Are You Man Enough To Go To Walt Disney World?

Ears_of_Steel_150dpiEars of Steel:
The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World
by Bart Scott
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937011-34-5
256 pages   6″ x 9″
Trade paperback original
Printed in the U.S.A.
List price: $14.95




Author on a mission to put mouse ears on ‘real men’

ORLANDO, FL (Nov. 1, 2013) Nothing gets Bart Scott’s Irish up faster than hearing some dude bad-mouth Walt Disney World.

“There are a lot of guys out there who actually believe that Disney World is just for dorks and little girls who want to be a princess — the kind of place no real guy would be caught dead in,” insists Bart Scott, the author of the new book Ears of Steel (Intrepid Traveler, $14.95).

“It’s a zombie idea that’s lurching around eating people’s brains and I mean to drive a stake through it. Or is that vampires?”

When he cools down, Scott is more than happy to chat over a cold brew and explain why he was moved to write a book designed to convince “real men” that Walt Disney World is a place they will not only like but will fall in love with.

“Look, I’m a real guy. I work hard, I play hard, I’m the lord of my manor. I also enjoy having a beer or three, throwing some meat on the grill, and watching football with my buddies. So it’s not like I’m some sort of Hobbit-loving geek. But I love Disney. Hell, I’m even a big Little Mermaid fan.”

Say what? Pressed for an explanation, Scott murmurs something about a romance he had at 15 with “an older woman” (she was 17) that involved watching the video of the hit animated Disney classic over and over again.

“The point,” he quickly adds, “is that there’s no disconnect between being a dude (and I use the term in the Lebowski sense of the word) and really enjoying Disney World.”

To prove his point, Scott wrote Ears of Steel, which is subtitled The Real Man’s Guide To Walt Disney World. In the book, he chronicles all the things that WDW has to offer that hold a special appeal for the he-man.

There are thrill rides like Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Mission: SPACE (“People have died on that ride,” Scott notes in awe). There is great food to be had, like the barbecue at Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the steaks at Le Cellier in Epcot’s Canada pavilion where, according to Scott, it’s impossible to get a reservation. “But trust me, you need to try!” he adds.

Scott’s love of competitive sports drew him to “Drinking Around The World,” an unofficial game in which contestants try to have a drink in every “country” in Epcot’s World Showcase without falling down. “Manage your high,” Scott counsels.

He also likes the ESPN Club in the Boardwalk area just outside Epcot. So much so that he devotes an entire chapter to its charms. “The men’s rooms have flat screen TVs in every stall!” he marvels.

Scott even manages to find manly touches in Magic Kingdom, the most princess-clogged park at the Walt Disney World Resort, including the ride based on the aforementioned Little Mermaid.

“C’mon, it’s a very guy-friendly flick,” he insists. “It’s got pirates and sharks and a cute redhead gets washed up on the beach. And she can’t talk!” He pauses for effect. “I mean, come on!”

Scott has positioned Ears of Steel as a tool to help the lady of the house convince the man in her life to take her and the kids on a great vacation that he’s too stubborn to realize will be fun for him as well. “Slowly place the book in front of his sloping brow,” he advises in a prologue called “Hello, Ladies,” and “you’ll be on your way to the Orlando area before you can wish upon a star.”

Is there anything else the author would like to add? “Tell them that the book’s funny. Very funny. Oh, and can you take out the bit about me being lord of the manor? I wouldn’t want my wife to see that in print.”

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