For author Matt Ferrell, it’s not always pixie dust and flying elephants as he tackles a month at a certain amusement park in Anaheim, California. In Thirty Days in the Kingdom, he relays his day-to-day experiences beginning on September 1, 2008, and continuing each day for the rest of the month.
Following an inner urge to relive his childhood, Ferrell experiences the sights, sounds, rides, crowds, food, music, shows, characters, and more at this popular theme park. Sharing his observations and insights while surrounded by “guests” having fun, Thirty Days in the Kingdom provides a unique look at the culture, patrons, and “cast members” of this much-visited tourist attraction.
Among oversized strollers and churro-hungry guests hurrying to wait in the next line, Ferrell finds his happy place, and he discovers that somewhere between childhood memories, Neverland, and middle-aged realities that his dreams just might possibly come true.
Matt Ferrell is an artist and performer living in Long Island City.