DixieBeforeDisney[Book: Tim Hollis – 1999 – 20x26cm – 196 Pages – Many B&W images]. Before Walt Disney built his mammoth entertainment complex in Florida, Dixie teemed with home-grown theme parks and whimsical roadside show places. Contrived to snare snowbird travellers and station wagons full of kids on vacation, wacky, tacky tourist traps extended from the Ozarks to Miami Beach in a never-ending string. When Disney entered the landscape, Dixie highways lost a load of whimsy. Many of the South’s jungle parks, reptile farms, bizarre museums, and roadside eateries closed down. But in this fun-filled book we open them again and take a vacation down 100-years of Southern roads. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; I Wish I Was in Dixie; Stuckey’s – Ten Miles; Peachy Beaches; Head for the Hills; Fantasy Lands; Old Times There are Not Forgotten; The Nature of Things; Spring Training; A Tropical Paradise in the Wild West; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.