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Orlando Theme Park Experts Headline Ormond Beach (FL) Book Fair

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The Intrepid Traveler authors will share Disney, Universal Orlando insights

Five authors from The Intrepid Traveler, including a Disney Legend, will take part in a “Meet The Authors Bookfair & Festival” on Sunday, March 13, noon to 3 p.m. at the grounds and plaza in and around the Ormond Beach Library, 30 South Beach St., Ormond Beach. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Orlando Beach Library.

Charlie Ridgway, Steven M. Barrett, Lou Mongello, Seth Kubersky and Kelly Monaghan will greet Disney and Universal fans and take part in a panel discussion led by Karen Gallagher, books editor of the Daytona Beach News Journal. They will share their insight into the parks and how they came to craft their popular books.

Charles Ridgway, who was named a Disney Legend in 1999, shares anecdotes from a 40-year career of pitching Disney in Spinning Disney’s World: Memories of a Magic Kingdom Press Agent. As the Disney publicist for the parks in California, Florida, France and Hong Kong, he was in the unique position of arranging events involving ambassadors, celebrities, heads of state, and yes, even ducks. Since his retirement, he has traveled the world as a writer and photographer.

Steven Barrett is the author of the Hidden Mickeys series –Hidden Mickeys, Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys, and Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea, along with The Hassle-Free Walt Disney World Vacation 2011, now in its tenth edition. As a physician and longtime Disney expert, his unique perspective enables families to get the most out of their Disney experience.

Lou Mongello has written two volumes chock full of Disney trivia: The Walt Disney World Trivia Book and The Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 2, stemming from his love of everything Disney that began at age 3. He hosts WDW Radio, which provides an ongoing selection of Disney-related broadcasts, blogs, forums, interviews and information on all things Disney. He just returned from hosting a cruise aboard the Disney Dream.

In Universal Orlando 2011: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, Seth Kubersky provides the first eyewitness reviews of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the smash hit attraction at Universal Orlando. As a former backstage Universal Orlando employee and arts columnist for Orlando Weekly, he has been exploring the parks for 14 years.

Kelly Monaghan is the founder and publisher of The Intrepid Traveler. He is also a co-author of Universal Orlando. His other books include The Other Orlando and Sea World, Discovery Cove & Aquatica; he also created The Home-Based Travel Agency home study course.

They will join more than 50 Central Florida authors at the event, which will feature author book sales, speakers, music, food, entertainment and raffles. 

For more information about the Bookfair, visit http://www.ormondlibraryfriends.org/mta-nav.html.

To purchase any of these books, visit http://intrepidtraveler.com/store/

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