things just went flying through my brain at the speed of light. I suppose if I had to pick one thing, I’d choose the Adventurers Club. See Adventure 10 in “Dark Rides.”
Considering the cover of Dark Rides lists “Volume One,” is it safe to assume there will be other volumes? An audio version as well?
Yes, there is definitely an audio version of “Dark Rides.” I personally recorded the audio version myself. That was a lot of fun.
As far as Volume Two goes, I certainly hope so. I have some more stories to tell! I’ve had a lot of requests for a Volume Two. A few readers have even suggested some locations that they would like to hear about, even some outside of Walt Disney World property like the new Orlando Eye. As far as I’m concerned… ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!
Editor’s Note: Many thanks to Blu for taking the time to chat with Theme Park University. If you’d like to purchase the book, click on any of the Amazon links on this page and TPU gets a small percentage of the sale of anything you buy from Amazon and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Want to read a sample chapter? Click here . Want a signed copy? Click here.